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Friday, September 15, 2017 - 11:27am by Jennifer Ford

The University of Mississippi Libraries' Department of Archives & Special Collections is pleased to announce its Fall 2017 lecture series. Each event will take place at noon in the Department of Archives & Special Collections (3rd floor, JD Williams Library). All events are free and open to the public. For questions or more information please contact Special Collections at 662.915.7408 or archivesdept@olemiss.edu

Thursday, Sept. 21, Noon. “Mississippi in the Work of Sherwood Bonner”

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 10:05am by Jennifer Ford

Mississippi-born artist Theora Hamblett rose to national and international prominence in the middle 20th century as one of the state's first recognized folk artists. Born in Paris, Mississippi in 1895, Hamblett was exposed to the rigors and simplicity of early 20th century rural life and these memories greatly influenced her later work as a painter. She spent much of her early adulthood teaching school and later earned money renting rooms to students after her move to Oxford, MS in the 1930s. Hamblett became a painter later in life after taking classes at the University of Mississippi where she found her primary medium- oil painting.

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 9:48am by Jennifer Ford

On July 27, 1997, the University of Mississippi Libraries' Department of Archives & Special Collections unveiled a multi-case exhibition entitled, "A Faulkner 100: The Centennial Exhibition." This display coincided with the 1997 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, whose theme "Faulkner at 100: Retrospect and Prospect," commemorated the centennial year of the author's birth. The exhibition included one hundred archival items chosen from the University's Faulkner collections by Dr. Thomas Verich, University of Mississippi Archivist. Dr.

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 12:52pm by Jennifer Ford
On November 20, 2001, the U.S. Department of Justice Main Building was renamed the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building in honor of the former attorney general. Part of the celebration included an exhibit entitled The Kennedy Justice Years 1961-1964. The extensive display included materials related to Robert F. Kennedy, the Kennedy family, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. A former U.S. Deputy Marshal who was aiding with photo identifications for the display, Graham E. Same - shot in the throat in the line of duty during the integration of the University of Mississippi in 1962 - expressed interest in visiting the exhibit.

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 9:23am by Jennifer Ford

Today’s blog post highlights an 18th century Revolutionary War collection from the University of Mississippi Libraries’ Department of Archives & Special Collections, in honor of the upcoming Independence Day holiday. The Skipwith Revolutionary War Collection consists primarily of the papers of Nathanael Greene, Major-General of the Continental Army. The papers were gifted to the University by Mississippian Kate A. Skipwith, a descendant of General Greene.

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 9:31am by Jennifer Ford

The University of Mississippi Libraries' Department of Archives & Special Collections will have special exhibit viewing hours this Saturday (June 24th) for its bicentennial exhibit, "Mississippi: 200 Years of Statehood" in conjunction with this weekend's North Mississippi Bicentennial Events in Oxford.

Please come visit Special Collections (third floor, JD Williams Library) from 12 pm to 4:30 pm this Saturday to see the recently opened exhibition dedicated to 200 years of Mississippi history! For more information please contact 662.915.7408 or jwford@olemiss.edu

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 9:19am by Jennifer Ford

The national capital occasionally hosts premieres and advance showings for films…events which provide movie studios with an opportunity to invite the powerful and prominent.  The programs and invitations featured in two recently installed exhibit cases on the first floor of the J.D. Williams Library are from the collection of William M. “Fishbait” Miller housed in the UM Department of Archives & Special Collections' Modern Political Archives. Miller, a native of Pascagoula, Mississippi, served as Doorkeeper of the U.S. House of Representatives (1949-1953, 1955-1974).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 12:22pm by Jennifer Ford

Special Collections cordially invites you to the official opening reception for its current bicentennial exhibition, “Mississippi: 200 Years of Statehood" on Wednesday, June 21st from 5 pm-7 pm. The program will feature a video statement from former Governor William Winter and a keynote address by author, journalist and editor W. Ralph Eubanks entitled, “Mississippi History and its Interpretation.” There will be refreshments and a chance to spend some time viewing the exhibit before and after the program. The official bicentennial exhibit reception was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the Mississippi Development Authority. The event is free and open to the public.