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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 8:33am by Jennifer Ford

Percy E. Foxworth was born on 29 November 1906 in Purvis, Mississippi. He received his early education in the grade and high schools of Poplarville and Derby, Mississippi. He attended Pearl River Junior College for two years and then began his accounting studies at the Walton School of Commerce and the LaSalle Extension University. In 1926 he entered the employ of the Edward Hines Western Pine Company at Poplarville, Mississippi, and later was transferred to the company's offices at Burne, Oregon where he allegedly picked up the nickname "Sam".


Friday, October 6, 2017 - 3:14pm by Jennifer Ford

Join us for UM Professor of Theatre Arts Dr. Rhona Justice Malloy's presentation, "From Shakespeare’s London to Faulkner’s Oxford: The Unlikely Journey of Edwin Booth’s Second Folio" at noon tomorrow (October 10th) in the Department of Archives & Special Collections (3rd floor of the JD Williams Library).


Friday, October 6, 2017 - 12:49pm by Jennifer Ford

In 2002, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at The University of Mississippi and the Mississippi Arts Commission co-sponsored a survey of traditional music performers and venues in the northeastern corner of the state (Oxford defined the western border, and Aberdeen the southern). Wiley Prewitt, Jr. collected audio taped interviews and recordings of performances as well as photographing related images. As the blues was already well documented by scholars, the musical genres covered tended to be bluegrass and gospel. The National Endowment for the Arts' Folk and Traditional Arts Initiative provided funding.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 2:19pm by Jennifer Ford

Join us for UM Instructional Assistant Professor of Journalism Ellen Meacham's presentation, "Tracking RFK Through the Delta: Digging Through Documents and Knocking on Doors” at noon tomorrow in the Department of Archives & Special Collections (3rd floor of the JD Williams Library). Professor Meacham will discuss her research for her upcoming work Delta Epiphany: RFK in Mississippi, which focuses on Robert F. Kennedy’s historic trip to the Mississippi Delta.

The event is free and open to the public. For questions please contact 662.915.7408 or archivesdept@olemiss.edu


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.


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