In late April 1937, Mississippi's Blue Mountain College hosted the first Southern Literary Festival on its campus. Not only did this momentous event begin a tradition which has endured until this day, the 1937 meeting featured Robert Penn Warren as the keynote speaker. Warren, then a professor at LSU, was one of the founders of this organization of Southern colleges and schools designed to help promote Southern literature. The poet and author would go on to receive a Pulitzer Prize only ten years later for his book All the King's Men, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1958 and 1979.
Eudora Alice Welty was born in Jackson, MS on April 13, 1909 and would have been 108 today. An author of prodigious talent, she penned ten collected works of short stories, six novels, and two volumes of essays during her lifetime, receiving international recognition for her work.
Welty's first short story, "Death of a Traveling Salesman", was published in 1936 and only five years later her short story collection, A Curtain of Green, was released. This work included such iconic short stories as "Why I Live at the P.O.", "Petrified Man", and "A Worn Path." The latter won second place for the 1941 O. Henry Award, whose volumes were edited by fellow Mississippian Herschel Brickell. Welty went on to win first place in 1942, 1943,and 1968.
On March 31-April 2, 1989 The University of Mississippi held "The Civil Rights Movement and the Law: A National Symposium" to examine and assess the effects of civil rights litigation on contemporary law and society. The event was coordinated and sponsored by the University of Mississippi's School of Law and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture who received grant support from the Ford Foundation.
The first annual Oxford Conference for the Book was held from April 2- 4, 1993 on the University of Mississippi campus. Speakers at the historic event included several significant literary figures: Larry Brown, Willie Morris, William Styron, Barry Hannah, George Plimpton, Kaye Gibbons and many others. Other speakers included booksellers, marketing professionals, and book enthusiasts, such as: Shannon Ravenel of Algonquin Books; John Y. Cole of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress; and Oren Teicher, then president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, among others.
Born in Winona, Mississippi, in 1904, George Alonzo McLean attended Davidson College before receiving a bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi in 1926. In 1928 he earned a master's degree of divinity from the Boston Theological Seminary at Boston University. He did graduate work at Stanford University and the University of Chicago in psychology and sociology. McLean served brief teaching tenures at Adrian College in Michigan and at Southwestern College (Rhodes) in Memphis, the latter from which he was ousted after organizing African-American tenant farmers in the Arkansas delta.
The Department of Archives & Special Collections is pleased to host another exciting public event next week!
On Tuesday, February 21st at 2pm musician and UM Ph.D. student Alicia Marie Venchuk will present, "Women of the Blues: A Tribute to Memphis Minnie and Beverly "Guitar" Watkins. Part musical tribute and part educational lecture, this presentation pays tribute to the lives, lyrics, songs and accomplishments of two prolific and revolutionary women blues guitarists.
Just in time for the start of the season! The Department of Archives & Special Collections has installed two new display cases featuring selected archival items documenting the early history of UM baseball. These cases exhibit a few eye-catching historic artifacts dating from the early 20th century through the 1930s, including a uniform, photographs, a pennant, among other items.
Featured below is an image from one of the cases, both of which are located on the first floor of the JD Williams Library on either side of the main front staircase. Hope you have time to come by to view the past on your way to watch the 2017 team!
Although many early religious and cultural traditions combined to create our modern Valentine's Day, the practice of creating and exchanging cards did not develop in Europe until the 18th century. Historians cite 1797 as the year when England published its first card dedicated to the holiday. Early American hand-made cards began appearing soon after, and by the early 19th century mass production techniques printed cards in greater quantities, further encouraging the popularity of the holiday. These early versions were often elaborately detailed and included added features like fabric, lace, and occasionally pop-up movement.