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Friday, February 17, 2017 - 2:05pm by Jennifer Ford

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.


Friday, February 17, 2017 - 1:48pm by Jennifer Ford

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!


Friday, February 17, 2017 - 1:27pm by Jennifer Ford

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.


Friday, February 10, 2017 - 12:49pm by Jennifer Ford

Though more well-known for its popular and folk music, Mississippi has had a number of important classical performers and composers. February's installment in the Department of Archives & Special Collections' bicentennial exhibit video series explores these traditions, as well as others.

In this month's segment, Greg Johnson, the Department's Blues Curator, discusses Mississippi's classical, jazz, country and rock musical traditions with highlights from some of the Department's archival collections.


Monday, February 6, 2017 - 2:27pm by Jennifer Ford

The Department of Archives & Special Collections is pleased to announce UM Professor Emeritus Dr. Warren Steel's lecture "The History of Shape-Note Singing Traditions in Mississippi." The event will take place in the JD Williams Library's Department of Archives & Special Collections at noon this Thursday (Feb. 9th) and is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Greg Johnson, gj1@olemiss.edu or call 662.915.7408.

Flyer for Warren Steel's lecture


Friday, February 3, 2017 - 2:46pm by Jennifer Ford

Dr. Frederick Robert Bernard attended the University of Mississippi in the 1870s. He was born in 1850 in Providence, LA (later changed to Lake Providence). He was the son of Dr. Samuel Pennock Bernard and Sarah Gilmore McCay. Samuel Pennock Bernard attended medical school at Heidelberg in Germany. During the Civil War, Frederick Robert Bernard went to stay with family in West Chester, PA. While a student at the University of Mississippi, Frederick Robert Bernard was active in college life, a member of the Hermean Society, Delta Kappa Epsilon, and other organizations. After graduating from the University of Mississippi he earned a medical degree from Tulane and later practiced medicine in Lake Providence until his death in 1922.


Monday, January 30, 2017 - 3:56pm by Jennifer Ford

On Friday, February 3, 2017 at noon in UM's Department of Archives & Special Collections (3rd floor, JD Williams Library) Martín Sassone and Gabriel Grätzer will discuss the fascinating story of how the blues came to Argentina in the late 1930s and influenced major musical developments in the country. Sassone and Grätzer are the authors of Bien al Sur: Historia del Blues en Argentina.


Friday, January 27, 2017 - 9:13am by Jennifer Ford

On January 25, 1973 world-renowned pianist, Lili Kraus, performed in the University of Mississippi's Fulton Chapel before students, faculty, and the community. An international prodigy, Kraus was born in Budapest in 1903. Her musical tutelage began at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music where she received its highest degree and at age seventeen she entered the Budapest Conservatory. She studied with numerous well-known classical musicians during her formative years and soon became a specialist in the works of Mozart and Beethoven. Garnering early critical acclaim after her recordings with violinist Szymon Goldberg, Kraus became a much sought after performer. She began touring Europe, Japan, Australia and South Africa in the 1930s.


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