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Friday, June 16, 2017 - 4:43pm by Jennifer Ford

Please join us on Monday, June 19th at at noon for a panel discussion about The Mississippi Encyclopedia with the editors and some library contributors. Location: Department of Archives & Special Collections (third floor, JD Williams Library). For further information please call Special Collections at 662.915.7408. Hope to see you there!

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 3:53pm by Jennifer Ford

The University of Mississippi Medical Center opened in Jackson, MS in 1955, but its beginnings date to 1903 when a two-year medical school was established on the parent campus in Oxford. The Jackson campus has been home to some of the greatest innovations in cardiothoracic and transplant surgery, including two of the world’s first organ transplants by Dr. James D. Hardy.


Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 3:45pm by Jennifer Ford

Born May 19, 1949, Drew, Mississippi native Archie Manning dominated the field as the starting quarterback for the University of Mississippi's football team from 1969-1971. Manning, considered to be one of the University's finest players, ended his career with 5,562 yards of total offense which included a school record of 56 touchdowns. Manning earned All-America and All-SEC honors in both 1969 and 1970, as well as being named the Mississippi Sportsman of the Year (1969). A two-time favorite for the Heisman Trophy, Manning was fourth in the 1969 voting and third in 1970. He has received numerous other honors, such as his induction to the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame.


Monday, May 15, 2017 - 4:02pm by Jennifer Ford

Born on May 15,1890, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Katherine Anne Porter was not a Mississippian but a native Texan. However, she championed one of Mississippi's most celebrated authors, Eudora Welty, helping to propel her early career. Porter took notice of the young Mississippi author after the publication of the short story "Death of A Traveling Salesman" in 1936. She served as one of Welty's mentors in these early years and this relationship evolved into a lasting friendship. In 1941 Porter penned her famous introduction to Welty's first critical work, A Curtain of Green, and asserted "there is even in the smallest story a sense of power in reserve which makes me believe firmly that, splendid beginning that it is, it is only the beginning."


Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 5:25pm by Jennifer Ford

The University's Department of Archives and Special Collections invites donations from UM alumni, visitors, faculty, staff, current students, and any others who have archival materials related to the history of previous UM commencements. We are seeking to further augment the existing archival UM commencement collections with donations of programs, written memories about past speakers, invitations, news clippings, photographs, ephemera, audio, and any other related archival memorabilia.

Please contact Dr. Jennifer Ford, Head of Special Collections (jwford@olemiss.edu or 662.915.7408), to inquire about donation or with questions about this initiative.


Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 4:46pm by Jennifer Ford

The first “commencement” at the University of Mississippi took place in July 1849 at the end of the new university’s first academic year -- although with no graduates, the institution conferred no degrees. In the words of University historian, Dr. David Sansing, the four-day event surrounding the official program included “sumptuous banquets, a commencement ball, and many speeches..and was a gala celebration." The 1849 address was given by Alexander M. Clayton and Acting University President Albert Taylor Bledsoe. James Jones Quarles was a member of the first graduating class (only fifteen students) in 1851, and he received the very first diploma issued by the university.


Friday, May 5, 2017 - 8:20am by Jennifer Ford

Born on May 5, 1942, country music legend Tammy Wynette would have been 75 today. Known as the “First Lady of Country Music,” the Tremont, Mississippi native became one of the best-selling female artists in country music.  She had over twenty songs hitting the top spot in the country music charts through the years. Born Virginia Wynette Pugh, Wynette settled on her stage name on the advice of her producer Billy Sherrill who thought she bore a resemblance to the character "Tammy" from the hit movie Tammy and the Bachelor.


Friday, April 21, 2017 - 3:30pm by Jennifer Ford

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.


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