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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.


Friday, January 20, 2017 - 4:37pm by Jennifer Ford

What elements of our culture in Mississippi do we all share? Are there jokes, tall tales, songs, and sayings unique to our state that bind us together? What holiday customs or superstitions did our grandparents hold, and where did they come from? These questions and much more are asked by folklorists, who examine elements of culture shared by various groups of people.

The Department of Archives & Special Collections bicentennial exhibit video series began this week. January's video features an engaging discussion of aspects of Mississippi folklore based on some of the department's collections by Blues Curator, Greg Johnson.  


Monday, January 9, 2017 - 3:42pm by Jennifer Ford

This week's blog post is dedicated to the announcement of the opening of the Department of Archives & Special Collections' year-long exhibit, "Mississippi: 200 Years of Statehood." The display showcases archival documents, photographs, sound recordings, ephemera, historic maps, and many other rare items from Mississippi's 200 year history as a state. The University's Communications Department recently released a short article about the exhibit providing more detail. Stay tuned for the soon-to-be-released first installment of the bicentennial exhibit video project, as well as lecture series dates.


Friday, December 2, 2016 - 1:05pm by Jennifer Ford

John Davis Williams retired as Chancellor of the University of Mississippi in 1968 after serving in that position twenty-one years. His tenure was longer than any other chancellor in the history of the institution to date. Williams arrived on the Oxford campus at a time when the University was undergoing rapid change in response to an influx of World War II veterans. He served during the turbulent years of the Joseph McCarthy era and in 1968 left behind an integrated University after more than a century of segregation.


Friday, November 18, 2016 - 10:34am by Jennifer Ford

Historians agree that early migration patterns into the Mississippi Territory began during what is known as the "Great Migration" period (1798-1819). The invention of the cotton gin, rise in slave labor, and promise of economic stability drew many immigrants to the area. However, the War of 1812 and an economic panic in 1819 slowed the process down. Conditions began to improve even before the 1819 panic ended and those seeking better economic prospects poured into the region in even greater numbers. According to historian Charles Lowery, one contemporary traveler in 1816 counted over 4,000 immigrants venturing into the Mississippi Territory during only a nine day period.


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