Library Leaks

Hollywood Visits Washington DC: A New Display from the Miller Collection

The national capital occasionally hosts premieres and advance showings for films…events which provide movie studios with an opportunity to invite the powerful and prominent.  The programs and invitations featured in two recently installed exhibit cases on the first floor of the J.D. Williams Library are from the collection of William M. “Fishbait” Miller housed in the UM Department of Archives & Special Collections' Modern Political Archives.

June 21st Exhibit Opening Event in Special Collections!

Special Collections cordially invites you to the official opening reception for its current bicentennial exhibition, “Mississippi: 200 Years of Statehood" on Wednesday, June 21st from 5 pm-7 pm. The program will feature a video statement from former Governor William Winter and a keynote address by author, journalist and editor W. Ralph Eubanks entitled, “Mississippi History and its Interpretation.” There will be refreshments and a chance to spend some time viewing the exhibit before and after the program.

Mississippi Encyclopedia Panel: Monday June 19th!

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!

On this Date - Ethel Waters

On 14 June 1939, Ethel Waters became the first African American star of a television show, when NBC aired the Ethel Waters Show. This one-time television variety show special featured musical performances, dramatic vignettes, and more. 

Skip James - Born this Day in 1902

The Skip James song "Devil Got My Woman" is one of the most haunting blues songs, indeed in all of recorded music. The song's minor open tuning, sparse accompaniment, and mournful, falsetto singing are the base for what some have termed the Bentonia style (after James' hometown). This song likely influenced Robert Johnson's "Hellhound on My Trail," and served as the real thematic center of Terry Zwigoff's 2001 film Ghost World

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