Archives & Special Collections
Archives & Special Collections:

Located on the third floor of the J.D. Williams Library, the Department of Archives and Special Collections houses important collections of Mississippiana. Since 1975, our primary purpose has been to acquire, conserve, and make accessible rare books, manuscripts, maps, visual and audio materials, and ephemera related to the University of Mississippi, the state of Mississippi, and the Blues.

The Department of Archives and Special Collections invites patron visits during our regular hours from 8:00 to 5:00, Monday through Friday, except during selected University holidays.

Judge Claude F. Clayton
News & Events

Judge Claude F. Clayton & His Judicial Papers

The Archives & Special Collections at the University of Mississippi will host a program on Thursday, April 17th, at 5:30 p.m. to commemorate Judge Claude F. Clayton and the opening of his papers to researchers. This event will take place in the Faulkner Room of the Archives & Special Collections, located on the third floor of the J.D. Williams Library.

Clayton served as a judge on the U.S. District Court of Northern Mississippi from 1958 to 1967 and on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 1967 until his death in 1969. For more information on Judge Clayton and his papers, check out the collection finding aid online at

Judge Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will reminiscence about practicing law in Judge Clayton's court as an assistant U.S. Attorney. Former law clerk Will Lewis of Oxford, Mississippi will discuss Clayton and the 1962 integration of the University of Mississippi, and third-year law students Sierra Brown and Seth Johnson will review several civil rights files they uncovered while working on the collection.

Open to the general public, the event is also approved for one hour of Mississippi Continuing Legal Education and Continuing Judicial Education credit.

Please contact Dr. Leigh McWhite at 662-915-1850 or if you have any questions about the Clayton Collection or the program on April 17th.

William Faulkner’s Books: A Bibliographic Exhibit

William Faulkner’s Books: A Bibliographic Exhibit

“William Faulkner’s Books: A Bibliographic Exhibit” is located in the Faulkner Room, J.D. Williams Library and will be up from January 2nd through December 12, 2014. Library patrons will have the opportunity to learn about William Faulkner’s extensive literary career. The exhibit features 20 cases dedicated to books and artifacts that go along with them. Featured books include Soldier’s Pay, As I Lay Dying, the Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom! among others. The display will also include a case featuring The Marionettes, a play Faulkner penned in 1921, hand-bound and illustrated. Other items include original Faulkner poetry manuscripts, manuscripts from the Rowan Oak Papers, original short stories in periodicals, and photographs from the Col. J.R. Cofield Collection and the Martin Dain Collection.

We invite visitors to Special Collections to view the new exhibition during our hours, Monday-Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, except for University holidays. For more information please contact Dr. Jennifer Ford at 662-915-7639 or at

Ole Miss Students Yearbooks

The Ole Miss Yearbooks Have Been Digitized and Available Online

Volumes of University of Mississippi yearbooks printed between 1897 and 2013 can be viewed online, thanks to the project that digitized the books for archival purposes.

The project was made possible by the Lyrasis Digitization Collaborative, a Sloan Foundation grant-subsidized program and by the Dr. Gerald Walton Endowment.

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