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.

The Department of Archives and Special Collections also maintains two blogs. This Week in Mississipi History takes a look at historical events while the Blues Blog focuses in on anything and everything Blues related. Be sure to take a look at all of our library blogs!

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Mississippi: 200 Years of Statehood

The Department of Archives & Special Collections in the University of Mississippi Libraries recently installed the exhibition, “Mississippi: 200 Years of Statehood” to commemorate the state’s bicentennial year. The twenty-one case display showcases archival materials in a thematic overview of the state’s 200 year history. It will run through December 11, 2017, and is open to the public (8am-5pm, Monday-Friday, except for University holidays). Special Collections curators also collaborated with the University’s Communications Department to produce twelve bicentennial videos which highlight various items in the exhibit. One video will be released each month during 2017 and will be posted on the Library’s YouTube Channel. To coincide with the exhibit the Department maintains the, “This Week in Mississippi History” blog. This blog will continue after 2017 and features archival materials from the collections related to Mississippi’s history and culture.

Ed Meek

Ed Meek and Meek School of Journalism and New Media Collection Available

The Department of Archives and Special Collections is pleased to announce the Ed Meek and Meek School of Journalism and New Media Collection is now available via the Library's Digital Collections.

This collection contains images and written materials created by Dr. Ed Meek from his time as staff writer in the University of Mississippi's Public Relations Office and following years. Documented are James Meredith's first days on campus and ensuing riot, along with other fascinating images of the University and surrounding areas.

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.