“History Lives in Mississippi: Creating the Presidential Debate Collection”(23 October 2008)

Although the following progam falls outside the deadline for consideration of a 2008 Mississippi Library Association Public Relations Award, a description appears to provide a complete record of the library's debate programming.

October is Archives Month, and the Society of Mississippi Archivists adopted the theme “History Lives in Mississippi.” The state’s repositories are encouraged to participate in Archives Month by organizing an event or activity which will advocate the archival mission. Special Collections adopted the theme as the title for its third Brown Bag program which provides an opportunity for the Modern Political Archives to fulfill the function of acquiring material related to the September 26th Presidential Debate at the University of Mississippi.

Although Special Collections will promote the Brown Bag using identical methods to the previous programs, it will also issue a special e-mail to all faculty, staff, students, and community members who participated in planning for the debate and its related activities. In addition to encouraging their attendance, the invitation will also ask audience members to bring any debate-related materials they wish to donate to the Presidential Debate Collection.

The Brown Bag will feature Dr. Andy Mullins, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, discussing the university’s application and planning for the debate; Dr. David Sansing, Professor Emeritus of History, will place the debate in the context of university history; and Dr. Andy Harper of the Center for Documentary Projects, will play footage of oral interviews and other debate recordings.

Related Materials

A variety of materials associated with the "History Lives in Mississippi" Brown Bag:

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