Special Collections primarily collects material related to the state of Mississippi or the genre of blues music. This focus includes literature, history, music, art, and images. Subject strengths include the blues, Mississippi authors, the antebellum & Civil War period, civil rights & race relations, and politics. At the request of faculty, Special Collections will prepare presentations designed around course curriculum for both undergraduates and graduates. Such talks will prove most useful for faculty requiring a research paper using primary resources. Special Collections will not only introduce students to the policies and procedures of the archives, the presenter will also discuss the different formats available in the archives (publications; manuscript collections that include correspondence, diaries, financial ledgers and organization records; audio & visual recordings; and photographs), showcase examples specifically related to the course, and offer ideas for research topics that can make the most of our holdings.
- Presentations occur only on-site in the archives and only during our office hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
- Presentations work best for small classes with less than 30 students.
- Due to our small staff size, Special Collections will only be able to schedule up to three presentations a week. In addition, preparation requires sufficient advance notice. Therefore, please schedule presentations several weeks in advance.
For further information on Special Collections including Subject Guides to collections, visit our web site. To schedule a presentation, contact Special Collections at x7408 or e-mail the department at firstname.lastname@example.org placing the word “presentation" in the subject line.