Since 1975 Special Collections
has enthusiastically collected items related to Mississippi and the
screen posters, pressbooks, daybills, scripts, movie treatments, soundtracks,
and related ephemera. Our collecting parameters are that the movie should be
shot in Mississippi, be about Mississippi, be based on a work by a
Mississippian, or all of the above. We have worked with donors, rare book
dealers, and now Internet auction houses to locate many of these unique pieces.
Organizing such a plethora of
material offered complications. Among all of these colorful collections how
should we present the little explored history of Mississippi and the movies?
After much thought, our staff decided upon several themes which we felt
represented the cinematic landscape of the state. Of course, the well-known and
important work of William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams appears but other
lesser known and vintage Mississippi authors and films make their presence felt.
Thematic concepts such as foreign versions of Mississippi-related films and
civil rights films also form important parts of the exhibition. [go to page 3 >>]