Introduction: Mississippi Matinée(3)
We have chosen the most
striking items in our collections both visually and intellectually. These
include everything from rare Faulkner pressbooks from the then "scandalous"
picture The Story of Temple Drake (1933) to unique early daybills for
blues related films such as Bessie Smith’s St. Louis Blues. (1929). It is
an attempt to draw from every part of the department and has involved the
cooperation of each member of our staff. I want to thank my collaborators who
contributed so much to this endeavor: Jeffrey Boyce, Shugana Campbell, Chatham
Ewing, Joey Hammond, Gregory Johnson, and Leigh McWhite. In addition, our
Library Dean, Julia Rholes, has been a constant supporter of Special
Collections, encouraging our staff at each step of this process. I would also
like to thank the retired Head of Special Collections, Dr. Thomas Verich, for
his foresight in collecting much of this wonderful material when many believed it to be
Several wonderful donors have
contributed greatly to our holdings in this area: most notably Mrs. Ann Jefcoat
Rayburn , Mrs. Leila Clark Wynn, Mr. William Lewis, Jr., and Mr. Matthew
Bouchard. Without their help this event could not have been possible. They have
given without regard for gain, and their kindness to Special Collections and the
University is unbounded.
With all that being said I now
invite you to sit back, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the show...
Head, Special Collections