The Special Collections Department contains diverse and unique materials from Mississippi and Mississippi State University, the South and beyond, categorized into three divisions:
The most complete collection of Grant correspondence in the world, plus photographs, political cartoons, sheet music, art, and artifacts from and about Grant's life, military service, and presidency.
Correspondence and other writings, photographs, and audio from U. S. and Mississippi Senators and Representatives, local political figures, and political researchers.
Materials from the MSU Extension Service, farmers and plantation owners, agribusinesses, and more, relating to Mississippi's agricultural and rural roots.
Sheet music, wax cylinder and flat disc recordings, and self-playing instruments from the turn of the 20th century.
Photographs, original manuscripts, correspondence, promotional materials, and translated novels from best-selling author and MSU alumnus John Grisham.
Hundreds of costumes and pieces of vintage clothing, notes, and sketches, donated by celebrated film, television, and theatre costume designer Myrna Colley-Lee.
A collection of oral histories and books about MSU's Lloyd-Ricks-Watson building, which has housed research on topics including agriculture, economics, sociology, chemistry, and veterinary medicine.
Textbooks and related materials currently being used in Mississippi's elementary and secondary schools.
Our Digital Collections include tens of thousands of pieces of sheet music; correspondence, photographs, newspaper columns, and audio from our congressional and political collections; images and records from University Archives; photographs from MSU Libraries events; and letters, photographs, and political cartoons from Ulysses S. Grant's military and presidential careers.