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Collections

  • Mississippi's African-American Authors

    The only document of its kind on the Internet, this comprehensive listing of Mississippi's African-American authors is intended to assist researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and primary and secondary students in their discovery and exploration of the state's African-American writers.

  • African American Newspapers 1827 - 1998

    Provides online access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. This unique collection features papers from more than 35 states—including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles.

  • Special Collections

    The Special Collections Department contains diverse and unique materials from Mississippi and Mississippi State University, the South and beyond. Subject areas include mass communications; civil rights; and local, state, and national politics. Collections of particular interest to those researching diversity are listed below.

  • Manuscripts:

    Bishop (Dorothy) papers. MSS. 660. circa 1947, 1967-2009 and undated. circa 3 cubic feet.

    Papers of Dorothy Bishop (b. 1943), Bethel Community, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, resident and community activist, 1943-2009. Persons extensively documented in the Oktibbeha County materials are Dorothy Bishop, Morris Kinsey, and Dr. Douglas Conner.

    Colley-Lee (Myrna) papers. MSS. 635. circa 1920-2011. 40 cubic feet.

    Papers of costume designer Colley-Lee of Charleston, Mississippi, include scripts, playbills, photographs, design materials, sketches, rehearsal materials, research materials for plays.

    Conner (Douglas) papers. MSS. 179. 1943-1993, 2011. 0.99 cubic feet.

    The Douglas Conner papers include the papers of Dr. Douglas L. Conner (1920-1998), prominent African-American physician and civil rights activist in Mississippi.

    Fields (Norma) papers. MSS. 450. 1960-1993, 2009 and undated. circa 11 cubic feet.

    Correspondence, articles and clippings, speeches, photographs, awards, audiotapes and other records documenting the journalistic career of Fields (1923-2010), reporter for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

    Kaufman (Harold and Lois) papers. MSS. 533. 1892-1985 and undated. circa 30 cubic feet and musical instruments.

    Papers of Kaufman, musician, teacher and community organizer, document her education in Brookfield, Missouri, and her career, family life and social and organizational activities in Starkville, Mississippi. Also included are the papers of Mabel Logsdon, teacher and friend of Kaufman. Addition: Materials of Harold Kaufman concerning his work in sociology and rural life and personal materials of the Kaufmans; unprocessed.

    Miller (Willie J.) papers. MSS. 501. 1955 (Bulk dates: 1974-1998). 24 cubic feet.

    Papers of Willie J. Miller (1902-1996), a native of Yazoo City, Mississippi, and a resident of Jackson, Mississippi, who established the Mississippi Enterprise, a weekly newspaper targeting Mississippi African-Americans in 1938.

    Mississippi Media Professionals (Mississippi Press Women) records. MSS. 581. 1958-2000 (Bulk Dates: 1964-1998). 4 cubic feet.

    The Mississippi Media Professionals (Mississippi Press Women) records contain diverse materials pertaining to the various aspects of the organization from 1958 to 2000, including correspondence, financial records, scrapbooks, and newsletters.

    Tombigbee Council on Human Relations records. MSS. 339. 1967-1976. 9 cubic feet.

    Records of the community action organization, which primarily concerned the Mississippi counties of Clay, Lowndes, Monroe, Noxubee, and Oktibbeha.

    Wier (Robert and Sadye) papers. MSS. 313. 1885-1994. circa 20 cubic feet.

    Personal papers, correspondence, business records, clippings, photographs, extensive scrapbooks, oral histories, literary manuscripts, reminiscences and other materials concerning Robert Wier (1886-1974) and his wife Sadye Hunter Wier (1905-1995). Robert Wier, who operated and owned the City Barber Shop in Starkville, was the first and only African-American to have a business on Main Street.

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  • Mike Espy Collection

    The Espy Collection contains files, audio/visual material, publications, and memorabilia documenting his congressional career plus some personal files and other items from his work as Secretary of Agriculture.

  • Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library

    The Grant Presidential Collection consists of some 15,000 linear feet of correspondence, research notes, artifacts, photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia and includes information on Grant's childhood from his birth in 1822, his later military career, Civil War triumphs, tenure as commanding general after the war, presidency, and his post-White House years until his death in 1885. There are also 4,000 published monographs on various aspects of Grant's life and times.