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2017

Out of This World

Out of This World

February 2017

Space art is a combination of science and art created in a realist, surrealist, or impressionist manner. Space artists see themselves as the heirs to the 19th-century American landscape artists who traveled westward to explore new territories. Instead of the Western frontier, these new explorers look to space. Their art is informed by science and requires extensive research to maintain accuracy. Space art depicts celestial events that are extremely remote, exposed to unimaginably intense radiation, gravity or temperature extremes. It basically depicts the next best thing to actually being there based on science and imagination.

We Have Been Believers

We Have Been Believers

February 2017

Mississippi State University’s Mitchell Memorial Library is excited to announce its new exhibit, “WE HAVE BEEN BELIEVERS”: AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE IN MISSISSIPPI, 1835-1970.” Located on the second floor of the library, the exhibit showcases items from Mississippi State University Special Collections that represent the lives of African Americans in Mississippi in the 19th and 20th centuries, with an emphasis on education, business, civil rights, and African American Mississippi writers.

2016

MSU’s Historic Diamond Dawgs

60th Anniversary of The College of Arts and Sciences

November 2016

In celebration of their 60th anniversary, the College of Arts and Sciences curated a small exhibit to be displayed on the 2nd floor of Mitchell Memorial Library. The exhibit is located in the flat case just outside of Research Services and includes a vintage Arts and Sciences sign, photographs, memorabilia and ephemera commemorating the College’s history. The highlight of the exhibit is the College’s first distinguished professorship award, “The Donald L. Haul Distinguished Professorship”. This exhibit will be available for viewing through the first week of November.

MSU’s Historic Diamond Dawgs

Homecoming Featured in Fall Exhibit

September 2016

Mitchell Memorial Library’s Fall exhibit celebrates Mississippi State University’s Homecoming tradition. MSU’s Homecoming was originally instituted as Dad’s Day in 1921 by President Hull, and was formed as a way for the faculty and staff to meet the fathers of their students and to allow the fathers the opportunity know the place where their sons would call home for four years. The first Dad’s Day football game was played in December against LSU. By 1937 the name of the event was changed to Homecoming and the Homecoming football games were moved to October shortly after. The first Homecoming Queen, Virginia Barfield, was elected in 1950 in a Homecoming Queen pageant.

MSU’s Historic Diamond Dawgs

Roots and Branches: An Exploration of American Democracy

October 2016

A variety of treasures from the Mississippi State University Libraries Special Collections, drawn from the Manuscripts, Rare Books and Mississippiana departments, the University Archives, the Congressional and Political Research Center, and the U.S. Grant Presidential Library. Highlights include bound State Papers from the United Kingdom and the United States, correspondence of an early ambassador to Denmark, ballots from Mississippi and New York, numerous books by and about statesmen, editorial cartoons, and an array of campaign signs, bumper stickers, t-shirts, and other memorabilia.

MSU’s Historic Diamond Dawgs

MSU’s Historic Diamond Dawgs

July-August 2016

Mississippi State University Libraries’ summer exhibit is a brief look back at MSU’s historic baseball program. The exhibit, located in the 2nd floor atrium of Mitchell Memorial Library, shares articles about the 2016 team’s success as SEC Champions, as well as past championships, College World Series participation, and other events in MSU Diamond Dawg history. Other items included in the exhibit are historic photos of Coach Dudy Noble and Coach Ron Polk - as well as a photo of the team’s current coach, John Cohen - a vintage baseball jersey and cap, a baseball signed by Coach Ron Polk, MSU baseball media guides and programs, and historic photographs of teams past.

Southern Literary Trail

Southern Literary Trail

April-June 2016

The Southern Literary Trail is the focus of Mitchell Memorial Library’s latest 2nd floor exhibit. Established in 2005, the Southern Literary Trail connects three Southern states—Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia—in celebrating the lives, inspiration, and literary works of prominent Southern writers. The trail features a selection of authors’ homes and home towns and in some cases, buildings that inspired an author’s works such as the Monroe County, Alabama Courthouse that plays prominently in Harper Lee’s Too Kill A Mockingbird.

Special Collections Exhibit, In Bloom

Special Collections Exhibit, “In Bloom”

April-May 2016

The Southern Literary Trail is the focus of Mitchell Memorial Library’s latest 2nd floor exhibit. Established in 2005, the Southern Literary Trail connects three Southern states—Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia—in celebrating the lives, inspiration, and literary works of prominent Southern writers. The trail features a selection of authors’ homes and home towns and in some cases, buildings that inspired an author’s works such as the Monroe County, Alabama Courthouse that plays prominently in Harper Lee’s Too Kill A Mockingbird.

Templeton Ragtime and Jazz Festival Exhibit

Templeton Ragtime and Jazz Festival Exhibit

March 2016

In conjunction with the annual Templeton Ragtime and Jazz Festival, this exhibit consisted of reproductions of sheet music from the Templeton Sheet Music Collection, artifacts from various instruments, photographs from past festivals, books, newspaper articles, memorabilia and items featured in the Festival store.

High Notes: Treasures from the Music Collections

"High Notes": Treasures from the Music Collections

February 4, 2016

The display includes a variety of treasures from the Mississippi State University Libraries Special Collections, drawn from the Manuscripts, Rare Books and Mississippiana departments, the University Archives, and the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library.

Honoring Civil Rights in Mississippi

Honoring Civil Rights in Mississippi

February 4, 2016 - February 29, 2016

Mitchell Memorial Library’s current exhibit, "Honoring Civil Rights in Mississippi" highlights some of Mississippi's Civil Rights leaders on both a state and local level throughout various times in Mississippi's history.

The President's Face: The Genius of Henry Ulke (1821-1920)

"The President's Face": The Genius of Henry Ulke (1821-1920)

September 2015 - April 2016

This exhibition at the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library focuses on the evolution of portraits of the President from the time of Lincoln through the time of Garfield, in particular, looking at how photography changed the appearance of formal portraits.

2015

Merry Christmas Exhibit

Merry Christmas Exhibit

December 2015

Exhibit featured vintage Christmas cards from the Margaret Peebles Collection and Christmas themed decorative items such as plates, bowls, Santa Clause figurines, and ceramic snowmen from the Beth Jackson Collection. This is a yearly exhibit.

Katrina: Ten Years Later

Katrina: Ten Years Later

August - September 2015

From the time it formed on August 23 to its dissipation on August 31, Hurricane Katrina had affected more than 90,000 square miles and resulted in over 1,800 deaths. Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed, leaving the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast in devastation. To date, Katrina has been the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history. Through various newspaper articles, books, and photos, the exhibit, Katrina: Ten Years later, highlights this historic hurricane, recovery efforts, and Mississippi State University's response.

Where Art and History Intersect: Shared Treasures of Bernard & Shirley Kinsey

"Where Art and History Intersect": Shared Treasures of Bernard & Shirley Kinsey

March 21 - June 19, 2015

An exhibit of authentic and rare art, artifacts, books and documents that tell the untold story of African American achievements. Sponsored by the Mississippi State University Libraries and the MSU African American Studies Program

Eudora Welty: Other Places

Eudora Welty: Other Places

March 3 - April 28, 2015

"Eudora Welty: Other Places" presents photographs Eudora Welty took during her travels, specifically while in New Orleans and New York City between 1936 and 1939. During the winter of 1936, Welty's camera focused not on the festive Mardi Gras celebrations, parades, and balls, but rather on gestures, ironic juxtapositions, and the human interactions and relationships that so fascinated her.

2014

Evolution of a Library

Evolution of a Library

August 1 - 31

Highlighted the history of MSU Libraries, from the basement of Old Main to the building and expansions of Mitchell Memorial Library. Included floor plans, documents, and photographs of the library's building and expansions, and photos of its faculty and staff over the years, plus architectural renderings of the library's new expansion project.

Maroon & Write

Maroon & Write

August 1 - 31

MSU is engaged in a 5-year Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) called Maroon and Write as part of the institution's regional accreditation. This plan seeks to improve the quality of student writing during their academic careers.

Maroon Edition - The Invisible Girls: A Memoir

Maroon Edition - The Invisible Girls: A Memoir

August 1 - 31

Maroon Edition, Mississippi State University's first-year reading experience invites students to read a book before the fall semester begins and participate in related activities planned for next academic year.

Mississippi State University Leaders

Mississippi State University Leaders

August 1 - 31

Included a gallery of Mississippi State University presidents from Stephen D. Lee (1880-1899) to Mark E. Keenum (2009 – present), plus vice-presidents and deans.

Earlier

GladRags: Sketches, Swatches and Costume Designs by Myrna Colley-Lee

GladRags: Sketches, Swatches and Costume Designs by Myrna Colley-Lee

June - October 2006

The exhibition consisted of nearly 100 works by Colley-Lee, including working sketches and fabric swatches, production photographs and finished costumes that represent a portfolio spanning three decades.

Carolyn Bennett Patterson Exhibit

Carolyn Bennett Patterson Exhibit

From the time she was a child in Kosciusko reading about author Robert Louis Stevenson's travels through the mountains of France, Carolyn Bennett Patterson wanted to write. Years later, as the first woman editor at National Geographic Magazine, she would retrace Stevenson's steps. On April 12, 1999, Patterson traveled to Mississippi State to donate papers that span her 37-year career at the Washington publication. Her collection is housed in Mitchell Memorial Library Special Collections Department.

Howard Langfitt WLBT "Farm Family of the Week" Exhibit

In 1990, Howard Langfitt donated his collection consisting of 342 television scripts and about 16,600 negative images from the television program "RFD Televisit." The program ran from 1954 to 1961, and featured farming families from Mississippi and parts of Louisiana. Langfitt was the host of the show as well as its scriptwriter. This exhibit contained nearly 7000 photonegatives from the "RFD Televisit" program, and has since been revamped into a digital collection.