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STARKVILLE - October is National Archives Month, and, in celebration, Mississippi State University Libraries will feature throughout the month one of its newest collections.

The Todd A. Herring Collection will be officially welcomed and honored with an open house and exhibit, "A Historian Collects: Selections from the Todd A. Herring Collection," in MSU Libraries' Special Collections Department on Friday, October 9, 2009, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Former Starkville resident and Lincoln University professor of history Dr. Todd A. Herring, who earned both his master's and doctoral degrees from MSU, collected his first document in 1977 at the age of 11.  After that, Herring was hooked.  For the next 30 years he purchased and added to his collection a variety of historical materials from stoneware jugs used to hold liquor to thousands of documents and rare books, publications, and artifacts.  In 2008, Herring began donating materials to his alma mater, and, to date, MSU Libraries' Manuscripts Division of Special Collections has received some 18 cubic feet of traveler's accounts; estate, military, and business records; religious materials; photographs, letters, and pamphlets; rare books; newspaper articles and journals; artifacts; and more.

Herring's strong interest in the Natchez and lower Mississippi Valley area is reflected in the in-depth focus of his Collection on those areas.  That interest led to his 2000 doctoral dissertation, Natchez, 1795-1830: Life and Death on the Slavery Frontier.  Herring's Collection also features documents and artifacts from other areas of Mississippi, the South, and other regions of the United States and from his extensive travels  to 26 countries.

For more information on MSU Libraries and on the Todd A. Herring Collection and open house, please visit or contact Mattie Sink at 662-325-3848.

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