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Historic papers chronicling turn-of-the-century theatre and a hometown business recently became the newest collections at Mississippi State University Libraries.

The Grand Opera House of Mississippi, Inc., and the Marks Rothenberg Department Store papers – two collections donated to the University in a ceremony on July 18, 2011, at Meridian's Riley Center – will be a useful tool for historians of American theatre and business, as well.

"The collection analyzes national trends in theatre between 1890 and 1927 and traces the decline of theatre and the rise of movies in America," said Dr. Dennis Mitchell, Professor of history at MSU-Meridian. "Historians studying business will find the Marks Rothenberg records of family management a rich resource and can use them to chronicle the evolution of corporate practices."

Pictured here  during the July 18th ceremony are (l to r) Gregory Hatcher, Vice  President, Grand Opera House of Mississippi, Inc.; Frances Coleman, Dean of  Libraries; Mitchell; Harold 'Nick' Nichols, Retired Dean, MSU-Meridian;  Margaret Remy, President, Grand Opera House of Mississippi, Inc.; and Mark  Keenum, President, MSU. Photo credit: Jim  Tomlinson/MSU Libraries.

Pictured here during the July 18th ceremony are (l to r) Gregory Hatcher, Vice President, Grand Opera House of Mississippi, Inc.; Frances Coleman, Dean of Libraries; Mitchell; Harold "Nick" Nichols, Retired Dean, MSU-Meridian; Margaret Remy, President, Grand Opera House of Mississippi, Inc.; and Mark Keenum, President, MSU. Photo credit: Jim Tomlinson/MSU Libraries.

Additionally, shared Mitchell, researchers interested in urban history can use the collection to study dramatic changes in some of Meridian's most historic buildings and their various utilizations over time.

For more information on these new collections at MSU Libraries, please contact Dr. Mike Ballard, University Archivist, at 662-325-7680. For more information on MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/.



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