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In conjunction with Mississippi State University's historical investigation of the sesquicentennial land-grant university, "Thinking Land Grants: A 'Cerebration' of the 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Land-Grant Act, October 3-6, 2012," and the national recognition of October as Archives Month, the MSU Libraries announce a number of online and onsite resources celebrating the Morrill Land-Grant Act.

An exhibit detailing the land-grant origins of MSU is newly installed on Mitchell Memorial Library's second-floor Information Mall. Utilizing materials from the vast collections of the University Archives, this exhibit hosts for visitors documents, photographs and memorabilia related to the early days of the University, known then as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Mississippi. Among the items on display are excerpts from the original Board of Trustees meeting minutes from 1878, showing the selection of Starkville as the site for the College and of Stephen D. Lee as the College's first president.

The MSU Libraries have also created The Mississippi State University Founders Digital Collection as a supplement to the exhibit. This collection features the complete 1878 Board of Trustees meeting minutes and the Presidential Papers of both Stephen D. Lee (from 1880-1899) and John Marshall Stone (from 1899-1900), second President of the College.  This collection can be accessed by visiting

In addition, “The Morrill Act, Celebrating Land-Grant Universities,” a new research guide, is now available, providing users with access to information on the Morrill Act, land-grant institutions in the United States, agricultural resources on the web, books and journals dealing with agricultural and mechanical topics and a variety of digital resources related to land-grant institutions and their missions. This research guide can be accessed by visiting

For more information and to begin accessing these resources, please visit or contact MSU Libraries Assistant Archivist Ryan Semmes at 662-325-9355 or by email at

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