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On December 5, 2002, John F. Marszalek, W. L. Giles Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, and Jeanne A. Marszalek, a long-time leader in community race relations and local and state politics, established a fund for the purchase of primary sources to be placed in the Mississippi State University Libraries.  These sources will consist of materials related to the following aspects of American History:

Civil War and Reconstruction
Jacksonian America
Race Relations

To encourage use of primary source materials, the Marszalek Fund and the Mississippi State University Libraries have established a lecture series, the Marszalek Speaker Series.  Each year, an established historian of national reputation presents a Marszalek Lecture on some aspect of one of the selected fields of American history listed above.  At the same time, a college or university student, normally at the graduate level, will also give a Marszalek Lecture.

This year's lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2015.  It will feature Victoria Bynum, Distinguished Professor Emerita of History, Texas State University, San Marcos, and author of The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil War.

Application for being named a Marszalek Lecturer at the student level consists of a one page resume and a one page proposal.  The proposal should indicate the full title of the topic being proposed, its thesis, why it is significant for the historical field in which it falls, and the primary sources on which it is based. An honorarium of two hundred dollars ($200) will go to the student who is selected to present the lecture.

The one page statement and one page resume should be postmarked no later than February 20, 2015 and sent to:

Ryan P. Semmes
Marszalek Lecture Series
Congressional and Political Research Center
Mitchell Memorial Library
P. O. Box 5408
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Each year in February, a committee consisting of the Marszaleks, Dean of Libraries, and selected specialists in the specified historical fields and in pertinent archival and library science fields, names the student who will give the lecture for that year.