From Pickles to Pudding: A Celebration of Home and Holiday Cooking
Included in the display are a variety of treasures from the Mississippi State University Libraries Special Collections, drawn from the Manuscripts and Mississippiana departments as well as the University Archives. Highlights include a handwritten cookbook featuring a recipe for chocolate cake; several individual handwritten recipes for a variety of dishes, including three from one of the more unusual items in a Manuscript collection: a small notebook in the Carl and Dixie Butler collection that is a palimpsest of domestic activity from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries, and two of the recipes come from the collection of Rosie Lee Jackson, mother of Nancy Bardwell, of Research Services; an array of community cookbooks from across Mississippi; and photographs of food and cooking activities in Mississippi.
MSU Libraries digitize Civil War diaries and letters
The Mississippi State University Libraries has digitized and made available in its Digital Collections the Orville Babcock Diaries and the Letters of Pvt. Arthur McKinstry.
A Banner Day
Mississippi State University Libraries has launched “A Banner Day” program at Mitchell Memorial Library. Each month during the academic year, the library will unveil a banner commemorating one of the Mississippi writers on the Southern Literary Trail. The Southern Literary Trail is the nation’s only tri-state literary trail. Covering Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi, it commemorates the Southern classical writers of the 20th century. The Southern Literary Trail is headquartered at Mississippi State University Libraries.
The Special Collections Department contains manuscripts, rare books, and other unique historical materials documenting the history of Mississippi State University, Mississippi, the South, and beyond. These materials are preserved and organized for the use of students, faculty and other researchers, and include correspondence; photographs; films; audio recordings; personal, family and business records; architectural drawings; maps; newspapers; literary manuscripts; artifacts and memorabilia; and MSU publications and records.
Portions of the collection have been photographed and are accessible through Digital Collections.
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