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  Special Collections Operational Procedures

During the Fall 2020, Special Collections will be open by appointment only. The number of researchers will be limited to 3 per hour.

To reserve time in the Special Collections reading rooms, please contact or call (662) 325-7679.

Family histories, local record transcriptions and histories, and other useful volumes for tracing family history, as well as a growing genealogy index of books, microforms, and periodical articles listed by surname or locality.

Genealogy indexes:

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Collections held by the Manuscripts division primarily document Mississippi from the early 19th century to the present. Types of records include individual and family papers, business records, architectural drawings, audio-visual recordings, photographs, maps and artifacts. Collection strengths include African American History, Agricultural and Rural Life, Civil Rights, Civil War, and Journalism.

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Manuscript subject guides:

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Printed materials (books and journals), microforms, audiovisual materials (videotape, film, and sound recordings), maps, and vertical (subject) files, by and about Mississippi and Missisippians.

Mississippiana materials:

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Volumes made unique by their age, fragility, scarcity of copies, association with notable people, or special features of printing, binding, or illustration.

Browse rare book collections

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