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American Family Association records
MSS. 621. 1997-2013. 2 cubic ft.

Newsletters and membership correspondence.

Andrews (Dana) collection
MSS. 413. 1935-1995. circa 9 cubic feet.

Screenplays, 16 mm film, videotapes, movie broadsides, drawings and other materials documenting the film career of Dana Andrews (1909-1964), who was born in Don't, Covington County, Mississippi. Materials collected by Clyde Williams and created by Dean Smallwood. Finding aids are available.

Art Unlimited (Starkville, Mississippi) records
MSS. 521. 1963-1965. 0.16 cubic feet.

Records of Art Unlimited (Starkville, Mississippi), a local art organization founded in 1963, including correspondence, clippings, membership reports, and project reports.

Barbara Guido Sanders collection
MSS. 698. 1959-2011. 0.5 cubic ft.

Playbills, posters, and memorabilia.

Bates-Chickering music collection
MSS. 796. 1891-1960. 1.61 cubic feet

The collection is comprised of over 200 items and includes sheet music and early 20th century editions of the music magazine, The Etude.

Batey Family collection
MSS. 699. 1970 (ca). 6 items

Ladder-back chairs with corn husk seats; woven baskets all purchased by Amanda Batey’s mother while visiting Macon in Noxubee County, Mississippi.

Bridgforth family collection
MSS. 778. 1950s-60s. 1.5 cubic ft.

A collection of Latin American textiles.

Carothers (Kate) music book
MSS. 167. 1 volume.

Music album of Kate C. Carothers includes early southern music. List of titles available. Part of Music Collection.

Cate (Helen) sheet music collection
MSS. 733. 1855-1939. 1 cubic ft.

Collection of approximately 120 pieces of 19th and early 20th century sheet music.

Chatham (Dr. James R.) collection
MSS. 736. 1400-1500; 1958-1965. 1.31 cubic ft.

This collection consists of 2 medieval choral manuscripts, and mid-20th century botanical and animal prints.

Claiborne County/Port Gibson Historical collection
MSS. 752 . 1818-1994. 0.50 cubic ft.

This collection features materials from the town's history and consists of a bank stock book, newspaper clippings and news releases, as well as materials related to church history, the establishment of Mississippi's first public library and local festivals. Port Gibson, Mississippi is located 40 miles northeast of Natchez on the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Colley-Lee (Myrna) papers
MSS. 635. circa 1920-2011. 40 cubic feet.

Papers of costume designer Colley-Lee of Charleston, Mississippi, include scripts, playbills, photographs, design materials, sketches, rehearsal materials, research materials for plays; costumes created for Steppenwolf Theater production of "The Wedding Band", 2003; vintage costume collected by Colley-Lee as a part of her Glad Rags Collection; other costumes created and/or worn to special events by Colley-Lee; digital reproductions of costume sketches drawn by Colley-Lee; personal correspondence; materials from the exhibit 'Glad Rags: Sketches, Swatches and Costume Designs'; clippings, articles and publications; records of community and philanthropic activities; materials relating to her personal and family life. Some restrictions apply. Additions expected.

Cowpens Battleground (song)
MSS. 180. 0.01 cubic feet: 1 item.

Sheet music of the Daughters of the American Revolution song.

Fisher (Fay H.) collection
MSS. 771. undated. 3 items

Three 24" X 48" Acrylic Paintings on canvas: "The Drummer Player", "The Base Player", "The Trumpet Player" by Fay Fisher.

Forbes (Bettye) collection
MSS. 725. 1787-1943. 1 cubic ft.

This collection contains a series of publications, The Delineator (a 19th century women's magazine), sheet music dating 1889-1943 and two 18th century Italian law books.

Fox (Susette) sheet music collection
MSS. 727. 1824-1976. 1 cubic ft.

Extensive sheet music collection spanning over a century from 1824-1976.

Gibson (Charles Dana) prints
MSS. 202. 1898-1900. 0.01 cubic feet: 3 items.

Prints by the American graphic artist, noted for his creation of the "Gibson Girl": A Senseless After-Dinner Custom, 1898; Wireless Telegraphy, 1899; Design for a Bachelor's Wall Paper, 1900.

Glover Family sheet music collection
MSS. 758. 1892-1948 . 0.2 cubic ft.

Eight pieces of late 19th and early 20th century sheet music.

Grieder (Theodore) collection
MSS. 515. 1860-1865 and undated. 0.33 cubic feet.

168 broadside song sheets printed during the American Civil War, primarily in Philadelphia and other Union cities. Included are 155 originals and 13 photocopies, 19 in color. List available.

Grisham (John) papers
MSS. 481. 1983-2007. circa 60 cubic feet.

Materials produced by Grisham as a Mississippi State Representative (1983-1990) and created as a result of his literary career (1989-2011). Legislative subject files include materials on such legislative issues as reapportionment, highway projects in DeSoto County, government attorney's, the Memphis International Airport, tort reform, educational reform, gambling, and energy rates. Correspondence from constituents and colleagues is also included. Included also are manuscripts of Grisham's novels, screenplays and other literary products, and correspondence, publications, broadsides, newspaper clippings, audio and video recordings, and other materials relating to his literary career. The Grisham literary files are restricted.

Henderson High School and Oktibbeha High School and Training School Composite photograph collection
MSS. 789. 1946-1969. 12 items

This collection consists of 12 large composite photographs.

Henley (Beth) manuscripts
MSS. 375. 1978-1983. 0.24 cubic feet.

Three drafts of Beth Henley's Pulitzer Prize winning play, "Crimes of the Heart", ticket playbills and program.

Hilliard (Quincy Charles) collection
MSS. 512. 1963-2006. circa 20 cubic feet.

Papers of Quincy C. Hilliard, composer and Music Education Professor at Southwestern Louisiana University and 1975 alumnus of MSU. Hilliard's original works are primarily compositions for elementary and secondary band, but also include works composed for other groups. Papers include correspondence, manuscript and published musical scores, photographs, articles, contracts, programs and memorabilia, music adjudication records, music conference materials, video cassette and other materials.

Holmes (Emma E.) collection
MSS. 458. 4.33 cubic feet.

Research and other materials collected by John F. Marszalek used while editing an edition of the Diary of Emma Holmes (1861-1866).

Hood (Orley M. Jr.) Papers
MSS. 773. 20 cubic feet.

Papers of Orley M. Hood Jr., legendary Mississippi newspaperman and sportswriter for the Clarion-Ledger. Includes correspondence, clippings, research files, photographs and other materials documenting his long and varied career as a sportswriter and newspaperman in the state of Mississippi.

Huckleberry Finn movie collection
MSS. 753. 1973-2005. 0.01 cubic ft.

Newspaper and magazine materials related to Huck Finn movie, as well as a DVD copy of 2005 movie.

Jacobs (Shirley) sheet music collection
MSS. 728. . 4 cubic ft.

Extensive piano sheet music collection comprised of over a thousand scores, spanning the years 1775-1977, with the majority encompassing the early twentieth century.

Jones (Clay) papers
MSS. 538. 1982-1998 (Bulk Dates: 1990-1997). 6.83 cubic feet.

The collection includes the correspondence, awards materials, portfolios, cartoon drawings and art, and political memorabilia of cartoonist Clayton Robert Jones, who worked for Mississippi newspapers from 1990 to 1997.

Kaufman (Harold and Lois) papers
MSS. 533. 1892-1985 and undated. circa 30 cubic feet and musical instruments.

Papers of Kaufman, musician, teacher and community organizer, document her education in Brookfield, Missouri, and her career, family life and social and organizational activities in Starkville, Mississippi. Materials include correspondence, programs, music, organizational files, household subject files, scrapbooks, certificates, clippings, photographs, student materials, publications. Includes Lois Kaufman musical instrument collection. Kaufman designed and taught the first Music Appreciation class for MSU students in the 1950s. Also included are the papers of Mabel Logsdon, teacher and friend of Kaufman. Local organizations documented include the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra and other symphonies in Mississippi, the Nocturne Music Club and the Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs, the East-West Fellowship of Starkville. International musical instruments are those collected by Kaufman during her travels and reflect her interest in international affairs. Addition: Materials of Harold Kaufman concerning his work in sociology and rural life and personal materials of the Kaufmans; unprocessed.

Keenum (Rhonda) collection
MSS. 715. 1897-2002. 1 cubic ft.

Musical scores and books.

Lewis (H.) Prints
MSS. 93. Undated. 0.12 cubic feet.

Collection of fourteen H. Lewis prints from The Valley of the Mississippi Illustrated.

Longest (Doy) collection
MSS. 536. 1973. 4 items.

Four framed limited edition Conrad Wise Chapman prints from the Museum of the Confederacy: "White Point Battery, Charleston, December 24, 1863"; "Charleston Bay and City", undated; "Battery Rutledge", 1863; "Evening Gun, Fort Sumter", undated. Addition: in process.

Lyric Club (Macon, Mississippi) collection
MSS. 644. 1932-1933. 0.5 cubic feet.

Programs and study booklets from the Lyric Club, a woman's group in Macon, Mississippi. Includes a songbook.

McReynolds-Davis (Carole) collection
MSS. 712. undated. 1 cubic ft.

Collection of two straw hats.

Miscellaneous Art Prints collection
MSS. 744. 1969-1974 . 1.33 cubic ft.

Art prints by Lloyd Ostendorf, Hubert Shuptrine, John Trumbull, and E.E. Schiwetz.

Miscellaneous Mississippi posters collection
MSS. 742 . 1978-1983. 1.33 cubic ft.

Posters detailing various Mississippi theater, civic, and local organization events.

Misc. Music collection
MSS. 732. 1817-1979. 1 cubic ft.

Approximately 340 pieces of 19th and 20th century sheet music

Mississippi Authors collection
MSS. 746. 1971. 0.65 cubic ft.

Poster titled "Meet the Author, B.J. Woods," as well as copies of poems written by Riley Munday that are accompanied with drawings by Ehee Montgomery, 1971.

Mitchell (Dr. Dennis) collection
MSS. 734. 1978-1997. 2.5 cubic ft.

Correspondence, minutes and statistical data related to various Mississippi junior colleges, including legislative proposals and materials. The collection also includes DVD, CDs, cassettes, and audio visual materials related to the renovation of The Grand Opera House (now the MSU Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts), the Marks-Rothenberg store, and other theater projects.

Montgomery (Susie) music album
MSS. 232. 1 volume.

Music album of Miss Susie A. Montgomery of Starkville includes songs, dances and other piano numbers of the 1800s.

Music collection. 1832-1929
MSS. 564. 8 cubic feet.

Collection of printed music collected and donated by various persons includes a single sheet music piece (piano/lyrics) of Williams' Colored Singers (undated) and "Old Black Joe", the popular song by Stephen Louis Foster (1940).

Nocturne Music Club collection
MSS. 423. 1971-1984. 1 cubic foot.

Scrapbooks concerning the members and activities of the Nocturne Music Club of Starkville, Mississippi. Included are clippings, programs, certificates, ribbons, and photographs. See also the Harold and Lois Kaufman papers.

Parker (Laurie) papers
MSS. 713. 1996-2014. 3 cubic ft.

Publications, VHS and DVD interviews, newspaper clippings and manuscript pages from the personal papers of children book author and novelist, Laurie Parker.

Patty (Mrs. Edmund Lewis) papers
MSS. 240. 1841-1953. 0.08 cubic feet.

Typed letters of Ben Ames Williams, 1948; one typed copy of letter, 1851; clippings about the B.A.W.I. program; clipping about Sara J. Ames; brochure concerning Macon, Mississippi. Also programs of the Liszt Society, 1911-12 and the Lyric Club, 1942-43, of Macon.

Peters (Beverly Speck) collection
MSS. 648. 1 item.

Piano recital program, Starkville, Mississippi.

Phyllis Vatter Campbell music collection
MSS. 759. 19th and 20th century. 1.33 cubic ft.

Collection of 19th and 20th century sheet music.

Pioneer Society Annals
MSS. 408. 1939-1953. 1 reel microfilm.

Papers Read at the Monthly Meetings of the Pioneer Society of Columbus, Mississippi.

Playbill collection (1983-1997)
MSS. 706. 1983-1997. 0.3 cubic ft.

Playbills from New York City theaters.

Ramsey (Marshall) papers
MSS. 575.

Editorial cartoons produced by Ramsey, cartoonist for the Jackson, Miss. Clarion-Ledger include cartoons on state and national politics. In process.

Rookwood Pottery Company records
MSS. 260. 1886-2010. 4 cubic feet and 1 artifact.

Letter books (1886-92) containing outgoing correspondence, mostly written by William Watts Taylor, manager and president; guest registers (1900-51); and printed material, including design books and illustrated pamphlets, of pottery made by the firm, which was located until 1960 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Letterbooks, 1886-1892. Guest Registers, 1900-1951. Illustrations of Rookwood Products. Book: Complete New Designs (1894), Collection of New Art Pieces (1905), Peking Art Sketches (1945). Vase, ca. 1965 (gift of Tom Henderson). Additions: Articles (gifts of Nancy E. Owen, Richard Mohr).

Rushing (Ann O.) collection
MSS. 709. 1974-1992. 6 cubic ft.

VHS tapes, audio cassettes, two-inch magnetic video tape spools, 35mm slides, ¾ inch video tapes, magazines, news releases, articles, and a cookbook related to Market Basket and Mississippi Morning television shows.

Smith (Thomas H.) Postal History collection
MSS. 684 . 1810-2011. 16.5 cubic ft.

Nineteenth and twentieth century post cards, stamped envelopes and correspondence.

Templeton piano rolls
MSS. 788. 1909-1974. 7.7 cubic ft.

This collection of player piano rolls accompanies the Charles Templeton, Sr. collection of more than 200 self-playing instruments dating from 1897 to the 1930's which includes many of Thomas Edison's early model phonographs, Eldridge Johnson's gramophones, Columbia graphophones, a vintage Link player piano, a Aeolion Orchestrelle player organ, cylinder-and-disc music boxes, and organettes of paper roll and cob varieties.

Templeton sheet music collection
MSS. 787. 1860-1950 . 127.34 cubic ft.

The 22,000 piece Templeton sheet music collection is part of a larger collection amassed by Charles Templeton, Sr. which also includes music players and recordings. Digitization of the collection is part of an ongoing effort to provide broader access to titles. A large portion of these pieces are in the public domain (not copyrighted) and are available for download directly from MSU's website. Some restricted titles are available upon request.

Tucker (Neely) collection
MSS. 730. 1967-2015. 16 cubic ft.

This collection consists of items from novelist, journalist and author Neely Tucker, originally from Holmes County, Mississippi. The collection includes background information for stories, early outlines, publications, photographs, notes and international story binders.

Valiant (Margaret) papers
MSS. 87. 1918-1981. 6 cubic feet.

Papers of Como, Mississippi, native Margaret Valiant (1901-1982), musician, organizer of Depression-era programs and Memphis community activist. Collection includes correspondence, reports, clippings, photographs, plays, paintings, scrapbook, and miscellany. Among the many topics are Ms. Valiant's work with the Special Skills Division of the Resettlement Administration and the Music Division of the National Youth Administration, migrant workers, folk music, dramatic productions, population control, and the National Council of the Southern Youth Congress. Correspondents include Eleanor Roosevelt, Leopold Stokowski, Margaret Sanger, Harry Truman, and H. L. Mitchell.

Welty (Edward J.) cartoons
MSS. 721. 1963-2001. 1 cubic ft.

Drawings/cartoons, sketches by brother of Eudora Welty. Also contains copies of golf-focused magazines.

Whitehead (James) collection
MSS. 790. 1966. 0.02 cubic ft.

Galley proofs from 1966.

Yett, Ebling and Galloway sheet music collection
MSS. 729 . 19th and 20th century. 1 cubic ft.

Sheet music collection.