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Congressional and Political Research Center

The Congressional and Political Research Center provides access to to its numerous holdings of U. S. Congressional collections, papers of Mississippi legislators and other state offices, and local materials of various kinds, donated to the Center by the individuals whose public service careers they reflect. Oral histories, extensive photograph collections and memorabilia enhance the collections. The Center is anchored by the collections of University alumnus U. S. Senator John C. Stennis, who served from 1947-1989, and U. S. Congressman G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery, who served from 1967-1997.

Ulysses S. Grant

The Grant Presidential Collection consists of some 15,000 linear feet of correspondence, research notes, artifacts, photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia and includes information on Grant's childhood from his birth in 1822, his later military career, Civil War triumphs, tenure as commanding general after the war, presidency, and his post-White House years until his death in 1885. There are also 4,000 published monographs on various aspects of Grant's life and times.

James Edward Dendy and workers in front of cotton gin & sawmill, from the Atkinson (James R.) Family Papers.

Access to documents and artifacts that chronicle the history of agriculture, forestry, and rural life in Mississippi provides a rich resource for historians, scientists, and interested citizens. Mississippi State University's heritage as a land-grant institution uniquely qualifies the university to collect, preserve, and provide access to these important historical materials. The Consortium for the History of Agricultural and Rural Mississippi (CHARM) has been established at MSU as a single location to preserve these materials and make them accessible in a setting where large collections of other, more general information about Mississippi and its past are already available for public scholarship.

Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Music Museum

The Museum tells the story of the "business of music" with its collection of musical instruments, recordings, and sheet music. View and listen to early phonographs created by Thomas Edison; gramophones produced by Columbia and Eldridge Johnson; cylinder and disc-type music boxes; organs; organettes of paper roll and cob varieties; and self-playing accordions.

The John Grisham Room

The John Grisham Room displays materials and memorabilia from the writings and achievements of bestselling author, former Mississippi legislator (1983-1990), and MSU alumnus John Grisham. It also serves as a presentation and conference suite for seminars, receptions, lectures, and other functions related to teaching, research, and service.