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.

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  • Garbo (Bill) family papers 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 200. 1923. 0.01 cubic feet. Typed copy of an account of a "Trip across the Plains" in 1863.
  • Frazer (Joe E.) collection 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 199. 1926-1930, 1932-1955, undated. 0.04 cubic feet. Collection of Joe Frazer, President of the Board of Supervisors, Madison County, Mississippi, first President of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors and ...
  • Franklin (Meschach) friendship album 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 198. 1860. 0.04 cubic feet. Friendship's Album of Meschach Franklin of Early, Marshall County, Mississippi, compiled while a student in the Class of 1860 at the University of Mississippi. Includes handwritten letters ...
  • Natchez business letters 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 197. 1801-1848. 0.04 cubic feet. Letters (5), 1801-1848. Concern settlement of A. Hunt's estate, terms of notes. Letters are from Natchez, Mississippi; Peoria, Illinois; Frankfort, Kentucky.
  • Fernwood collection 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 195. 1809-1988 (Bulk Dates: 1906-1959) 11.5 cubic feet: 4 reels microfilm. The Fernwood collection comprises the records of several companies owned by the Enochs family in southern Mississippi, principally the Fernwood ...
  • Farnsley (Alexander) letters 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 194. 1856-1860. 0.08 cubic feet Facsimiles of letters from Farnsley to his "intended", Mary Elizabeth Thurman, in Kentucky.
  • Ellis (R. U.) day book 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 193. 1847-1868. 0.08 cubic feet. Day book of merchant R.U. Ellis of Starkville, Mississippi, includes freedmen's accounts.
  • Elliot (Nelson and Jake) statement 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 192. 1916. 0.01 cubic feet: 1 item. Two former slaves describe Mrs. Elizabeth Elliot's life during the American Revolution and afterwards. They also describe her treatment of her slaves. Concerns the Carolinas and ...
  • Drane papers 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 190. 1850-1853, 1955. 0.33 cubic feet. Letters of Lowndes County, Mississippi, pioneer Stephen A. Brown and his father-in-law, Richardson Owen, from Alabama and Arkansas, 1851, 1853; two undated letters to "Dear Lucy ...
  • Bank of Mississippi records 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 19. 1810-1843. 8 reels microfilm. Journals, minutes, ledgers, daily and weekly bank statements, registers, checkbooks, balance books and other financial records of the bank. Also includes summary and bibliography of ...
  • Sledge (Broox) papers 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 430. 1938-1985 (Bulk Dates: 1954-2006). 3.75 cubic feet. Correspondence, clippings, manuscripts, genealogical information, research material, scrapbooks and publications. The collection concerns Broox Sledge's research ...
  • Dowling (Nannie) autograph book 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 189. 1885-1887. 1 volume. Autograph album of Nannie Dowling of Hickory, Mississippi, 1885-1887.
  • Doniphan (A. W.) papers 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 188. 1857-1931. 0.08 cubic feet. Family letters, clippings, and memorials concerning Doniphan and his family, chiefly in Missouri. Photocopies.
  • Derry (Horace A.) diary 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 187. 1862. 0.04 cubic feet: 2 items. Daily record (March 26-October 1, 1862), by a native of Quincy, Massachusetts, in the U.S. Army. Chiefly routine. Mentions the balloon several times. Also includes a furlough document.
  • Dent (Guy W.) letter 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 186. 1918. 0.01 cubic feet: 2 items. World War I letter from France, 1918 and typed copy of clipping.
  • Critz family genealogy 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 183. 1955-1962. 0.08 cubic feet. 15 items concerning the Critz family genealogy.
  • Creighton (John Orde) papers 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 181. 1915-1940. 0.33 cubic feet. Letters from Creighton to his mother, describing his life and surroundings as a voice student while studying in New York City, St. Louis, Missouri, San Francisco, California, and Vienna, ...
  • Cowpens Battleground (song) 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 180. 0.01 cubic feet: 1 item. Sheet music of the Daughters of the American Revolution song.
  • Clark (Lena Simmons) collection 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 18. 1856-1912. 0.33 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm. Papers of the Travis Clark family including: farm accounts, receipts, other financial statements, cotton sale records and other farm records from Grenada County, ...
  • Conner (Douglas) papers 

    Mississippi State University Libraries
    MSS. 179. 1943-1993, 2011. 0.99 cubic feet. The Douglas Conner papers include the papers of Dr. Douglas L. Conner (1920-1998), prominent African-American physician and civil rights activist in Mississippi. The papers contain ...

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