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Charles H. Templeton Digital Collections

Charles H. Templeton Digital Collections The Templeton Digital Collections include over 20,000 pieces of sheet music as well as images of music players and an inventory of recordings from the Museum.
  • Charles Templeton Sheet Music Collection
    Consisting of over 20,000 pieces, the 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 the site. Some restricted titles are available upon request.
  • Charles Templeton Instrument Collection
    There are 200 music players in the collection, over 100 of which are available for online viewing. These include cylinder players, gramophones, phonographs, a player piano, a player organ, cylinder-and-disc music boxes, and paper roll and cob organettes.

Congressional & Political Research Center Digital Collections

Congressional & Political Research Center Digital Collections The Congressional and Political Research Center was created in 1999 with the goal of providing access to holdings of U.S. Congressional collections, papers of Mississippi legislators and other state officers, and local political materials. Digitization of selected materials from these collections is ongoing, and currently includes photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and documents from three of the collections. Materials cover topics including agriculture, race, political issues, state and national legislature, and the economy.
  • John C. Stennis Collection
    The John C. Stennis collection (U.S. Senator [D], 1947-1989) contains materials devoted to agricultural issues in the U. S. Congress, as well as problems faced by Mississippi farmers. Senator Stennis' interest in forestry is also well documented in this series. Included are materials reflecting Civil Rights issues, which offer perspective into the myriad issues facing the nation during Stennis' tenure in the Senate.
  • David Bowen Collection
    The David Bowen Collection (U.S. Senator [D], 1973-1983) contains newspaper articles authored by Bowen for the Delta Business Journal, The Northside Sun, and The Clarion-Ledger. These editorials deal with a variety of issues including political campaigns, race relations, foreign and domestic policy, and the Iraq War. Also included is a group of correspondence documenting Bowen's key role in rice legislation, an interest he pursued throughout his five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. As Representative of a district which included the Mississippi Delta, many of his constituents were rice farmers with a direct interest in the legislation.
  • G.V. 'Sonny' Montgomery Collection
    The G.V. 'Sonny' Montgomery collection (Mississippi Senator [D], 1956-1966; U.S. Senator [D], 1967-1997) contains photos, correspondence, and audio. Many of the materials document Montgomery's work towards the Montgomery G.I. Bill, as well as his work with veterans. His weekly radio addresses cover a wide range of political topics, including budget cuts and reforms, defense spending, military base closures, and veterans legislation.
  • John Marshall Stone Collection
    The John Marshall Stone Collection consists of two (2) letter books containing copies of Stone's correspondence from 1893-1899. The books, housed in two separate boxes, are in fair condition, though their bindings have been torn. As such, the materials have been digitized and are made available through the Mississippi State University Libraries Digital Collections. Correspondents include the President of the United States, various federal and state officials, governors of other states and United States Senators. Other pieces of correspondence contain information about Stone's service in the Confederate army, focusing on his experiences at the Battles of Antietam and the Wilderness.

Ulysses S. Grant Digital Collection

Ulysses S. Grant Digital Collection The digital collection consists of 31 volumes of The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, political cartoons, and sheet music from the larger collection. Other materials will be added to the digital collection as processing continues.
  • The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant
    The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant were published in 31 volumes by Southern Illinois University Press between 1967 and 2009. These materials contain thousands of letters written by Ulysses S. Grant (1837-1885), and to him; his military and presidential documents; and a small number of photographs. These manuscripts are extensively annotated to explain their significance. There is also an extended calendar synopsis of letters in each volume. In total, this is the largest and most comprehensive published collection of Ulysses S. Grant correspondence available for scholarly use. Even more material is contained in the complete Ulysses S. Grant Association Collection housed in the Congressional and Political Research Center.
  • Ulysses S. Grant Collection
    Political cartoons from publications such as Harper's Weekly and Puck offer researchers a variety of illustrated commentary featuring Ulysses S. Grant from the early days of the Civil War to the scandals that rocked his Presidency. Patriotic sheet music written in honor of U. S. Grant, William T. Sherman, Abraham Lincoln, and the Union Army complements the MSU Libraries' extensive collection of sheet music in the Charles Templeton Ragtime Collection. The Grant sheet music ranges from songs composed in the 1860s up to the early 20th century.
  • Bultema-Williams Collection of Ulysses S. Grant Photographs and Prints
    This collection of postcards and photographs of Ulysses S. Grant and his family, colleagues, and homes was donated by James A. Bultema and Frank J. Williams, treasurer and president of the Ulysses S. Grant Association.
  • Bibliography and Chronology
    This collection includes a detailed timeline of the life of Ulysses S. Grant and an extensive annotated bibliography of published books and articles about Grant.
  • Julia Grant World Tour Photographs
    In 1877, when former President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia Grant, left the United States by steamship, they believed that they were embarking on a nice quiet holiday in Europe. Almost immediately, though, the Grants were in high demand for social events, speeches, dinners, and a variety of other events hosted by some of the most important people in Europe, North Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Their three-year World Tour is chronicled in these photographs of their royal hosts (Queen Victoria, Otto von Bismarck, the Khedive of Egypt, and Meiji, the Emperor of Japan) acquired by Julia Grant during and after the trip. When possible the images have been identified. A number of the images have notes written by Julia Grant either identifying the individual by name or recording Julia's impressions of the individual. Also in this collection is a set of biographical notes on the individuals in the images, noting particularly their interactions with the Grants. The photograph album was donated to the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library by Ulysses Grant Dietz, the great-great-grandson of President Grant.
  • Ida Honoré Grant Correspondence, 1889–1893
    The Ida Honoré Grant Correspondence, 1889–1893, is a collection of 130 letters written largely by Mrs. Frederick Dent Grant while in Europe with her husband, the American minister to Austria-Hungary, and sent to her mother, sister, and other relatives back in the United States.
  • The Letters of Pvt. Arthur McKinstry
    During his time of service, Arthur was faithful to write his mother and to his aunts and cousins. The letters in the donated collection were written by Arthur to these individuals. He wrote other letters to his uncles, giving reports and first-hand accounts about Company D. These letters were published in The Fredonia Censor.
  • Orville Elias Babcock Diaries
    The Orville E. Babcock diaries represent the experiences of an Union Army officer and engineer, and aide-de-camp to Ulysses S. Grant. Babcock’s diaries begin in 1863 and continue into 1869. Babcock records his experiences in Kentucky, Ohio, Washington, DC, Vicksburg, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga, before being summoned to Virginia by General Grant. They also contain information about his post war experiences in Washington as Grant’s aide, including his diaries from his famous mission to Santo Domingo in 1869. This collection also includes supplementary materials of speeches, correspondence, and newspaper clippings.

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana The Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana consists of approximately 12,000 artifacts, statuary, prints, paintings, broadsides, ephemera, photographs, philately, collectibles/miniatures, and numismatics. Materials are housed in 20 map case drawers, 30 cartons, and a variety of loose statuary, prints, and paintings. The collection also includes nearly 100 original manuscripts and the Claude Simmons collection which consists of approximately 12 bankers boxes of Lincoln related materials and scrapbooks.

Manuscripts Digital Collections

CHARM Digital Collections Collections held by the Manuscripts division of the Special Collections Department 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.
  • CHARM Digital Collection
    Selected materials from the Manuscripts and University Archives collections continue to be added to the CHARM digital collection. These include reports and records from the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Stations (MAFES), photographs, personal diaries, business ledgers, daybooks, deeds, correspondence, exhibition catalogs from fairs, and other records relating to agriculture and the cotton and timber industries in Mississippi.
  • Langfitt Farm Families of the Week
    From 1954-1961, WLBT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi sponsored a program which was the creative product of Howard Langfitt (1919-1997), Farm Services Director. "RFD Televisit", an agricultural news and educational program, aired from 12:25-1:00 P.M. Monday through Friday and was sponsored by Hercules Powder Company, Monsanto, various rural electrification systems, and other companies that had an interest in the rural television market. Each program included farm news, agricultural weather and some type of demonstration of an approved farming or homemaking project. Langfitt relied heavily on county agricultural extension agents for projects and suggestions that went into producing the show. After leaving WLBT in 1961, Langfitt retained the film negatives and scripts which make up the collection. 366 families are represented in the collection by 342 television scripts, and some 16,600 negative images. The collection does not contain film or audio of any portion of the programs.
  • Forest Resources Tool Collection
    The Cully A. Cobb Antique Tool Museum contains over 350 antique woodworking tools, farm implements, and household equipment. Items date to the 17th century, including axes, saws, planes, hammers, drills, chisels, adzes, mauls, and plow stocks. The digitization of these objects is an ongoing effort as part of the CHARM initiative.
  • History of Medicine
    The History of Medicine Digital Collection consists of letters, diaries, and other manuscript materials related to 19th and early 20th century American medicine. The collection includes materials from Mitchell Memorial Library’s Special Collections, including the Todd A. Herring Collection, the Lenoir Family Plantation Records, and the Daniel Williams Family Papers. These letters and documents offer insight into 19th century medicine, illness, injuries, and views on death, along with more general observations on daily life. Scholars of the 19th century American South will be interested to see details on Civil War battlefield injuries, slaves' lives and deaths, and discussion of the epidemics ravaging the Deep South at the time, cholera and yellow fever.
  • T. H. Smith Postal History Collection
    The T. H. Smith Postal History Collection was assembled by Thomas H. Smith (1928-2012), an architect and dedicated amateur postal historian from Jackson, MS. The collection is primarily composed of postcards, letters, and other materials that document the history of the postal service in Mississippi from statehood through the late 20th century.
  • Ames and Hogan Family Papers
    The Ames and Hogan Family Papers document the history of the Ames and Hogan families of Ditto's Landing, AL and Starkville, MS, from 1816-1910. The papers consist of a wide variety of materials, including correspondence, legal documents, speeches and essays, and receipts for both cotton and enslaved persons.

University Archives Digital Collections

University Archives Digital Collections Currently, the digital collection contains selected photographs from the archives, as well as documents from the foundation of Mississippi State University and its first two presidents. Photographic subjects include daily campus life, aerial views, sporting and other campus events, campus groups, visiting dignitaries, university administrators and faculty, campus buildings, and more. Highlights include photographs of 'Old Main' before, during, and after the fire that destroyed it, photographs of previous Bully mascots, images documenting the MSU – Ole Miss rivalry, and historic photos of classes from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • University Archives Photo Collection
    The University Archives Photo Collection contains photographs of campus scenes, events, buildings, and people, as well as important documents from MSU's history.
  • MSU Founders' Documents
    In 1878 the Governor John Marshall Stone established a Board of Trustees whose mission was to establish an Agricultural and Mechanical College for the state of Mississippi. This digital collection contains materials relating to the establishment of Mississippi A&M (later Mississippi State University) and the presidencies of its first two administrations. The materials in this collection represent the earliest documents from Mississippi State University.
  • The Reveille Digital Archive
    The MSU Libraries have partnered with the Lyrasis Mass Digitization Collaborative to digitize each volume of the Reveille published in print from 1898 to 2008. The Reveille chronicled the lives of the students of the Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College (later renamed Mississippi State College and finally Mississippi State University), throughout the institution's history.
  • MSU vs. Loyola 1963
    On March 15, 1963, the Mississippi State University basketball team made history by facing the Loyola University Ramblers in the NCAA Tournament. Previously barred from participating in tournaments which featured integrated teams, MSU President Dean W. Colvard and Head Basketball Coach Babe McCarthy defied the "unwritten law" and, under threat of arrest, snuck the MSU squad out of Starkville and up to Lansing, Michigan. The MSU Bulldogs lost to Loyola (the eventual National Champions) yet returned home to Starkville to a hero's welcome. 50 years later, we honor the MSU and Loyola teams who participated in the "Game of Change."
  • Theatre MSU
    The Theatre MSU digital collection is comprised of materials donated by the Theatre Department, the Blackfriars student organization, and Dr. Dominic Cunetto. The collection includes photographs, posters and programs from the various productions, as well as press clippings and scrapbook pages. The items can be browsed by production, date, object type, and director (when known). The MSU Theatre Department celebrates its 50th Anniversary in Novemeber, 2013.
  • Pegasus Yearbooks
    The College of Veterinary Medicine Library, as a member of Mississippi State University Libraries, is proud to partner with the College of Veterinary Medicine to provide free digital access to this unique collection showcasing the history of the College of Veterinary Medicine and the fascinating field of veterinary medicine.

Echoes of Lloyd-Ricks-Watson

Echoes of Lloyd-Ricks-Watson Mississippi State University's Lloyd-Ricks-Watson Building, built in 1929 to house agricultural programs, is home to the School of Human Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. "Echoes of Lloyd-Ricks-Watson" collects oral histories from people who have worked in this building.

Intellectual Underpinnings of the American Civil War

Intellectual Underpinnings of the American Civil War The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) organization and its member libraries seek to further contribute to the growing corpus of online scholarship by collaboratively developing a digitized collection of materials collectively titled "The Intellectual Underpinnings of the American Civil War." This collection will consist of materials of any type or subject published between 1850 and 1865, and may or may not be directly related to the War itself.

Mitchell Memorial Library Events

Mitchell Memorial Library Events MSU Libraries Events contains images, videos and other materials documenting the variety of events hosted by the Libraries of MSU. Many different events occur at the Libraries, including the nationally recognized annual Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Ragtime Festival, numerous conferences and workshops, and ongoing activities such as the Collins Speaker Series and the Marszalek Lecture Series. This collection is frequently updated with images, videos and other resources from recent events.

Cultural Conversations

Cultural Conversations Mississippi State University Libraries celebrates Mississippi's rich cultural heritage through Cultural Conversations. This monthly program will highlight the Libraries' cultural heritage events, exhibits, collections, and services.
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