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Introduction to Archival Research at MSU Libraries

This guide has been designed to help researchers locate and access Special Collections materials at Mississippi State University Libraries.


Mississippi State University Libraries is committed to supporting the University's overall mission of teaching, research, and service by ensuring that we provide our patrons with the resources and support that they need. The areas that make up Special Collections specialize in collecting, organizing, and preserving historical resources such as archival records, manuscript collections, rare books, and other rare, one-of-a-kind materials that serve to document the history of  the University, Mississippi, the Southeastern region, and beyond. Materials heavily represented in our collections include: artifacts, architectural drawings, A/V materials, correspondence, diaries, ephemera, maps, memorabilia, newspapers, and publications.

Image at left: The Special Collections reading room, located on the third floor of Mitchell Memorial Library.
Image at right: The entryway to the Congressional and Political Research Center, the Frank and Virginia Williams Collections of Lincolniana, and the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and Museum.

Special Collections COVID-19 Operational Procedures

Special Collections is open by appointment only Monday-Friday. The number of researchers is limited to 3 per appointment block in the third-floor reading room. The number of researchers is limited to 2 per appointment block in the fourth-floor reading room.

To reserve time in one of our reading rooms, please contact

Please note that face coverings are strongly encouraged in all University buildings.