We're moving! To access the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library Collections or the Congressional & Political Research Center Collections, please visit the MSU Libraries Special Collections department on the 3rd floor or by calling (662) 325-7679.

Congressional and Political Research Center

Providing information on federal, state, and local politics and politicians


The Congressional and Political Research Center of Mississippi State University was founded on November 12, 1999, and 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. These premier collections are the largest of the Center's holdings.

The Center is moving from the first floor of Mitchell Memorial Library to the fourth floor. To access the Congressional & Political Research Center Collections, please visit the Special Collections on the 3rd floor or by calling (662) 325-7679.

The purpose of the Center is to provide access to the Center's numerous holdings of U. S. Congressional collections, papers of Mississippi legislators and other state offices, and local materials of various kinds. These materials were donated to the Center by the individuals whose public service careers they reflect. Oral histories, extensive photograph collections and memorabilia enhance the collections. Finding aids and digitized samples of the collections are available on the Center website. The materials cannot be checked out, but qualified researchers may use them on site.

Other information available includes issues of We the People, an occasional newsletter that documents Center activities, the programs of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government, and the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service. Results of some of the projects developed in cooperation with the Institute of Government are available on the website. These cooperative efforts are continuing and outreach programs are a top priority.

The Center is a member of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress.

Hours of Operation

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. For Saturday access information, contact the staff at 662-325-7663. Closed on University holidays and Saturdays preceding University holidays.

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