The Special Collections Department contains diverse and unique materials from Mississippi and Mississippi State University, the South and beyond, which are preserved and organized for the use of students, faculty and the wider research community.  Included are approximately 82,000 individually cataloged print, audiovisual, digital and other items selected for their documentation of Mississippi and Mississippians, a significant number of which are Mississippi imprints.  Mississippi State University publications collected from the university’s founding in 1878 are an important component of the cataloged collection. Other special types of materials housed in the Department include flat maps, newspapers, prints and vertical files of ephemeral materials. The Department also houses a significant and growing collection of primary source material, including 11,000 linear feet of materials in 683  manuscript collections  and 7,300  linear feet of  records created and collected by Mississippi State University, including presidential records, as well as files from other administrative offices, colleges, schools and departments, official campus publications, athletic records, and university memorabilia.

Special Collections materials houses materials in three divisions: Manuscripts, Mississippiana & Rare Books, and University Archives. All three divisions are located in Special Collections on the third floor. (See Location for maps and details.)

Reference service is available from the Special Collections Reference desk, by correspondence, and by telephone and e-mail.

All materials must be used in the department. Photo reproduction services are available but must be performed by the staff.

Because of the uniqueness and value of materials in Special Collections, preservation and security measures are in place at all times. Lockers are provided for materials not required for taking notes. Researchers are asked to sign in and out on each visit, and to sign for all materials requested. All materials will be checked prior to the researcher's departure.

Before coming to Special Collections to do research for the first time, you may wish to download and complete the Research Application, and download and read the Research Rules.

All manuscript and archival materials must be reserved in advance for use on Saturdays.


Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Contact Us

Phone: (662) 325 - 7679
E-mail: sp_coll@library.msstate.edu


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