Mississippiana and Rare Books Division

Mississippiana and Rare Books


Mississippiana includes material by and about Mississippi and Mississippians. The state documents collection is part of Mississippiana. There are printed materials (books and journals), microfilm and microfiche, audiovisual materials (videotape, film, and sound recordings), maps, and vertical (subject) files.

Rare Books

Rare Books includes several distinct collections pulled together by individuals, reflecting special interests or periods of printing. In addition, there are volumes which are rare by virtue of the scarcity of copies, the fragility of the volumes, association with certain individuals, or special features of printing, binding or illustration. Learn more about our rare and significant book collections.


Genealogy, because it involves local history, is an extension of the Mississippiana Collection. There is an open browsing collection of family histories, local record transcriptions and histories, and other useful volumes for tracing family history. It is strongest in Mississippi materials, but it includes materials on all of the migration-path states (Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama) as well as a few items from other states and foreign countries. There is a growing genealogy index of books, microforms and periodical articles listed by surname or locality to help research.