Access to documents and artifacts that chronicle the history of agriculture, forestry, and rural life in Mississippi provides a rich resource for historians, scientists, and interested citizens. Mississippi State University's heritage as a land-grant institution uniquely qualifies the university to collect, preserve, and provide access to these important historical materials. The Consortium for the History of Agricultural and Rural Mississippi (CHARM) has been established at MSU as a single location to preserve these materials and make them accessible in a setting where large collections of other, more general information about Mississippi and its past are already available for public scholarship.
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 consists of materials of any type or subject published between 1850 and 1865, and may or may not be directly related to the War itself.
Starkville businessman Charles H. Templeton collected nearly 200 musical instruments, over 22,000 pieces of sheet music, and 13,000 recordings over a period of 40 years. His collection tells the story of the "business of music". In 1987, Templeton donated this impressive collection to Mississippi State University.
Selected items from the Templeton collection are on display in the Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Music Museum, located on the 4th floor of Mitchell Memorial Library. Many pieces of sheet music from the collection have been digitized and are available via Digital Collections.
To enhance ragtime music research, increase awareness of the Templeton collection, and introduce the public to the sounds of Ragtime, MSU Libraries presents the annual Charles H. Templeton Ragtime & Jazz Festival. The Festival includes concerts and seminars by world-renowned ragtime musicians and tours of the Templeton Music Museum. The accompanying Gatsby Gala features a Roaring '20s-inspired fashion show by students of MSU's Apparel, Textile and Merchandising program.
ASERL and the Digital Public Library of America have partnered to develop "Deeply Rooted," a shared digital collection of primary source research materials describing economic, technological, and social factors significant to the development of agricultural practices, crops, technology, and agrarian life in the southeastern United States.
Deeply Rooted builds upon the work Mississippi State University Libraries began with their Consortium for the History of Agricultural and Rural Mississippi (CHARM). Many of the items in Deeply Rooted are available online for the first time outside their original archives. ASERL seeks to build this collection over time, using DPLA as the primary discovery platform, and we welcome your contributions.
Collections MSU Libraries has contributed to Deeply Rooted include the CHARM Digital Collection; Langfitt Farm Families of the Week; Forest Resources Tool Collection; Echoes of Lloyd-Ricks-Watson; John C. Stennis Agriculture Correspondence; and David Bowen Correspondence Collection. See a list of all contributors and their contributed collections.
The E. O. Templeton History and Genealogy Fair is an annual event featuring a variety of sessions, workshops, and research opportunities for history and genealogy enthusiasts. Named in memory of E. O. Templeton and his dedicated support of genealogy and history, the Fair includes hands-on research help from librarians and archivists, preservation information, and tours of MSU Libraries' museums, exhibits, and genealogical resources.