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Dr. Ryan P. Semmes

Ryan Semmes


Professor / Director of Research, Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library





Phone: (662) 325-9355
Mailing address: MSU Libraries, P. O. Box 5408, Mississippi State, MS 39762
Physical address: 395 Hardy Road Mississippi State, MS 39762


• Developing, planning, and implementing a comprehensive humanities research program. • Working with Executive Director to implement research fellowships, academic conferences, and public lectures. • Fostering advanced research in the humanities, cultivating a vibrant and diverse community of international scholars. • Applying for grants and other outside funding for exhibits and publications. • Managing the arrangement and description of Library archival, artifact, art, and monographic holdings. • Working with donors and staff to acquire and accession new manuscripts, artifacts, and monographs. • Developing exhibitions and content for physical and digital exhibits.

Research Interests

Archives, Nineteenth century history, Reconstruction, Foreign Relations


  • Research (co-chair)
  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Inclusion Committee Digital Priorities and Strategies

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