Nothing New Under the Sun: The History of Black Students at MSU
Since Richard Holmes became the first Black student to enroll at Mississippi State in the summer of 1965, Black students have played a strong role on campus, pushing for institutional change and acceptance. This exhibit explores that history and highlights Black student activism and student life, from 1965 to the present. Items in the exhibit are from University Archives and include contributions from MSU alumni and current students.
Southern Literary Trail Gallery
Headquartered at Mississippi State University’s Mitchell Memorial Library, the Southern Literary Trail celebrates acclaimed Southern writers and the places that influenced them. The nation’s first tri-state literary trail, it traverses Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. The Southern Literary Trail gallery is located on the library’s first floor. It features books, images, and memorabilia representing the works of these legendary literary figures.
Against All Odds: The First Black Legislators in Mississippi
They were farmers, teachers, ministers, and blacksmiths. Some were born free in the North, while others were born enslaved in Mississippi. Some were highly educated, and others had been forbidden by law to be taught to read. Many came to Mississippi to help their Southern brothers and sisters build a more just government, and many were driven out by violence only a few years later. Learn about the first African American men to serve on Mississippi's state legislature during and just after Reconstruction. A few of these men, such as Hiram Revels and Blanche K. Bruce, are relatively well-known. The vast majority, however, faded into obscurity, just as the white supremacist power structure wanted.
Bully's Bards: Celebrating the Poets of Mississippi State University
This exhibit features the poetry of faculty members and alumni of Mississippi State University. These poems highlight the poets’ personal experiences, ruminations, and feelings and provide important cultural context to the world in which we live. We hope that these poems inspire you and encourage you to celebrate poetry in April and throughout the year.
Afro-American Plus: MSU's First Black Student Organization
In May of 1968, three short years after Starkville native Richard Holmes integrated Mississippi State University, a group of African American students at Mississippi State University founded MSU’s first Black student organization, Afro-American Plus. The group’s goals as laid out in their constitution were “to become better recognized as students of Mississippi State University,” “to promote peaceful coexistence with other students,” and “to educate all about Black culture and instill Black pride.” While the students were careful to work within the regulations of the university, they were not afraid to push boundaries, inviting speakers like Fannie Lou Hamer and Stokely Carmichael to speak on campus, and creating politically provocative Black history displays. The group’s goal was to create community on a majority white campus and to improve the lives of Black students on campus. This exhibit highlights Afro-American Plus' early years and the work they did, through social events, activism, and pushing MSU administration on issues like recruitment of Black students and professors.
Through the Lines: Letters from Home and the Front, 1917-1945
“Through the Lines: Letters from Home and the Front, 1917-1945” is a digital exhibit now available online at Mississippi State University Libraries’ Web site. This exhibit features 43 digital objects, including letters from World War I and World War II veterans and their families as well as photographs highlighting the servicepersons’ lived experiences through these terrible conflicts. The archival resources used in this exhibit were sourced from collections held by the Special Collections Department at MSU Mitchell Memorial Library.
This exhibit was created in honor of our nation’s veterans and active servicepersons and their families and in commemoration of Veteran’s Day, which will take place on November 11th. This exhibit was curated by Carrie P. Mastley, Manuscripts Librarian, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662.325.6658 for more information.
VOTES FOR WOMEN! A Centennial Celebration of the Women's Suffrage Movement in America
As organizations around the country prepare to celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment which takes place in August of this year, historians are looking back at the struggle for women’s suffrage and examining the people and events involved in the long fight to allow women to participate in the political process for the first time as true citizens. For nearly 100 years, in the newspapers, in the pulpit, and in public meetings and conventions, men and women spent a considerable amount of energy debating whether participation in their nation’s political process was their God-given right. As a result, many suffragists were compelled to spend decades of their adult lives re-negotiating their long standing gender roles in society in order to secure a place for future generations of women to have a voice over matters that directed their everyday lives and those of their families.
This digital exhibit showcases that century-long fight for women's suffrage in America. Thank you for visiting!
A Centennial Celebration of Congressman G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery
Mississippi State University Libraries is proud to honor the 100th birthday of the late Congressman Montgomery in this digital exhibit.
The Stennis-Montgomery Room
The Stennis-Montgomery Room is located on the third floor of the Mitchell Memorial Library. The Stennis-Montgomery Room contains photographs, correspondence, and artifacts that document the lives and careers of Senator John C. Stennis and Congressman G. V. “Sonny” Montgomery, both Mississippi State alums. The Stennis-Montgomery Room is open Monday-Friday 7:30-5 and is used as a Library and MSU campus meeting space.