Exhibit celebrates 400th anniversary of King James Bible

Image courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

A unique traveling exhibition celebrating the 400th anniversary of the first printing of the King James Bible in 1611 is coming to the University of Mississippi.

“Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible” will be on display at the J.D. Williams Library beginning May 29. The exhibit examines the little-known story behind one of the most widely read books in the world.

“We are delighted to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said Julia Rholes, dean of University Libraries. “The captivating history and influence of the King James Bible will interest many viewers.”

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Message from the Dean

Dear Friends,

I want to remind you of a special summer destination – the university library! This summer, as reported in this newsletter, we will be host­ing the “Manifold Greatness” travel­ing exhibit from May 29th through June 29th. This traveling exhibition, which marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Hu­manities. We invite you to all the special events planned to celebrate the exhibit.

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Thanks for your support

Thank you. We will never have enough op­portunities to stop and say thank you for your support. You help strength­en and expand both the University Libraries and the Uni­versity of Mississippi. And you do it in so many ways. Many of you help support the growth of our collection through the Friends of the Library program. Oth­ers support specific areas such as technology, student services or the archives. Some support us through the donation of collections that strengthen our research base. Gifts come both through direct finan­cial support and in-kind donations that are of great value. Some even choose to make the libraries the beneficiary of a planned gift. How­ever you are involved in supporting us, we are grateful and look to cul­tivate our relationship with you. If you have any thoughts or questions about supporting the University Li­braries, please feel free to contact me at 662-915-3027 or at mupton@ olemiss.edu.


Michael Upton

Associate Director of Development

Exhibits and Events

“We Shall Always March Ahead:” Mississippi and the Civil Rights Movement
through October 2012
Faulkner Room, J.D. Williams Library

“Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible”
May 29-June 29, 2012
First Floor, J.D. Williams Library

“Manifold Greatness”: Opening Reception
Friday, June 1 • 4 p.m.
Lecture: Pilkington Room, Second Floor
Reception and Exhibition: West Lobby,
First Floor, J.D. Williams Library

“Manifold Greatness”: Brown Bag Discussion
Monday, June 11 • noon
Archives and Special Collections,
Third Floor, J.D. Williams Library

The Family Bibles Road Show
Monday, June 25 • noon
Archives and Special Collections,
Third Floor, J.D. Williams Library

Wednesday workshops offer valuable instruction

The J.D. Williams Library is offer­ing Wednesday workshops for students, faculty and staff at the university.

“These workshops are designed to help our patrons access and use our library resources with hands-on prac­tice in our instruction classrooms,” said Ruth Mirtz, reference librarian. “We design all of the workshops to support research and library skills, but we hope they are fun and engag­ing as well. There is no homework! We want students, faculty and staff to see the library as a place of adventure and learning, not just a building full of tables and chairs.”

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Award-winning journalist donates papers

Curtis Wilkie. Photo by UM photographer Robert Jordan.

Curtis Wilkie, award-winning journalist and author, is giving back to the University of Mississippi through donations to Archives and Special Collections.

“I’ve donated my papers to the J.D. Williams Library because of my loyalty to my alma mater and my love for Ole Miss,” said Wilkie, Kelly G. Cook Chair and associate professor of journalism.

Wilkie has given around twenty boxes of papers to Special Collections. His collections contain material from his years as a journalist for The Boston Globe and drafts from his books: Dixie: A Personal Odyssey Through Events That Shaped the Modern South and Arkansas Mischief: The Birth of a National Scandal. The Boston Globe papers cover seven of the eight presidential elections Wilkie reported on during his time at that paper. Wilkie also donated information on his observations during James Meredith’s integration of the university.

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Brown bag lectures focus on civil rights

The J.D. Williams Library hosted a series of brown bag lectures that focused on civil rights in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the enrollment of the University of Mississippi’s first African-American student, James Meredith.

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