J.D. Williams Library Celebrates State Bicentennial with Exhibit

Observance also includes lectures, video series and more

OXFORD, Miss. – The Department of Archives and Special Collections in the University of Mississippi‘s J.D. Williams Library will celebrate a historic anniversary of the state with the exhibit “Mississippi: 200 Years of Statehood.” Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state on Dec. 10, 1817. The library will commemorate that recognition with an ongoing exhibit focusingRead the story …

UM Presentation Focuses on Eudora Welty and Hubert Creekmore’s Ties

Literary researchers to examine authors' literary and family connections

OXFORD, Miss. – Scholars will explore the literary and family connections shared by Mississippi authors Eudora Welty and Hubert Creekmore during a brown bag event at the University of Mississippi’s J.D. Williams Library. The event, set for 11:30 a.m. Oct. 6 in the Faulker Room, features a discussion by literary scholars Suzanne Marrs and AnnetteRead the story …

Best-Selling Author Michael Blanding to Visit UM

Lecture, book signing set for Monday evening

OXFORD, Miss. – The life of a map bandit will be the topic of a free lecture Monday (March 21) at the University of Mississippi when New York Times best-selling author Michael Blanding comes to campus. Blanding will discuss his latest book, “The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who MadeRead the story …

Oxford Conference for the Book Brings Variety of Authors to UM

Poets, journalists, scholars and readers coming to campus March 2-4 for free event

OXFORD, Miss. – Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, as well as first-time novelists, are part of the variety of legendary and debut writers hosted at the Oxford Conference for the Book, set for March 2-4. Poets, journalists, scholars and readers will visit the University of Mississippi for the 23rd conference. The three-day event, which is free andRead the story …

Retirees Association tours library

University Libraries hosted members of the University Retirees Association on Saturday, Oct. 3. Library faculty members Jocelyn Tipton, Alex Watson and Brian Young, along with Dean Julia Rholes and development of officer Angela Barlow Brown, welcomed the group. Watson presented a slideshow of the libraries’ history, and Young offered a demonstration of STUDIOone, the newRead the story …

B.B. King continues to inspire through Blues Archive

Celebrated Mississippian and blues legend B.B. King died in his sleep on May 14. The winner of 15 Grammys and a Presidential Medal of Freedom passed away peacefully at 89 after a half-century career of moving audiences with his music and live performances. But the thrill isn’t gone; it can be rediscovered in the Blues Archive at the UniversityRead the story …

First English Ph.D. Recipient Honored

Kenneth Holditch lectures at Faulkner conference

The University of Mississippi honored its first doctoral recipient in English, Kenneth Holditch, during his presentation at this year’s Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference. Holditch, a professor emeritus of English at the University of New Orleans who earned his doctorate at UM in 1961, presented his lecture, “Growing Up in Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha Country.” He spoke toRead the story …

Archives gains addition to James Silver Collection

The University of Mississippi’s J.D. Williams Library has acquired a unique collection of notes written by author and former UM faculty member James Silver. Silver began teaching at the university in 1936 and served as chair of the Department of History from 1946 to 1957. He is perhaps best known for his work on the historyRead the story …

Caring for the ‘Heart of the University’

Friends of the Library celebrates 75 years

What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education,” educator Harold Howe II wrote. Two forces of nature – the late University of Mississippi English professors John Pilkington and Charles Noyes – were instrumental in helping to define what the Ole Miss family thinks about the J.D. WilliamsRead the story …

A (Julia) Rholes To Remember

Retiring Library Dean reflects on challenges and achievements during her tenure

Many University of Mississippi employees sooner or later retire, but not everyone leaves behind a rich legacy of accomplishments. When Julia Rholes retires from her position of dean of UM Libraries in December, she will definitely join that short list of people who truly made a difference at the university. During her 12-year tenure, RholesRead the story …