New Acquisitions

University Libraries would like to thank donors for the many new collections it has received recently. The gifts allow the library to provide the best experience possible for its patrons. While selected gifts are highlighted here, all donations are essential to the development of the library, and the value of all generous gifts cannot be overemphasized. Prospective donors should contact Jennifer Ford at 662-915-7639 or for more information.

Patsey Embry Bowers Collection. From his late wife’s papers, Cecil Bowers of Oxford donated a 1963 UPI teletype release received by WNLA radio station in Indianola regarding President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

W. Ralph Eubanks Collection. A collection containing notes, correspondence and manuscripts related to the author of such works as Ever Is a Long Time and The House at the End of the Road. Gift of W. Ralph Eubanks.

Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly Collection. A collection of manuscripts of Tom Franklin, the author of such works as Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, and the papers of acclaimed poet Beth Ann Fennelly. Franklin and Fennelly recently collaborated on The Tilted World, a novel about the 1927 Mississippi River flood. This collection contains annotated manuscripts, notes and galleys of their works. Gift of Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly.

Raymond L. Harshman Collection. Raymond L. Harshman of Edmond, Okla., presented the archives with two letters he received from President John F. Kennedy and U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy regarding injuries received during his service as a deputy U.S. marshal in the 1962 integration riot at the University of Mississippi. Harshman is a 1958 alumnus of UM.

James Thomas Hughes II Collection. A collection containing the portraits of John Alexander Klein, George Marion Klein, Dr. William T. Balfour and Thomas Harrison of Vicksburg. It also includes the antique color portrait of the Klein family home, Cedar Grove. Gift of James Thomas Hughes II.

Thomas Spight Collection. A collection consisting of the papers of Thomas Spight, Mississippi legislator and later U.S. congressman from North Mississippi. Spight also served as district attorney for the Northern District during the infamous trial of the murder of William Clark Falkner, great-grandfather of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner. Gift of Thomas Spight Hines Jr. and Mattie Spight McDowell.

Wm. Clyde Stewart Collection. William C. (Bill) Stewart of Okolona donated his father’s collection of Mississippi gubernatorial political memorabilia. Among the contents are campaign sheet music, posters and decals as well as certificates and medals associated with Wm. Clyde Stewart’s honorary appointments as “Colonel and Aide-de-Camp” to the staff of governors of Ross Barnett, Paul B. Johnson Jr., John Bell Williams, Bill Waller and Cliff Finch.

Dwight Van de Vate Jr. Collection. A collection of newspaper clippings, correspondence and magazines covering the 1962 integration of the University of Mississippi by James H. Meredith. Gift of the family of Dwight Van de Vate Jr.