COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Library Information

The library is open to MUW and MSMS students, faculty, and staff via swipe card access, and to the public by appointment. Masks and social distancing are required. Contact-free curbside pickup of books is available upon request. The physical building will be closed for cleaning purposes on Fridays and Saturdays, but the 24hr lab will be open seven days a week. See our COVID Library Info guide for more information.

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Beulah Culbertson Archives and Special Collections

archives reading room 2020The Beulah Culbertson Archives and Special Collections at Fant Memorial Library holds university records, photographs, scrapbooks, newspapers, bound volumes, and other objects that document the history and people of Mississippi University for Women, the first publicly-supported women’s college in the United States.

Our mission is to collect, share, and preserve the history of The W and, more broadly, Mississippi women's history and leadership. The Martha Jo Mims Digitization & Conservation Lab is allowing us to chart a new future. Going forward, we will prioritize sharing as much of our collection as possible with the world through our institutional repository, Athena Commons.

 Collections

Our collections include, among others, the papers of Annie Coleman Peyton, one of the university’s “founding mothers”; the records of numerous presidents of The W from John Clayton Fant (1920-1929) through Clyda Stokes Rent (1989-2001); and a significant number of scrapbooks, memorabilia, and other materials donated by alumni and friends of the university. With the students in the Digital Studies Minor, we are digitizing and will be sharing the Ellard-Murphree-Pilgreen-Smith Family Papers Collection.  This treasure trove of more than 6000 letters and 90 journals from three generations of "W" women and their families is a new and rich resource for studying the Mississippi middle class over the twentieth century.  

We welcome students interested in using the collections and provide many opportunities to do so:

  • in class projects and assignments
  • in internships in history, literature, women's studies, and other disciplines
  • as student workers
  • as a federal work study
  • as an individual appointment
  • with a concentration in Public History

Visit the Archive

The Beulah Culbertson Archives and Special Collections are available to students, faculty/staff, alumni, and the public. Access is by appoinment only. For more information about access to resources or visits, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Beulah Culbertson Archives and Special Collections

Beulah Culbertson Archives and Special Collections

Vic Jones
Archives and Special Collections Librarian

2nd Floor Fant Memorial Library
Phone: (662) 241-7601
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