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In keeping with the current advice of public health officials, the University closed the physical library until further notice, with the exception of the 24/7 Lab. This is for the protection of the campus and the library staff and faculty. The library will remain open VIRTUALLY for our normal semester hours via chat/email/text/zoom/phone, and all library materials have been renewed until September 1st. Interlibrary loan is available for articles and chapters, and ebooks are purchased on request. Sign up for 24/7 access below. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 662-329-7332 with any questions.

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Beulah Culbertson Archives and Special Collections

Annie Coleman Peyton and her daughtersThe 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 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. Our primary mission is collecting and disseminating information related to Mississippi women's history and leadership. Newly opened, 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. Our IR will soon have MUW theses back to the 1970s, as well as nearly 800 digitized photographs from our collection.  With the students in the Digital Studies Minor, we are also 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 from 1906 - the 1990s.  

Researchers are welcomed by appointment.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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. 

Location

Fant Memorial Library, 2nd Floor

Hours are by appointment

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call 662-241-7601 to make an appointment.

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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