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Donating to Special Collections



The University Libraries’ Special Collections welcomes gifts of books, documents, organizational records, photographs, and other materials that complement our research collections. We carefully arrange and describe all of our collections according to professional standards and use archival-quality materials for long-term preservation. If you would like to donate materials to Special Collections, please contact the appropriate curator or librarian. If you are not sure where your materials might belong, feel free to contact the Curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana at Jennifer.Brannock@usm.edu or 601.266.4347.


    Sample Deed of Gift

    Special Collections personnel may not perform appraisals. Should you wish to value your donation for tax purposes, we will make your materials available to a professional appraiser of your choosing. The following links may assist you in a search for an appraiser: http://www.appraisers.org/ and http://www.appraisersassoc.org/.


    Materials Related to Children’s Literature Ellen Ruffin (ellen.ruffin@usm.edu), 601.266.6543 | Curator, de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection
    Papers, Records, and other non-book items Lorraine Stuart, 601.266.4345  | Head of Special Collections & Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives
    Books Jennifer Brannock (Jennifer.brannock@usm.edu), 601.266.4347 | Curator, Rare Books and Mississippiana

Charitable Gifts

Monetary donations and bequests are sincerely appreciated. Special Collections uses such donations to preserve the rare and unique materials in our care and to support programs that help provide access to the collections. We are happy to work with you on the terms of your donation. Please contact the Dean of Libraries at 601-266-4362 for details.