Mississippiana and Rare Books
The Mississippiana Collection
is a comprehensive collection of books about Mississippi, by and about Mississippians,
and/or published in Mississippi. As such, it constitutes a vital resource
for the study of Mississippi history and culture. These books can be accessed
through the online
catalog. In addition to the Mississippiana book collection, the library
subscribes to several serials (magazines, journals, newsletters, and numerous
other professional and organizational publications) relating to Mississippi.
McCain Library serves
as a depository for Mississippi state documents. These items provide information
on virtually every facet of state government and the economic, social,
and cultural characteristics of the state. Many of these can be accessed
using the library catalog or by asking the reference librarian. A map collection includes
city, country, and state highway maps and various types of soil, mineral,
drainage, topographic, nautical, historical, and specialty maps. They
document Mississippi and the region from 1699 to the present.
Files consisting primarily of newspaper clippings and pamphlets contain
up-to-date information about the people, events, social issues, institutions,
cities, and towns of Mississippi. Also included is historical information
on a variety of subjects. The Mississippiana Collection maintains copies
of telephone books for the entire state, and city
directories for the state's major cities.
The Rare Book Collection is comprised of materials relating to the history of the South, the Civil War, the history of printing, philosophy, religion, among other topics. McCain Library & Archives has 3500 books that belonged to Cleanth Brooks, a leading literary critic of the twentieth century and cofounder of the Southern Review. This collection contains materials relating to literary criticism, poetry, Southern literature, and Romanticism. The Sam Woods Rare Book Collection is also located in Special Collections. For more information on this collection, please go here.