Special collections lecture series begins today at Williams Library

Published 10:36 am Tuesday, August 16, 2016

By Christina Steube

University of Mississippi

In conjunction with the exhibit “Hot Off the Press: New and Newly Available Archive Collections” at the University of Mississippi’s J.D. Williams Library, the Department of Archives and Special Collections has planned a series of lectures to add context to the artifacts.

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Items on display in the Faulkner Room include an untitled play by William Faulkner, a Civil War soldier’s diary and promotional materials for famed blues artists, among dozens of other literary, historical, blues and political artifacts.

The first lecture is set for noon tomorrow (Aug. 16). Lee Annis, author of the 2016 biography “Big Jim Eastland: The Subtleties of a Segregationist,” will talk about the former U.S. senator in a lecture titled “The Godfather of Mississippi: The Subtleties of a Segregationist.”

Eastland represented Mississippi in 1941 and 1943-1978 and chaired the Judiciary Committee from 1956 to 1978. Eight cases in the exhibit feature selections from his congressional collection.

The exhibit is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 16. All lectures are set for the Faulkner Room, on the third floor of the library. Participants are welcome to bring food to the lectures.

Here’s a brief look at the rest of the scheduled lectures:

“A Day with Mr. Faulkner and His Horses,” noon Sept. 1

Ed Meek, namesake of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, donated his collection of photographs to Special Collections in 2014 and will be discussing the history of selected images. The collection includes photos Meek shot of Faulkner, as well those taken during the university’s integration in 1962.

The Taborian Hospital of Mound Bayou, Mississippi, noon Sept. 13

Doctoral candidate Katrina Sims will discuss her use of the James O. Eastland Collection in examining the history of the Taborian Hospital in the African-American community of Mound Bayou.

“Mr. Chairman: U.S. Senator James O. Eastland and the Judiciary Committee,” 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29

Historian David Hargrove and former Eastland aide James Ziglar will discuss Eastland’s time as chair of the Judiciary Committee. Open to the public, the program is accredited for one hour of both Continuing Legal Education and Continuing Judicial Education.

“Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s,” 3 p.m. Sept. 21

Harry Bolick, Mississippi fiddler and tunesmith, will discuss his book on fiddle tunes of the 1930s and perform selected examples.

John C. Satterfield Collection, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4

Rita and William Bender, attorneys in Washington, were previously visiting professors at the UM School of Law. During their time here, the Benders frequently used the Satterfield/American Bar Association Collection and will discuss ways in which they used the information.

“Eudora Welty and Hubert Creekmore: Literary and Family Connections,” 11:30 a.m. Oct. 6

Suzanne Marrs, friend and biographer of Eudora Welty, and Annette Trefzer, UM associate professor of English, will discuss the literary and familial connections between Welty and Hubert Creekmore, a poet from Water Valley.

For more information, contact Jennifer Ford, head of Archives and Special Collections at jwford@olemiss.edu or 662-915-7408.