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The Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage has been collecting and preserving the stories of Mississippians since 1971. The collection is available in Special Collections in McCain Library & Archives and in the Center’s offices at USM.

Since the program began, researchers have recorded more than four thousand interviews about Mississippi history and culture, by far the largest in the state and one of the largest in the South, and provides access to an increasing number of these histories online. The Center's collection has a recognized strength in the history of the civil rights movement and veterans' histories, yet the Center has collected broadly. The topics dealt with in the collection encompass the breadth of the state’s history. Subjects include politics and government, organized labor, civil rights, ethnic experiences, agriculture, journalism, art, sports, natural disasters, and general life histories. We are always in the process of acquiring new materials. Please contact the Center for more information at 601.266.4574.

Type of Institution: Research Center

Partner since: 2007




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