While materials useful to blues research are available in the main stacks and databases of the J. D. Williams Library, the richest collection of materials can be found in the library's Blues Archive.
The Blues Archive at the University of Mississippi acquires and preserves blues and blues-related materials in a variety of formats. With over 70,000 sound recordings, in most audio formats; over 100,000 photographs; more than 1,000 videos; over 6,000 books, periodicals and newsletters; and numerous manuscripts and ephemera, the Blues Archive houses one of the largest collections of blues recordings, publications, and memorabilia in the world.
Established in 1984, the Blues Archive serves not only students and faculty within the University of Mississippi, but researchers worldwide. This non-circulating collection is located within Archives and Special Collections on the third floor of the John Davis Williams Library. The Archive is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, except during select University holidays.