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Public Notice:

Archives and Special Collections will be closed to the public May 11 – June 9 for renovations. Archival collections/rare books, exhibit rooms, and the Archives reading room will all be inaccessible during this period to allow for construction work. Remote research requests will be delayed during this time. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience, but these much needed repairs will greatly improve the Archives for decades to come. Archival digital collections remain available at

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 100,000 sound recordings, in most audio formats; over 300,000 photographs; more than 3,000 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.

Research Collections

Head of Special Collections, Blues Curator, and Professor

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Greg Johnson
1 Library Loop
J.D. Williams Library
University, MS 38677-1848
(662) 915-7753
Subjects: Music

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