Contextualization at University of Mississippi

The head and shoulders of a black sculpture of a man.

Overview of Contextualization at the University of Mississippi

This page contains links to pictures of the University digitized and in Archives & Special Collections and primary and secondary sources about the history of the University of Mississippi. 

Image: A statue of civil rights leader James Meredith, who integrated the University of Mississippi in 1962. Sculpted by Rod Moorhead, the statue stands prominently on the University of Mississippi campus, where a noose was placed around its neck in 2014 by three members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Photo by Brian Hamilton, July 2013.


Digital Collections with Campus Photographs

Color postcard image of two figures walking in the Circle with the Confederate Monument, Croft, and Ventress Halls visible.

Archival Photos of UM Campus

Sepia photograph of the Confederate Monument in the Circle, with the Science Hall behind it.
Confederate statue and Science Hall from inside The Circle, circa 1910s-1930s.


Primary Sources

Collections About the University of Mississippi, 1848-1861
Campus Newspaper

The UM campus newspaper was titled The Mississippian from 1911 to 1968 and The Daily Mississippian thereafter.  These issues are available on Microfilm.  Seek assistance from either the Reference Desk or the Main/West Circulation Desk to locate the microfilm and receive instruction on using the microfilm machines.

Campus Year Books

Cover of the Ole Miss yearbook from 1948, featuring a black and white photo of a male and a female student and text that reads, "This is Ole Miss. Eighteen Forty-Eight - Nineteen Forty-Eight"

All editions of the UM yearbook Ole Miss from the first one in 1897 to 2013 are available online in eGrove, the UM institutional repository. Researchers can choose from a variety of formats, page through a book online, download a PDF or search the full-text version.