Browse Exhibits (10 total)

Sheila Michaels Collection

Sheila Michaels circa 1990s stares straight at the camera with a serious face.  She is standing on a rocky coastline with her back to a body of water.  Land is visible beyond the water.  Her hair is short, she is wearing an olive-colored heavy coat, glasses, and black and silver earrings,  and holding a bouquet of wildflowers.  A light green shoulder strap is across her body with a button that reads "WAR IS TERRORISM".

Sheila Michaels was passionate about fighting for and protecting the rights of others.  Through her work as a writer/editor who traveled extensively, she worked in the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, and as a scholar of Jewish biblical women.  She was a defender of the oppressed and exploited. 

The items in this online exhibit center around Ms. Michael’s life and her devotion to bringing to light injustice in the world.  

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O'Keefe Family Archive

Jeremiah Joseph "Jerry " O'Keefe III in a suit and tie seated with a flag on either side of his chair.

O'Keefe Family Archive

The O’Keefe family has a long-term presence on the Mississippi Gulf Coast spanning several generations. The O’Keefe Family Archive includes artifacts from various members of the O’Keefe family.

This collection exhibit centers around Jeremiah Joseph "Jerry" O'Keefe III including his family history, military service, family legacy, funeral business, political career, the Loewen Suit, and Ohr-O’Keefe Museum.

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Susan Hasalo Sojourner Collection

A woman, Susan Sojourner, walks across a hand-crafted, wooden plank bridge in a wooded area. She is holding a glass bottle drink and papers in one arm and is smiling at the camera. She is wearing boots, pants, a sweater, and coat.

Susan Hasalo Sojourner fought tirelessly for social justice throughout her life, from civil rights in Holmes County, Mississippi to women’s liberation and LGBTQ+ rights during her years in Washington D.C. and Duluth, Minnesota. She had a passion for activism and was a dedicated volunteer in anti-war movements and environmental causes.

The items in this online exhibit highlight various aspects of Sue's life and her passion for activism and writing. The materials featured in this online exhibit are located in Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi.

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Tudor Place, The Secret Dollhouse

The Secret Tudor Place dollhouse, with interior lights on and exterior exhibit room lights off.

Exhibit featuring the Tudor Place dollhouse donated to the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection by Harry Davis in 2022. The dollhouse contains many items created or donated by world-renowned author and illustrator, Tasha Tudor, and it was designed by Harry Davis--Tudor's business partner--after Tudor's first adult residence. 

A Golden Past: Southern Miss Football Programs

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Since the early years of the University of Southern Mississippi, when it was the Mississippi Normal College, athletics have been an integral part of life at the college. In 1912, the Mississippi Normal College greeted its new students, and soon after, a student-formed athletic association was created with a football team.

The history of football at Southern Miss and the culture that surrounds it can be glimpsed through football programs. The University Libraries’ Special Collections has football programs going back to the 1930s. These programs not only provide readers with information on the players, rosters, and teams, but they also provide a look into community involvement and support. This online exhibit features examples of front covers, rosters, lineups, advertising, game summaries, and select full issues found in programs from 1936-1953.

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Ezra Jack Keats: His Life and Art

Ezra Jack Keats Studio 2

Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) was a pioneer in American children’s literature. He based the lives of his multiracial characters on his childhood but added loving parents, friends and pets. He wanted no child to be an outsider.

“If we could see each other exactly as the other is,” he wrote, “this would be a different world.”

 Source: Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

Seeing Red: Anti-Communism Efforts in Mississippi, 1944-1968

Cover of a folded map with white and black lettering on a red background. Symbols for Nazism, Fascism, and Communism are found in addition to the following text. <br />
The Fifth<br />
Column<br />
Conspiracy<br />
in<br />
America<br />
Authentic<br />
Map and <br />
Directory<br />
Price twenty-five cents

During and after World War II, Americans were fearful of communism infiltrating the United States and altering their ways of life. To combat this fear, citizens and the local/state/federal government organized anti-communism efforts to inform the public about possible communist activities on national and local levels. 

The items in this online exhibit highlight various aspects of the anti-communism efforts in Mississippi. The materials featured in this online exhibit are located in Special Collections at the University of Southern Mississippi. 

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