SMA 2007

Society of Mississippi Archivists

Annual Meeting

Archives & Special Collections

J. D. Williams Library

University of Mississippi

April 19th â€“ 20th


Society of Mississippi Archivists Conference

Archiving Audio:  

Managing Archival Music and Spoken Word Collections

  19th â€“ 20th April 2007

University of Mississippi

Oxford, MS

All lectures and panels take place in the J. D. Williams Library, Archives & Special Collections, Faulkner Room, unless otherwise indicated.  

Thursday, April 19th

9:00-9:45 a.m.            REGISTRATION – Special Collections


                                    Jennifer Ford



                                    Jim DelPrince

12:00-12:45 p.m.         Lunch – Special Collections

1:00-1:10 p.m.             OFFICIAL WELCOMING REMARKS

                                    Julia Rholes, Dean of Libraries, University of Mississippi

                                    Emily Erwin Weaver, SMA President

                                    Greg Johnson, SMA Vice-President


                                    Stephen Sloan and Amy Evans; moderated by Jennifer Brannock


                                    Eddie Thomas and Frank Thomas

3:45-4:45 p.m.             TOPIC DODGEBALL – AUDIO EMPHASIS

                                    Open discussion about issues pertinent to Mississippi Archivists

5:30-6:30 p.m.             Thacker Mountain Radio (located at Off Square Books) – with guests

                                    Sweet Potato Queen Jill Conner Browne

                                    Music by Maggie Louie

                                    and other guests TBA (

6:30 p.m. -                   Dinner on your own


Friday, April 20th

8:15-8:50 a.m.             Light breakfast and coffee (Archives & Special Collections)

9:00-10:00 a.m.           BLUES ARCHIVE PRESENTATION

                                    Greg Johnson

10:30-11:45 a.m.         Tour of William Faulkner’s home Rowan Oak

noon                            Lunch on your own


                                    AND STORIES

                                    Dionne Bailey, Thom Copeland, Wendy Smith; moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Payne


                                    Mike Ballard, Leigh McWhite, Celia Tisdale; moderated by Jennifer Brannock

3:45-4:45 p.m.             BUSINESS MEETING – election of new officers

                                    All SMA members welcome and encouraged to attend

5:40 p.m.-                    Dinner and bowling

Contact Numbers

When dialing from an on-campus phone, simply dial the last 4 digits.

Archives & Special Collections (662) 915-7753
Greg Johnson cell phone (662) 380-7997
Off Square Books (662) 236-2828
Rowan Oak (662) 234-3284
Campus Police (662) 915-7234

Presenter Biographies

Amy Evans is the oral historian for the Southern Foodways Alliance, an affiliated institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. In recognition of her documentary work, Food & Wine magazine named Amy one of the “most fearsome talents” in the culinary world. Her work has also been recognized by the Mississippi Historical Society and is featured on, an online archive created by the Southern Arts Federation. Amy holds an M. A. in Southern Studies from theUniversity of Mississippi and a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She lives with her husband, Kurt Streeter, in Oxford, Mississippi.

Dionne Bailey, a graduate student from Rome, GA, earned her Master of Liberal Arts degree from The University of Mississippi in the spring of 2006.  She is presently working on her doctorate in history at the University of Mississippi and plans to write her dissertation on the sexual, physical, and emotional exploitation that women and children endure in the American prison and judicial system.

Dr. Michael B. Ballard is in his 24th year as an archivist in the Special Collections area of the Mississippi State University Library.  His current title is University Archivist and Coordinator of the Congressional and Political Research Center.  He was one of the founding members of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress.  He received his degrees in history at MSU, and is a Civil War historian who has published nine books.

Jennifer Brannock is the Special Collections Librarian at the University of Southern Mississippi.
She has a B.A. (Art History) and a MSLS from the University of Kentucky.  Ms. Brannock interests include reference service in Special Collections, printing history, and preservation.  Prior to the University of Southern Mississippi, she had a Kress Fellowship at Yale University working with bookplate held in the Arts of the Book Collection.

Dr. Jim DelPrince is an Associate Professor of Floral Design at Mississippi State.  MSU is home to the University Florist, a university-owned retail floral shop which serves as a training facility for horticulture majors.  Jim’s research interest centers on nineteenth century floral design.   Last fall, he held a fellowship at Winterthur, the country estate of Henry Francis duPont in Wilmington, Delaware.

Thom Copeland earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Henderson State University in 2002 and wrote his thesis on race and gender in the Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union.  He is presently working on his doctorate in history at the University of Mississippi and plans to write his dissertation on rural communities and change in the New South.

Jennifer Ford grew up in Jackson, MS and graduated from St. Andrews Episcopal School in 1989. SHe received a B.A. in English from Millsaps College in 1993. In 1997 she received a Masters of Library Science and M.A. in History from the University of Southern Mississippi. Jennifer began working as a Special Collections Librarian at the University ofMississippi in the summer of 1998 and became the head of the department in March 2005.

Greg Johnson has worked as the Blues Curator and Assistant Professor in the University of Mississippi’s department of Archives & Special Collections since 2002.  He currently serves as the vice-president of the Society of Mississippi Archivists.  He holds a B. M. and M.L.I.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi. He and his wife Dasha perform traditional Irish music.

Dr. Leigh McWhite works in Archives & Special Collections at the University of Mississippi as the
Political Papers Archivist & Assistant Professor.  She holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Mississippi and began working in Special Collections while a graduate student.  She has served as a full-time member of the department since 2000. For the last few years, she has worked almost exclusively on
Senator James O. Eastland’s papers.

Dr. Elizabeth Payne teaches and writes about American women’s history at the University of Mississippi.  She has taught at Northwestern University and the University ofArkansas.  Dr. Payne is the co-founder of the Mississippi Women’s History Project and the founding director of the McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University ofMississippi.  She also directed the North Mississippi Women’s History Project.

Dr. Stephen Sloan is the co-director of The Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage and assistant professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi.  Through his work at the center he has worked with dozens of communities and organizations throughout the state to document, preserve, and present the history and culture of Mississippi.  He specializes in twentieth century US History, Environmental, Public, and Oral History.

Wendy Smith, a graduate student from Pontotoc, MS, earned two Master's degree's from the University of Mississippi.  One was a Master's in Classics and the second degree was a Master of Liberal Arts.  She is presently working on her doctorate in history at the University of Mississippi and plans to write her dissertation on the industrialization of north Mississippi and its' effects on women.

Eddie and Frank Thomas, brothers from Iuka, Mississippi, are graduates of Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University and University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.  Their company, Thomasfilms, Inc., has produced a number of award-winning film, video and audio.

Angels on the Backroads was conceived and initiated in 1995 to tell an audio musical history of blues and jazz along Highway 61, Memphis to New Orleans, in 65 classic songs.  The Thomas brothers’ on location recording of the 65 songs spanned three years.

To increase awareness of musical history to the residents in the Highway 61 corridor, Eddie and Frank initiated a Musical Heritage Tour to Mississippi high schools and colleges.  Since 2004 it has impacted over 25,000

students.   During this same three-year period, Eddie and Frank have taken Angels on the Backroads on three concert tours to the United Kingdom .

Celia Tisdale is audio-visual curator at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.    Ms. Tisdale’s previous experience includes work in the MDAH re-formatting section as a microfilm camera operator and digital imaging technician.  While in college Ms. Tisdale worked in the library and archives of the Rankin and Raymond branches of  HindsCommunity College.  Ms. Tisdale is a member of the Department’s Emergency Management team and assisted in the recovery of materials on the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.

Places to Eat in Oxford

An asterisk indicates that there are more than one vegetarian option.  This list is not comprehensive.  

On campus:

Student Union food court *

Mon.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Fri., 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sun., closed

Paul B. Johnson Commons food court *

Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-

On (or very near) the Square:

Abner’s Restaurant 

 Fried chicken

  430 S. Lamar Blvd.

 (662) 232-8659

Ajax Diner

 Southern food

  118 Courthouse Square

 (662) 232-8880

Bottletree Bakery *

 Sandwiches and pastries

  923 Van Buren Ave.

 (662) 236-5000

Bou ré *

 Southern food; reservations accepted

  209 N. Lamar Blvd.
 (662) 234-1968

City Grocery Restaurant

 Fine dining; reservations accepted

  152 Courthouse Square

 (662) 232-8080

Doe’s Eat Place

 Steaks and tamales

 400 N. Lamar, in lobby of Downtown Inn & Suites

 (662) 236-9003

Downtown Grill

 Fine dining; reservations accepted

  110 Courthouse Square

 (662) 234-2659

The Jubilee *

 Eclectic Americana

  1002 Jackson Ave.

 (662) 236-3757

L & M’s Salumeria

 Fine Italian dining

  309 N. Lamar Blvd.
 (662) 238-7780

The Longshot

 Bar food

  1107 Jackson Ave. E

 (662) 236-7063

Madre *

  Mexican food

  1110 Van Buren Ave.

  (662) 236-7475


 Bar food

  1210 Harrison Ave.

 (662) 234-7558

Newk’s *

 Salads and sandwiches

  1309 University Ave.
 (662) 513-5303

Old Venice Pizza Company *

 Italian; reservations accepted

  1112 Van Buren Ave.
 (662) 236-6872

Pearl Street Pasta

 Italian; reservations accepted

  308 S. Lamar Blvd.
 (662) 234-7525

Petra *


  302 S. 11th Street
 (662) 234-7999

Proud Larry’s *

 Pizza, bar food

  211 S. Lamar Blvd.
 (662) 236-0050

Rib Cage


  311 S. Lamar Blvd.
 (662) 238-2929

Two Stick *


  1007 Harrison Ave.
 (662) 236-6639


 Fine dining

 208 South Lamar

 (662) 234-0005

Slightly farther out from the Square:

B’s Bar-B-Que

 BBQ to go at the Shell Station

  1455 Lamar Blvd.
 (662) 236-7090


 Locally famous diner

  1200 N. Lamar Blvd.

 (662) 234-5041


 Southern food

  1520 Jackson Ave. West
 (662) 281-1014

El Charro *


  1908 Jackson Ave. West
 (662) 236-0058

Handy Andy 


  800 N. Lamar Blvd.
 (662) 234-4621

Taylor Grocery


 Old Taylor Rd.

  Taylor, MS

 (662) 236-1716

Tequilas *


  2027 University Ave.
 (662) 281-0493

McAlister’s Deli *

 Salads and sandwiches

  1515 University Ave.
 (662) 234-1363

Oby’s *

 Soup and sandwiches

  1931 University Ave.
 (662) 234-4530

Panini *


  711 N. Lamar Blvd.
 (662) 236-0001

Phillips Grocery

 Hamburgers, sandwiches

  2406 S. Lamar Blvd.
 (662) 236-5951

Volta Taverna *

 Greek food

  710 N. Lamar Blvd.
 (662) 236-1871

Yocona River Inn

 Dinner only; brown bag wine

 832 Hwy. 334

 (662) 234-2462

Supplementary Events

Grisham Visiting Writers Series:

Rachel Hadas

Board of Governors Professor of English atRutgers University, Hadas has authored over a dozen books of poetry, essays, and translations. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the O.B. Hardison Award, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters.

April 19th / 7:00PM-8:00PM

Holman Hall, room 30

35th Annual Savage Lecture:

James Simpson

Simpson, the Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English at Harvard University, will address the topic, “Bad News Bible: Six Dark, Dynamic, and Demeaning Paradoxes of Sixteenth Century Evangelical Reading.”

April 20th / 7:00PM-8:30PM

Bondurant Auditorium

Opera:  Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus

Fully staged comic operetta, in English, with cast and orchestra from the Department of Music and set design and technical assistance from the Department of Theatre.

Friday April 20th, 2007
to Saturday April 21st, 2007


Ford Center for the Performing Arts


Mark Doty – book signing

Author Mark Doty will have a book signing and reading of his new work Dog Years

April 20th

Signing and reception 5:00PM

Reading 5:30PM

Square Books

Relay for Life

All proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life to help fight cancer. Food will be available by people involved with raising money for the event.

Features music by:

Shady Deal, Gunboat, The Electric Mudd, Rocket 88, Dolsey Rain, All Around Hounds, Slim Chance & the Oddbeaters,

Cool Papa Bell

April 20th-Saturday 21st


In front of the Lyceum in the campus circle

[Yes, this does read 6:00PM-6:00AM]