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This guide covers the Mississippi river Delta region.
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Memphis, TN 38152 

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Featured Books

 Books may belong to the circulating collection, the reference collection, special collections, or the permanent reserve collection. Only those in the circulating collection are available for checkout. All others must be used in the library. 

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Delta Time: Mississippi Photographs - Ken Light; Robert Moses (Editor, Introduction by)
Call Number: F347.M6 L54 1995 4th Floor Special Collections
ISBN: 1560984694
Publication Date: 1995-03-17
More than 100 duotone photos capture the legacy of sharecroppers, racism, and poverty in the Mississippi Delta--a land where time has brought little change

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Catfish and the Delta: Confederate Fish Farming in the Mississippi Delta - Richard Schweid
Call Number: SH167.C35 S39 1992 4th Floor Special Collections
ISBN: 0898154545
Publication Date: 1992-03-01

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Highway 61: Heart of the Delta - Morgan Freeman (Foreword by); Randall Norris; Jean-Philippe Cypres
Call Number: F347.Y3 H54 2008
ISBN: 1572336145
Publication Date: 2008-03-30

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Eat Drink Delta - Susan Puckett; Langdon Clay (Photographer)
Call Number: TX715.2.L68 P83 2013 4th floor Special Collections
ISBN: 0820344257
Publication Date: 2013-01-25
This book gets at the culture and foodways of the Mississippi Delta through lively descriptions of the region's restaurants, following a geographical path chapter by chapter from Memphis to Vicksburg.

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Worse Than Slavery - David M. Oshinksy
Call Number: HV9475.M72 M576 1996


What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later. Primary sources are characterized by their content, regardless of whether they are available in original format, in microfilm/microfiche, in digital format, or in published format.  Our University Libraries' Preservation and Special Collections Department has many primary sources available for in-library use.

The University Libraries Welcomes You!

Cotton bollWelcome to the Mississippi Delta research guide! The University Libraries is pleased to help you find quality sources as you learn more about the history, culture, and life of the region. Explore our subject tabs and discover the breadth of reliable information you can access either online or by visiting the Ned R. McWherter Library. Do not hesitate to to contact a librarian if you have questions. We're here to help!


    Map of the Delta Region



    This map produced by Harold N. Fisk in 1944 depicts the many courses the Mississippi river has run over the years in the Delta region.


    How to Access the Collections

    Books: Reference and Reserve books, along with those located in the Preservation and Special Collections department, are for library use only.  All other copies are available for check-out. If you are not affliliated with the University of Memphis, visit the circulation desk and inquire about a community special privileges card.

    CDs, DVDs and Videos: Patrons who affiliated with the U of M may check out most recordings according to established policies; community members may use their special privileges card to listen and view materials in the library.

    Databases: Patrons who affiliated with the U of M can access databases and online journals on campus or off-site using their username and password. Visitors who present their special privileges cards to the reference librarian can access these resources using one of the guest computers in the Learning Commons on the first floor of McWherter Library.

    Special Collections: All patrons are welcome to contact the Preservation and Special Collections department with inquiries.

    Government Publications: The Superintendent of Documents uses an alpha/numeric classification system which assigns a SuDoc number to each publication.  This system classifies each document by the agency or department that issues the document, not by subject.  For example SuDoc classification A is for materials issued by the Agriculture Department.  Consequently it is impossible to browse the collection since each agency/department issues documents on various subjects. Patrons may check out items from this collection.

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