The University Archives & Museum collects, preserves, interprets and presents the history and heritage of Delta State University and the Mississippi Delta region
The University Archives administers and provides access to over 300 manuscript collections consisting of photographs, audio recordings, three-dimensional objects, negatives, textiles and other memorabilia related to the MS Delta history. The University Archives is also the official repository for all of the University's documents, photographs, recordings, etc. The University Archivist catalogues and arranges collections for the use of the public in research as well as for use in developing in-house designed exhibitions. The University Archivists draws on collection materials to develop exhibits and supporting programs throughout the year. From patrons interested in family histories to publishing houses searching for photographs, the University Archives serves the needs of all patrons both in person in the Reading Room as well as via the web. Collaboration is an essential element to the success of collecting and preserving the Delta's history. The University Archives & Museum regularly collaborates with other organizations to identify, collect and preserve local histories.
The University Archives began with a generous donation in 1966 of the Walter Sillers, Jr. papers and other Sillers family memorabilia. In 1997, the University Archives moved into the brand new Charles W. Capps, Jr. Archives & Museum building where the first floor features a main gallery and two side galleries for changing exhibits. The second floor is where the bulk of the permanent collections are housed, the public access Reading Room is open and the faculty/staff offices are located. Since the early 1990's, the University Archives has actively collected the history and heritage of the MS Delta region, her communities, businesses and culture. Since the 1960's there have been four Archivists tasked with administering the archives.