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“A Shaky Truce”: Starkville Civil Rights Struggles, 1960-1980

This project tells a story of local activism in Starkville, Mississippi. “A Shaky Truce” highlights the civil rights struggles that took place in Starkville, Mississippi during the 1960s and 70s, a time when local African Americans demanded equality for all citizens. This website is designed to tell that story, providing information for scholars and tools for teachers interested in exploring these local conversations about race, equality, and human rights. This project is a collaboration among history faculty and graduate students, librarians, and undergraduate students.

Screenshot of Shaky Truce website, highlighting "the people" site

The Smith Papers Project

The Smith Papers Project provides a glimpse of Southern rural life in the 20th century through the perspective of a middle class white family in Pittsboro, MS. Over 6,000 letters and dozens of diaries from members of the Smith family (Pauline and Sam, and their children Bernice, Christine, Martha, and “Sonny Boy”) discuss every day life, and lend themselves to thematic discussions about the rural south in the 20th century, including WWII deployment, local and MS state government, homesteading, women’s cultural history, and the legacy of white supremacy. This project is a student-centered project, involving MUW undergraduates (along with library faculty and staff) in every step of the digital scholarship process, from record creating, to data modeling, to publishing digital inquiries.

LIB 201: Introduction to Digital Research

LIB 201 is an introductory Digital Humanities course, a core requirement of the Digital Studies minor at Mississippi University for Women. Students in LIB 201 use the Smith Papers collection to create digital records, research with traditional and digital methods, and publish their work in a minimal computing environment. Course modules (and subsequent mini-projects) include network analyses, timelines, maps, textual analyses, and digital exhibits.

a black and white image of 6 members of the smith family, smiling

B.L. Moor High Legacy

This project tells the story of B.L. Moor High School’s 55 year legacy of resilience and strength, from its inception in 1960 as post-desegregation African American high school, to its closing in 2015, after district consolidation. It’s a testimony to the persistent efforts of the East Oktibbeha County community over the years to support their educational opportunities and successes, and story of attempted institutional erasure. The project is a collaborative effort among community members, library faculty, and an MSU graduate student.

African American men and women stand in front of B.L Moor High School historical marker

Deep South DH

The mission of Deep South DH is to provide a community of support and practice to people in Mississippi and nearby for digital humanities skills and projects. Borrowing from the Digital Humanities Research Institute, the guiding principles of Deep South DH are openness and accessible pedagogy, with the added emphasis on Southern storytelling. The richness of southern stories is meant to be shared, and digital landscapes – with sharing and support – can help us do that.

orange and red outline of the state of Mississippi, with a USB logo stemming from the right side