James Meredith Collection

In October 1962, James Meredith became the first African-American student to be admitted to the University of Mississippi. While enrolled, he received hundreds of letters and telegrams from around the world, both in support of and against his cause.

For more information about the events of 1962, the Integration of the University of Mississippi collection includes newspaper clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and other correspondence.

Some of the images and language that appear in this/these digital collection(s) depict prejudices that are not condoned by the University of Mississippi. This content is being presented as historical documents to aid in the understanding of both American history and the history of the University of Mississippi. The University Creed speaks to our current deeply held values, and the availability of this content should not be taken as an endorsement of previous attitudes or behavior.

Photo from the Ed Meek Collection: James Meredith at second class in Peabody Hall, image 6


Browse the James Meredith Collection:

Correspondence: Anti-integration

Correspondence: Pro-integration