Archives/Special Collections


Alcorn State University's archival collection, located on the second floor of the J.D. Boyd Library, is 1700 linear feet and dates 1871 forward. The subject focus for the archival holdings is the history of the institution.

The department serves as the institutional memory of the university. It plays an integral role in the management of the information resources in different media and formats. To fulfill the responsibilities of that role, the Archivist identifies, acquires, and maintains records of enduring value that chronicle the development of the institution and ensures its continued existence.

Goals and Objectives

The mission of the Archives of the University is to preserve printed materials relative to the history, development and character of Alcorn State University. Archives take its mission from the mission of the University, to educate: 
  • By supporting and enabling the administration which provides and maintains the overall structure.
  • By determining what evidence is essential, making that evidence accessible to users regardless of location or format
  • By preserving essential evidence of Alcorn State University.
  • By providing information that promotes the mission of Alcorn State University internally and to the extended community;
  • By supporting teaching and enhancing the curriculum as appropriate
  • By supporting the research of the faculty, students, and other scholars