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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 3:09pm by Greg Johnson

2017 Special Collections Fall Lecture Series

All talks are free of charge, and open to the public

For more information on any of these events, contact Jennifer Ford at or 662-915-7408

September 21st – 12:00 PM – Faulkner Room (3rd floor, JD Williams Library)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 11:13am by Greg Johnson

All Archives and Special Collections subject guides are moving to the LibGuides platform, and will be rolled out over the next few weeks. We're proud to announce the new Blues Subject Guide.

Screen capture of the new blues subject guide homepage.

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 10:07am by Greg Johnson

Oxford Blues Festival logo

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 1:15pm by Greg Johnson

Cover of The World Don't Owe Me Nothing

David "Honeyboy" Edwards was born in Shaw, Mississippi on 28 June 1915. Around age twelve, Edwards began playing guitar. He learned from Big Joe Williams, Charlie Patton, and Tommy Johnson. Honeyboy would go on to travel all over the United States, hopping from one train to the next. He recounts many of these tales of being an itinerant musician and gambling in his 1997 book The World Don't Owe Me Nothing

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 8:39am by Greg Johnson

Flyer for the Brown Bag event

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 9:56am by Greg Johnson

Image of Ethel Waters

On 14 June 1939, Ethel Waters became the first African American star of a television show, when NBC aired the Ethel Waters Show. This one-time television variety show special featured musical performances, dramatic vignettes, and more. 

Columbia Records blues artists poster.

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 3:30pm by Greg Johnson

The Skip James song "Devil Got My Woman" is one of the most haunting blues songs, indeed in all of recorded music. The song's minor open tuning, sparse accompaniment, and mournful, falsetto singing are the base for what some have termed the Bentonia style (after James' hometown). This song likely influenced Robert Johnson's "Hellhound on My Trail," and served as the real thematic center of Terry Zwigoff's 2001 film Ghost World

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 12:30pm by Greg Johnson

Letter from B.B. King

The Blues Archive just acquired this letter written by B. B. King, which speaks to the importance of education.

King was a lifelong learner. Before embarking on his first world tour, he purchased multiple language courses on LP. To see a list of the records B. B. King donated from his personal record collection, browse our catalog

He also enrolled in several correspondence courses, and would complete assignments while riding on his tour bus.