In the process of gathering the papers of many of Mississippi's distinguished authors, Dr. Thomas Verich, then Head of Special Collections, noted a missing piece in the literary collections of the department in the early 1990s. Working with then Curator of Mississippi Collections, Debbie Lee Landi, Dr. Verich observed the burgeoning output of murder mystery fiction written by Mississippians. Dr. Verich and Ms. Landi approached University of Mississippi alumnus and award winning mystery author Julie Smith. She generously donated her papers and thus began the core of a new collecting interest of the department. The papers of Nevada Barr followed and the collecting continues today with the papers of Carolyn Haines being the most recent donation.



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