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Space: Exploring the Final Frontier in the Archives

An exhibit sponsored by UM Libraries Department of Archives & Special Collections.

Located on the third floor of the J.D. Williams Library, the exhibit features a wide array of materials and topics including the 1973 Pascagoula UFO sighting, paintings by primitive artist, Howard Finster, rare astronomy books from earlier centuries, and historical items that document Mississippi connections to the space program. 

With examples from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first, the exhibition includes early efforts to track planets and stars, the politics of the space race, as well as the creative imagination of musicians, artists and writers. Science fiction publications include two 1950s paperbacks on loan from William Faulkner’s personal library at Rowan Oak. 

“Space: Exploring the Final Frontier in the Archives” is open by appointment through November 2021. Hours are Monday through Friday with space limited due to COVID protocols. Contact for reservations and more information.  

For a preview of selected items on display, catch a video trailer of the exhibit at: