The Blues Archive at Ole Miss


Serious blues fans will discover a gold mine of information at the University of Mississippi's Blues Archive. Opened in 1984, the Archive houses one of the world's largest collection of blues recordings, publications, and memorabilia dedicated to the blues. It is not a public museum, but rather a formal library archive, of interest to scholars and dedicated fans. Among the Archive's holdings is the personal record collection of B.B. King, featuring over 7,000 albums, 45s, and 78s ranging from jazz and soul to pop and rock. Another draw is the Blues Archive Photograph Collection, with about 15,000 photographs from decades of Living Blues magazine, as well as from top blues photographers. If you're looking for the obscure, this collection features some of the only known existing photographs of many musicians. The Blues Archive is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 AM (except during select University holidays) and is located at 340 Farley Hall on the University of Mississippi campus. It is best to make an appointment ahead of time to visit the archive.


1848 University Circle
J.D. Williams Library, Library Loop
Oxford, MS 38655


34.36540800, -89.53735800
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(662) 915-7753

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