Public invited to volunteer meeting for Grant Presidential Library, Williams Collection

Contact: James Carskadon

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Anyone interested in volunteering in Mississippi State’s Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and in the Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana is encouraged to attend an interest meeting Wednesday [April 18].

The meeting will take place at 2 p.m. at the Grant Library, located on the fourth floor of Mitchell Memorial Library.

John F. Marszalek, executive director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association and MSU Giles Distinguished Professor of History emeritus, said the meeting will be used to launch the library’s new volunteer program and provide interested volunteers with more information. For questions about the meeting or the volunteer program, call 662-325-4552.

Since MSU Libraries opened the expanded space for the Grant Presidential Library and the Williams Collection, visitors from all over the country have come to MSU to visit the new state-of-the-art museum exhibits on the 16th and 18th presidents of the United States, Marszalek said.

The museum galleries are open to the public from 7:30 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

MSU is one of only six universities to house a U.S. presidential library. For more, visit

The Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana is considered the nation’s largest privately owned holding of Abraham Lincoln research and display materials. The Williams family donated the collection, valued at approximately $3 million, to MSU in 2017. For more, visit

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