Answered By: Deborah Lee
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2017     Views: 221

Mitchell Memorial Library is named for the 10th President of the University, Fred Tom Mitchell, who led then-Mississippi State College from 1945-1953.

"If he had accomplished nothing else, the very fact that his tenure ended with a new library on campus was enough to earn him a firm place in the history of the college he had served. And Fred Tom Mitchell would have been pleased, honored, and humbled that the very first building on campus solely devoted to housing a library would be named in his honor. Mitchell Memorial Library keeps his name alive in a very special way."

~Michael B. Ballard, former University Archivist, in Maroon and White: Mississippi State University, 1878-2003, University Press of Mississippi, 2008: pp. 129-130.

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