Local History and Genealogy Collections

The Mississippi Room is located at the Robinson-Carpenter Memorial Library in Cleveland houses the Bolivar County Library System's local history and genealogy collections. For a list of Mississippi Room materials of genealogical importance, click on: A Guide to Genealogical Records and Resources.  The Mississippi Room is equipped with both a microfilm machine with print capabilities and a public access computer with Internet access available for patrons performing research.

The Reference Services Librarian will search for obituaries when the month and year of death is known, but other research by staff for genealogical or local history is very limited. Among the Mississippi Room materials available are Bolivar County newspapers on microfilm, including The Bolivar Commercial (scattered issues from 1915-1926 and continuous from May 1934 through to March 30, 2005) and The Cleveland Enterprise (scattered issues 1901-1945). For a complete listing of materials available on microfilm, click on: Microfilm Holdings.

Contact the Reference Services Librarian at (662) 843-2774 x104 or by email at tdblackwell@bolivar.lib.ms.us if you are looking for an obituary or genealogical/historical information, or if you have questions regarding this service.

There are two great websites for local genealogical and historical information that feature Bolivar County. They are Bolivar County Mississippi GenWeb and Bolivar County, Mississippi Genealogy & History Network.

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