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Department of History
University of Mississippi

Dalrymple Endowment

In 2015 the history department at the University of Mississippi was named in honor of Arch Dalrymple III in recognition of a $5 million donation made on his behalf by his daughter, Martha Dowd Dalrymple. Dalrymple, an Amory, Mississippi native who graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1947 and later became a successful businessman, had a passion for history and historic preservation. For 32 years he served as a trustee of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH). He also acted as president of the Mississippi Historical Society from 1976 until 1977.

The Dalrymple Endowment provides an annual fund that supports the academic work of the department’s faculty and graduate students, as well as their contributions to the intellectual life of the university and local community.

Dalrymple funds support:

faculty and graduate student research at archives, libraries, and in fieldwork in the United States and around the world

Summer Writing Fellowships for graduate students nearing completion of their degrees

— the acquisition of specialist research materials for the J. D. Williams Library

— a program of public lectures and seminars to complement the department’s research culture and create conversations with our neighbors on campus and beyond