The Christopher Randolph & Annie Reynolds Stark Annex



This 2300 square foot annex houses genealogy books and materials,
 microfilm records, historical & rare books and primary family documents.
 The annex was built through a generous donation from Miss Betsy Stark
 as a gift to the community and in loving memory of her parents,
Christopher Randolph and Annie Reynolds Stark. Mr. Stark was a professor of
 mathematics at Mississippi State University for fifty-five years and was
 first librarian for the University (known at that time as Mississippi A & M College)
 serving from 1900-1908.

Since the family has been a part of Starkville history since its
 early beginnings, the creation and development of the annex came
 from Miss Stark's desire to give back to the community a small part of
 what the community has meant to this family over many years.
Preserving local history, as well as family histories and libraries
fulfilled this goal for her. Her parent's extensive library, collected
over a period of 70 years will come to the library in
due time to be preserved for the public to enjoy.

The annex features three major areas for work and study - the first
room houses genealogy and family history books and periodicals,
Starkville telephone directories, University and high school annuals,
and a collection of Mississippi authors for reference.

A computer with links to genealogical web sites, as well as local holdings
 is an additional resource added for the area by the Oktibbeha
 County Historical and Genealogical Society. A new micro-film
 reader-printer has been purchased for the room by the
Friends of the Starkville Public Library and the Genealogical Society.

The second room features old and rare book collections. With  a
large display unit as its focal point, old documents, books and other
items of historical significance will be displayed on a monthly basis.
The Library will work with the Oktibbeha Museum to feature local,
historical documents and artifacts.

The third room consists of a system of mobile shelving units and
a climate control system to adequately preserve primary
documents to prevent deterioration. Collections of old letters, photographs, journals and newspapers will be cleaned, processed and organized
 into collections with documentation. Additional shelving units
can be added as needed.


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