Bolivar County Library System

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. The Mississippi Room is equipped with both a microfilm reader 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.

All print materials in the Mississippi Room are searchable on the online catalog. All materials in the Mississippi Room are for in-library use only – items may not be checked out. 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 July 1, 2005) and Cleveland Enterprise (scattered issues 1901-1945). See Microfilm Holdings for a complete list of newspapers and available editions, as well as marriage records, deeds, tax rolls, and titles. Additionally, there are many unbound documents of genealogical and historical significance to Bolivar County available for use in the Vertical Files; see the Vertical Files Index for a listing of subject headings.

Here are two great websites for local genealogical and historical information that feature Bolivar County: Bolivar County Mississippi GenWeb and Bolivar County, Mississippi Genealogy & History Network. Also, the Library of Congress has the webpage Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, that allows researcher’s to search America’s historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.

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.


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