The Room

The John Grisham Room is a beautifully appointed exhibit, presentation, and conference suite on the third floor of Mitchell Memorial Library. Its main purpose is to provide a place where people may view materials and memorabilia from the writings and achievements of bestselling author, former Mississippi legislator (1983-1990), and MSU alumnus John Grisham. The Room was dedicated on May 4, 1998.

The John Grisham Papers include:

  • Subject files and photographs from his years in the Legislature
  • The original manuscript and revisions of A Time to Kill, Grisham's first novel
  • Correspondence, including fan mail and personal letters
  • Promotional materials and newspaper clippings
  • Translations of Grisham's novels

At present, access to the literary files is restricted, but a number of items are on display.

The Room is also the venue for many of the MSU Libraries' events, including the Marszalek Library Fund and Lecture Series, the Collins Speaker Series, and Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival talks and mini-concerts. Currently, a few items from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection are also on display.

Request This Room

Seminars, receptions, lectures, and other functions related to teaching, research, and service can be scheduled in the Grisham Room. The Grisham Room can accommodate 75 people for a seated function and 150 for a standing function. The room comes with projector, laptop and screen setup capabilities. A podium, tables and chairs are also available for lecture functions. Setup for The Grisham Room is restricted to only a couple of options. A setup fee may be imposed. A conference room located inside the John Grisham Room provides seating for 12.

The John Grisham Room is open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

View a portion of John Grisham's speech from the dedication ceremony.
Length: 47 seconds (requires realplayer)

Contact Us

Email: Lynda Graham, lgraham@library.msstate.edu
Phone: (662) 325-6634

Mailing address:
The John Grisham Room
Mitchell Memorial Library
395 Hardy Road
P. O. Box 5408
Mississippi State, MS 39762


Frances Coleman, Dean of Libraries; Dr. Donald W. Zacharias, MSU President Emeritus; John Grisham, Mississippi Author; and Dr. Malcolm Portera, former MSU President

The entrance to the John Grisham Room on the third floor of Mitchell Memorial Library.