The Harry P. Owens Civil War Library


Our research archive is devoted to supporting the academic program of the Center, providing a solid foundation for our student research.  The Owens Library actively seeks to acquire materials related to all areas of Civil War history, but particularly focused on subjects related to Civil War memory, including commemorative activities, veteran and memorial associations, reunions, anniversary observances, and all things related to the sometimes contested process of national reconciliation. 

The Owens Library is a research center, and as such is not normally open to the public.  Scholars with suitable research plans may apply for access.  Contact us at  The Library is also entirely supported through donations and contributions.  To support the Center and the Owens Library, follow the links here.

Harry P. Owens

The essential core of the Center, the library is named in honor of Harry P. Owens.  Professor Owens first arrived at the University in 1964, and legions of students passed through his classrooms before his retirement in 1998. 

Dr. Owens earned his undergraduate degree in 1955 and his Master's Degree in 1963, both from Auburn University.  After joining the faculty at the University of Mississippi, he finished his Doctorate at Florida State University in 1966.  He won a post-doctoral fellowship from Johns Hopkins, 1969-1970, and was promoted to full professor the following year.

Professor Owens created the Civil War classes that continue to be taught at the University.  His great popularity among students rested on his warm and engaging teaching style, and his great stores of good humor.  Students remember often his sometimes strict and demanding demeanor, qualities that were always tempered by his great warmth and mischevious good humor.  His legacy continues to resonate on our campus, and continues to live in the hearts and memories of our alumni.  Professor Owens and his gracious wife Mary Lou make their home here in Oxford near campus.