Named for Mississippi's most prized author, the Eudora Welty Collection was established in Miss Welty's honor on the occasion of her 75th birthday in 1984. Miss Welty was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree by Millsaps in 1969. The materials included in the collection are books by and about Welty, numbering about 400. The Collection also includes first editions of all her works, autographed and donated to the library by Miss Welty. There are other first editions as well. Correspondence between Miss Welty and Lehman Engel is included in these two collections. An effort is made to include all dissertations written about her and collections of criticism or biography which include major portions about her are included as well. This collection does not include articles which appeared in periodical format. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History includes this material in its Welty collection. Welty's connection with Millsaps includes service as Writer in Residence and as member of the College's Board of Trustees. The College hosts a Welty Scholar on campus each spring. For more information, see Eudora Welty: A Hometown Perspective.