There are 49 county and regional public library systems in Mississippi. Each year the libraries circulate an average of 3.2 books for every resident, one of the lowest circulation rates among the states. The oldest library in Mississippi is the Mississippi State Law Library, originally established as the State Library in Jackson in 1838. The Mississippi Library Commission now functions as the state library agency. Also in Jackson is the library of the state department of archives and history. Major university libraries include those at the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, and the University of Southern Mississippi.
Among the fine arts museums in the state are the Lauren Rogers Library and Museum of Art, in Laurel; the Mississippi Museum of Art, in Jackson; the Meridian Museum of Art; and the art museum of the University of Mississippi. Other museum collections at the universities are devoted to archaeology, geology, and the history of science. Three of the best-known museums in Mississippi, all in Jackson, are the Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, affiliated with the state department of wildlife conservation, and the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry/National Agricultural Aviation Museum, affiliated with the state department of agriculture.
There were 20 daily newspapers published in the state in 2002. The first three founded in Mississippi were the Mississippi Gazette, which began operation in about 1800; the Intelligencer, established in 1801; and the Mississippi Herald, founded in 1802. All three papers were published in Natchez. The oldest existing newspaper in Mississippi is the weekly Woodville Republican, which began publication in 1824. The daily with the largest circulation is the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. Other major daily papers include the Biloxi Sun Herald, the Meridian Star, the Tupelo Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, the Pascagoula Mississippi Press, the Hattiesburg American, and the Greenville Delta Democrat-Times.
The first radio station in Mississippi, currently known as WFOR, began operations as WDBT at Hattiesburg in 1925. The first television station, WJTV, was established at Jackson in 1953. There were 68 AM and 85 FM radio stations and 21 television stations in the state in 2002. "Mississippi" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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