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Melinda Haynes Papers

Identifier: M561

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of one copy-edited manuscript of Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes.


  • Creation: 1999


Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Melinda Haynes is an American novelist. She grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She is the daughter of a schoolteacher and a Baptist minister, who was the pastor of two small churches in Petal, Mississippi. For much of her adult life she was a painter. In 1997, she wrote her first novel, Mother of Pearl (published in 1999). On June 15, 1999, it was announced as a selection for “Oprah’s Book Club.” According to the author, Mother of Pearl is the story about six people, black and white, whose lives become intertwined in a small town in 1950’s Mississippi. Themes include racism, family secrets, and everyone’s search for love.


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Language of Materials



This collection consists of the original copy-edited manuscript of Mother of Pearl (1999) by Melinda Haynes, a Hattiesburg native. The collection is of particular interest to researchers studying Mississippi authors and fiction with themes of race.


This small collection consists of one folder.


Donated by Melinda Haynes.

Related Materials

Mother of pearl: a novel by Melinda Haynes. McCain and Cook Libraries, PS3558.A862 M67 1999

Chalktown: a novel by elinda Haynes. McCain Libary, 3rd Floor Brooks Reading Room PS3558.A862 C48 2001


Melinda Haynes Papers, M561, Historical Manuscripts, Special Collections, The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries.

Melinda Haynes Papers
Collection processed and finding aid written by Jonathan Puckett
30 August 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001