This Delta

Photographs by Debra L. Ferguson

Photographer Debra L Ferguson standing in front of This Delta exhibit. Color.
This Delta Exhibit Panel 1

Through the lens of her camera, Ferguson has captured a sense of the Mississippi Delta with sincerity and stark reality.  Where the photograph is worth 1000 words, morsels of Mississippi literature shore up the wandering thoughts of a visitor.  Our goal is to show the Delta, to read the Delta and to remember the Delta while encouraging each visitor to consider their own story and piece of history connected to this place.

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The University Archives & Museum is pleased to share this traveling exhibit featuring the vivid and striking photographs created by photographer Debra L Ferguson. This project was made possible through the generous support of the MS Humanities Council and AgFax.

Points to Consider

Site Considerations

If you are interested in hosting the exhibit, please review the following questions and information regarding your display site.

Space & Lighting

  • What is the size of the room where you plan to place the exhibit?
  • Is there enough space for the panels, vertically?
  • Are there any light fixtures hanging from the ceiling which may interfere with the panels?
  • Is there track lighting or recessed lighting sufficient to view the exhibit?


  • How will the exhibit be monitored while the area is open for the public?
  • Will a staff person be in the area?
  • Is there a security camera system in operation or will security make periodic visual checks of the area on a regular time schedule?


  • While we do not require a borrowing institution to carry special insurance for this exhibit, we do ask that you agree to the terms of the Borrowing Institutions Agreement which states that if any of the panels are damaged while in the care of the borrowing institution, that institution will pay to have that panel or those panels replaced at cost.


  • There is an exhibit reservation/hosting fee of $150.00.
  • Gallery Guides and Teacher Aides are available for $.31 each.


When hosting the exhibit, please incorporate this statement in your promotional materials:
“This program was financially assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council.”

Please reference the DSU Archives & Museum, AgFax and the MS Humanities Council in promotional materials.

Packing Instructions & Useful Links

For sites currently hosting the exhibit, please find the instructions for unpacking and packing the exhibit with the link below:

Packing Instructions

For sites wanting to host the exhibit, please find the application with the link below:

Hosting Application

To download and print a factsheet about the exhibit, please use the link below:

Exhibit Quickfacts

For sites that finished hosting the exhibit, please fill out the Evaluation Report that you can get from the link below:

Evaluation Report

Contact & Shipping Information

Shipping/ Receiving within Mississippi

Within the state of Mississippi, it is recommended that the host site schedule to pick up the exhibit from the Archives & Museum building or the prior hosting site. The Archivist will coordinate with host sites to arrange pick-up and delivery.

Shipping/ Receiving outside Mississippi

Those interested in hosting the exhibit outside of Mississippi will need to make shipping arrangements with the Archivist. The host site will have to cover expenses of shipping the exhibit to and from the host site.

Shipping Address

C.T. Salazar
Delta State University
DSU Box 3137
Cleveland, MS 38733

Contact Information

C.T. Salazar, Interim University Archivist
Phone: 662-846-4781

Coming Soon!

Be sure to tweet about your experience and add #thisdelta!

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“This program is financially assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council.  The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the Mississippi Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.”