Hi! My name is DeeDee Baldwin, and I’m the History Research Librarian at Mississippi State University Libraries. This is my personal and professional site, unaffiliated with the university, where I’ll post about my research interests and genealogy services.
I was born in Golden Meadow, Louisiana, and lived there until my family moved to Quitman, Mississippi, when I was eight. I attended Quitman public schools and graduated from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, a public, residential high school for academically talented students. Intending to be a professor of biblical studies and religious literature, I went to William Carey College and double-majored in religion and English with a minor in biblical languages. After two years of graduate study at Baylor University, I realized that I wanted something different.
I moved back home to Quitman and worked at my old high school for several years. Finally, a position came along that seemed perfect: a one-year grant-funded position as a digital projects specialist at Mississippi State University Libraries. I worked on digitizing materials from manuscripts collections and was introduced to the world of archives and special collections. I was hired as a full-time staff member in the manuscripts department and worked there for ten years, completing my Master’s in library science through online courses at The University of Alabama along the way.
In the summer of 2017, I was hired as the library’s History Research Librarian, a tenure-track faculty position, and that’s where I am today!
On a more personal note…
Care to meet DeeDee the fangirl? Okay! I worship Jane Austen and love Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Firefly, Parks and Recreation, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and a variety of other books, movies, and TV shows. If you know how to Google, it shouldn’t be too hard to find my fanfiction in many of these fandoms.
I was raised as a Christian, but I’ve been an atheist for several years, and the switch was like a ray of sunlight in a dark cave. I’m a secular humanist now, and very happy to be so.
I’m unapologetically liberal and feminist.
I love my family, I love being an aunt, and I’m single (and looking).
Feel free to connect with me on any of the social media accounts linked at the top of this page.