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The Newton Record; 23 Dec 1954, Thu; Page 21
ORIGIN OF THE NAME OF OLE MISS IS TOLD
University - Ole Miss is a name from the language of ante-bellum days when the household servants referred to the younger daughter of their master as "Young Miss," while usually with admiration and reverence they called his wife "Ole Miss." Although The University of Mississippi was chartered in 1844 and opened it doors in 1848, the first Annual of the University was published in 1897. A contest was held to find a suitable name for the publication, and the competition resulted in selecting the name Ole Miss, a copyrighted designation which the Annual has borne ever since. The name in time became another way of saying, "Alma Mater." For instance, "Ole Miss is the gracious lady at whose side gather her sons and daughters to learn the art of gracious living as well as how to make a living. The nickname has no official status, but is frequently used to refer to the athletic teams in place of "Rebels' as well as The University of Mississippi.