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Agnew (Samuel Andrew) collection

MSS. 100. 1847-1902. 14 reels microfilm.

Family papers (letters, receipts, statements of account, indentures, agreements with laborers, railroad schedules, etc.); diaries (43 typed copies), 1851-1902, containing the Reverend Agnew's views on local events, slavery, Civil War, Reconstruction, farming, travel, the church and other subjects. Primarily concerns Northeast Mississippi.

Ames and Hogan families papers

MSS. 2. 1816-1910. 0.66 cubic feet.

The collection documents the history of the Elijah Hogan and Madison Fisk Ames families from 1816 to 1910 and comprise correspondence, legal papers, speeches and essays, business receipts, and other items. Elijah Hogan was a merchant of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, and president of the Board of Police. Papers include receipts for hiring slaves and family letters that mention African-Americans.

Antebellum Receipts for Sale and Tax of Negroes

MSS. 154. 1841-1850. 0.01 cubic feet: 4 items.

Four receipts: Receipt for Wm. Burnside's taxes on two slaves for 1841, paid by T. J. Burnside; John Ward sells to Jane Burnside a 17 year old named Henry, 1845; R. B. Vernon sells to William A. Burnside a 9-10 year old boy named Gabrel, 1845; Note from William Robertson for monies due to James G. Burnside or bearer, 1850.

Alston (Archer) Collection

Acc. No. 606.

Papers of preservationist and former Starkville and Greensboro Historic District resident concern historic districts and historic preservation in Starkville and Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, including a historic preservation proposal for the predominantly African-American Curtis Circle area of Starkville.

Atkinson (James R.) family papers

MSS. 570. 1841-2003 and undated. circa 33 cubic feet.

Personal and family papers of archaeologist, historian and MSU alumnus James R. Atkinson, including manuscripts of writings, newspapers, books and periodicals and other research materials, letters, financial records, legal records, political materials, extension records, photographs, essay, artifacts, maps and other materials. Papers include manuscripts of Atkinson's articles, thesis and papers and research materials, including materials documenting the history of Chickasaw County, Mississippi, Levi Naron (Chickasaw the Scout), freedmen, the Brazil and Willie Mae Jones family and other Chickasaw County subjects. Family papers include Homemakers Club materials of Mrs. Sidney Atkinson, 1951-1953, publications collected by the A.K. Craig family (1841-1912), letters documenting the sweet potato sprout business of A.T. House (1931), an essay by Malinda Waldrop and other materials. See also Sidney and Jimmie Ada Atkinson papers. Archaeological and historical papers include research materials on the Chickasaw Indian for his book Splendid Land, Splendid People: the Chickasaw Indian to Removal; research materials related to archaeological surveys; materials related to Atkinson's work for the National Park Service. Unprocessed. Preliminary inventory available.


Baskin family papers

MSS. 22. 1869-1948 and undated. 1 cubic foot.

Includes records created by the family Robert Ren Baskin (1854-1911) and Rebecca J. Simpson Baskin (1863-1962). The collection consists of correspondence, financial and legal records, and miscellaneous personal, political, agricultural, medical, religious, and educational materials. Records created by the family of Robert Ben Baskin (1854-1911), and Rebecca J. Simpson Baskin (1863-1961). Includes Ku Klux Klan material, 1900-1935 and undated, and a greeting card with African-American caricature, undated.

Bell (James "Cool Papa") collection

MSS. 634. 1880-1920, 1987-1999. 0.33 cubic feet.

Materials collected and created by the Starkville Race Relations Team and its members for the Starkville "Cool Papa Bell Celebration", Starkville and Mississippi State University, May 10, 1999. Included are genealogical materials, funeral program, videotape, audio recording, programs, t-shirt, pins, articles, memoranda and newspaper clippings. James T. "Cool Papa" Bell (1901-1991) was a black baseball player from Starkville, Mississippi, who played in the Negro Baseball League. He is the only baseball player from Mississippi to be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Biggs, Weir, Chastain architectural records

MSS. 448. 1946-1980 and undated. 86 cubic feet.

Records of the architectural firm of Biggs, Weir, Chastain (also Neal, Chandler and Chastain) of Jackson, Mississippi, include 391 projects in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. Firm principals include Thomas J. Biggs, Harry Edmiston Weir, Sydney William Chandler, Edward Ford Neal and James G. Chastain, III. Searchable database of projects available. See also Rosamond Architectural records for records of this firm. Records of Jackson, Mississippi architectural firm includes architectural drawings for many school buildings built during the "separate but equal period" after the Brown vs. Board of Education court ruling.

Birchett and Montgomery architectural records

MSS. 555. 1930-1976. 250 cubic feet.

Records of the Jackson, Mississippi, architectural firm of C. Raymond Birchett and John M. Montgomery including project files and architectural drawings. Includes records of 1196 projects, primarily in Mississippi, but also including 23 Louisiana projects. Thirty-two projects document Raymond Birchett's association with architect Frank P. Gates in the firm Gates and Birchett (1947-1953). Database of architectural projects is available.

Bishop (Dorothy) papers

MSS. 660. circa 1947, 1967-2009 and undated. circa 3 cubic feet.

Papers of Dorothy Bishop (b. 1943), Bethel Community, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, resident and community activist, 1943-2009. Papers include flyers, legal documents, newspaper clippings, photographs, letters, programs and other materials documenting the Oktibbeha County NAACP and the Concerned Citizens of Oktibbeha County and their activities in pursuit of racial equality, human rights and recognition for the contributions of African-American civil rights pioneers, circa 1970-2009 and undated. Drawings, photographs and clippings document efforts to erect an appropriate civil rights monument in Starkville. Persons extensively documented in the Oktibbeha County materials are Dorothy Bishop, Morris Kinsey, and Dr. Douglas Conner. Both the Mississippi NAACP and the National NAACP are also documented in conference proceedings, procedural manuals, solicitation literature and clippings. Publications documenting the contributions of African-Americans and African-American history include materials on Medgar Evers, Dr. Aaron Henry, Barack Obama and others. Personal materials of Dorothy Bishop include family history materials, letters, personal writings and interviews, photographs, legal documents, awards and certificates, medal and other materials.

Bowman (Sr. Thea) papers

MSS. 722. . .33 cu. feet

Materials related to the life and work of Sister Thea Bowman (1937-1990), originally from Yazoo City, Mississippi. This collection contains emails, newspaper clippings, correspondence, handwritten speeches, drafts of a bio-bibliography, photographs, an estate inventory, and a publication by Sister Bowman, "What do Negros Want."

Broadside collection

MSS. 332. 1884-1979. circa 1 cubic foot.

Broadsides documenting Mississippi history and arranged in the following categories: politics, education, entertainment and miscellaneous. Collection of broadsides documenting Mississippi history include political campaign posters of Charles Evers, Aaron Henry and Henry Kirksey (1971, 1978).

Butler (Carl and Dixie) collection

MSS. 436. 1819-1857. .66 cu. foot, 1 reel microfilm.

Papers created by the Thomas Harris family, who lived in Georgia prior to settling in Lowndes County, Mississippi, and also the Brownrigg family of North Carolina and Mississippi. Brownrigg items include household records, recipes, a family history journal, correspondence and business papers. Harris materials include correspondence, legal documents and other papers, including a bill of sale for slave boy, Jacob, 1823; bill of sale, 4 negroes, 1829; and a letter dealing with purchase of a slave, 1831.

Butts (Alfred Benjamin) papers

MSS. 163. 1865-1892. 0.16 cubic feet.

Agreement with freedmen, Sept. 14, 1865, concerning work on the Caldwell Plantation, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi; 2 bonds issued by Oktibbeha County "in payment of stock of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad Company," 1 note concerning interest paid, 1892; and 1 typescript of A.B. Butts' work, "Civil Service in American Cities".

Butts (Charles L.) collection

MSS. 629. 0.16 cubic feet.

Newspapers, manuscript of article, journal concerning the civil rights movement in Mississippi and the Mississippi Free Press, edited by Charles L. Butts from 1962-1963. Materials found in a garage in Phoenix Arizona, and donated to the Library. Small group of papers documenting Charles Butts, editor of the Mississippi Free Press, a newspaper advocating for civil and human rights. Includes typewritten pages written for the paper and for publicity, articles about Charles Butts, copies of the Missisippi Free Press (1962-1963), copies of The Reporter (1962, 1963) containing civil rights articles, and "Justice", a civil rights brochure.


Calhoun-Kincannon-Orr family papers

MSS. 23. 1837-1959. 0.66 cubic feet.

Correspondence, estate papers, deeds, genealogical material, clippings, and memorabilia, of the related families of Calhoun, Kincannon, and Orr in Lee, Pontotoc, Lafayette, and Lowndes Counties, Mississippi. Includes claim by Mrs. Jane Stuart Orr Calhoun against the government for war confiscations and letter from U.S. Ambassador James L. Orr in St. Petersburg, Russia, to his brother Jehu. Contains article "The Caucasian and the Negro", by William P. Calhoun, Greenville, South Carolina.

Capps (George F.) letters

MSS. 166. 1860-1869. 0.04 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Letters, certificate of the George F. Capps family include three letters written during the Civil War from George F. Capps of the 42nd Alabama Infantry, Company H, to wife Martha O. Capps, from Columbus, Mississippi, and Mobile, Alabama (1862), and four letters written en route to and from medical school in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1869. Includes transcriptions. Letters from George F. Capps, of the 42nd Alabama Infantry, Company H, to wife Martha O., from Columbus and Mobile (1862), and four letters written in route to and from medical school in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1869. Some letters mention African-Americans.

Carter (Hodding II and Betty Werlein) papers

MSS. 127. 1872-2000 (Bulk Dates: 1918-2000). 88.25 cubic feet.

Correspondence, personal papers, literary manuscripts, and publications concerning the Carters and their careers. Hodding Carter (1907-1972) was born in Louisiana and attended Bowdoin College and the Columbia University School of Journalism. He began his career in journalism in the 1920's as a reporter in Jackson, Mississippi, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Carter and Betty Werlein of New Orleans were married in 1931, and soon after started their own newspaper, the Hammond (Louisiana) Courier. With Hodding as editor and Betty as business manager, the Courier consistently opposed the rule of Huey Long. Hodding Carter ran for the House of Representatives in 1935 after Long's death, but was defeated. In 1936, at the invitation of William Alexander Percy, the Carters moved to Greenville, Mississippi and set up the Delta Star. Two years later the Star was merged to form the Delta Democrat-Times. Carter was best known after World War II for his editorials, magazine articles, books, and speeches advocating racial justice in the south. Carter's 1946 series urging racial tolerance earned him the Pulitzer Prize. In 1954, the Mississippi House of Representatives voted him a "liar" for his articles on the Citizens' Councils. The Carter papers document the important events and social movements to which the Carters were witnesses or participants, such as the political careers of Huey Long and Theodore Bilbo, World War II, the Office of War Information, the rise of the Citizen's Councils in the 1950's, the integration of the University of Mississippi in 1962, and changes in race relations throughout the country. Hodding Carter (1907-1972) was the owner of the Hammond (La.) Courier and the Delta Star (Greenville, Miss.), which later became the Delta Democrat-Times. Among other important social and political events of the time, the Carter papers document the rise of the Citizen's Councils in the 1950s, the integration of the University of Mississippi in 1962, and changes in race relations throughout the country.

Carter (Hodding III) manuscript and papers

MSS. 347. 1959, 1966-1968. 2.33 cubic feet.

Typescript of The South Strikes Back and material concerning the Mississippi Action for Progress (MAP), including correspondence, reports, grant information, budgets, and convention materials.

Citizens' Council collection

MSS. 331. 1955-1967. 1 cubic foot.

Includes correspondence, annual reports, and publications of the Association of Citizens' Councils of Mississippi, the Citizens' Council of America, and various other organizations. Includes correspondence, annual reports, and publications of the Association of Citizens' Councils of Mississippi, the Citizens' Council of America, and various other organizations. Among the documents are pamphlets opposing integration and promoting white supremacy.

Citizens' Council Radio Forum collection

MSS. 597. 1957-1966. 418 reels audiotape (5 inch, 1 7/8 ips).

Radio programs produced by the Citizens' Council of Jackson, Mississippi, 1957-1966. Transcripts available for the bulk of the tapes. Radio programs produced by the Citizens' Council of Jackson, Mississippi, 1957-1966, covering issues like states rights and integration. Speakers include George Wallace and Strom Thurmond.

Civil Rights miscellaneous collection

MSS. 500. 1937-1969 and undated. 0.16 cubic feet

Broadsides, leaflets, circulars, publications, comics and other materials documenting Anti-Communism, anti-Semitism, anti-left-wing activities, segregationism, and the American Eugenics Party in the United States. Concerns the reaction to the modern civil rights movement in the United States from 1937 to 1969, including Anti-Communist, Anti-Semitic, and anti-integration viewpoints. Includes brochures, broadsides, and other materials from the American Eugenics Party, the Black Panthers, and other unnamed groups.

Clay County (Mississippi) civil rights movement collection

MSS. 175. 1963-1965. 0.33 cubic feet.

Pamphlets, broadsides, clippings, posters and other material concerning voter registration and civil rights activities in Clay County. Organizations represented include the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Mississippi Student Union, Freedom Information Service, Students for a Democratic Society and Council of Federated Organizations (COFO).

Cobb (Cully A.) / Ruralist Press papers

MSS. 74. 1906-1972. 20 cubic feet.

Correspondence, reports, and other documents concerning Cully A. Cobb (1884-1975), his activities with the Cotton Division of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (1933-1937), his operation of the Ruralist Press in Atlanta, Georgia (1937-1971), and numerous other topics. Contains a large group of agricultural photographs accumulated for and used in The Ruralist, including photographs of African-Americans.

Cobb (Joseph B.) estate papers

MSS. 377. 1858-1861. 0.08 cubic feet.

Photocopies from the Lowndes County Courthouse of the estate papers of Joseph B. Cobb, humorist and author of Mississippi Scenes. Among the topics are a rebellion on one of Cobb's plantations and the hiring of dogs to catch run-away Cobb slaves. Cobb was a Unionist and a Whig.

Colley-Lee (Myrna) papers

MSS. 635. circa 1920-2011. 40 cubic feet.

Papers of costume designer Colley-Lee of Charleston, Mississippi, include scripts, playbills, photographs, design materials, sketches, rehearsal materials, research materials for plays; costumes created for Steppenwolf Theater production of "The Wedding Band", 2003; vintage costume collected by Colley-Lee as a part of her Glad Rags Collection; other costumes created and/or worn to special events by Colley-Lee; digital reproductions of costume sketches drawn by Colley-Lee; personal correspondence; materials from the exhibit 'Glad Rags: Sketches, Swatches and Costume Designs'; clippings, articles and publications; records of community and philanthropic activities; materials relating to her personal and family life. Some restrictions apply. Additions expected.

Concord Baptist Church of Christ (Chickasaw County, Mississippi) records

Records of church on one reel of microfilm (1837-1861), includes multiple lists of the names of members (1840-1843), some of which are notated as "servant of" with the name of the owner and others who are listed as "colored members". The minutes themselves document matters concerning these members. Note that these minutes have been transcribed and are available in the cataloged title Minutes of Concord Baptist Church, Choctaw County, Mississippi, 1837-1861 (Special Collections call number BX 6480 .C66 C66 1951).

Conner (Douglas) papers

MSS. 179. 1943-1993, 2011. 0.99 cubic feet.

The Douglas Conner papers include the papers of Dr. Douglas L. Conner (1920-1998), prominent African-American physician and civil rights activist in Mississippi. The papers contain election materials, publications, organizational records, newspaper clippings, photographs, video tape and miscellany. Papers of prominent Starkville physician Douglas Conner include correspondence, press releases, tally forms, platforms and constitutions, audio interviews, clippings and other papers relating to the Mississippi Loyalist Democratic Party and the 1972 Democratic National Convention; civil rights materials concerning Starkville, Oktibbeha County and Mississippi State University; photographs and other materials documenting the education, career, and family of Douglas Conner, including materials concerning his adopted son Richard Holmes, the first black student at MSU.

Cox (Allen Eugene) papers

MSS. 45. 1880-1996 (Bulk Dates: 1935-1987). 47.75 cubic feet.

The Allen Eugene Cox papers contain the papers of Allen Eugene Cox (1905-1992), former resident director of Providence Cooperative Farm, Holmes County, Mississippi, and later executive director of the Delta Foundation. The papers include correspondence, ledgers, newspaper clippings, publications, photographs and films. Correspondence, published material, clippings, and other material collected by Allen Eugene Cox of the Delta Foundation, chiefly pertaining to the racial problems in the South and cooperative farms. Includes information on the White Citizens' Council, Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, National Council of Churches, COFO, NAACP, SNCC and related organizations, farm labor unions, cooperatives, and black and white Southern leaders.

Crunk (Dell Justice) collection

MSS. 440. 1848-1909. 2 reels microfilm.

Papers of John F. Johnson (1827-1902), farmer, Confederate soldier, and tax assessor, of Grady, Webster County, Mississippi. Correspondence, journals, farm records, and business papers, pertaining to Webster County, 1848-1909. Includes letters from W.C. Faulkner and U.S. Senator H.D. Money. Papers of John F. Johnson (1827-1902), farmer, Confederate soldier, and tax assessor, of Grady, Webster County, Mississippi. Includes contract between Johnson and Chaney, the freedwoman, April 11, 1866; also includes sharecropping agreements.


Dantzler (L. N.) Lumber Company records

MSS. 140. 1857-1971 (Bulk Dates: 1887-1966). circa 80 cubic feet.

Correspondence, minutes, maps, photographs, ledgers, and other documents concerning the L. N. Dantzler Company and its related companies, based in Southern Mississippi, 1857-1971. At various times the activities of the company encompassed sawmills, lumber sales, shipbuilding, shipping, oil and mineral leases, land sales, naval stores, tung nuts, and forest management. Geographically the collection focuses on the counties of George, Harrison, Jackson, and Stone, although other areas are also represented. Correspondence, minutes, maps, photographs, ledgers, and other documents concerning the L. N. Dantzler Company and its related companies, based in Southern Mississippi, 1857-1971. Includes documents related to Ten Mile Union Chapel Church, 1947.

Darden family papers

MSS. 3. 1835-1944. 0.66 cubic feet.

Personal correspondence and business and legal papers of John W., John J., Thomas L., and Putnam Darden and others; bills of sale for slaves and horses; cotton accounts; tax receipts (1849-1886); and other papers. Includes records of the Phoenix Cooperative Association, No. 516, Order of Patrons of Husbandry, including a partial list of members (1879); business statements (1877-1879), inventory (1879), minutes (1887), and receipts for expenses incurred at the Farmer's Alliance Convention, 1887-88; letters and accounts (1851-1855) relating to Franklin College, Tennessee; a statement of Josephine Darden's account at Franklin College, Holly Springs, Mississippi; and some records (1852-1860) of the Christian Church, Fayette, Mississippi, regarding the building of a chapel.

Dean (Kenneth) collection

MSS. 380. circa 1964. 2 cubic feet.

Wall posters from Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) "safe house" in Mississippi, 1960s. Some restrictions apply because of preservation issues and size.

Delta and Pine Land Company records

MSS. 101. 1886-1982. 104.33 cubic feet and 53 volumes.

Correspondence, annual reports, minutes, financial records, maps, oral history interviews, publications and other records documenting the history of the Delta and Pine Land Company. While headquartered in Scott, Mississippi, the company was owned by a British firm throughout most of its history, and at various times it had offices in Arizona, California, and Texas. Advertised during one period as the world's largest cotton plantation, Delta and Pine Land Company grew a variety of crops and became famous for its research and development of cotton varieties. Among the major subjects in the collection are agriculture, cotton seed research, the tenant farming system, the National Cotton Council, the New Deal, the Mississippi River flood of 1927, the Mississippi Delta, and various agricultural organizations. Correspondence, annual reports, minutes, financial records, maps, oral history interviews, and other records documenting the history of the Delta and Pine Land Company. Includes records about African-American tenant farmers.

Delta Ministry collection

Acc. No. 78.

The Delta Ministry Papers (1936, 1964-1971) contain correspondence, newspaper clippings, reports, proposals, minutes, memoranda, press releases, photographs, election and campaign materials, bills, receipts, and financial statements, mostly concerning politics, civil rights issues, and school desegregation.

Double Springs Baptist Church (Oktibbeha County, Mississippi) records

MSS. 457. 1851-1887. 0.17 cubic feet.

Records of church located on the Maben-Sturgis Road in Oktibbeha County. Photocopies. Church records contain a list entitled "Colored members females", on which notations are made from 1858-1867. This list also includes lists of males; these are all notated as "dismissed 1867".

Duncan and Blackwell collection

MSS. 726. 1821-1918. 5 cubic ft.

Correspondence, diaries, bills of sale for enslaved persons, business records, ledgers, photographs related to Duncan and Blackwell families. Andrew Duncan (b. 1821) married Mary Thurston Philpot Blackwell (1832-1918), and resided in present day Union County, Mississippi.


Early Years of the Delta Cooperative Farm and the Providence Cooperative Farm. Franklin, Sam H

MSS. 379. 1980. 1 volume.

Writing by Sam H. Franklin concerns cooperative farms in Bolivar and Holmes Counties, Mississippi, from the 1930s through the 1950s. The Delta Cooperative Farm was sold in 1942; the Providence Cooperative Farm in Holmes County was closed in 1956 as a result of actions by the Citizens' Councils.

Edwards (Edward D.) family papers

MSS. 118. 1831-1950. 0.12 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Family correspondence, Bible records, property records and documents, concerning the family of Edward D. Edwards (1804-1861) of Choctaw County, Mississippi. Includes two Civil War letters of Knight Edwards (1844-1863), 4th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company E (Stephens Guards) to his mother, 1863, from Vicksburg, slave lists, and lists of damages to property by General Grierson's forces.

Elliot (Nelson and Jake) statement

MSS. 192. 1916. 0.01 cubic feet: 1 item.

Two former slaves describe Mrs. Elizabeth Elliot's life during the American Revolution and afterwards. They also describe her treatment of her slaves. Concerns the Carolinas and Alabama. Typed copy.

Emmerich (John Oliver, Sr.) papers

MSS. 429. 1877-1978. 6.5 cubic feet.

Correspondence, clippings, biographical sketches, manuscripts, research material, publications, photographs, and memorabilia, of John Oliver Emmerich, Sr., editor and publisher of the McComb, Mississippi, Enterprise Journal. Much of the collection concerns Emmerich's career and his strong interest in McComb. Included are many photographs of and much research material about the history of McComb and Pike County, which were collected for the centennial edition of the Enterprise Journal.

Esters (Katharine Carr) collection

MSS. 631. 2005 and undated. 0.10 cubic feet.

Manuscript and autographed copy of Jay Bird Creek and My Recollections by Katharine Carr Esters. Subjects include Attala County history; African-American history; Civil rights; Mississippi women; The Great Depression.


Faulk (Charles Johnson) papers

MSS. 514. circa 1864-1990 (Bulk Dates: 1940-1989). 7.5 cubic feet.

The collection comprises the papers of Charles Johnson Faulk, Jr. (1915-1990), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and executive editor of the Vicksburg Evening Post (Vicksburg, Mississippi). The bulk of the collection consists of photographs taken by Faulk or collected by him, and manuscripts and copies of articles and short stories he wrote, including an unpublished autobiography. Other materials include correspondence, newspapers, publications, oral interviews and artifacts.

Fields (Norma) papers

MSS. 450. 1960-1993, 2009 and undated. circa 11 cubic feet.

Correspondence, articles and clippings, speeches, photographs, awards, audiotapes and other records documenting the journalistic career of Fields (1923-2010), reporter for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Fields in 1975 was made capitol news reporter. She is the first female Mississippi journalist to head a full-time capitol news bureau. Field's papers reflect local and state events during her early years as a reporter, including material such as her 1967 multi-part series on her interview with a disillusioned Klan member. For the period from 1975 until Field's retirement in 1988, the papers include much material on legislative sessions and issues, women's rights, local and state politics, and the elections and gubernatorial administrations of Cliff Finch, Bill Allain, William Winter and Ray Mabus. An oral history by Dr. Lawrence Strout was added in 2009.

First Presbyterian Church (Starkville, Miss.) records

Records of church on two reels of microfilm (1835-1957) includes "Roll of Colored Members" (1858-1893), including some notations of slave owners.

Fontaine (Edward) papers

MSS. 196. 1818-1923. 19 reels microfilm.

Episcopal minister and Confederate officer (1814-1884). Personal and business correspondence; 28 daily journals written in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Virginia, Washington, D. C., and other places; church records; legal papers; autobiographies, eulogies, articles, sermons, and books; genealogical material; and letters concerning the U.S. Navigation Improvement Company. Includes daybook and journal of P.H. Fontaine, 6 journals of Lemuella S. Brickell Fontaine, scrapbook of James F. Fontaine; correspondence of Edward's wife, Mrs. S. C. Fontaine, and of his children; the Rev. Patrick Henry Fontaine and Susette, artist and author, and a biography, lectures, writings, photos, and other papers of his eldest son, Lamar Fontaine. Correspondents include P.G.T. Beauregard, Commodore F.M. Brasher, William B. Cabell, Colonel T. S. Dabney, Harris Dickson, James B. Eads, Robert M. Elgin, J.R. Fontaine, Bishop J. N. Galleher, R. L. Gibson, Bishop W. M. Green, Professor Eugene W. Hilgard, Captain A. W. Johnson, L. Q. C. Lamar, James F. Manry, M. F. Maury, S. B. Mazey, H. D, Money, Dom Pedro III, Governor John J. Pettus, Bishop William Pinkey, John H. Reagan, Elizabeth Brandon Stanton, Reverend Hugh Miller Thompson, Moses Coit Tyler, Thomas W. Walter, Francis M. White, and Bishop J. P. B. Wilmer. Letters to and from Quitman, clippings, miscellaneous.


Gates (Frank P.) architectural records

MSS. 659. 1906-1975 and undated. circa 22 cubic feet.

Records of Mississippi architect Frank P. Gates (1895-1975), who was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and graduated from Chicago Technical College in 1916. Gates practiced in Clarksdale (1917-1927) and Jackson, Mississippi (1928-1975). He practiced under the firm name Frank P. Gates Co., Architect and Frank P. Gates Co., Architects & Engineers, except for the period when he was a partner with Raymond Birchett in the firm Gates & Birchett, Jackson, Mississippi (ca. 1947-1953). Gates was a founder of the Mississippi Chapter, AIA.The records comprise 3000 drawings for 377 projects in 60 towns and small communities in Mississippi. The bulk of the projects are for Clarksdale (54 projects) and Jackson (158 projects). There are a few in Louisiana towns and one residence in Earle, Arkansas. Included are 156 residential projects, including conventional residences, plantation homes and apartment buildings and a subdivision plan. Among the 76 school and campus projects are Alcorn State, Jackson State and University of Mississippi buildings. The 88 commercial projects include banks, hotels, warehouses, hospitals, stores and other commercial buildings. The 52 public projects include courthouses (Tunica, Yazoo), city halls and jails, club and parks buildings, a fire station, power house, hospital and health center and the Mississippi State Office Building. The 28 religious buildings include churches and chapels, educational buildings and a camp. Rare finds among the drawings are two projects by other architects. Duling School (1927) in the Fondren area of Jackson, Mississippi was designed by architect Claude H. Lindsley. The Alcazar Hotel (1915) Clarksdale, Mississippi, was designed by Charles O. Pfeil of Memphis and was voted one of Mississippi's Ten Most Endangered Buildings in 2009. Other records included in the collection are certificates, some letters, publications and clippings documenting the career of Frank P. Gates and the buildings designed by him. Artifacts include inks, stamps and architectural tools used by Gates.

General photograph file

MSS. 567. circa 1920s-1990s. circa 0.6 cubic feet.

Collection of circa 400 single photographs and small photograph groups. Documented are Mississippi places, people and subjects. Searchable database in Special Collections.

Glass negative collection

MSS. 399. 1915-1927 and undated. circa 11 cubic feet.

Collection of images in glass and film negative format, produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.) at its branch laboratory at Tallulah, Louisiana, under the direction of entomologist B.R. Coad. The images document the U.S.D.A.'s boll weevil eradication experiments using first lead arsenate, and then calcium arsenate. "Methods of applying calcium arsenate by air and by airplane and by ground machines were worked out at Tallulah. Many investigations were carried on there in the effort to find other means of combating the boll weevil". The bulk of the images document investigations carried out at Tallulah, including those done at Shirley, Algodon and other plantations, and at other Louisiana locations. Some 52 images depict experiments which were done in Mississippi at: the Delta and Pine Land cotton plantation at Scott; Warren Plantation at Rosedale: Scotland Plantation at Beulah: Virginia Plantation at Lobdell; Dunleith Plantation at Dunleith. Other places included are: Panther Burn Plantation at Luna Landing, Arkansas; farms at Roosevelt, Hearn, Ozona, Victoria, Texas and Mexico. Many images were not identified by place. The images show many different types of agricultural machinery, especially cotton industry machinery. Also included are air photographs relating to airplane dusting operations, which depict cotton fields, individual residences, scenes around Louisiana and Mississippi places, and plate tests on clouds. Some miscellaneous images include views of research plots, plant toxicity studies, the Tri-Parish Fair at Tallulah, a convention of entomologists, the Delta and Talullah laboratories; a Louisiana picnic given by the Levee Board for African-American levee workers after the levee held back the waters during the 1922 flood. Collection comprises 1018 glass negatives and 502 film negatives.

Godfrey-Bassett architectural records

MSS. 591. 1928- (Bulk Dates: 1955-2002).

Records of the Arthur J. Godfrey (b. 1922) and Robert Ross Bassett (1920-2007) firm with offices in Jackson, Vicksburg and Yazoo City. The firm later included principals Leslie Pitts (1922-1976), S. J. Tuminello (b. 1922), Ralph Maisel and E. Lantz Kuykendall. 636 projects have been identified to date.

Grieder (Theodore) collection

MSS. 515. 1860-1865 and undated. 0.33 cubic feet.

168 broadside song sheets printed during the American Civil War, primarily in Philadelphia and other Union cities. Included are 155 originals and 13 photocopies, 19 in color. List available.

Gulledge (J. H.) ledger

MSS. 205. 1908. 1 volume.

Ledger of supply shop accounts for 1908; includes accounts of African-Americans.


Haas (Richard) collection

MSS. 762. undated. 0.02 cubic ft.

The collection includes a photograph of unidentified African American man plowing a field with horses, and fragments of publications with editorial notes.

Hammett papers

MSS. 442. 1814-1920. 1 reel microfilm.

Legal papers, Confederate commission, record books of Confederate Veteran Chapters, historical edition of Fayette Chronicle, 1904.

Hardy (J. Allison) papers

MSS. 39. 1848-1939. 0.33 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Letters, business papers, broadside and World War I letters concerning the Hardy family of Columbus, Mississippi, and Paris, Texas.

Henderson High School and Oktibbeha High School and Training School Composite photograph collection

MSS. 789. 1946-1969. 12 items

This collection consists of 12 large composite photographs.

Herring (Todd A.) collection

MSS. 658. 1642-2010 and undated. 24 cubic feet.

Letters, travelers' accounts, estate records, slave lists, business records, military records, waybills, photographs, rare books, pamphlets, newspapers, publications, artifacts and audiovisual materials collected by Dr. Todd A. Herring. The collection documents Mississippi and Louisiana plantation culture and history with records from Natchez and Adams County, and towns and communities in Jefferson, Claiborne and Wilkinson Counties. A smaller series documents North Mississippi and Alabama history including Columbus, Aberdeen, Holly Springs, Oxford and other towns. Other materials document Oktibbeha and Clay Counties persons, Colonial American history, world history and the professional and personal activities of Herring.

High (Anne L.) collection

MSS. 720. 1944-1956. 0.02 cubic ft.

Civil Rights materials including copies of "The Eagle Eye" a newspaper printed in Jackson, MS, and a magazine.

Hightower, Montgomery, Perkins, Castles, and Stiles families papers

MSS. 537. 1848-1997 (Bulk Dates: 1881-1960). 33.8 cubic feet.

The Hightower, Montgomery, Perkins, Castles, and Stiles families papers contain the papers of the members of five Mississippi families related by marriage. The papers include correspondence, certificates and diplomas, newspaper clippings, genealogical material, books, photographs, artifacts and costumes.

Hilliard (Quincy Charles) collection

MSS. 512. 1963-2006. circa 20 cubic feet.

Papers of Quincy C. Hilliard, composer and Music Education Professor at Southwestern Louisiana University and 1975 alumnus of MSU. Hilliard's original works are primarily compositions for elementary and secondary band, but also include works composed for other groups. Papers include correspondence, manuscript and published musical scores, photographs, articles, contracts, programs and memorabilia, music adjudication records, music conference materials, video cassette and other materials.

Hiram Lodge (West Point, Miss.) ledger

MSS. 337. 1877-1884. 0.08 cubic feet.

Records of Hiram Lodge Number 17, an African-American chapter of the Free and Accepted York Masons of West Point, Mississippi, 1877-1884. Includes minutes of meetings, membership rolls, records of dues, and club procedures.

History of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. (microfilm)

Includes section called "The Negro," with population statistics, industrial workers, education, religion, and information on several specific individuals. Other sections include information on Negro churches and schools, "beliefs of slaves," "disorder among Negroes" during Reconstruction, and the Ku Klux Klan.

Hobbs (Benjamin Turner) Family Papers

MSS. 51. 1834-1936. 16.8 cubic feet and 9 reels microfilm.

List of slaves of Howell Hobbs in Brookhaven, Mississippi; dental bill for slaves, 1859; tax receipts showing number of slaves owned; small notebook of accounts, probably of freedmen, 1866-1867; freedman's contracts, 1869.

Hoffa (Katherine W.) papers

MSS. 210. 1813-1936. 1 reel microfilm.

Materials collected by Katherine W. Hoffa include correspondence between George W. Martin, Commissioner of Land Claims, and Andrew Jackson and friends; letters of the Martin, Donelson and Hoffa families; papers regarding military service at battle of New Orleans.

Holloman (Garland H.) papers

MSS. 468. 1952-1979 and undated. 0.66 cubic feet.

Papers of Methodist minister Garland H. Holloman include correspondence, publications, articles, newsletters and other materials documenting controversy in the United Methodist Church concerning civil rights, the National Council of Churches, Communism and other issues. Includes newsletters of the Mississippi Association of Methodist Ministers and Laymen (MAMMAL), 1959-1965, manuscript of Ray Branch article, and material on the Mississippi State Advisory Committee to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights (1968-1975).

Hull (William S. and Emmett) architectural records

MSS. 556. 1889-1947. circa 20 cubic feet.

Records of the Jackson, Mississippi, architectural firm of William S. and Emmett Hull, including architectural drawings for more than 115 Mississippi projects. In process.

Humphrey (John David, Sr.) collection

MSS. 463. 1960's. 1.5 cubic feet.

Collection of Methodist minister and North Mississippi Methodist Conference leader John David Humphrey, Sr. includes civil rights material involving the Methodist Church in the South and events in Mississippi, including the Ole Miss riot and Philadelphia murders. Collection bulks with church literature in pamphlet form on controversies such as Communism, segregation, the National Council of Churches and racism. Also includes newsletters and correspondence of Mississippi Association of Methodist Ministers and Laymen (MAMMAL), 1962-1964.


Jackson (C. H.) collection

MSS. 148. 1891-1952 and undated. 1 cubic foot.

Carrie McCreight Mims Page (1873-1961), a lifelong resident of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, probably collected these materials which were found by Mr. C. H. Jackson, who donated them. Most of the collection is associated with Page or her family members. The collection documents everyday life in Starkville, Mississippi, during the period. Materials include World War I correspondence of Wyatt Mims and other war materials; a 1923 broadside about Cuba; receipts and statements, programs, tickets and other memorabilia; photographs, publications and other materials.

Jackson (Rosie L.) papers

MSS. 652. 1969-2008. 1 cubic foot.

Collection of Ms. Rosie Lee McKinney Bush Jackson (1917-2008), African-American resident of the Starkville area and an avid cook. The collection primarily contains funeral programs of people in the Starkville African American community, 1968-2008. Some of the funeral programs are from the funerals of African Americans over the age of 100 years. Collection also includes recipes Ms. Jackson used, wrote down, and cut out of the Starkville Daily News. Some of the newspaper articles contained information on African American cooks in the community along with their recipes. African American cooks were rarely in the Starkville Daily News during the 1970's and 1980's. Also in the collection are items from the Cooperative Extension Service at Mississippi State University. Rosie Jackson was a member of Griffin Chapel United Methodist Church and the collection includes some items concerning Griffin Chapel as well as other local African American churches in the Starkville area.materials, recipes, newspaper clippings of African-American cooks and local citizens, and other miscellaneous papers.


Keady (William C.) papers

MSS. 86. 1910-1993. circa 250 cubic feet.

Papers of Judge William C. Keady (1913-1989) Greenville, Mississippi lawyer and judge, include legal case files, organizational and personal materials documenting Keady's activities in Greenville. Extensive case file indexes.

Kilgore-Snell papers

MSS. 605. 1852-1918. 0.16 cubic feet.

Records created and collected by the related families of Kilgore, Snell and Cockrell, reflecting their farming and business activities in the Kilgore Hills area of Chickasaw, now Clay County, Mississippi. Included is an accounts ledger kept by Jesse Landrum Kilgore, 1866-1889, containing records of J. L. Kilgore and freedmen operating as a firm "on shares" and later as tenant farmers, producing and selling cotton, corn, oats, wheat and livestock. Also included are receipts for cotton ginned for and sold by the Kilgore, Snell and Cockrell families, 1854-1918; receipts for purchases and promissory notes of the Kilgore, Snell and Cockrell families, 1852-1909; and tax receipts for the Kilgore, Snell and Cockrell families in Mississippi and Jefferson County, Arkansas, 1867-1903. Many of the receipts were collected as a part of the estate settlement of Dr. Benjamin Kilgore (1792-1864), which estate was administrated by his son B.M. (Benjamin Moon) Kilgore. Miscellaneous items include a political ticket for the Democrat-Conservative Party candidacy of H.L. Muldrow for Congress (1875), showing the electors for all Mississippi districts; a fragment of a book entitled Horse Owner's Friend and Guide; and miscellaneous clipping fragments.

King (Edith Follett) collection

MSS. 218. 1956. 0.02 cubic feet.

Account of life on a plantation in Madison Parish, Louisiana, during latter part of the 19th century. Also includes clippings and article about Dr. Edward L. King.

Knox (James) diary

MSS. 274. 1848-1851. 0.04 cubic feet.

The diary of James Knox (1786-1864), which begins in March 1848 and ends in February 1851, records the weather and the daily operations of his plantation in Pickens County, Alabama, including sowing, plowing, harvesting, and selling. He refers to several slaves by name, most often Patrick and Alvin. Knox's regular attendance at church and presbytery meetings is recorded in the diary, along with information about the pastors and their sermon texts. Ministers James Somerville, J. L. Kirkpatrick, Thomas Morrow, and A. P. Silliman are often mentioned. The diary also includes notes about social visits and family travels to Mississippi, Tuscaloosa, and elsewhere. Prior to its transcription in 2012, the diary was attributed to William M. Stone of Meridian, Mississippi and was known as the William M. Stone diary.

Ku Klux Klan collection

MSS. 499. 1923-1972 and undated. 0.16 cubic feet.

Brochures, letters, broadsides, articles, newspaper clippings and other materials documenting the activities of the Ku Klux Klan in the United States.


Langfitt (Howard) WLBT "Farm Family of the Week Collection"

MSS. 469. 1954-1961. 3 cubic feet and digital images.

Consists of materials used to produce the "Farm Family of the Week" program on WLBT, which featured families who met standards for excellent farming as judged by Langfitt and the county agricultural agents who assisted him. Families were interviewed and photographed in advance and scripts were written from the interviews. Contains 328 television scripts and some 17,000 negative images, including images of African-Americans working on various farms.

Lenoir Family Plantation Records

MSS. 585. 1792-2001 (Bulk Dates: 1850-1930). 8.5 cubic feet.

Plantation records and family papers (1792, 1820-1963), of the extended family of William T. Lenoir (1811-1960) and Mary E. Blanchard Lenoir (1810-1894), of Prairie (Muldon), Monroe County, Mississippi. Includes a letter about Amanda, a slave accused of trying to poison the milk with strychnine (1856). Letters include much discussion of slaves, particularly "Mom Nancy."

Love (Drennan) Collection

MSS. 543. 1763-2006. 57 cubic feet.

Collection of Lowndes County plantation owner Drennan C. Love and family includes a 900 page manuscript reminiscence of his son, William Alexander Love, written in 1925. Love was a planter, writer, historian and amateur archaeologist. The William Alexander Love reminiscence includes references to African-Americans' membership in Bethel Church (Lowndes County, Miss.), slavery and slaves, an African-American wedding, and customs and behavior in general. Other topics mentioned include the Freedman's Bureau and Uncle Remus. The reminiscence has been transcribed and indexed.

Love (Samuel David) collection

MSS. 647. 1952-1969. 0.75 cubic feet.

Materials on the Loyalist Democratic Party, voter registration, and the Citizens' Council during the 1950's and 1960's including printed material, correspondence, interview and press releases. Also included are an article and photographs concerning poverty in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, 1969. Materials were collected by MSU alumnus Samuel David Love. Unprocessed. Preliminary inventory available.

Lowndes County (Miss.) Courthouse Records

MSS. 72. 1821-1929. 5 reels microfilm.

Court records microfilmed from the Lowndes County Court house. Poll books, 1876-1902; record of slaves brought into Lowndes County, 1837-1845; Record of apprentices, bonds, indentures, 1866-1870.

Lynch (James D.) Papers

MSS. 8. 1857-1931. 1.66 cubic feet.

Several Civil War letters in the papers of Lynch mention slave Henry; one letter mentions the slave Steve. Letter, January 6, 1865, discusses the issue of letting "negroes" fight for the confederacy, an issue Lynch favors. Letter to editor of West Point paper, January 24, 1889, concerning running for the Legislature, includes Lynch's ideas about the rights of "negroes".

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    Malvaney (Emmett) collection

    MSS. 384. 1914-1928. 1 cubic foot.

    Seven sets of architectural drawings and minutes of the Mississippi State Board of Architecture. The subjects of the drawings are courthouses in Walthall and Bolivar Counties, courthouse/jail in Humphreys County, buildings on the campuses of Millsaps College and Mississippi University for Women, hospital in Laurel, and ice company building in Jackson. The architects were H.N. Austin, Xavier Alexis Kramer, and Claude Henry Lindsley.

    Mars (Florence) Papers

    MSS. 547. 6 cubic feet.

    Research materials and literary manuscripts concerning the Burnside family of Neshoba County, Mississippi.

    Marszalek (John) papers

    MSS. 496. 1880-1881, 1899-1997. circa 25 cubic feet.

    Papers of MSU History Professor and author John Marszalek include manuscripts and research materials for his books. Research materials for his biography of William Tecumseh Sherman include maps, documents and facsimiles of currency, newspaper clippings dealing with St. Louis area history, circa 1864-1884 and miscellaneous clippings, 1897-1909. A large body of research material documents the General Court Martial case of Johnson C. Whittaker, including court transcripts, exhibits and other materials. Other research material and manuscripts are for his studies of Emma Holmes, Andrew Jackson and Douglas Conner and his work on The Encyclopedia of Civil Rights. Other materials concern MSU teaching and committee activities, including notes, closed correspondence, course syllabi, and exams. Some restrictions apply.

    McGehee (James Stewart). Rambles in Autobiography

    MSS. 119. circa 1903-1904. 0.33 cubic feet.

    Autobiography of McGehee, who was born in 1860 in Wilkinson County, Mississippi, moved to Louisiana in 1865, was educated in Virginia, and worked with the West Feliciana Railroad and with W.L. Green Commission Company (grain dealers) in St. Louis. Among the subjects are family and friends in Mississippi and Louisiana, reconstruction, race relations, and importation of labor into the South. McGehee's family home was in Woodville, Mississippi.

    McIlhenny (George N.) papers

    MSS. 226. 1927-1970s. 6 cubic feet.

    Collection of Mississippi State University alumnus George N. McIlhenny (1895-1968) of Lake (Scott County), Mississippi, includes personal and family correspondence, publications, photographs, memorabilia and other materials from his life and career as a consultant. Among the materials are Thomas L. Bailey gubernatorial campaign material, 1939; materials concerning the Know Mississippi Better Train, 1927, and the Citizens Protective Agency. Also includes letters from Martin Sennett Conner, James P. Coleman, Ross Barnett, James O. Eastland, John C. Stennis and others concerning McIlhenny's genetic studies on sickle cell anemia and his theories concerning the medical necessity for racial segregation. Also includes Citizens' Council materials from Alabama and Mississippi, material on the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway and studies for economic development in Harrison and Claiborne Counties and other topics.

    Meyer (Henry) papers

    MSS. 528. circa 1930s-2000. 4 cubic feet.

    Papers of Henry Meyer (1912-2000), native of Selma, Alabama, 1932 journalism and English graduate of the University of Alabama and Starkville, Mississippi, resident from 1933. After managing Blumenfeld and Fried, a Starkville wholesale grocery business from 1933 to 1946, Meyer and his brother Morris in 1946 purchased the Starkville Publishing Company, a firm which handled job printings and office supplies and published the Starkville News, then a weekly newspaper. The Meyers published the local paper, which became a daily in 1960, from 1946-1966. The papers include a small amount of material concerning the Starkville Daily News, including photographs, awards and clippings. Other materials in the papers include correspondence, awards, speeches, clippings, diplomas, photographs, scrapbooks, audiotapes and other materials documenting Meyer's education, career, teaching and organizational activities, his family background, and the activities of his children. Meyer's other journalism activities include managing and advising the MSU Reflector, publishing the local high school newspaper and the MSU Alumnus, and teaching journalism at MSU. Of special interest is a scrapbook documenting the activities of his son Melvin Meyer at the University of Alabama, 1961-1964. Meyer was editor of the school newspaper and was censured for writing favorably of James Meredith and integration at the University of Mississippi.

    Miller (Hugh R.) papers

    MSS. 35. 1834-1879. 0.08 cubic feet.

    Business letters concerning Miller's law practice, both separately and in firm of Miller & Kilpatrick.

    Miller (Willie J.) papers

    MSS. 501. 1955 (Bulk dates: 1974-1998). 24 cubic feet.

    Papers of Willie J. Miller (1902-1996), a native of Yazoo City, Mississippi, and a resident of Jackson, Mississippi, who established the Mississippi Enterprise, a weekly newspaper targeting Mississippi African-Americans in 1938. The forerunner of the paper was the Mississippi Weekly begun by Julia Hibbler Miller, Miller's first wife. The paper was sent to St. Louis for printing during the early days of its publication history. In the 1950s, editions of the Mississippi Enterprise were also published in Meridian, Vicksburg, Greenville and St. Louis. Apparently materials generated from the early production years of the newspaper are no longer extant. The papers include manuscripts of articles, press releases, obituaries, advertising copy, photographs, financial records, newspapers and other materials, primarily from the years 1974-1988. Photographs are those collected for printing in the paper and these document African American events, institutions, issues and personalities. The textual materials in the newspaper files also document national, state and local African American history, including materials on events, issues and personalities. The papers also contain some general documentation of non-African- American historical events and personalities.

    Minor (Wilson F. "Bill") papers

    MSS. 80. 1936-2011. 27.75 cubic feet.

    Correspondence, articles, speeches, press releases, campaign materials, clippings, photographs and other documents amassed in the course of Minor's career as a journalist in Mississippi. Minor was born in Hammond, Louisiana, in 1922 and received his degree in journalism from Tulane University. He began work for the New Orleans Times-Picayune in 1942. Beginning in 1947, Minor worked in Jackson as a reporter on Mississippi politics for the Times-Picayune, and continued writing his "Eyes on Mississippi" column until the paper's Jackson bureau was closed in 1976. A specialist in Mississippi politics, Minor in that year elected to stay in Jackson and take over the editorship of the weekly Capitol Reporter. In 1981, Minor became a syndicated political columnist and television commentator. The Minor papers are an important continuous source of information on news and political events, and the issues and personalities of the time period of Minor's career, with emphasis on racial issues and the political development of Mississippi. In addition, they tell the story of a most controversial and influential journalist.

    Mississippi School Catalog collection

    MSS. 324. 1897-1927. 0.5 cubic feet.

    Catalogs of Mississippi public city schools and agricultural high schools, colleges and academic schools. African-American schools represented include the Haven Institute and Conservatory of Music (Meridian, 1923-1924) and the Southern Christian Institute (Edwards, 1924-1925).

    Montrose Presbyterian Church (Jasper County, Mississippi, Tombecbee Presbytery) Records.

    Records of church on 1 reel of microfilm (1841-1957) contain a list of the African-American members colored members, including "deceased" dates of 1872 and undated.

    Music collection. 1832-1929

    MSS. 564. 8 cubic feet.

    Collection of printed music collected and donated by various persons includes a single sheet music piece (piano/lyrics) of Williams' Colored Singers (undated) and "Old Black Joe", the popular song by Stephen Louis Foster (1940).

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    Neilson (Lillian) collection

    MSS. 419. 1829-1976 (Bulk Dates: 1844-1892). 0.66 cubic feet.

    Journals, financial records, correspondence, photographs, family history, and miscellany, mostly pertaining to James C. Neilson, a Lowndes County, Mississippi, farmer, Mississippi state legislator, and Grange member. Among the topics in his journals are freedmen's accounts, race relations, church, the Grange, the legislature, an arson trial, and his family. Also included are the 1962 journal of Sarah Neilson, which mentions the riots at the University of Mississippi; a history of the Boykin family; and printed documents concerning the Columbus Riflemen and a Confederate veterans group. Loaned for copying by Lillian Neilson. For related papers, see the Sarah Neilson collection.

    Neilson (Sarah) collection

    MSS. 110. 1807-1966. 1.66 cubic feet.

    Materials collected by Sarah Neilson, historian and Mississippi University for Women secretary to the President. Includes Columbus and Lowndes County town and county history, genealogical data, family photographs, greeting and advertising cards, limericks ledgers, daybooks, and other materials.

    Nelson (L. E.) collection

    MSS. 66. 1836-1943. 1 reel microfilm.

    Collection of L. E. Nelson, clergyman and lawyer of Jackson, Mississippi. Includes deeds, tax receipts, and other business and legal papers (1839-1938) of George A. Smythe, Arthur W. Smythe, and Ella V. (Smythe) Hipple; ledger (1836-1865) of the firm Daly and McKee, Jackson; other items many dealing with the antebellum, Civil War, and reconstruction period in Jackson. These papers mostly concern George A. Smythe, an Englishman who obtained U.S. citizenship in 1859 and settled in Jackson; and correspondence (1892-1943) of Ella V. Hipple and other family members.

    New Hope Primitive Baptist Church (Monroe County, Mississippi) Records.

    Records of church on one reel of microfilm (1819-1955) includes separate lists of African-American male and female church members, undated.

    North Mississippi Probate and Chancery Court Records Collection

    MSS. 352. 1836-1971 (Bulk dates: 1836-1911). 0.66 cubic feet.

    Probate and Chancery Court records, tax receipts, estate expense reports, and other legal documents, most from Itawamba County, 1836-1911, as well as miscellaneous other material dating from 1911-1971. Pontotoc, Calhoun, and Tishomingo counties are also represented, and there is some material concerning Limestone County, Alabama. Finally, there is one photocopy of Civil War letter from Thomas Whitesides to James Bullard, 4/27/1861. Donated by Randy Sparks, 1980-81.

    Norwood (E. E.) architectural records

    MSS. 540. 1950s-1970s.

    Records of Jackson architect E. E. (Ellie Earl) Norwood (1901-1982), including projects of the E. E. Norwood firm and its successors, Hall and Norwood, Architects and Engineers (Frank E. Hall, Jr.), Norwood and Kenney (C. C. Kenney), and the C. C. Kenney firm. Collection contains ca. 443 projects, photographs, artifacts and a drawing table. Donated by the Norwood family.

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    Oktibbeha County Postal Records

    Acc. No. 61.

    The records, dated 1873-1922, consist of 62 volumes of postmasters' account and record books, money order records, route books, a war tax stamp book, and others. Records include names of African-Americans.

    Oral History collection

    MSS. 550. 1950s-2001. circa 3 cubic feet

    Oral histories of extension agents, politicians and local citizens. Topics include African-American history, women's history, the Vietnam War, agriculture, and Mississippi State University, Starkville and West Point history.

    Overstreet (N. W.) architectural records

    MSS. 315. 1908-1973. circa 22 cubic feet.

    Records of the Jackson, Mississippi, architectural firms of which the principal architect was Noah Webster Overstreet (1888-1973), 1908 MSU alumnus, and the first registered architect in Mississippi. Overstreet designed many buildings in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee throughout his long career. The bulk of the collection consists of architectural drawings and photographs of houses, churches, schools, businesses, and other structures. Also included are presentation drawings, working drawings and photographs for more than 500 projects, correspondence, rosters, clippings, resume, project list, autobiographical writing, thesis, videotape concerning Overstreet's career, the MSU class of 1908, which Overstreet served as president, and his relationship with political figures such as Stennis, Waller, and Johnson. Also included is a dissertation proposal concerning Overstreet and a reminiscence concerning Eastabuchie, Mississippi. The collection was donated by the family of N.W. Overstreet. Database of projects available.

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    Partial Emmitt Till trial transcript

    MSS. 802. 1955. 0.02 cubic ft.

    Fully legible copy of the typescript transcript of the second half of the trial for the murder of Emmitt Till. This material was collected by Bryan Maxwell Newman, who obtained the copy shortly after the trial concluded in 1955. Mr. Newman was employed near Greenwood, Mississippi where the trial took place.

    Patterson (Steve) collection

    MSS. 421. 1984. 1 item.

    Draft of letter from Steve Patterson, Chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party, to fellow state party chairmen, November 7, 1984, concerning the defeat of the Democratic presidential candidate, Walter Mondale. Patterson analyzes the reasons for the defeat.

    Peters (Dr. Fenton) collection

    MSS. 765. undated. 0.02 cubic ft.

    Photographs of Dr. Peters in his office and also Dr. Peters attending an Oktibbeha County Training School/Henderson High School event.

    Pearson (Wilbur B.) architectural records

    MSS. 513. 1948-1985 and undated. 12 cubic feet.

    Papers of architectural engineer and retired MSU faculty member Wilbur B. Pearson bulk with drawings for completed architectural projects, primarily in Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Clay Counties, Mississippi. Included are drawings and project files for 219 projects, including schools, churches, banks, fire stations, private residences and other public and private buildings. Database of projects and inventory of project files available.

    Peyton family papers

    MSS. 115. 1768-1916. 0.33 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

    Photocopies of list of accounts and 11 letters (1768-1818) written by Thomas Jefferson, mostly to Craven Peyton (d. 1837), lawyer and landowner, of Albemarle County, Virginia; and correspondence and documents of the Peyton family of Virginia and Mississippi. Includes offer to sell a slave, Nov 27, 1818.

    Piper (Craig) collection

    MSS. 497. 1992 and undated. 0.25 cubic feet.

    Research materials for Piper's M.A. thesis, "The Civil Rights Movement in Starkville, Mississippi: A Local Struggle for Equality, 1968-1973". Materials include audiotapes of the Civil Rights Forum, oral interviews and note cards.

    Pitts (Leslie P.) architectural records collection

    MSS. 560. 1915-1975 and undated.

    Records of the architectural firms of William S. and Emmett Hull, Hull and Malvaney (Emmett Malvaney), Hull and Drummond (Eugene Drummond) and Godfrey, Bassett, Pitts and Tuminello, including 163 architectural drawings representing 76 Mississippi projects. Fifty-five projects are for Jackson residences, public and commercial buildings. The remainder are for various Mississippi buildings, including courthouses in Holmes, Lincoln, Simpson and Yazoo Counties. Given in memory of Leslie Pelham Pitts (b. 1922-1976), who worked for Hull and Malvaney and Godfrey, Bassett, Pitts and Tuminello, by Mrs. Leslie P. Pitts. Transferred from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in 1997.

    Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church (Union County, Mississippi) Minutes.

    Records of church on one reel of microfilm (1842-1945) includes list of church members, some of whom are designated as "colored", undated.

    Polk (James K.) last will and testament

    MSS. 248. 1849. 0.01 cubic feet: 1 item.

    Last will and testament. Feb. 28, 1849. Probated Nov. 21, 1849, Yalobusha County, Mississippi. Photostat copy of typed will recorded in Yalobusha County Courthouse, Coffeeville, Mississippi.

    Preston (Zenas) diary

    MSS. 252. 1850-1853. 0.08 cubic feet.

    Plantation on Lake St. Peter across river from Natchez, Mississippi. Refers to plantation life of the period: slaves, crops, levees and floods, diseases, prescriptions, taxes, road work, weather.

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    Rambo (Mrs. Mary C.) papers

    MSS. 256. 1843-1866. 0.08 cubic feet.

    Bill of sale for slaves, 1 Civil War letter, permit for supplies and statement of purchases, 2 letters from Texas, 1 contract for share-cropping, letters concerning a War of 1812 pension which was cancelled because of sympathy with the Confederacy. Chiefly Tennessee.

    Randolph-Sherman papers

    MSS. 257. 1813-1947. 0.02 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

    Papers of Edward Brett Randolph, officer and sutler in the War of 1812, participant in the Seminole campaign, planter of Lowndes County, Mississippi, and Receiver of Public Moneys for District Lands, Columbus, Mississippi. Correspondence (1813-1947) for Randolph, his wife, relatives, and friends; his account of his part in the War of 1812; his protests against the Methodist Episcopal Church schism; genealogical and family papers; papers of the family of his daughter, Virginia, who married George W. Sherman; accounts, statements, deeds, wills, bills and other business and legal papers; and copies of Randolph's will, autobiography, inventory of estates, and Mrs. Randolph's will. Correspondents include Harriet B. Beverly, Peter R. Beverly, Marcus C. Buck, Richard Keith Call, Edward P. Gaines, Eleanor Meade, John E. Meade, Reba W. Meade, James Patton, LeRoy Percy, R.C. Randolph, and John S. Williams. The letters were written from Virginia, from the southeastern States during the Indian War, and from Columbus, Mississippi.

    Reiff (Lee H.) collection

    MSS. 382. 1966-1972. 2 cubic feet.

    Minutes, bylaws, memoranda, reports, grant proposals, and printed matter concerning the Board of Directors of the Child Development Group of Mississippi and its successor organization, the Inter-Area Council of the Community Education Extension of Mary Holmes College. The organizations administered Head Start Programs funded by the Office of Economic Opportunity.

    Rice (Nannie Herndon) family papers

    MSS. 24. 1824-2003. circa 35 cubic feet.

    Family papers of Nannie Herndon Rice, librarian at Mississippi State University. Correspondence, diaries, genealogical data, deeds, ledgers, claims, estate papers, bills of sale for slaves, rent and labor contracts, school reports (1866-71), photographs and other papers of Miss Rice and members of her family. Papers of Miss Rice describe Meadow Woods, the Rice plantation in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, her student days at Mississippi State College for Women, Columbia University, Vassar College Training Camp for Nurses, and the University of Illinois, and associations as a librarian at Mississippi State University. Other papers include those of Miss Rice's grandparents, John W. Rice and Augusta (Hopkins) Rice, her father, Arthur H. Rice, physician and planter of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, her great-uncle and aunt, John James Walker and Maria (Hopkins) Walker, her paternal great-grandfather, Arthur Francis Hopkins, of Alabama, and others, relating to the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Mississippi Legislature, travel in Europe, and other subjects. Correspondents include Braxton Bragg, H.L. Mencken, Pauline V. Orr, LeRoy Percy, LeRoy Pope Walker, Percy Walker, Richard Henry Wilde, and John Sharp Williams. Unpublished guide in the library. Information on literary rights available in the library. Additions: In process.

    Rodabough (John E.) papers

    MSS. 493. 1819-1984 and undated. 20 cubic feet.

    Papers of Aberdeen native and MSU History Professor John E. Rodabough (1942-1982), contain photographs, scrapbooks, maps, city directories, newspaper clippings, genealogical data, personal correspondence, memorabilia, and research material pertaining to Monroe County, Mississippi and St. Louis, Missouri. The collection also includes Rodabough's thesis "A History of the Negroes of Aberdeen and Monroe County, Mississippi, 1790-1916," and a draft of his book "Frenchtown, a history of St. Louis from 1803 to 1969".

    Rollins (Bertie Shaw) papers

    MSS. 15. 1821-1957. 5 cubic feet.

    Papers of the William M. Shaw family of Darracott, Monroe County, Mississippi, collected by Bertie Shaw Rollins, of Aberdeen, Mississippi, author, historian, and granddaughter of Shaw. Family correspondence (1848-1905) relating to life in Monroe County and to Confederate campaigns; Shaw genealogical papers; legal and business papers (1882-1900) including receipts, accounts, notes, deeds, drafts, and statements; articles and illustrations by Jack Knox of the Nashville Banner; clippings and papers concerning Monroe County, five scrapbooks of clippings on local and family history; articles and documents by Mrs. Rollins; copies of wills and marriage records, Monroe County (1823-1852); tract book of original entries, Columbus, Mississippi (1824-48); register (1865) of contracts by planters and freedmen; Monroe County church records (1819-1905); Monroe County court minutes (1821); and a list of Monroe County landowners (1821-60). Gift of Mrs. Rollins, 1956, 1958.

    Rosamond architectural records collection

    MSS. 541. 1927-2000 (Bulk Dates: 1946-2000).

    Records of Columbus architect William I. Rosamond (1912-1973) and the successor firm of his son, William H. Rosamond. The firm also included architect Fred Harrison (1924-1981). Architects Mathew L. Virden (1930-1992) and Robert Ivy were later associated with the William H. Rosamond firm and brought drawings from other firms to the collection. Drawings for the firms of Virden and Fields (Greenville), Virden, Fields and Roberson and Virden, Fields and Alexander, Dean, Dale and Dean (Columbus office), Dean Dale, Dean and Ivy (Columbus office) and Biggs, Weir are included. Includes extensive project files, models and furniture. 1661 projects have been identified to date; 504 projects are associated with architect Mathew Virden. Donated by William H. Rosamond.

    Ross (Isaac) papers

    MSS. 42. 1845-1889. 0.5 cubic feet.

    Papers of Isaac Ross, planter, of Prospect Hill, Jefferson County, Mississippi. Correspondence, statement of accounts, promissory notes, receipts, memoranda, and other papers pertaining to settlement of Ross' estate, especially concerning the will's provision for manumission of Ross' slaves choosing emigration to Liberia. Includes correspondence of Ross' grandson, Isaac Ross Wade, as administrator of the estate, with the American Colonization Society; records of Wade's business transactions with Person and Company, New Orleans, Louisiana, and other cotton merchants; and business papers of Wade's son B.H. Wade. Correspondents include J. Hewitt, Natchez, Mississippi, and George L. Yerger, Jackson, Mississippi.

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    Salter (Sidney L. "Sid") papers

    MSS. 490. 1890-1998. 6 cubic feet.

    Papers of Salter, born in 1959 in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Salter received his B.A. from Mississippi State University and began his career as assistant sports editor for The Starkville Daily News in 1981. In successive career moves from 1982 to 1983, Salter served as associate editor for The Neshoba Democrat and managing editor at The Bolivar Commercial before becoming publisher and editor of The Scott County Times/The Morton Tribune in 1983. From 1989 to 1991, Salter was also publisher of The Aberdeen Examiner/The Amory Advertiser. Salter's syndicated political column appears in more than 40 daily and weekly newspapers and as of 1992, was the most widely published opinion/editorial column in the state. Salter also served as a political columnist for The Clarion Ledger. Salter has won numerous journalism awards and is active in the Mississippi Press Association and in other journalism activities. Included in the papers are letters from readers concerning Salter columns, and letters from leaders in politics, education, and other fields concerning current issues. Also included are files containing legal documents, press releases, publications, photographs, reports, articles and other materials on topics that have been the subject of Salter columns. Other materials document Salter's career and public activities, including speeches, memorabilia, articles and awards materials. Clippings of Salter's syndicated columns are also included. Papers are partially restricted.

    Sanders (Wiley) papers

    MSS. 262. 1876-1941. 0.33 cubic feet.

    Farmer, editor of Star Herald, Kosciusko, Mississippi, and Mississippi State legislator. Manuscripts of speeches made in Sanders' political campaigns, in the legislature, at commencements and church; photo and autograph book of Mississippi legislators in 1884; souvenirs of the Mississippi Press excursion to Cuba (1930); and newspaper clippings about the history of Kosciusko, Mississippi.

    Sanders, Lee and Sargent families papers

    MSS. 574. 1850-2001 (Bulk Dates: 1860-1992). 6.8 cubic feet.

    The Sanders, Lee and Sargent families papers contain the papers of three Mississippi families related by marriage. The papers include correspondence, certificates and diplomas, deeds, newspaper clippings, genealogical material, publications, photographs, and artifacts.

    Scarbrough (James) papers

    MSS. 27. 1822-1917. 0.66 cubic feet.

    Papers of Scarbrough, a farmer of Webster County, Mississippi. Personal correspondence, accounts, promissory notes, tax receipts, and other business papers from Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Sumner (now Webster) Counties, Mississippi, Confederate military papers, memorabilia, and other papers of Scarbrough, his wife Sara (Wells) Scarbrough, and their sons, Charles Wells, R.G. and G.W. Scarbrough.

    Segregation and Integration Miscellaneous Collection

    MSS. 131. 1920-1971. 1 cubic foot.

    Concerns the civil rights movement in Mississippi from 1920-1971. Includes handbills, correspondence, pamphlets, brochures, speeches, newsletters, and newspaper clippings.

    Shaw (Thompson B.)-McCallum papers

    MSS. 31. 1847-1962. 0.4 cubic feet.

    Papers of Thompson B. Shaw (1796-1854) of Jefferson County, Mississippi, collected or created by McCallum descendants. Included are a scrapbook, booklets, newspapers, clippings, autograph books, daguerreotypes, photograph, bill of sale for slave, receipt for sale of slave, certificate of exemption from military service, letter, paper currency of Revolution and Confederacy, Vicksburg Daily Citizen, velvet-covered Bible, sampler.

    Siloam Baptist Church (Oktibbeha and Clay County, Mississippi) Records.

    Records of church on two reels of microfilm (1850-1958) contain various list of African-American members including: "Colored members", 1858-1859 with owners names (38 total); "Names of colored members" with some owners, undated; "Names of the blacks", 1864 and undated; "Deaths of members" includes names of several whites and blacks, undated; "Records of the colored portion of the church", 1866-1869, including "List of colored members", male and female, 1869. Siloam Baptist Church was in Oktibbeha County from 1833-1871, and after that Clay County (originally named Colfax).

    Smith (Frank E.) collection

    MSS. 94. 1962-1973. 22 cubic feet.

    Collection of Frank Smith (1918-1997) includes the following: material pertaining to Mr. Smith's work with TVA; material accumulated as a result of his service on the Southern Regional Council; materials for the five volume series he edited, Conservation in the U.S.: A Documentary History.

    Smith (Hazel Brannon) papers

    MSS. 445. 1945-1976. 0.75 cubic feet.

    Letters, clippings, pamphlets, certificates, artifact and other materials concerning Smith (1914-1994). The bulk of Smith's papers were destroyed in a fire at the Lexington Advertiser. Smith was born in Gadsden, Alabama, and graduated from the University of Alabama in 1935 with a B.A. in Journalism. In that year she came to Mississippi and purchased the Durant News. By 1943, that paper was successful enough to allow Smith to purchase the Lexington Advertiser, which she edited and published from 1943 to 1983. Smith purchased the Banner County Outlook (Flora) in 1956 and the Northside Reporter (Jackson) in 1956. Smith used her column "Through Hazel's Eyes" and her editorials to comment on social injustice and political corruption. In 1964, because of her stand against the Citizens' Councils, Smith received the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing for her "steadfast adherence to her editorial duty in the face of great pressure and opposition". Smith was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Smith's other awards include the 1st prize award from the National Federation of Press Women 1946 and 1955; and the Herrick Award for Editorial Writing, 1956. Smith was also named Woman of Achievement by the National Federation of Press Women.

    Smith (Isaac) letters

    MSS. 271. 1821-1893. 0.33 cubic feet.

    Twenty-seven letters, three other papers, one small autograph book, chiefly about family, farming, slaves in Carroll, Holmes, and Lawrence Counties in Mississippi and Alexandria, Louisiana.

    Smith-Oakes plantation papers

    MSS. 272. 1860-1885. 0.33 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

    Records of Lowndes County, Mississippi, plantation owned by John McLaughlin Smith. Ledger, 1860-1883; plantation journal (photocopy), 1879-1885. Contents: Horse records, 1863-1877; list of slaves; accounts, 1860. Journal primarily contains weather notes, but also contains a few references to lynching, Negroes, and the Kansas exodus (1879).

    Starkville Civic Club collection

    MSS. 103. 1932-2009. circa 4.5 cubic feet.

    Yearbooks and other records from Starkville clubs and organizations collected by various area residents: Civic League of Starkville (1941-1958); Young Women's Club of Starkville (1938-1941); Century Club of Amory (1956-1957); Mississippi Federation of Women's Clubs (1938-1948); Neo Cycle Club yearbooks, 1939-1947; Home and Garden Club (1932-1995); Helping Hands Ministries of Oktibbeha County (1998-2005); Boys and Girls Club (2000-2009); Starkville Parent-Teacher Association Council (1983-1992).

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    Thomas (James Talbert, III) collection

    MSS. 510. 1896-1972. 1.5 cubic feet.

    Plantation records of Egypt Plantation near Kruger, Holmes County, Mississippi, which has been successively owned by James Talbert Thomas II, James Talbert Thomas III and other family members. Includes deeds, abstracts of title and other land records, ledgers and other business records, wills and legal records. Originals and some photocopies. See also Howard Langfitt collection for script and photos of farm.

    Toler (James Kenneth) papers

    MSS. 89. 1928-1966. 2 cubic feet.

    Papers of journalist Toler (1904-1966) include correspondence, speeches, press releases, clippings, and photographs, chiefly concerning political, legislative, and racial events in Mississippi, during his career as a correspondent for the Associated Press and the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Toler was born in Crowley, Louisiana, and attended Louisiana State University. He began his career on the Crowley Daily Signal. Toler's specialty was Mississippi politics. From 1928 on he covered the Mississippi legislature and the capitol, and his papers reflect that specialty in their documentation of the outstanding events of the period.

    Tombigbee Council on Human Relations Collection

    MSS. 339. 1967-1976. 9 cubic feet.

    Folders include the Black Appalachian Commission, Black Arts Music Society, Black Candidates, Black Child Development Institute, Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Black Mississippians Council on Higher Education, Black Voice (hot line), Court Orders – Interracial Marriages, Equal Rights Amendment, Lowndes County Project – Black Voice, Medger Evers Fund Inc., NAACP, National Council of Negro Women, Office of Minority Business Enterprise, Race Relations Reporter, School Desegregation, and other racial topics and issues.

    Toxish Baptist Church (Pontotoc County, Mississippi) Minutes.

    Records of church on one reel of microfilm (1873-1967) contains "A List of Colored Members of Toxish Church." This list contains one name, 1889. Note: this church probably had additional African-American members; volume I (1837-1872) was not microfilmed for unknown reasons).

    Trigg (Sue Pelham) papers

    MSS. 284. 1784-1944. 1 reel microfilm.

    Papers of Trigg, teacher and historian, of Greenville, Mississippi. Manuscripts of articles by Miss Trigg about Greenville and Washington County, relating to local history; 28 letters (1796-1848) of the Bodley family of Kentucky and Mississippi, chiefly to Thomas H. Bodley, and 10 letters (1784-1788) to Dr. High Shiell of Kentucky. Some of Miss Trigg's articles were published in Memoirs of Henry Tillinghast Ireys, Papers of the Washington County Historical Society, 1910-1915, edited by William D. McCain and Charlotte Capers (1954).

    Trotter (Sallie Stone) ledgers

    MSS. 108. 1881-1894. 0.16 cubic feet.

    Account book No. 199 of the Midway Grange 1881-1884; later used for farm records, 1887-1890. Farm ledger of W.G. Stone, 1888-1894. See also University Archives: William I. Stone Collection.

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    University of Alabama Desegregation collection

    MSS. 724. 1955 . 0.02 cubic ft.

    Newspapers covering 1955 desegregation attempt at University of Alabama.

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    Valiant (Margaret) papers

    MSS. 87. 1918-1981. 6 cubic feet.

    Papers of Como, Mississippi, native Margaret Valiant (1901-1982), musician, organizer of Depression-era programs and Memphis community activist. Collection includes correspondence, reports, clippings, photographs, plays, paintings, scrapbook, and miscellany. Among the many topics are Ms. Valiant's work with the Special Skills Division of the Resettlement Administration and the Music Division of the National Youth Administration, migrant workers, folk music, dramatic productions, population control, and the National Council of the Southern Youth Congress. Correspondents include Eleanor Roosevelt, Leopold Stokowski, Margaret Sanger, Harry Truman, and H. L. Mitchell.

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    Wallace family papers

    MSS. 682. 1839-1864, 2004, 2009 . 0.37 cubic ft.

    Farm and estate records of the Wallace family of Noxubee and Winston Counties, Mississippi include a journal which was kept by Isaiah Wallace in the 1830s. The balance of the collection includes account statements, promissory notes and other financial records, and modern history writings. In addition, an 1859 agreement mentions slave Harriet and an 1861 promissory note documents the hire of slave Barthuney. A cased tintype and photographic copy of same depicts James R. Wallace in April 1862 upon his enlistment in the 35th Mississippi Regiment, Company D (Fort Donelson Avengers).

    Ward (Ella Bardwell) papers

    MSS. 604. 1925-2002 and undated. 0.5 cubic feet.

    Funeral program, awards and certificates, photographs, publications, and genealogical materials documenting the life of Ella Bardwell Ward (1901-1981), teacher of Starkville, Mississippi, for whom Ward Elementary School is named. Ward is a graduate of Rust College (1933, 1955) and the Tuskegee Summer School for Teachers (1925).

    Ward (Rufus) collection

    MSS. 73. 1837-circa 1920s. 6 cubic feet, 4 reels microfilm and digital reproductions.

    Personal and business correspondence, accounts, receipts, deeds, slave records, tax receipts, military orders, genealogical material and other papers of the James Sykes family of Columbus, Mississippi. Includes letters from cotton brokers in West Point, Mississippi, Mobile, Alabama, St. Louis, Missouri, and New Orleans, Louisiana; letters from Alleghany Springs and Blue Ridge Springs, Virginia, and White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; letters from Wildie and Ida Sykes at Patapsco Female Institute, Ellicott City, Maryland, and from James W. Sykes, Jr. at Belleview High School, Bedford County, Virginia, and Poughkeepsie Business Institute, New York. Other material relates to Columbus, Mississippi, schools and Columbus Methodist Church. Persons represented include James Sykes (1810-1885), his wife Martha Lanier Sykes (1815-1881), her mother Elizabeth Lanier, his brother William Sykes of Winona, Mississippi, and his grandchildren, Ida (Sykes) Billups (1858-1891) and her husband Thomas Carleton Billups (1839-1898), Wildie (Sykes) Billups and her husband Joseph Saunders Billups, and James W. Sykes, Jr. Additions include correspondence, estate records, farm record ledgers, receipts, photographs, newspapers and other materials.

    Watkins (Dr. William B.) ledgers

    MSS. 336. 1872-1937. 0.12 cubic feet

    Daily account ledgers of Dr. Watkins of Big Springs, Mississippi, formerly in Chickasaw County and now in Clay County, including one daily medical account ledger, 1872-1873. Patients include African-Americans, whom Watkins indicates with "Freedman" beside their names. Two additional ledgers, ca. 1880s-1890s and 1930s, contain medical and farm accounts of Caucasians and African-Americans. Also included are loose materials from the ledgers: two letters (1906 and undated) and gin receipts for various persons from Coleman Brothers, Montpelier, Mississippi.

    Watson (Mrs. Henry Duke II) and Wallace (Mrs. Charles Wallace) papers

    MSS. 342. 1874-1974, scattered. 0.66 cubic feet.

    Family papers concerning the Watson and Wallace families of Strong, Mississippi. Includes: account books of the Strong Community Store, 1900s, 1911-1912 and an account book, 1875-1875 and 1900-1901; pamphlets about Grassland Farms, which was operated by Henry Duke Watson. He raised Rhode Island red chickens and showed them all over the world.

    Waverley Mansion collection

    MSS. 325. 1836-1982. 1 cubic foot.

    Papers and photographs concerning the antebellum plantation Waverley, which was built in Clay County, Mississippi, in the 1850s by George Hampton Young.

    Waverley Miscellaneous Collection

    MSS. 289. 1908 and undated. 0.01 cubic feet.

    Documents found at Waverley Plantation in 1936 include a list of recipes for medicine on which is found an entry entitled "Negro Whipping" with a list of names and places.

    Welty (Edward J.) architectural records

    MSS. 617. 1938-1967 and undated. circa 6 cubic feet.

    Records of Jackson architect Edward J. Welty (1912-1966), brother of Eudora Welty, include designs for Jackson residences, including Carter and Fly subdivision designs, for which Welty won an award, and ten other residences. Nineteen projects consist of plans drawn by Welty for the R. W. Naef firm, including schools and the Mississippi State Sanitorium. Includes drawings and some project records.

    West Memorial Funeral Home records

    MSS. 504. 1968-1991. 1 cubic foot.

    Records of the West Memorial Funeral Home, formerly the Outlaw-Carter Funeral Home. West is one of two African-American funeral homes in Oktibbeha County. Finding aids available. Photocopies.

    West Point, Mississippi, miscellaneous papers

    MSS. 296. Undated. 0.02 cubic feet.

    Miscellaneous papers about West Point, Mississippi. Collected in WPA days by Mrs. Ed Joiner. Contents: An account of Grierson's Raid; also interviews with ex-slaves.

    Wier (Robert and Sadye) papers

    MSS. 313. 1885-1994. circa 20 cubic feet.

    Personal papers, correspondence, business records, clippings, photographs, extensive scrapbooks, oral histories, literary manuscripts, reminiscences and other materials concerning Robert Wier (1886-1974) and his wife Sadye Hunter Wier (1905-1995). Robert Wier, who operated and owned the City Barber Shop in Starkville, was the first and only African-American to have a business on Main Street. Sadye Wier was a teacher and home economist. Contains materials documenting the Hunter family of Noxubee County, who operated the Noxubee Industrial School, and the Macon family. Also included are records of Mrs. Wier's work with the Oddfellows Highway Cemetery, the Starkville Public Library and other organizations.

    Wier (T. C.) family papers

    MSS. 646. 1837-1973 and undated. 5.16 cubic feet

    Correspondence, diaries and journals, photographs, sermons and other church materials, receipts, memorials, poems and other writings, programs and other memorabilia, school materials, genealogical materials, clothing, publications and other materials documenting the lives and contributions of the extended family of Methodist minister Dr. T.C. (Thomas Coke) Wier (1827-1920), who served as presiding elder and pastor in Alabama and Mississippi churches from 1859-1906 and also served as principal of Verona Female College and Grenada Institute. The papers were found in the attic of the Bonnell family home in Muskogee, Oklahoma, where Elizabeth (Bessie) Wier Bonnell (1869-1944) and her husband, Dr. Albert E. Bonnell (1865-1936), lived. T.C. Wier and his sister, Mary Elizabeth Wier (1822-1909), lived with the Bonnells until their deaths; many of the letters are to and from T.C. Wier and Mary Elizabeth Wier. Included are circa 400 letters between Wier family members, 1836-1936 and undated, from Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, Oklahoma Territory, the state of Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and other localities. Of these, 13 are letters from Civil War soldiers and civilians, including letters of surgeon J. Benson Wier and prisoner of war letters of Dabney S. Wier from Johnson's Island, Ohio. Many of the letters are to and from T.C. Wier's sons: Frank Lampkin Wier, a prominent citizen and Mayor of Starkville, Mississippi, and Robert Koger Wier, owner of Wier Jewelry and then Wier Drugstore. Diaries and journals in the collection date from 1824-1885 and include the Civil War diaries of T.C. Wier and his brother J. Benson Wier (1832-1863), who died at McMinnville, Tennessee. The "Record of the Wier family", a journal of William Wier (1792-1853), Methodist minister and father of T.C. Wier, contains a rare transcript of the family's 1850 census return, including names, ages and birth places of family slaves. Sermons and sermon notes, Bibles, church bulletins, diaries, writings, clippings and other materials document the Methodist Church in Alabama and Mississippi. The collection is enriched by circa 164 photographs, primarily portraits and snapshots of Wier family members taken in Starkville, Columbus, Selma, Mobile, Jackson (Tennessee), Oklahoma Territory and the state of Oklahoma, but also including images of Wier homes and church scenes in Starkville and Coldwater, Mississippi, and Muskogee, Oklahoma, a rare snapshot of Columbus homes and the Tombigbee River, and postcard scenes taken on Deer Creek near Lake Vista (Delta and Pine Land), Mississippi.

    WLBT archives

    MSS. 366. 1967-1980. 155 cubic feet.

    Correspondence, memoranda, board minutes, programming logs, newscast scripts, photographs, videotapes, and news film documenting the policies and operation of television station WLBT in Jackson, Mississippi, during the period (1971-1980) in which Communications Improvement, Inc., a non-profit organization, held the station's interim license.

    Works Progress Administration (WPA) Histories.

    Local histories gathered by agents for the Works Progress Administration include a variety of information, including personal narratives by African-Americans, about Mississippi cities and counties. Microfilm is organized by county.

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    Yellow Leaf Baptist Church (Yocona, Lafayette County, Mississippi) Records

    MSS. 312. 1853-1887. 0.12 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

    Records of church on one reel of microfilm contains "Names of Negroes and Colored Persons Both Female and Male" (1854-1856); "Names of Colored Members Both Male and Female" (1867-1868) and "Names of Colored Members Both Male and Female" (1870).

    Young (Thomas) papers

    MSS. 308. 1818-1918. 0.33 cubic feet.

    Correspondence, land deeds, financial papers, and C. S. A. bills, 1862. Primarily concern the business affairs of Dr. Thomas Young (1801-1870), a physician formerly of South Carolina, who lived in Claiborne County, Mississippi.