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Abbott (Liberty C.) family papers
MSS. 1. 1883-1926 (Bulk Dates: 1859-1930). 5.75 cubic feet.

The collection includes the papers of Liberty C. Abbott (1836-1894), an official and plantation owner of Howard, Mississippi, his wife Maria Abbott (1830-1912), his daughter Birdie Jones Gearhart (1869-1946), and his brother F. Marion Abbott (1844-1908), Mississippi state senator and railroad president. The papers contain correspondence, ledgers and account books, legal documents, diaries, newspaper clippings, photographs, and miscellany.

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.

Ashley family collection
MSS. 155. 1842-1862. 0.08 cubic feet.

Tax receipts for taxes assessed on land and for tax paid in kind on pork in Jasper and Copiah Counties, Mississippi.

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.

Atkinson collection
MSS. 30. 1838-1925. 2.66 cubic feet.

Correspondence (1861-1906) and legal papers (1838-1917) of the Martin and Bates law firm, relating to civil cases in Chickasaw and Calhoun Counties, Mississippi, 11 volumes (1851-1908) of court dockets from Chickasaw and Pontotoc Counties, Mississippi, account book (1903), printed material, and Bates family genealogical material. Includes 40 letters (1877-1901) from Georgia Supreme Court Justice, William A. Little, pertaining to sale or rental of his Chickasaw County property. Persons represented include Thomas Nelson Martin (1807-1886), senior partner, newspaper editor, and Mississippi State senator, and William Stowt Bates (1830-1928), junior partner, probate judge of Pontotoc County, and Confederate soldier.

Augustus (W. B.) papers
MSS. 156. 1860-1938. 0.16 cubic feet.

Includes the following letters: Governor John M. Stone to W. B. Augustus, September 9, 1881 (photocopy); Blanche Colton Williams, London, to Anne H. Augustus, August 1, 1938. Documents: draft of resolution by W.B. Augustus concerning secession (photocopy); appointment of W. B. Augustus as trustee of Mississippi A&M College, 1878. Clippings (2). Periodicals: Confederate Veteran, February 1905; Alumni Bulletin of the University of Virginia, April 1923; A Christmas Book, edited by Blanche C. Williams; Lippincott's Magazine, 1880, concerning Sherwood Bonner.

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Barnes (Harris) papers
MSS. 639. 1897, 1930s-2006. circa 85 cubic feet.

Papers of MSU alumnus and agricultural journalist and photographer Harris Barnes (1918-2006), who grew up on his father's small farm in Coahoma County, Mississippi, graduated from Clarksdale High School and MSU in 1941. Barnes worked as farm manager for several plantations in Coahoma County from 1946-1969, including Baugh Plantation, Lea Plantation and King and Anderson/Oakhurst Plantation. As a journalist, he did freelance work for Progressive Farmer and also worked for Farm Quarterly, Delta Farm Press, Southeast Farm Press. As a freelance journalist, he was owner of Harris Barnes Rural Services from 1988-2006. Barnes served in key roles for the American Soybean Association, the Soybean Council of America and the Mississippi Soybean Association. His publications include The Pick of the Crop: A Collection of Recipes (Drew, Miss.: North Sunflower PTA, 1978 - Cover by Barnes); Between the Levees: A Collection of Mississippi Delta Recipes (Cleveland, Miss.: Delta Rice Promotions, 1994 - Photographs by Barnes); Cotton: A 50-Year Pictorial History (Brandon, Miss: True Exposures Pub., 2002); The Beauty of Southern Agriculture (Brandon, Miss.: True Exposures Pub., 2004); and The Good Ol' Days on the Cotton Farm (2006). Collection bulks with 201,699 images in a variety of formats, including transparencies, negatives, prints, and slides of various sizes. Other materials included are correspondence, scripts, financial materials, and clippings and publications documenting the work of Harris Barnes with publishers and individuals, his business interests, his family and Mississippi State University. Collection is unprocessed; box inventories are available. Contact Special Collections for assistance.

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.

Blocker (Mrs. Estes) - Miller (Mrs. Martin M.) collection
MSS. 144. 1878-1973. 1 cubic foot.

Ledgers, pamphlets, deeds, church records, play, other. Most items belonged to Martin M. Miller, who served in the Mississippi Legislature, or to J. T. Miller. Subjects include the legislature (1945-1947), the Balance Agriculture with Industry (BAWI) program, the Mars Hill Baptist Church, and church song groups.

Blumenfeld and Fried papers
MSS. 98. 1889-1955. 0.33 cubic feet.

Business papers of the Bernhard Blumenfeld (1853-1923) and Simon Fried (1843-1912) families, including deeds, promissory notes, stock certificates, (including two from John M. Stone Cotton Mills) and letters from Mena Blumenfeld concerning life in New York, a World War I celebration, and other. Items added by Henry Meyer include photographs of family members and homes. Places documented include Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, and New York City.

Boyd (Ona Johnson) collection
MSS. 460. 1816 (1923-1987) and undated. 1.5 cubic feet.

Materials collected by Ona Johnson Boyd, Mississippi State University alumna and teacher, and supervisor for the WPA Historical Records Survey in Kemper County, Mississippi, during the 1930's Historical Survey project, including church minutes, interviews with local citizens, newspaper clippings, family histories, transcripts of letters, diaries, articles, and other materials documenting the history of Kemper County. The collection also contains some materials commenting on the WPA project operation, and some personal materials.

Brand (John Thomas) collection
MSS. 542. 1923-1932. 0.18 cubic feet.

Collection includes a ledger, 1925-1926 for the John Thomas Brand store in Clay County, Mississippi; Mississippi A&M materials, including a 1928 handbook , "M" insignia, 1931 Dad's Day program and 1932 graduation program of John Thomas Brand, Jr.; 1936 materials related to the Texas Centennial and the MSU-Texas Christian University Game; A&M student postcards; ballots for the 1923 Clay County Democratic Primary; and the 1929 Chickasaw Agricultural High School graduation invitation of John Shelton Brand.

Brigance (Louise) collection
MSS. 614. 1860-2005. 2 cubic feet.

Brochures, catalogs, magazines, maps, music, photographs and many miscellaneous items collected by J. D. French and Louise Brigance, including materials documenting ships, ship modeling and Mississippi history. Contains broadside: "Farms for One Dollar: Chances for All, Rich and Poor.–The Best Plantations in the South, Subdivided, " published by the Southern Asylum Land Company, Hernando, Mississippi, 1867.

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. Additions are in process. Finding aids available. Collection of broadsides documenting Mississippi history include political campaign posters of Charles Evers, Aaron Henry and Henry Kirksey (1971, 1978).

Burkitt (Frank) papers
MSS. 162. 1888-1912. 0.16 cubic feet.

Clippings and articles from Okolona, Mississippi, newspapers including the Chickasaw Messenger concerning Frank Burkitt, editor and Populist Party candidate.

Butler (Carl) collection
MSS. 436. 1819-1857. 1 reel microfilm.

Letters, legal notes, and other papers exchanged by the Thomas Harris family, who lived in Georgia prior to settling in Lowndes County, Mississippi. Includes bill of sale for slave boy, Jacob, 1823; bill of sale, 4 negroes, 1829; letter dealing with purchase of a slave, 1831.

Butler (Eugene) papers
MSS. 389. 1883-1999 (Bulk Dates: 1925-1980). 17 cubic feet.

The collection comprises the papers of Progressive Farmer editor-in-chief Eugene Butler (1894-1995). The papers contain correspondence related to Butler's business activities and involvement with Mississippi State University, office memoranda, reports, drafts of editorials, speeches, photocopies of editorials and articles, newspaper clippings, biographical material, brochures and other publications, press releases and photographs.

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".

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Cain (Cyril Edward and Annie Gray) papers
MSS. 467. 1785 (1908-1965). 11 cubic feet.

Correspondence, literacy manuscripts, class notes and school records, genealogical and historical research materials, publications, photographs, and other materials documenting the education, career, organizational, research and publication activities, and the personal affairs of Cyril and Annie Cain. Cyril Cain (1883-1969) was a high school teacher, principal, Mississippi State University faculty member, genealogist, and writer. His wife, Annie Gray Cain (b. 1889) taught in schools around Mississippi, including the Starkville Municipal Separate School District, and assisted her husband with his research and writing.

Cammack (Abner) collection
MSS. 164. 1883-1886. 0.33 cubic feet.

Records of the C.D. Benton & Company plantation store at Burnett, Louisiana include letter book, 1883-1886, with copies of correspondence relating to supplies and cotton sales; ledger of accounts, 1882-1883 and 11 loose items documenting supplies purchased, cotton stored and other transactions with share croppers and other customers in the Burch's Bend area.

Carlisle (James T.) family papers
MSS. 596. 1898-1953 and undated. 0.33 cubic feet.

Family papers of James T. Carlisle (1925-2003) contain materials documenting his life, including school records and letters of recommendation (1933-1943), and World War II letters from Air Force training camps in the United States and from Germany, including letters as a prisoner of war. Also included are materials documenting the teaching career of his mother, Annie Mae House Carlisle (1885-1927) in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, schools (1909-1912) and letters from her to her husband James Walter Carlisle and parents Thomas Allen House and Mary Alice Gordon House (1909-1925). Materials concerning Thomas Allen and Mary House include personal letters and business records (1909-1952). Other materials are House family obituaries and clippings, obituaries of friends and newspaper articles (1898-1953). Miscellaneous materials include the Minutes of the Chickasaw County Baptist Association (1940), agricultural conservation materials (1947), and a publication of the National Surgical Institute, Atlanta, Georgia, undated and a map. Photographic materials include House family photos and scanned images of the James Carlisle World War II letters. Materials are photocopies of originals loaned for reproduction.

Carpenter (James A.) miscellaneous collection
MSS. 168. 1800-1958. 0.33 cubic feet.

Diary, correspondence, clippings, receipts, photographs, newspapers, postcards, leather wallet, and writing case. Among the items are Walter Baker's Civil War diary, accounts of the Civil War, genealogical information, correspondence and other items concerning Katherine Bracher's trip to England, and letters concerning Mr. Carpenter's search for manuscripts for the MSU library.

Carr (Gale) papers
MSS. 650. 1871-1991. 1.5 cubic feet.

Correspondence, military and school records, awards, publications, scrapbooks, photographs and artifacts documenting the life of Gale Carr (1896-1991), farmer, livestock and dairy manager, real estate developer and community activist of Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi. The papers document Carr's birth and early farming career in Lamar County, Missouri, his military service in World War I and his subsequent move to Shelby County, Tennessee, to become the dairy production manager at the Shelby County Penal Farm. Documentation of Carr's work at the Penal Farm includes correspondence (1931-1932) to his wife, Florence Stratton Carr (d. 1968), herd registers and photographs, cattle photographs and publications. Clippings, stationary and photographs document the continuation of Carr's career after he was hired as the Northeast Mississippi Livestock Association Director in Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi. Letters and clippings give evidence that Carr left the state briefly from 1943-1944 to serve as herd manager at Happy Valley Farms, Rossville Georgia. A group of Strohmeyer and Carpenter photos made for the American Jersey Cattle Club were collected as a result of Carr's cattle breeding and Club activities. Artifacts, clippings, awards and other materials document the founding of the Carr-Myers Dairy by Gale Carr and W.L. Wood after Carr's return to Tupelo in 1949 and the continuance of the full-production dairy until it was sold to Barber Milk in 1956. Programs, brochures, awards and clippings document the development of Carr's into Carr-Vista Park and Estates, a subdivision that grew to 141 families, the Florence Carr bluebird trail and the conservation activities of Carr and his wife. Carr's Rotary activities are represented by awards, publications and other materials. Three scrapbooks chronicle the whole of Carr's life in Missouri, Memphis and Mississippi, and also include clippings and some photographs of his children. Other materials include a survey map, deeds, Carr family genealogy and an autographed copy of Vaughn Grisham's Beyond Boosterism: A Model for Community Development (1994) and History of The American Jersey Cattle Club, 1868-1968.

Castles-Stiles family papers
MSS. 534. circa 1800-1998. circa 11 cubic feet.

Correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, and other materials concerning the Castles and Stiles families of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. Includes papers of entomologist Charles Francis Stiles (1891-1974), 1911 MSU graduate and his first wife Lottie Altizer Stiles, who resided in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Collection also includes a few items of his second wife Gladys Smith, an extension agent. C. F. Stiles papers bulk with letters and cards from friends, family members and colleagues, concerning his career, his illness and recovery from tuberculosis, and personal and family matters. Letters, diary, photographs and other materials document Charles D. Castles (1920-1949), MSU student and Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenant at his death. Other materials include letters of other family members, Bibles, photographs, publications, a genealogical notebook concerning the Stiles, McGee, Lawrence, Edmonds and Carpenter families, and other materials. Some materials relate to the Stiles family home, a historic home near Sessums in Oktibbeha County, now called The Pillars. See also the Hightower, Montgomery, Perkins, Castles and Stiles families papers. In process; portions of collection are not yet usable.

Clark (Lena Simmons) collection
MSS. 18. 1856-1912. 0.33 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Papers of the Travis Clark family including: farm accounts, receipts, other financial statements, cotton sale records and other farm records from Grenada County, Mississippi; material relating to the education of children (1865-1887), almanacs, scrapbook of clippings, postcards, invitations, and other papers.

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).

Clay County Extension Agent reports
MSS. 341. 1924, 1928. 0.16 cubic feet.

Report ledgers of County Agent Thomas E. Douglas in Clay County, Mississippi. Included are official reports, broadsides, clippings, and photographs detailing the progress of Clay County Extension Work, Boys Clubs (Cotton Clubs, Corn Clubs, Pig Clubs), 4-H Clubs, and the Clay County Farm Bureau.

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 (Cully Alton) papers
MSS. 47. 1932-1967. 10 cubic feet.

Papers of Cully Alton Cobb (1884-1975), publisher and MSU graduate of the class of 1908 include correspondence relating to Mr. Cobb's candidacy for Secretary of Agriculture (1932-1933); correspondence, memoirs, government forms, clippings from Mr. Cobb's period of service with Agricultural Adjustment Administration (1933-1937); speeches, photographs, copies of certificates, genealogy The Cobbs of Tennessee; scrapbooks of Cobb's activities; other materials. See also Cully A. Cobb/Ruralist Press papers.

Cobb (Lois P. Dowdle "Mrs. Cully") papers
MSS. 48. 1915-1969. 0.33 cubic feet.

Correspondence, publication, clippings, miscellany pertaining to Lois Dowdle Cobb's (1889-1987) career as state (Georgia) Girl's Club agent, home economics director for World War I Federal Food Administration of Georgia (1915-1927), editor of the Home Department of the Southern Ruralist (1927-1933), and Director of the American Institute of Home Grown Fats and Oils (1933-1935).

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.

Coyt Community History
MSS. 603. 1984, 1997, 2002-2003. 0.02 cubic feet.

Historical compilations about the Coyt community, Wayne County, Mississippi, written and compiled by Ralph A. Boykin and others. Contains information about schools, families, churches and includes copies of maps and photographs. Gift of Ralph A. Boykin.

Craig (James W.) papers
MSS. 461. 1811-1990. circa 53 cubic feet.

Papers of James W. Craig, forester, founder of Forestry Suppliers, Inc., Jackson, Mississippi, historian and genealogist. Craig was State Forester of Mississippi (1952-1955). Included are papers relating to Craig's education at Syracuse University and forestry career, 1933-1980's, including correspondence, speeches, appointment books, publications, a history of Forestry Suppliers, Inc., and materials concerning the Mississippi Forestry Association, the Forest Farmer Association, the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum and Foundation and other organizations. Among the collected forest history materials are early logging and camp pictures and materials concerning Lamb-Fish Lumber Company. Also included are extensive research materials concerning the Craig family and related lines, together with unpublished genealogies and histories. Open with permission, although unprocessed. Folder list is available.

Crump (Brodie S.) family papers
MSS. 654. 1906-1994 (Bulk Dates: 1947-1980). 6 cubic feet.

The Brodie S. Crump family papers contain the papers of newspaper columnist Brodie Strachan Crump (1898-1990) and members of his family. The papers include correspondence, certificates and diplomas, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks, genealogical material, publications and photographs.

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.

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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.

Dellinger (H. C.) collection
MSS. 455. 1972. 1 volume.

173 page reminiscence "Random-Length Reminiscence" by H.C. Dellinger, 1972, concerns his career with International Paper.

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 Design Advertising Agency collection
MSS. 624. circa 1978-2001. circa 25 cubic feet.

Collection of the Delta Design Advertising Agency, Greenville, Mississippi, primarily video and audio recordings documenting the Delta and Pine Land Company, King's Daughters Hospital and other organizations and companies and events in the Mississippi Delta. Also includes catalogs and other advertising materials. In process.

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.

Devine (Judith Meece) collection
MSS. 386. 1847-1891. 0.17 cubic feet.

Consists primarily of the records of the Serapta Primitive Baptist Church in Webster County, Mississippi. Also includes a circular of the Little Black Old School Baptist Association in 1895, miscellaneous ledger pages, and Fleming's Vest-Pocket Veterinary Advisor, 1904. In part, photocopies.

Dockery (William Alfred) family papers
MSS. 507. 1881-1980 (Bulk Dates: 1887-1906). 1 cubic foot.

The papers comprise primarily correspondence of the family of William A. Dockery (1865-1936), owner of the Dockery plantation in Mississippi.

Drane papers
MSS. 190. 1850-1853, 1955. 0.33 cubic feet.

Letters of Lowndes County, Mississippi, pioneer Stephen A. Brown and his father-in-law, Richardson Owen, from Alabama and Arkansas, 1851, 1853; two undated letters to "Dear Lucy from Father"; "Ramblings", a 1955 reminiscence by Mrs. Effie Robinson Drane of Choctaw County, Mississippi, concerns the Alexander Samuel Robinson family plantation at Bywy, Choctaw County, Mississippi. "Cemetery Record, Mayhew, Mississippi", compiled by Ellen Drane Mauldin. Typed copies.

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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.

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.

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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.

Fernwood collection
MSS. 195. 1809-1988 (Bulk Dates: 1906-1959) 11.5 cubic feet: 4 reels microfilm.

The Fernwood collection comprises the records of several companies owned by the Enochs family in southern Mississippi, principally the Fernwood Lumber Company and the Fernwood, Columbia and Gulf Railroad. The records contain a variety of materials including financial records and minutes - largely on microfilm, correspondence, accident reports and a large number of maps, charts and plans.

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.

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Galbraith (Bill and Kitty) family papers
MSS. 327. 1930-1981. 0.33 cubic feet.

Family papers, including correspondence, deeds, clippings, newspapers, and a Civil War quartermaster's account book.

Gardner (James H.) collection
MSS. 38. 1846-1948. 0.04 cubic feet.

Civil War letter; bills of sale for cotton; contracts; Masonic records; letters; election materials-hand bills and buttons; prescriptions; variety of materials. Originals and photostats.

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.

Griffin (V.I.) collection
MSS. 592. 0.16 cubic feet.

Photographs, article, deeds and other information documenting A Centennial Farm Family.

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Halbert Hotel (Starkville, Miss.) dairy bill
MSS. 206. Undated. 0.01 cubic feet : 1 item.

Dairy bill of the Halbert Hotel, Starkville, Mississippi, undated. Hotel stood where Eckford Clinic now stands and burned in 1913.

Hanlon (Howard) collection
MSS. 471. 1906-1967 and undated. 2 cubic feet.

Collection of Howard Hanlon (1896-1973), lumberman, manufacturer, and author, primarily assembled for his book Delta Harvest (1966), a semi-fictional account of the hardwood forests and logging industries of the lower Mississippi River Valley. Hanlon began in the lumber business in 1921 and ran many circular saw mills in the New York and Pennsylvania area. In 1947 he and B.J Cotton incorporated as the Cotton Hanlon Company, a large lumber mill company headquartered in Odessa, New York. Hanlon later with other partners formed other lumber companies. Collection bulks with correspondence for Hanlon's research for Delta Harvest and includes interviews, printed material, written histories, photographs, maps and other materials documenting lumber companies, lumbermen, and the forestry industry in the Mississippi River delta area. Finding aid indexes personal and company names. Originals and photocopies of all materials.

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.

Hashuqua Cotton Factory collection
MSS. 602. 1884-1999 and undated. 0.33 cubic feet.

Collected materials documenting the Hashuqua Cotton Factory near Mashulaville, Noxubee County, Mississippi. The cotton factory began operating in 1868 under the ownership of several residents of Noxubee and Oktibbeha Counties, was subsequently owned by J.C. Holmes and W.J. Hubbard, and then by W.J. and J.H. Hubbard, until it closed in 1906. Collection includes a presumed early photograph of the factory, photographs of factory remains, drawings, copies of John Anderson Tyson's history of the factory, an 1884-1885 World's Fair Exhibition Catalog and other materials. Collection loaned for copying by R.K. and Sara Hubbard and created and collected by various Starkville residents.

Hays-Ray-Webb papers
MSS. 4. 1824-1944. 1 cubic foot and 1 reel microfilm.

Papers of Robert B. Webb, Sheriff of Attala County, Mississippi, and the related Hays and Ray families. Personal correspondence of Webb and his family, 7 diaries, accounts, tax receipts, notes and other business and legal papers, county records, clippings, and photos. Includes 29 letters from Europe, mainly from Scotland, and 18 Civil War letters, some civilian. Persons represented include Webb's daughter Annie and her husband. Emmett L. Ray, both of Kosciusko, Mississippi, and Webb's wife' s sister, Sophia Boyd Hayes, and her son, Leon Sidney Hayes, who lived in Europe from 1860 to 1868.

Henry (Marion) collection
MSS. 33. 1904-68. 0.66 cubic feet.

Materials collected by Marion Henry, daughter of John Justus Henry, general agent of the Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad Company. Correspondence, including letters relating to the John J. Henry-Theodore G. Bilbo 1911 affair and other letters from prominent Mississippians; and broadside, newspaper clippings, and other papers concerning Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, the state of Mississippi, and U.S. and Confederate history. Correspondents include William Crump, A.H. Longino, T.C. Lowry, W.W. Magruder, and John Sharp Williams.

Herring (Todd A.) collection
MSS. 658. 1691-2010 and undated. 18 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 extensively documents Mississippi and Louisiana plantation culture and history with extensive documentation of 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, families and topics, family history, early American history, world history and the professional and personal activities of Herring. Collection is arranged in 13 series and preserved and described by Dr. Herring. Additions expected.

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.

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.

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.

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J. T. McKinnon Lumber Company records
MSS. 485. 1900-1940. 0.33 cubic feet.

The J. T. McKinnon Lumber Company records concern the operations of a small Mississippi lumber company from 1900 to 1940. The collection includes deeds, receipts, contracts, correspondence with other loggers, and land survey sketches.

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.

Jasper County records
MSS. 402. 1910, 1917-1918. 1 cubic foot.

Records created by the Jasper County Board of Supervisors, primarily billing statements and authorizations for payment by the county for various products , services rendered, and salaries. Includes a tick eradication program for cattle, tick eradication reports, Extension Service home economics reports, and requests for implementing the stock laws. Collection was purchased by the MSU Library.

Johnson (John Lipscomb) papers
MSS. 6. 1869-1890. 0.33 cubic feet.

Chaplain of the 17th Virginia infantry; college president and professor of English at the University of Mississippi. Letters relating chiefly to Johnson's 1871 book, "The university memorial; biographical sketches of alumni of the University of Virginia who fell in the Confederate War"; and to the Baptist Church, his cattle, and the University of Mississippi.

Jones (Hiram O.) papers
MSS. 489. 1915 and undated. 0.33 cubic feet.

Books, pamphlets and photographs documenting the education of Jones, 1908 Mississippi State graduate and Soil Conservation Service employee. In process.

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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.

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Langfitt (Howard) papers
MSS. 609. 1919-1995. 6 cubic feet.

Personal papers of Howard Langfitt (1919-1997). Includes correspondence, publications, photographs and albums, awards, memorabilia and other materials documenting Langfitt's career, his activities with 4-H clubs, his military career, his retirement and other activities.

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."

Lewis (H.) Prints
MSS. 93. Undated. 0.12 cubic feet.

Collection of fourteen H. Lewis prints from The Valley of the Mississippi Illustrated.

Lindley (William H.) collection
MSS. 662. 1979-2000 and undated. 0.4 cubic feet.

Correspondence between MSU College of Veterinary Medicine alumnus Dr. Nancy Coleman Barnes and her mentor and teacher MSU professor Dr. William H. Lindley, together with other materials collected by Barnes as a result of her friendship with Lindley. Photographs and newspaper clippings document the birthday and roast held for Dr. Lindley, the Veterinary Medicine Museum in Vicksburg, Dr. Lindley's accomplishments and his death, and the donation of materials to the Veterinary Medicine Library.

Lovett (John Lathon) papers
MSS. 224. 1841, 1891-1897. 0.16 cubic feet.

Two account books, E. Lovett, Walthall, Mississippi, 1891-1897; 1 diary, John L. Lovett, Winona College, 1891-1892; University of Mississippi, 1893-1895; 1 original land patent, John Lovett, Choctaw County, 1841.

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Mabry (Malcolm H.) collection
MSS. 607. 0.12 cubic feet.

Exhibit and published materials created and collected by Mabry and documenting the mechanical cotton picker as used in the Mississippi Delta, including Hopson Plantation.

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.

Marshall (John H.) Civil War letters
MSS. 406. 1862-1865 and undated. 0.01 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Twenty-three letters of John H. Marshall, 1862-1865, of the 41st Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company L (Okolona Guards) to his wife, Ellen Jane Sanders Marshall, living near Nettleton (Monroe County), Mississippi, describing campaigns in Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama. Photoprints and transcriptions available.

Mary Holmes College sharecropper oral histories collection
MSS. 669. 1969-1972. 11.4 cubic feet.

Collection of 340+ oral histories conducted with African-American men and women from 1969-1972 by the staff of Mary Holmes College, West Point, Mississippi. Participants were living at various locations within the state, with a strong concentration on Clay and Monroe Counties. Questions focus on slavery and family background, plantation and farming origins and sharecropping in the 20th century. A few civil rights questions were asked. Principal interviewers were Clarence M. Simmons, Alvin Thomas and Willie Wade Pulliam. A few interviews were conducted by librarians and students. Included are reel-to-reel tapes and transcripts. The collection was donated in 2006, after Mary Holmes College closed. Restrictions apply; collection must be used in the library and may only be cited with permission of interviewee.

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.

McKell (James) collection
MSS. 114. 1866-1901. 0.33 cubic feet.

Memorabilia from Oktibbeha County courthouse corner stone including draft prospectus of John M. Stone cotton mill, M.&O.R.R. pass, issues of Oktibbeha Citizen, Southern Farm Gazette, Southern Live Stock Journal, material from masonic order, miscellaneous items regarding Starkville, other.

Mims (Will) collection
MSS. 649. 1892-1950, 2001, 2005. 50 items on 1 compact disc.

Collection of letters (1912), photographs (1892-1950), clippings, genealogy, memorials, personal records and other materials relating to Will Cox Mims (1891-1950), 1911 Mississippi A&M College graduate and east central district county agricultural extension agent. Collection also contains material on the Mims family of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi.

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 almanacs collection
MSS. 681. 1845, 1847-1860. 15 items on 1 reel microfilm.

Keeler's Mississippi Almanac, 1845, 1847-1860. Title of the almanac varies.

Mississippi Extension Homemakers Clubs collection
MSS. 373. 1943-1980s. circa 8 cubic feet.

Records of the Mississippi Extension Homemakers Clubs Council and individual clubs Choctaw, Claiborne, Jones, Itawamba, Lee and Pontotoc Counties. Included are minutes and record books, reports, photographs, programs, scrapbooks, awards, publications and memorabilia documenting club and council activities, 1943-1997, and a small group of materials documenting the National Extension Homemakers Council, 1966-1979. Addition in process: Record books from Homemakers Clubs in Mississippi.

Mississippi Forestry Association records
MSS. 416. 1926-1992 and undated. circa 60 cubic feet.

Correspondence, minutes, reports, clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, financial records, oral history transcripts and questionnaires, records of committee activities, publications, and other records of the Mississippi Forestry Association. Among the major subjects are forestry education, legislation, and taxation; forest fires; replanting of forests; ethics; 16th section school lands; soil conservation; and leading figures in the Mississippi forestry industry. Also included are timber and salvage projects following hurricanes Camille and Frederic. Additions in process.

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).

Mississippi Society of American Foresters records
MSS. 456. 1961-2009. 22 cubic feet.

Records of the Mississippi Society of American Foresters include correspondence, minutes, publications, research materials, and other materials documenting the work of the society.

Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association records
MSS. 459. 1915-1958, 1971-1985 and undated. 2.3 cubic feet.

Three ledgers representing the membership and minutes of meetings of the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association. Addition: Material created by the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association and collected by Nancy Coleman Barnes. Included are: correspondence, programs, meeting material, brochures, name tags, newsletters, newspapers, and publications.

Mississsippi almanacs collection
MSS. 681. 1845, 1847-1860. 15 items on 1 reel microfilm.

Keeler's Mississippi Almanac, 1845, 1847-1860. Title of the almanac varies.

Montgomery (William B.) family papers
MSS. 553. 1900-1974. 0.75 cubic feet.

Materials relating to the William B. Montgomery family, agriculture, Mississippi State University, and Oktibbeha County, including business records, accounts ledgers, postcards, publications, and memorabilia.

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Natchez Historical Society architectural drawings collection
MSS. 558. 3 cubic feet.

Architectural drawings of 51 Natchez buildings collected by the Natchez Historical Society. In process. List available.

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 (Arthur W.) papers
MSS. 453. 1938-1992. 8 cubic feet.

Papers of professional forester Arthur William Nelson, Jr. (b. 1916), who came to Mississippi in 1940 as Chief Forester for the Flintkote Company at Meridian, Mississippi, where he worked until 1957. In 1957, Nelson joined Champion Papers as General Manager of the Timber Products Division, subsequently served as Vice President Natural Resources, and retired from his last position as Vice President, Industry Affairs in 1980. Nelson has been active in national and state forestry and forest products organizations and has been instrumental in the collecting of Mississippi forest history for the Mississippi Forestry Association. Nelson's papers document his education at Yale Forest School, and his career. Included are speeches, professional papers and reports, photographs, publications, manuals, blueprints and map documenting Nelson's activities and state and national forestry history.

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Oktoc Community Club collection
MSS. 627. 1930s-2005. 0.41 cubic feet.

Calendars, yearbooks, photographs, publications, clippings and other materials documenting the Oktoc Community Club and the Oktoc community, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi.

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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Perkins (Paul H.) collection
MSS. 620. 0.04 cubic feet.

Oral history and selected photographs and memorabilia materials documenting the Perkins family, the Tennessee Valley Authority career of Paul H. Perkins (1920-2006), the Tupelo tornado and other topics concerning North Mississippi.

Phares (David Lewis) collection
MSS. 444. 1837-1893. 0.4 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Diary (1837-1844), obituaries (1893), biographies, address to a graduating class, photograph, medical notebook (1838), and notebook containing a list of students of the Newton Female Institute (1842-1851) and notes from medical lectures on horses. Phares, a physician, studied in Louisiana, lived much of his life in Wilkinson County, Mississippi, and was appointed to the faculty of Mississippi A&M College in 1880.

Phillips (W. M.) letter
MSS. 62. 1854. 0.01 cubic feet: 1 item.

Wm. P. White, Isle of Hope near Savannah, Georgia, to W.M. Phillips, Mississippi, Jan. 9, 1854. Letter relates to an article by Dr. Harden in American Farmer, Vol. 14.

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.

Pound (Thompson) papers
MSS. 333. 1960-1976. 35 cubic feet.

Includes correspondence, reports, maps clippings, and publications, primarily concerning the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District, which Pound served as Executive Director for ten years. Other subjects include the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, legislation, history of Pontotoc County, and education. In process. Preliminary inventory.

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.

Puckett (Willis Newbell) reminiscences
MSS. 254. 1951 and undated. 0.02 cubic feet.

Reminiscences of Puckett (1867-1962) of Lowndes County, Mississippi, concerning his education and success in the construction business. Contains a 1951 letter and a transcription of Puckett's will.

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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.

Rand (Clayton) papers
MSS. 91. 1918-1971. 33 cubic feet.

Papers of Clayton Thomas Rand (1891-1971), author, columnist, speaker, and publisher of the Dixie Guide, Gulfport, Mississippi. Rand graduated from Mississippi A&M College in 1911, operated newspapers in Neshoba County and other parts of north Mississippi, and in the 1920's moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where he resided until his death. Included are correspondence; manuscripts of speeches, books, pamphlets, and columns; financial records; clippings; printed material and photographs. The collection reflects Rand's varied activities and his political views.

Reinecke (John) collection
MSS. 615. 1903-1987. 4 cubic feet.

The collection consists of copies of entomological articles collected by Dr. Reinecke,a former adjunct professor of entomology at MSU, focusing on the boll weevil and pink boll-worm but also including other insects such as the sugar-cane borer and the tobacco budworm, their physiology, life-cycles, control, and rearing in the laboratory. The articles are drawn from a variety of scientific journals and other publications, mostly from the 1960s to the 1980s.

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.

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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Sanders (Hanson E. "Ham") papers
MSS. 484. 1929-1973 and undated. 3 cubic feet.

Collection of Sanders (1908-1991), owner of Sanders Lumber Company in Meridian, Mississippi, include speeches made as President of the National Forest Products Association, 1971-1973; publications on forestry; plaques and awards; books, poster, photographs, lithograph, artifact and autobiographical writing.

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.

Sellars (Paul) family papers
MSS. 664. 1865 and undated. 27 digital items and 1 artifact.

Photographs, artifact and miscellaneous items documenting the Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, farm of the Paul Sellars family, and the Newbern and Miller families. Digital photographs document the farm and the family. An original stamp used for boxes of butter produced on the farm is an unusual artifact.

Shaw (Thompson B.) - McKell collection
MSS. 12. 1818-1901. 0.33 cubic feet.

Papers of Thompson B. Shaw (1796-1854), plantation owner of Jefferson County, collected by the McKell family. Includes personal and family correspondence (1828-1898); business papers relating to the plantation, statements of accounts and receipts (1818-1860), and items (1824-1866) dealing with cotton factors. Deposited by C.V. McKell, Starkville, Mississippi, 1959.

Shields (William F.) papers
MSS. 7. 1812-1912. 0.66 cubic feet.

Papers of William F. Shields, naval officer, of Lowndes County, Mississippi. Official and unofficial correspondence and some sailing orders (1821-1855), including letters relating to a controversy (1851) at Memphis Navy Yard between Shields and engineers; personal correspondence (1834-1912), land, and other business papers (1849-1865), notes, receipts, statements of accounts, and other papers of Shields and his son, William B. Shields. Unpublished calendar in Special Collections.

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 (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).

Southern Livestock Journal Company stockholders minutes
MSS. 311. 1883-1886. 0.08 cubic feet.

Minutes, January 27, 1883-December 31, 1886, of the Starkville, Mississippi, company. See also microfilm (Mississippiana).

Sparks (Randy) collection
MSS. 352. 1839-circa 1971 (Bulk Dates: 1839-1928). 0.66 cubic feet.

Historical materials collected by Randy Sparks concerning the following Mississippi counties: Itawamba, Pontotoc, Calhoun, Madison, and Tishomingo. Also material concerning Limestone County, Alabama. Includes estate papers, probate and chancery court records, tax receipts, Civil War letter (photocopy), address book, and journal.

Spell (Aaron) papers
MSS. 582. 1833-1949. 0.75 cubic feet and digital reproductions.

Papers of early Holmes County, Mississippi, pioneer Aaron Spell (1793-1853), who purchased land in the county in 1831. Included are deeds, cotton sales and transportation accounts and correspondence, records for purchases for goods, and court, tax and banking records. Papers document the cotton trade between Mississippi and New Orleans as well as economic conditions for Mississippi planters 1833-1949. Includes photos of Aaron Spell's son, Jeremiah Spell (1829-1906) and his wife Martha Ann Williams Spell (1834-1921) and biographical and genealogical notes contributed by Al and Carolyn Evans. Photocopies and digital images. Addition to the papers comprise personal items of Frances Ree Rogers Frost. Includes correspondence, scrapbook, financial records and newspaper clippings.

Starling (William) papers
MSS. 17. 1854-1900. 2 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Papers of William Starling (1839-1900), Union soldier and engineer for Mississippi River levee systems. Content includes: diaries containing descriptions of Starling's activities as a planter and engineer and of a tour of Holland; manuscript of a chapter of a novel, draft of a book on the U.S. Government, and index to literature and literary and historic figures; notebooks pertaining to Starling's student days at New York University and presenting observations on the Mississippi River and a trip to San Francisco; Starling's commission in the Kentucky Volunteer Militia; muster rolls of the Kentucky State Guards, and case of United States vs. Lieutenant Thomas F. Murdoch, 13th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, 1862. Includes material on Edwards Pierrepont, and several unidentified photographs, including two by Matthew Brady. Addition: microfilm of a scrapbook concerning the Starling family, including Civil War letters of William Starling, 1862-1863; original at the Arkansas History Commission.

Stevens (Boswell) papers
MSS. 132. 1918-1986 (Bulk Dates: 1950-1980). 63 cubic feet.

Correspondence, reports, clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, publications, and other records of Boswell Stevens (1896-1986), farmer of Noxubee County, Mississippi, and president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation (1950-1972). Among the many organizations with which he was associated were the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Cotton Council of America, the American Dairy Association of Mississippi, the Mississippi Federated Cooperatives, the Southern Farm Bureau insurance companies, the Mississippi Chemical Corporation, the Coastal Chemical Association, the Mississippi Board of Trustees for Institutions of Higher Learning, Mississippi State University, and the Mississippi Industrial and Technological Research Commission. The collection reflects the varied activities of Stevens, with emphasis on agricultural and economic development issues. Included is correspondence with many United States congressman and Mississippi governmental officials.

Stiles (Raymond) family business papers
MSS. 70. 1863-1946 (scattered). 0.33 cubic feet.

Statements of account, receipts, tax receipts, Civil War tax receipts, other materials of the Stiles family of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi.

Stone (William M.) diary
MSS. 274. 1848-1851. 0.04 cubic feet.

Daily account of farming operations and farming operations and frequent church attendance. Stone was a Meridian planter, one-time justice of the peace, Presbyterian elder.

Stuart (William R.) papers
MSS. 276. 1800-1888. 1 reel microfilm.

Papers of William R. Stuart, Maryland State legislator. Family correspondence, chiefly of the 1850's from Maryland and Louisiana, relating, in part, to the Methodist Protestant Church and the yellow fever epidemic (1853) in New Orleans. Include religious writings by Stuart, clippings and a broadside.

Stubbs (Mrs. B. H.) collection
MSS. 277. 1839-1918. 0.33 cubic feet.

Materials of the Burnside family of Lake Burnside, Neshoba County, Mississippi, including: memorandum book 1886 and undated; family business papers, 1839-1904; letters, 1861-1918, including letter to A.W. Burnside from unnamed brother, Harper's Ferry, Virginia, June 12, 1861; publications, including Confederate Annals (June 1883), Neshoba County Democrat (May 23, 1895) article on double primary, and Southern Cultivator (April 1896); photograph, 1918; and genealogy, undated. Photocopies.

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Thomas (J. A.) collection
MSS. 46. 1888-1912. 1.9 cubic feet: 10 volumes.

Business ledgers of the general store belonging to J. A. Thomas of Webster County, Mississippi.

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.

Thomason (Francis G.) papers
MSS. 317. 1935-1976. 19 cubic feet.

Files concerning the work of Francis G. Thomason with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, especially programs dealing with tung nuts, cotton seed oil, and caster beans. Preliminary folder list available. In process.

Tobacco stamp
MSS. 283. 1875. 0.01 cubic feet: 1 item.

U.S. Internal Revenue, 1875.

Trapp (Bruner Miles) scrapbook
MSS. 619. 1930-1984. 0.37 cubic feet.

Scrapbook of 1926 MSU alumnus and vocational agriculture teacher Brunner Miles Trapp (1902-1987). Includes a variety of materials documenting the Trapp family, the Future Farmers of America, including the Binford (School) Chapter, Binford High School (Duck Hill, Montgomery County, Mississippi), and Trapp's awards and honors as a vocational agriculture Master Teacher. Bound photocopy.

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.

Turner (Alexander Creagher) collection
MSS. 411. 1873-1883. 0.12 cubic feet.

Photographs (2), recipe for taming horses, receipt, eulogy, and ledger, concerning Turner, a resident of Montgomery County, Mississippi. Photocopies.

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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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Walden (Green B.) family papers
MSS. 287. 1859-1894. 0.16 cubic feet.

Letters (1872, 1880, 1886), 2 statements (1880, 1884) made to Comptons, 2 doctors receipts (1861, 1894), 5 fragments, 1 pair of glasses, Green B. Walden diary (1859-1860). Content concerns North Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Walker (Noverta) papers
MSS. 10. 1847-1949. 3.7 cubic feet.

Family papers of Noverta Walker (1880-1957), seamstress and local historian of Ripley, Mississippi. Letters (1847-1941) from family and friends in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and other states, invitations and programs of social events of Ripley, Mississippi, minute books of the Baptist Young People's Union and the Tuesday Evening Club, clippings, and photos of local and national figures. Also contains eleven scrapbooks of clippings concerning Mississippi persons and subjects compiled by Charlie Walker.

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.

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.

Weeks (Billy) collection
MSS. 290. 1917. 0.08 cubic feet.

Ledger from store in Holly Bluff, Mississippi, 1917. Includes accounts of African-Americans.

Weeks (Thelma) letters
MSS. 362. 1947. 0.08 cubic feet.

Letters (10) written by Thelma Weeks of Ackerman, Mississippi, while visiting friends in Aquacate, Cuba. Included are detailed descriptions of her plane trip to Havana, tours of a sugar cane mill and the Hershey Mills, a trip to the Methodist Seminary in Matanzas, and various sights in Cuba.

Wier (Frank Lampkin) collection
MSS. 626. 1930s. circa 1 cubic foot.

Newspapers and clippings concerning the Borden Plant and the Oktibbeha Creamery and other materials collected by a local resident and donated by Sara Hubbard.

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.

Williams (Daniel) family papers
MSS. 20. 1823-1966 (Bulk Dates: 1870-1914). 0.66 cubic feet.

The collection documents the history of the Williams family from 1823 to 1966, most notably Campbell "Cammie" Williams and his brother, Mims Williams. The papers consist of correspondence, Civil War tax documents, bills and account statements, contracts, newspaper clippings, genealogical material, essays, poetry, cards, and miscellany.

Woodruff (Nan) collection
MSS. 477. 1920s-1938 and undated. circa 1 cubic foot.

Research materials collected by professor and author Nan Woodruff for her book As Rare as Rain: Federal Relief in the Great Southern Drought of 1930-31. Included are field reports, committee materials, correspondence, publications and other materials.