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The Manuscripts division of Special Collections has served as a repository for the papers of Mississippians and alumni of Mississippi State University since the 1950s, and the papers of some Mississippi journalists were received as a routine part of the library's early collecting efforts. Since the 1970s, collecting efforts have focused on the work of twentieth century political journalists. From that time to the present, the journalism manuscript holdings of the library have grown considerably. Some 22 collections of papers of Mississippi journalists now form a solid core of the collection.

For more information:

Jennifer McGillan, Coordinator of Manuscripts

   (662) 325-3071             jmcgillan@library.msstate.edu

American newspapers provide an unparalleled source for documentation of local, state, regional, and national events, issues, and personalities. The best of these newspapers also provide an extensive, continuous record of analysis and commentary by competent journalists who serve their readers by monitoring these events, issues, and personalities, and responding in print. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, scholars of American history began to fully realize the value of newspapers as a source, and launched a national effort to identify these newspapers and to preserve them in the libraries of the nation.

The personal papers of American newspaper journalists provide an excellent source for documentation of these same events, issues, and personalities. This collection runs the gamut from small collections of early journalists with little documentation of publishing activities, to larger comprehensive collections of Pulitzer Prize winners.

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.

Bradley (Norman and Frances Weems) papers
MSS. 367. 1890-1981. 5 cubic feet.

Correspondence, speeches, editorials, photographs, clippings, and memorabilia, relating primarily to Norman Bradley's career as a journalist and editor with the Jackson, Mississippi, Clarion-Ledger, the Associated Press, the Jackson State Times, The Chattanooga Post, and The Chattanooga Times. Frances Weems Bradley was the food editor of The Chattanooga Times.

Byrd (Elvira) papers
MSS. 371. 1866-1964. 1 cubic foot.

Papers consist of the family correspondence of Elvira Rea Byrd, (1843-1930), who founded the newspaper the Brookhaven News in 1887. In addition to Brookhaven, places represented include Oakley and Parchman penitentiaries, where Stanley Byrd was a pharmacist; and Santa Ana and Brownwood, Texas. Also included are 3 letters from Congressman Ethelbert Barksdale.

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.

Catledge (Turner) papers
MSS. 116. 1873-1985. circa 132 cubic feet and microfilm.

The collection consists of the personal and business papers of William Turner Catledge (1901-1983), graduate of Mississippi A&M College, journalist, and editor of The New York Times. The bulk of the files date from 1945 to 1968, the period during which Catledge served as assistant managing editor, executive managing editor, managing editor, and executive editor of the Times. Included are correspondence, memoranda, clippings, reports, photographs, tapes, phonograph records, memorabilia, and publications. The collection is divided into two series: 1 - papers transferred to MSU from the Catledge home in New Orleans; and, 2 - office files transferred to MSU from the Times office in New York.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hood (Orley M. Jr.) Papers
MSS. 773. 20 cubic feet.

Papers of Orley M. Hood Jr., legendary Mississippi newspaperman and sportswriter for the Clarion-Ledger. Includes correspondence, clippings, research files, photographs and other materials documenting his long and varied career as a sportswriter and newspaperman in the state of Mississippi.

Johnston (Erle) papers
MSS. 483. 1937-1991. 0.12 cubic feet.

Photographs, clippings, obituary, writings and certificate documenting the life and career of Johnston, as newspaper editor, campaign publicity writer, author, Sovereignty Commission director, owner of the Scott County Times, and mayor of Forrest, Mississippi. Also includes tapes of Johnston's speech to Dr. Stanley Godbold's history class, April 25, 1991.

Mayerhoff (C. F.) collection
MSS. 328. 1938-1974. 1 cubic foot.

Personal correspondence, manuscripts, and miscellany; clippings, correspondence regarding the National States' Rights Party, 1948-1950, and its Washington Bureau headed by Mayerhoff, a former newsman; photographs; newspapers; scrapbook; tapes of meetings and speeches.

Merrill (John Calhoun) papers
MSS. 580. 1952-2005. circa 6 cubic feet.

Personal correspondence, speeches and lectures, photographs, manuscripts of articles and papers, publications and other materials documenting the career, research and writings of John Calhoun Merrill, journalist, media scholar and author of scholarly papers and books. John C. Merrill was born in 1924 in Yazoo City, Mississippi, and is a retired Journalism Professor Emeritus from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Merrill is a 1949 graduate of Delta State University. He began his career officially as a wire editor for the Clarion-Ledger although he first worked as a high school student for Hodding Carter's Delta Democrat Times just before serving in World War II. Merrill also worked for the Bolivar Commercial in Cleveland before earning his Master of Arts degree and PhD and turning to journalism education. Among Merrill's books are Existential Journalism, Media, Messages and Men, The Imperative of Freedom: A Philosophy of Journalistic Autonomy and The Elite Press. Merrill also wrote the first U.S. textbook on international journalism and is a senior fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center in New York. In 1970 Merrill won the University of Missouri Outstanding Journalism Teacher Award and in 1971 was selected as an outstanding alumnus by the Delta State University Alumni Association.

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 (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 Media Professionals (Mississippi Press Women) records
MSS. 581. 1958-2000 (Bulk Dates: 1964-1998). 4 cubic feet.

The Mississippi Media Professionals (Mississippi Press Women) records contain diverse materials pertaining to the various aspects of the organization from 1958 to 2000, including correspondence, financial records, scrapbooks, and newsletters. The records also document the Mississippi Media Professional's involvement in the National Federation of Press Women.

Mississippi Press Association records
MSS. 511. 1856 and undated (Bulk Dates: 1940s-2010). circa 46 cubic feet.

Minutes, correspondence, proceedings, press releases and mailouts, programs, contest and advertising materials, photographs, memorabilia, newspaper issues, articles, clippings and publications documenting the activities of the Mississippi Press Association, Mississippi journalists and the Mississippi press. Founded in 1866, the Mississippi Press Association has represented the newspapers of the state continuously from its Jackson, Mississippi, offices during its 131 years of operation. Included among the many publications in the records are a history of individual members of the Mississippi press (1941), centennial, 125th anniversary, and other special editions of The Mississippi Press, and all issues of The Mississippi Press and The Fourth Estate, the organization's quarterly newsletter. Records received in 2000-2010 are in process, but usable.

Moreland (George) collection
MSS. 53. circa 1928-1933. 0.33 cubic feet.

Newspaper clippings, photographs, letters, brochures concerning Mississippi towns and counties; letters and clippings regarding Mississippi authors; miscellaneous items regarding Alabama. George Moreland of West Memphis, Arkansas, was a columnist for the Memphis Commercial Appeal and wrote much about Mississippi.

Patterson (Carolyn Bennett) papers
MSS. 552. circa 1937-1995. 15 cubic feet.

Papers of National Geographic editor Carolyn Patterson include photographs, research materials, recordings, articles and other materials from her career. Unprocessed. Preliminary inventory.

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.

Ross (Emmett Lloyd) papers
MSS. 16. 1825-1955. 2 cubic feet and 2 reels microfilm.

Papers of Confederate officer and journalist, of Canton, Mississippi. Correspondence of Ross, his wife, his son James Ross, and other relatives; legal papers; bills; receipts; manuscripts of short stories; poems; newspapers; and a diary (completed by Ross) of a Union Soldier killed in a battle. The Civil War letters include some from Ross in camp, hospital, and battle, to his wife. Correspondence of related families includes 68 Bell family letters (1861-75) chiefly relating to Georgia and Confederate military campaigns; 29 Wailes-Magruder letters (1825-69) chiefly from southern Mississippi and letters (1849-63) of Sophie Collins, a young woman who became a refugee in Mississippi and Louisiana. Unpublished calendar in the library.

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.

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.

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.

Tucker (Neely) collection
MSS. 730. 1967-2016. 13 cubic feet.

Papers of author 7th generation Mississippian Neely Tucker, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and author of popular works of detective fiction. Includes correspondence, reporter’s notebooks, datebooks, galleys and printed copies of his novels, newspaper clippings, and research files.

Weidie (Wayne W.) papers
MSS. 509. 1972-1994. 1.5 cubic feet.

Papers of journalist Weidie, born in 1941 of New Orleans, 1963 graduate of Mississippi State University who also studied at Louisiana State University and was a Mississippi Gulf Coast resident for 32 years. Weidie was editor and publisher of the Ocean Springs Record from 1970-1990, the Gautier Independent, 1977-1990, and author of "The Political Scene", a syndicated column which was distributed to 17 daily and 27 weekly newspapers in Mississippi. Weidie became the Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Gene Taylor of Mississippi's 5th district in 1990. Included in the papers is political information concerning state and national elections; campaign materials; newspaper clippings; press releases; election poll results; newspaper clippings and manuscripts of Weidie articles; photographs; materials from presentation of Weidie papers. Papers are partially restricted. See also the Wayne W. Weidie Papers in the Congressional and Political Research Center, MSU Libraries.

Bolton (Mark A.) papers
MSS. 494. 1976-2008 and undated. circa 9.3 cubic feet.

Papers of Bolton (1953-2009), editorial cartoonist for the Jackson, Mississippi, Clarion Ledger from 1986-1996. Included are sketches and cartoons from his college days at the University of South Carolina, and unpublished sketches and correspondence with publishers (1982-1983). The collection bulks with cartoons drawn by Bolton for the Clarion-Ledger, but also includes cartoons drawn for the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Nonpareil, the Columbia, South Carolina, State, the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Sun News, the Moultrie, South Carolina, Moultrie News, and the Bellevue, Nebraska, Leader. Topics include Mississippi, local and national politics, education, gambling, public welfare, human and civil rights, and Mississippi and South Carolina events and personalities.

Jones (Clay) papers
MSS. 538. 1982-1998 (Bulk Dates: 1990-1997). 6.83 cubic feet.

The collection includes the correspondence, awards materials, portfolios, cartoon drawings and art, and political memorabilia of cartoonist Clayton Robert Jones, who worked for Mississippi newspapers from 1990 to 1997.

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.

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.

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).

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, covering issues like states rights and integration. Transcripts available for the bulk of the tapes. Speakers include George Wallace and Strom Thurmond.

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.

McRaney (Bob) collection
MSS. 350. 1922-1980. 2 cubic feet.

Photocopies of material used in the book The History of Radio in Mississippi, 2 replicas of RCA dog "Nipper".

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.