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.
Bowman (Sr. Thea) papers
MSS. 722. . .33 cu. feet
Materials related to the life and work of Sister Thea Bowman (1937-1990), originally from
City, Mississippi. This collection contains emails, newspaper clippings, correspondence,
handwritten speeches, drafts of a bio-bibliography, photographs, an estate inventory, and
publication by Sister Bowman, "What do Negros Want."
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
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
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
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.
Columbus Packet newspaper collection
1.94 cubic feet
Newspapers from the weekly distributed Columbus Packet of Columbus, Mississippi.
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
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
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
Harris (Sid and Mildred) papers
Newspaper clippings, research, and Mississippi Press Association Awards for Mildred
Hobbs (Benjamin Turner) Family Papers
MSS. 51. 1834-1936. 16.8 cubic feet and 9 reels
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.
Holmes (Emma E.) collection
MSS. 458. 4.33 cubic feet.
Research and other materials collected by John F. Marszalek used while editing an edition
of the Diary of Emma Holmes (1861-1866).
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
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
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 Authors collection
MSS. 746. 1971. 0.65
Poster titled "Meet the Author, B.J. Woods," as well as copies of poems written by Riley
are accompanied with drawings by Ehee Montgomery, 1971.
Mississippi Media Professionals (Mississippi Press Women) records
MSS. 581. 1958-2000 (Bulk Dates: 1964-1998). 4 cubic
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
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
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.
MSS. 792. 1877. 0.02 cubic ft.
A newspaper scrapbook from 1877.
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.
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
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.
Significant Events newspaper collection
1.94 cubic feet
Collection of newspapers focused on significant events in 20th century history including
of Elvis Presley, and World Trade Center attack.
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.
Southern Public Relations Federation Archives
1990-2017. 0.66 cubic ft.
Records of the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) and the Publication Relations
of Mississippi (PRAM), related to business meetings and conferences.
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. 1967-2015. 16
This collection consists of items from novelist, journalist and author Neely Tucker,
Holmes County, Mississippi. The collection includes background information for stories,
outlines, publications, photographs, notes and international story binders.
Turner (Walter) collection
MSS. 763. 1854-1959. 1
Late nineteenth century and early 20th century newspaper collection with editions from
CA, KS, MS,
OH and TX.
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.