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 (Ella Bardwell) papers
MSS. 604. 1925-2002 and undated. 0.5 cubic feet.
Funeral program, awards and certificates, photographs, publications, and genealogical materials
documenting the life of Ella Bardwell Ward (1901-1981), teacher of Starkville, Mississippi, for
whom Ward Elementary School is named. Ward is a graduate of Rust College (1933, 1955) and the
Tuskegee Summer School for Teachers (1925).
Ward (Rufus) collection
MSS. 73. 1837-circa 1920s. 6 cubic feet, 4 reels microfilm and
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.
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.
Wellborn family papers
MSS. 601. 1911-2003 and undated. 0.33 cubic feet.
Papers concerning the Wellborn family of Starkville, Mississippi. Primarily materials about
Mary Moss Wellborn (1903-1968), activist, including letters, clippings, article and publications
created and collected by Dr. Martha Swain concerning Wellborn's participation in the National
Woman's Party and her activities on behalf of the George Washington Bicentennial Commission
(1932). Also includes letters from other Wellborn family members and a folder of biographical
materials on John Henry Wellborn.
West Point Female Institute report card
MSS. 298. 1870. 0.01 cubic feet: 1 item.
Report card for Roxie Miller, 1870.
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.
Woman's Study Club (Macon, Mississippi) collection
MSS. 643. 1932-1993. 0.5 cubic feet.
Programs, study books and song book from club of Macon, Mississippi, 1932-1993.