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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.

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.

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).

Brougher (William Edward) papers
MSS. 25. 1840, 1906-1975. 3.5 cubic feet.

Papers of William Edward Brougher, army officer. Correspondence, diaries, poems, memos, orders, reports, speeches, and scrapbooks, reflecting the development of the U. S. Army from 1911, service of the American Expeditionary Forces, and military campaigns of World Wars I and II. Includes orders and reports on the Luzon Campaign, descriptions of Japanese prison camps as presented in Brougher's diaries, five books written by other prisoners-of-war, and files of three ex-prisoners of war periodicals, and material on Brougher's postwar service at San Francisco, California, Camp McClellan, Alabama, and Fort Gordon, Georgia.

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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.

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.

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.

Crigler (Tom White) papers
MSS. 182. 1848-1945 and undated. 0.40 cubic feet.

Papers of Tom White Crigler (1897-1986), Navy veteran and long-time postmaster of Macon, Mississippi. Includes letters and greeting cards (1848-1895), service records of Troop H, Second Squadron, Mississippi Cavalry, 1917, 28 World War II letters and cards, 11 World War II posters, armed forces newspapers and publications.

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Dent (Guy W.) letter
MSS. 186. 1918. 0.01 cubic feet: 2 items.

World War I letter from France, 1918 and typed copy of clipping.

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Goodman (James "Buddy") family papers
MSS. 579. 1918-1937 and undated. 0.3 cubic feet.

Photographs, World War I letters, genealogical materials, publications and other materials of a Starkville, Mississippi, family that owned the State and Rex Theaters.

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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.

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James (D. Clayton) collection
MSS. 67. 1957-2003 (Bulk Dates: 1964-1996). 23.75 cubic feet.

The D. Clayton James papers include the papers of Dr. D. Clayton James (1931-2004) who was a professor of history at Mississippi State University and a prolific author, notably on General Douglas MacArthur. The papers contain correspondence, research files, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, publications and copies of publications, audio and video recordings, microfilm, photographs, and miscellany.

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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."

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Raymond (Henry Rodney) papers
MSS. 14. 1850-1949. 0.66 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Raymond was a lawyer, Presbyterian minister, teacher and president of Marion Female Institute, and Confederate chaplain. Family and professional correspondence (1850-1949) relating to Raymond's activities as minister, chiefly in Mississippi, and in Marion, Alabama, and Weatherford, Texas; diary, Marion, Alabama (1857); Starkville Women Club's programs including a minute book (1891); minutes (1879) of the Presbyterian Synod of Alabama; 3 scrapbooks relating to religious matters, church activities, and family affairs; genealogical and family records (1856-1910), information about various members of the family in Mississippi, Alabama, and other states; and a few Civil War papers. In part microfilm made in 1958 from originals owned by Jesse Owen, Starkville, Mississippi. Addition in process.

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Scott (Thomas Percy) papers
MSS. 263. 1869-1944. 0.66 cubic feet.

Papers of Scott, educator, of Mississippi. Correspondence with relatives and friends, chiefly in Mississippi; clippings concerning the Scott family; incomplete file of Normal College News (1919-1921) edited by Scott, a faculty member of the Mississippi State Teachers College, Hattiesburg (now University of Southern Mississippi); proceedings (1877) of the first annual convention of the Mississippi State Teachers Association; and biographies of presidents of the Mississippi Educational Association (1884-1942) by Oliver Shaw. Includes letters (1916-1919) of two of Scott's sons in World War I, and letters (1920-1925) of another son, from West Point Military Academy. Unpublished list of contents in the library. Gift of Professor and Mrs. Edward Scott, 1958.

Sharp collection
MSS. 90. 1917-1918. 0.33 cubic feet.

Letters and telegrams written to R.W. Sharp of Grenada, Mississippi, who was stationed in army camps in Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Turner (Cleveland) letters
MSS. 587. 1918-1919. 0.01 cubic feet.

World War I letters written by Cleveland Turner (1884-1952) of Belzoni, Mississippi, from the 154th Field Hospital, Virton, Belgium, including: "Dad's Day" Christmas letter to his father, James Harvey Turner (1918); French Christmas postcard to his niece, Jeanette Marsh (1918); and letter to his sister Lucile (1919). Cleveland Turner attended Mississippi A&M College in 1904. Subjects include the activities and locations of the unit, the Spanish flu and names of persons who died or are sick, the Armistice and other matters.

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Williford (Earl Southworth) papers
MSS. 637. 1904-1999 and undated. 2 cubic feet.

Papers of Earl Southworth Williford (1895-1932), native of Teoc, Carroll County, Mississippi, and Mississippi State University graduate, 1920. Collection relates to Williford's academic career and his World War I service as a lieutenant in Company H, 34th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, United States Army. Included are correspondence, including letters to his family, 1918-1919, military records, artifacts, publications and photographs, 1904-1999 and undated. Williford's experience has been compiled into the book Earl Southworth Williford, An American Patriot (2004) by his son John Francis Williford/Burnum (1922-2005).

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Zucker (C. B. M.) diary
MSS. 310. 1917-1944. 0.16 cubic feet.

Account of voyage on boat during war, 1917. Also correspondence relating to C.B. Zucker and his son, Julius, 1917-1944.