Mississippi Archives, Libraries, and Societies
This entry was originally written by Kathleen Stanton Hutchison for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.
- 1 Mississippi Department of Archives and History
- 2 Mississippi Historical Society
- 3 Historical and Genealogical Association of Mississippi
- 4 Mississippi Genealogical Society
- 5 L.W. Anderson Genealogical Library
- 6 Lauderdale County Department of Archives and History
- 7 University of Southern Mississippi
- 8 Millsaps College
- 9 Mississippi College
- 10 Mississippi State University, Special Collections
- 11 University of Mississippi, Archives and Special Collections
P.O. Box 571
200 North Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Major holdings of the department are outlined in its 1977 catalog, compiled by Tomas W. Henderson and Ronald E. Tomlin, Guide to the Official Records in the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, which lists collections by record group number and itemizes county records available on the premises in microfilm form. Holdings acquired since 1977 have been described in the archives’ annual and biennial reports. Some records are restricted (for example, those of the insane asylums and charity hospitals), but an archivist will usually provide a copy of available data on a specific individual. The department offers online finding aids and indexes that include newspapers on microfilm, film collections, personal records (manuscripts), the biographical index, and the cemetery index. See www.mdah.state.ms.us/arlib/find.html.
200 North St.
Jackson, MS 39201
618 Avalon Rd.
Jackson, MS 39206
P.O. Box 5301
Jackson, MS 39296-5301
William Carey College
P.O. Box 1647
Gulfport, MS 39502
P.O. Box 5511
Meridian, MS 39302
McCain Library and Archives
Hattiesburg, MS 39410
Among the largest holdings in the state of printed sources, not limited to Mississippi specifically, are located here.
1701 N. State St.
Jackson, MS 39210
Mississippi Baptist Historical Collection
Leland Speed Library
101 West College St.
P.O. Box 4047
Clinton, MS 39058
Mississippi State University, Special Collections
P.O. Box 5408
Mississippi State, MS 39762-5408
Microfilm of the collection’s newspapers is available through interlibrary loan.
University of Mississippi, Archives and Special Collections
John Davis Williams Library
University, MS 38677
Archives and Special Collections
A general summary of the holdings found in the above institutions is found in the publication compiled and edited by Sandra E. Boyd and Julia Marks Young, Mississippi’s Historical Heritage: A Directory of Libraries, Archives, and Organizations (Hattiesburg, Miss: Society of Mississippi Archivists, 1990). The publication provides an alphabetical listing of institutions by county, their current address, and a general summary of published and unpublished historical materials.