Mississippi Archives, Libraries, and Societies

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This entry was originally written by Kathleen Stanton Hutchison for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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Mississippi Department of Archives and History

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.

Mississippi Historical Society

200 North St.
Jackson, MS 39201

Historical and Genealogical Association of Mississippi

618 Avalon Rd.
Jackson, MS 39206

Mississippi Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 5301
Jackson, MS 39296-5301

L.W. Anderson Genealogical Library

William Carey College
P.O. Box 1647
Gulfport, MS 39502

Lauderdale County Department of Archives and History

P.O. Box 5511
Meridian, MS 39302

University of Southern Mississippi

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.

Millsaps College

Millsaps-Wilson Library
1701 N. State St.
Jackson, MS 39210

Mississippi College

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

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.

A directory of Mississippi libraries with listings by category and place can be found online at www.mlc.lib.ms.us/directory/index.htm.