Mississippi Provincial Records

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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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These original records are divided according to the historical powers that ruled Mississippi during its early development. The French Provincial Records covering the French Dominion date from 1678–1763 and are housed in Paris, France, at the Archives du Ministers du Colonies, Series C13a. A description of these papers may be found in the Fifth Annual Report of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, 1905–06, 61–151. For a translation of these records, see Mississippi Provincial Archives French Dominion, 1729–1748, 5 vols. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1927–84).

The English provincial records, dating from 1763 through 1783, cover the term of British Dominion and are at the British Public Records Office in London. For a listing of these records, see Charles M. Andrews, Guide to the Materials for American History to 1783 in the Public Record Office of Great Britain, 2 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute, 1965).

The Spanish provincial records are located in Seville, Madrid, and Simancas in Spain. Transcripts and microfilm copies of selections of all of these colonial records are found at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and are known as the Provincial Records (RG 24–26).

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