Participating Institutions

The following institutions are founding members of the Mississippi Digital Library: Delta State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Tougaloo College, The University of Mississippi, and The University of Southern Mississippi.

About the archives: The Delta State University Archives Department supports the teaching, research, and public service activities of the University by collecting, preserving, and making accessible historical manuscript collections that document the history and culture of Mississippi in general, and the Mississippi Delta region, in particular. The collections are open to faculty, staff, students, visiting researchers, and the general public. The Archives is located in the Charles W. Capps, Jr. Archives and Museum Building, which was completed in November 1997.
 

Delta State University

Charles W. Capps, Jr. Archives and Museum

Location: Cleveland, MS

Website: http://www.deltastate.edu/pages/291.asp

Holdings: Descriptions of Delta State University’s archival collections relating to the civil rights movement are available here.

Available in the Mississippi Digital Library:

  • Finding aids for civil rights-related manuscript collections
  • Oral history transcripts
  • Digitized items from the Walter Sillers Jr. Papers

 

Jackson State University

Henry T. Sampson Library Special Collections & University Archives

About the archives: The Special Collections and University Archives Division identifies, acquires, and maintains records of long-term historical, evidential, legal, fiscal, and administrative value that chronicle the development of Jackson State University.

Location: Jackson, MS

Website: http://www.jsums.edu/~univlibraries

Holdings: Descriptions of Jackson State University’s archival collections relating to the civil rights movement are available here.

Available in the Mississippi Digital Library:

  • Finding aids for civil rights-related archival collections
  • Digitized items from the Phillip Gibbs and James Green Memorial Collection, Part I

 

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

 
About the archives: The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) collects, preserves, and provides access to the archival resources of the state of Mississippi: 29,000 cubic feet of records of all types, including government documents, bound volumes, maps and drawings, photographs, oral histories, and video and audio tapes. Significant holdings include 66,000 volumes in the library of Mississippiana, 1,500 historical maps from 1588 to the present, and records of colonial, territorial, state and local governments. MDAH also holds more than 2,150 processed manuscript collections of individuals, families, churches, corporations, business and community organizations documenting the antebellum period; the Civil War; Reconstruction; the economic development of twentieth-century Mississippi; women’s history; and the Civil Rights movement. Audiovisual resources include over three million feet of 16mm newsfilm documenting life in Mississippi from the 1930s to the 1970s, several hundred audio-tapes including oral history interviews and recordings of programs and events of the last sixty years, and nearly 20,000 photographs documenting the state from the 1860s to the present.

Location: Jackson, MS

Website: www.mdah.state.ms.us

Holdings: Descriptions of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s archival and audiovisual collections relating to the civil rights movement are available here.

Available in the Mississippi Digital Library:

  • Links to civil rights-related digital collections
  • Links to catalog records for civil rights-related manuscript and audiovisual collections and state records
  • Digitized items from the Tougaloo College Civil Rights Collection

 

Tougaloo College

L. Zenobia Coleman Library

Special Collections and College Archives

About the archives: The mission of the Tougaloo College Archives is to support the goals of Tougaloo College by identifying, collecting, organizing, preserving and making available the records of the College and personal papers of individuals that have an enduring value for the institution. The Archives also serves as a research and reference center for the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

Location: Tougaloo, MS (near Jackson)

Website: www.tougaloo.edu/content/Library

Holdings: Descriptions of Tougaloo College’s archival and audiovisual collections relating to the civil rights movement are available here.

Available in the Mississippi Digital Library:

  • Finding aids for civil rights-related archival collections
  • Digitized items from civil rights-related college records

 

J. D. Williams Library Department of Archives and Special Collections

 
About the archives: Located in the J.D. Williams Library, the Department of Archives and Special Collections houses important collections of Mississippiana. Since 1975, its primary purpose has been to acquire, conserve, and make accessible rare books, manuscripts, maps, visual and audio materials, and ephemera related to the University of Mississippi, the state of Mississippi, and the Blues .

Location: University, MS (near Oxford)

Website: www.olemiss.edu/depts/general_library/files/archives/index.html

Holdings: Descriptions of the University of Mississippi’s archival and audiovisual collections relating to the civil rights movement are available here.

Available in the Mississippi Digital Library:

  • Finding aids for civil rights-related archival collections
  • Digitized items from the Photography Collection of William Wert Cooper

 

The University of Southern Mississippi

McCain Library and Archives

About the archives: The McCain Library offers patrons an exciting variety of historical resources ranging from fifteenth-century illuminated manuscripts to current Mississippiana, primary source materials from the Civil War to Civil Rights, and one of the leading children’s literature collections in the United States, the de Grummond Collection. Archival collections include papers from such significant Mississippians as Theodore G. Bilbo, William M. Colmer, and Paul B. Johnson. Use the search box below to search finding aids and the Mississippiana vertical file.

Location: Hattiesburg, MS

Website: http://www.lib.usm.edu/~spcol/

Holding: Descriptions of the McCain Library and Archive’s archival collections relating to the civil rights movement are available here.

Available in the Mississippi Digital Library:

  • Finding aids for civil rights-related archival collections
  • Oral history transcripts
  • Digitized items from civil rights manuscript collections