Collections

MDAH collects and preserves objects of all types that help us tell the great story of Mississippi. Our holdings include archival records, historic objects, and archaeological artifacts that span 15,000 years of Mississippi history. 

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Think you might have an item of historical significance to donate? Check the list of categories that we are currently collecting. Contact MDAH Collections staff to learn more about donating. 

List of Categories

MDAH collects and preserves original objects and archival materials of all types that help us tell the great story of Mississippi. We are always interested in hearing from you about any potential donations.

The following categories represent  areas the department is actively collecting: 

Territorial Period
Early Statehood 
Civil War and Reconstruction
Military History 1945-Present 
African American History 
Civil Rights Era 
Immigration 
LGBTQ+ History
Mississippi Industry 
Natural Disasters
Woman’s Suffrage  

 

Archives Collections

Search our Catalog, the ultimate assemblage of Mississippi-related primary resources including government records, historic papers, documents, photographs, maps, and audiovisual media. Some of these materials are also available online in the Digital Archives. To learn more about visiting the state archives, visit our Research page.

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Collection Highlights

Eudora Welty Collection

Eudora Welty Collection

The collections consists of manuscripts of Welty's works, incoming and outgoing correspondence, negatives and photographs, and memorabilia. Copyright ©Eudora Welty, LLC; Courtesy Eudora Welty Collection–MDAH

Medgar Wily and Myrlie Beasley Evers Papers

Medgar Wiley and Myrlie Beasley Evers Papers

This collection includes Evers and Beasley family papers, including papers of Medgar Evers as Mississippi field secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and records relating to the case of the State of Mississippi v. Byron de la Beckwith.

William H. Turcotte Diary

William H. Turcotte Diary

William Turcotte of Jackson was a member of the United States Air Force in World War II, when he was captured in Germany and kept in Stalag - Luft III, a prisoner-of-war camp. This diary was kept by Turcotte while he was a P.O.W. from October 1943 to April 1945.

Historic Objects Collection

The Historic Objects Collection contains more than 20,000 historic items. These are three dimensional objects that tell the story of Mississippi. Historic objects are housed in our state of the art storage facility located in the Two Mississippi Museums and are available for research upon request. 

What's New

Bottle of hand sanitizer

2020.13.1 – Bottle of hand sanitizer

Due to a shortage of hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, producers of alcoholic beverages across the state began producing hand sanitizer from their alcohol and selling it to the public in any vessel available. This bottle of sanitizer was produced by Lazy Magnolia Brewery in Kiln and packaged in one of their larger brown glass bottles typically used for their specialty beer.

Shady Grow Missionary Baptist Church hand-painted sign

2021.14.35ab – Shady Grow Missionary Baptist Church hand-painted sign

This sign provides space for the day’s program to be posted as churches in the rural South have often served as community centers for social and political activities. Roland L. Freeman, a photographer in Washington, DC, traveled to Mississippi and throughout the South in the 1970s with folklorist Worth Long to preserve African American folk heritage as represented by this sign.

Surveyor’s compass

2021.24.1 – Surveyor’s compass

B.L.C. Wailes used this circa 1800 compass to conduct agricultural and geological surveys of Mississippi as the state geologist, resulting in an 1854 report revealing considerable historical information. The specimens he had gathered were used to establish a natural history collection at Jefferson College, the University of Mississippi, and the State Capitol. He later founded the Mississippi Historical Society.

Historic objects are housed in our storage facility located in the Two Mississippi Museums and are available for research upon request. MDAH also accepts donations of historic objects.

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