State Historic Preservation Office

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in Mississippi is committed to the preservation of the state’s cultural resources. The Historic Preservation Division, which administers the duties of the SHPO, works closely with individuals, state and local governments, and federal agencies to protect and preserve Mississippi’s historic structures, archaeological sites, and other places associated with our shared past.

Composed of staff professionals with expertise in archaeology, architectural history, preservation techniques and history, the Historic Preservation Division provides technical assistance and grants for preservation projects, maintains an extensive database of the state’s archaeological sites and historic places, and manages federal project (Section 106) reviews, the Mississippi Landmark program, federal and state Rehabilitation Tax Credit programs, the Certified Local Government program, National Register of Historic Places nominations, the State Historical Marker program, and the Abandoned Cemeteries program. The Historic Preservation Division is also a federally approved archaeological curation facility and works closely with federally recognized Tribes in all areas related to archaeology.

Historic Preservation files are housed in the Charlotte Capers Archives and History Building in downtown Jackson at 100 State Street. 

Mississippi’s historic preservation program is funded by an annual grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior matched with state funds.

Appointment Policies: 

  • Architectural history files are available Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5p.m. No appointment is needed.
  • Archaeological files are available by appointment only, Tuesday–Thursday from  9 a.m.–4 p.m.

To make an appointment to view the archaeological files, call 601-576-6987 or email

Contact SHPO:

MDAH Historic Preservation Division
 P.O. Box 571
 Jackson, MS 39205-0571


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