Digital Archives Photographs

Hurricane Camille Hit Today in 1969

Call Number: PI/NA/H43.6 (MDAH Collection)

Hurricane Camille hit the Gulf Coast on August 17, 1969 with 200 mile per hour winds and high seas, causing widespread damage to Mississippi’s coastal areas. An estimated 259 people were killed by the storm and associated flooding across the southeastern United States.

This image shows waterfront damage in Bay St. Louis (Hancock County).

Call Number: PI/NA/H43.6, Item 49 (MDAH Collection)

Damage to the Church of the Redeemer in Biloxi (Harrison County), where Jefferson Davis worshiped while residing at Beauvoir, is shown at left.

Call Number: PI/NA/H43.6 (MDAH Collection)

Here, a barge has grounded in the median of Highway 90 in Gulfport (Harrison County).

These images, created by John W. Nicholson, Jr., form a part of the Hurricane Camille Photograph Collection, which can be viewed in its entirety in the Digital Archives. The collection consists of 73 images from the United States Air Force, Al Fred Daniel, and John W. Nicholson, Jr.

Digital Archives Postcards

Summer Fun

Call Number: PI/1992.0001, Item 1726 (MDAH Collection)

This is a fun postcard of the municipal swimming pool in West Point (Clay County) from the Cooper Postcard Collection. It is undated, but probably from the 1930s.

The Cooper Postcard Collection is comprised of approximately 4,600 postcards depicting scenes from around the state from 1892 through the 1940s. It focuses on the theme of Mississippiana, featuring scenes of small towns, mineral springs, agricultural and forestry activities, and railroads. It can be viewed in its entirety in the Digital Archives, along with other collections that have been scanned and made available online.

Digital Archives Maps

Mississippi Maps

Call Number: MA/2002.0074(a) MDAH Collection

Here is an interesting and beautiful map of Mississippi from 1910. It’s interesting because not all of the 82 counties that presently exist can be located on it. One example is Stone County, which is not represented here, because it was the last to be organized in 1916. It now sits where the upper half of Harrison County is on this map.

Call Number: MA/99.0045(a) MDAH Collection

This is an even earlier map of Mississippi by David H. Burr, with still fewer counties shown. Neither Stone nor Harrison Counties are on this one which was made in 1833 after the Chickasaw Cession (note “New Mississippi” in the north). This map has been linked to its catalog record, where you can view it as a Zoomify JPEG by clicking “Link to Electronic Resource.”