Back to School

Call Number: PI/ED/1983.0003, Item 12 (MDAH Collection)

Kids all over Mississippi are going back to school now, and building on that theme here, this interesting photograph shows a Walthall County school in 1895.


Picturing America, Reflecting Mississippi

Call Number: PI/COL/K56.5, Item 99 (MDAH Collection)

This photograph entitled “Mississippi River Bridge,” by Emmett L. King, is included in the Picturing America, Reflecting Mississippi project. “Mississippi River Bridge” shows the bridge at Vicksburg, dedicated in May 1930, and christened with bottles of water taken from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans because the bridge served as the link between coasts, by way

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.”

Artifacts Maps Museums & Historic Sites Paper Archives Photographs Portraits Postcards Sketches & Engravings


Welcome to “A Sense of Place,” the Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s new blog, where we will explore historic documents, photographs, artifacts, and sites that tell the story of our state.

Created in 1902, MDAH is the nation’s second-oldest state department of archives and history. The department oversees the finest existing collection of documents and artifacts related to the history of Mississippi. MDAH is a comprehensive historical agency, administering the official state archives in Jackson, historic preservation programs, and museums and historic sites around the state.

On some days the blog will highlight specific dates and events in Mississippi history. At other times we will present an interesting item from the collection. Check back regularly and explore the rich history of Mississippi with us.

Please contact us with any questions or comments:

Mississippi Department of Archives and History
P.O. Box 571
Jackson, MS 39205
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