Digital Archives Photographs Portraits

Online Exhibit: Crowe Photograph Album

Page from the Crowe (Milburn J.) Photograph Album. Call Number: PI/2005.0015, No. 34 (MDAH Collection)
Page from the Crowe (Milburn J.) Photograph Album. Call Number: PI/2005.0015, No. 34 (MDAH Collection)

The Milburn J. Crowe Photograph Album is an interesting treasure from the MDAH collection. It documents the people of the Davis Bend and Mound Bayou African American communities. The Davis Bend community was founded by freed slaves who lived there from 1867 to 1886, when several factors forced the closure of the town. Mound Bayou was then formed as a self-governing African American town in 1887 by Isaiah Montgomery and Benjamin Green, who had been members of the Davis Bend colony. Read more about them in the Collection Description for the photograph album.


Baling Press Patent Model

Accession Number: 1980.18.1 (Museum of Mississippi History Collection)

Charles T. Christmas, a former slave from Riverton, Bolivar County, Mississippi, made this baling press patent model.  The model was patented on May 25, 1880.  Christmas designed the press to make cotton bales more compact and, thus, cut shipping costs.  This is one of several patent models in the collection of the Museum Division.

Artifacts from the Museum Division collection that are not on exhibit are available for viewing by appointment. Please contact Nan Prince, Asst. Director of Collections, by email to schedule an appointment.

Digital Archives Maps

New Maps Linked to Catalog

Call Number: MA/2002.0228(a) MDAH Collection

The archives staff has scanned and linked more maps to their online catalog records. This means that you can view them online as Zoomify JPEG files! Click on the links below to go to the map’s catalog record, once there click “Link to Electronic Resource” to view the map.

Bolivar County, survey of townships, 1881

Columbus, 1876

Columbus city plan, mid 1800s

Ctaw (Copiah County), 1838

Greenwood, early 1800s

Jackson, map of Capitol grounds, 1875

Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana, 1870

Mississippi, 1873

Mississippi, 1882

Mississippi, 1885

Mississippi, 1890

Mississippi, 1899?

Southern States (pictured above), 1878

Synod of Mississippi, showing Presbyterial boundaries, 1892

Synod of Mississippi, showing Presbyterian destitution, 1892

Tishomingo City plan, late 1800s

Vicksburg, 1871

Vicksburg Harbor and proposed works, 1877

Vicksburg Harbor and Mississippi River, 1888