MHRAB Programs and Projects
Preservation and Digitization Grants for Libraries, Archives, and Museums
On April 17, 2013 MHRAB will co-sponsor an archival digitization pre-conference workshop at the biennial meeting of the Society of Mississippi Archivists at Delta State University in Cleveland. The presenters will be Pamela Williamson and Kathryn Michelis, of the University of Mississippi. In coming weeks, visit www.msarchivists.org to register or learn more about this workshop.
The Society of Mississippi Archivists (SMA) and the Archival Training Collaborative (ATC) offer workshops occasionally. To learn about additional workshops in the region, visit the SMA Web site and the ATC Web site.
By recognizing exemplary achievements, MHRAB hopes to inspire others to make similar contributions. These biennial awards honor efforts to identify, preserve, and provide access to Mississippi’s historical records. Awards are presented for Archival Program Development, Documenting Mississippi’s History, Using Historical Records in Grades K-12, and Using Historical Records in Undergraduate Classes.
Nominations for the 2013 Awards Program will be accepted from October 1 to December 21, 2012. The awards will be presented at the 2013 Society of Mississippi Archivists meeting in April.
For further information, contact Melanie Collins at 601-576-6810 or by email.
Each October the nation celebrates our country’s rich historical collections. Programs and activities are held at archives and libraries statewide. MHRAB and the Society of Mississippi Archivists (SMA) are co-sponsoring a poster to commemorate Archives Month and many Mississippi institutions will present a variety of events. The poster promoting Mississippi Archives Month 2013, Mississippi: Going Places, features a 1924 automobile road map of the state and iconic advertising of the era, and encourages all Mississippians to learn more about the people and places of our state by visiting local archives, libraries, museums, and historical societies. Archives Month activities in Mississippi are supported by funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
County Records Inventory Project
For the past three years MHRAB and MDAH have sponsored a county records inventory and technical assistance project throughout the state. Led by MDAH Local Government Records Officer Tim Barnard, archivists have inventoried the pre-1920 county records; evaluated the storage and preservation of the records; and provided customized recommendations and consultations to county officials. In 2010, the project worked in Mississippi’s fourteen territorial counties (Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Franklin, Greene, Hancock, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Marion, Pike, Warren, Wayne, and Wilkinson). In 2011 and 2012 the project focused on the twenty-nine counties formed between 1818 and 1833 (Attala, Carroll, Choctaw, Clarke, Copiah, Covington, Hinds, Holmes, Jasper, Jones, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Lowndes, Madison, Monroe, Neshoba, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Perry, Rankin, Scott, Simpson, Smith, Tallahatchie, Washington, Winston, Yalobusha, and Yazoo). By June 2013, the staff expects to have completed work in ten more counties (Forrest, George, Harrison, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Lincoln, Newton, Pearl River, Stone, and Walthall). All completed inventories are now available on the MDAH Web site, http://opac2.mdah.state.ms.us/queries/coinventory.php. For more information about the records inventories and local government records in Mississippi, please contact Tim Barnard at 601.576-6894 or email@example.com. This project is supported by supplemental funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
This project, known as the Territorial Records Inventory Project (TRIP) in its earlier phase, was featured in the February 2010 issue of the Mississippi History Newsletter.
William Grant Still: Inspired to Inspiring
In 2009 MHRAB co-sponsored the exhibit William Grant Still: Inspired to Inspiring, which was shown at thirteen locations around the state.
Picturing America, Reflecting Mississippi
In 2010 MHRAB opened Reflecting Mississippi, a web-based exhibit of Mississippi images and suggested teaching activities, to serve as a companion piece to the National Endowment for the Humanities Picturing America initiative. The zip file of Mississippi images and information is available for download.
Both projects were co-sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Mississippi Humanities Council, and the Mississippi Library Commission.
Connecting to Collections
MHRAB co-sponsored a statewide online survey of archives, libraries, museums, and historical sites to determine overall needs of cultural collections repositories, to allow better training opportunities and strengthen relationships between cultural collections institutions, and facilitate planning of activities for the celebration of Mississippi’s bicentennial in 2017. Tom Clareson of LYRASIS conducted on-site surveys at several institutions, managed an online survey, and analyzed the state-wide data. The survey was funded by a Connecting to Collections grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
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