"The first start." The large building in the background is part of the original state penitentiary, torn down to make way for the Mississippi State Capitol building.
The series consists of pages from an album of photographs of the construction of the Mississippi State Capitol building, taken between 1900 and 1903. The album was probably one of several given to various officials and dignitaries in 1903 to mark the completion of the building. In addition to exterior photos of the construction of the building, a number of the images document the completed interior chambers, corridors, and staircases. Also included are a brief introductory description of the new building, a list of State House Commission members, a photograph of the supervising and assistant supervising architects, an index of the photographs, a floor plan of one floor of the building (restricted item), descriptions of the pediment and corner stone, and one exterior view of the Old Capitol building.