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Archives Month

Each October the nation celebrates our country’s rich historical collections. Programs and activities are held at archives and libraries statewide. Learn more about Mississippi’s history 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.

For more information about archives Month, see the Society of Mississippi Archivists Web site and the Council of State Archivists Web site.


Travel Grants to SAA

MHRAB provided two $500 travel grants for archival professionals to attend the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio from August 16 to 22, 2015. Recipients of this year’s grants were Angela Stewart, Margaret Walker Center, Jackson State University, and Jennifer Brannock, Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Southern Mississippi.


Awards Program

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 DevelopmentDocumenting Mississippi’s HistoryUsing Historical Records in Grades K-12, and Using Historical Records in Higher Education. The most recent presentations were made to the following recipients during an Awards Luncheon at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society of Mississippi Archivists in April.

Award for Excellence in Documenting Mississippi’s History
Mr. Ray L. Bellande, Ocean Springs
Ms. Angela Stewart, Margaret Walker Center, Jackson State University, Jackson

Award for Excellence in Use of Historical Records in Grades K-12
Mr. Joshua Rogers, Presbyterian Christian School, Hattiesburg

Award for Excellence in Use of Historical Records in Higher Education
Department of History, Political Science & Geography, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus
Dr. Amber Handy and Dr. Erin Kempker accepted the award.

Nominations for the 2017 Awards Program will be accepted in fall 2016.

Sample Nomination Form, Awards Criteria and Eligibility

For further information, contact Forrest Galey at 601-576-6872 or by email.


2015 Workshops

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Society of Mississippi Archivists (SMA) offer workshops occasionally. To learn about workshops, visit the SMA Web site.


Other Projects

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, For more information about the records inventories and local government records in Mississippi, please contact Tim Barnard at 601.576-6894 or 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.


Collaborative Projects

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.