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Directions: The Winter Building is located at 200 North Street, Jackson, MS 39201. Take the High Street exit (96B) off I-55. Take High Street west, then turn left onto North Street. The Winter Building is on the corner of North and Amite Streets. The reading rooms of the state archives are on the first floor.

Parking is at a premium due to construction of the 2 Mississippi Museums but some spaces are available in the parking lot behind the War Memorial Building and the Old Capitol Museum.

The library, on the first floor of the William F. Winter Archives and History Building, can accommodate up to 160 researchers. There are three areas. The Public Reading Room contains nearly 20,000 published works on Mississippi genealogy and related fields. The Archival Reading Room is where patrons use original government records, rare or fragile published works, and unique primary sources such as diaries, personal correspondence, maps, and photographs. The Media Reading Room offers microfilm readers, audiovisual equipment, and computer workstations for accessing census records, newspapers, and other microfilmed materials, as well as video and audio recordings and electronic records. There is no charge for on-site research.

Patrons must have a Reading Room Identification Card to use the library. There is no charge to obtain a card, but a photo ID is required. The card serves as a debit card for use with printers and photocopy machines in the reading rooms. Credit can be added on site with $1, $5, $10, or $20 bills. Photocopies range from $.25 to $1.00 per page depending upon the nature of the material. Staff does not make change or give refunds.

research_02Pencils, notecards, paper, notebooks, laptops, and portable electronic devices may be brought into the library. Lockers are available free of charge in the lobby for items such as briefcases and purses. Free Wi-Fi is available in the reading rooms and work tables have power outlets. Scanners and cameras are not allowed in the Archival or Media Reading Rooms.


Reading Room Hours

  Public Reading Room Archival and Media Reading Rooms
Monday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


The Department of Archives and History is closed on official state holidays and at the discretion of the director.


2015 Reading Room Closures

Wednesday, November 11—Veterans Day
Thursday-Saturday, November 26-28—Thanksgiving
Saturday, December 12—City of Jackson Christmas Parade
Friday-Saturday, December 25-26—Christmas

2016 Reading Room Closures

Friday-Saturday, January 1-2—New Year’s Day

**Denotes Tentative Closures