Research at the Archives
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.
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.
Pencils, 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.
2016 Reading Room Closures
Monday, January 18—Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee Birthdays
Monday, February 15—Presidents’ Day
Monday, April 25—Confederate Memorial Day
Monday, May 30—Memorial Day
Monday, July 4—Independence Day
Monday, September 5—Labor Day
Friday, November 11—Veterans Day
Thursday, November 24—Thanksgiving
**Denotes Tentative Closures