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 parking lot is on the left just before the Winter Building. The reading rooms of the state archives are on the first floor. Administration and Records Management offices are on the third floor.
In 2003 the Mississippi Department of Archives and History moved into the state-of-the-art William F. Winter Archives and History Building. The 140,000-square-foot Winter Building has working space for 160 researchers at a time.
The library is divided into 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 terminals for accessing census records, newspapers, and other microfilmed materials, as well as video and audio recordings and electronic collections.
Patrons must have a researcher card to use the library. There is no charge to obtain a card, but a photo ID is required. The researcher 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 made in the archival reading room range from $.25 to $.45 per page depending upon the nature of the material.
Pencils, notecards, paper, spiral notebooks, and portable computers may be brought into the library. Lockers are available free of charge in the lobby for items such as briefcases and purses. Work tables in the reading rooms have power outlets for laptops. Scanners and cameras are not allowed in the library.
Reading Room Hours
Monday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Saturday 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
Saturday, February 14—Dixie National Rodeo Parade
Monday, February 16—Presidents’ Day
Monday, April 27—Confederate Memorial Day
Monday, May 25—Memorial Day
Saturday, July 4—Independence Day
Monday, September 7—Labor Day
Monday, November 11—Veterans Day
Thursday, November 26—Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, December 25—Christmas holiday
**Denotes Tentative Closures