Charlotte Capers Building, housing the Archives and Library search room and MDAH
administration, will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, to begin the move
to the new William F. Winter Archives and History Building.
30 - Last day Archives and Library Division will accept public orders,
non-vital mail, and email requests.
Charlotte Capers Building closes for move at 5 p.m.
15 - Administrative offices open to the public in new building.
27 - Reading
rooms in new building open for research.
7, 1:30 p.m. - Dedication, William F. Winter Archives and History Building.
Mark your calendars now.
King Edward Hotel
Jackson Redevelopment Authority (JRA) has issued a Request for Proposals regarding
the historic King Edward Hotel in downtown Jackson. The building is the centerpiece
of a redevelopment initiative underway including restoration of the Union Station,
the Farish Street Entertainment District, construction of the Mississippi Telecommunications,
Conference, and Training Center, and improvements to the Mill Street viaduct.
Interested persons please contact the JRA at 601/ 960-1815.
Named AAUP President
Srinivasen, director, University Press of Mississippi, will be the new president
of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) beginning this month.
The president works with the AAUP executive director and board of directors and
serves as spokesperson. "Seetha's outstanding track record as a first-rate publisher
at the University Press of Mississippi is what earned her the wide respect of
her peers and led to her election," said Piter Givler, current AAUP director.
AAUP includes 124 member presses from 42 states in America and from other locations
around the globe.
history professor Greg O'Brien is the new editor-in-chief of the Mississippi Historical
Society's online publication Mississippi History NOW. O'Brien replaces
the retiring editor Ray Skates, USM history professor emeritus. O'Brien, an authority
on Native American history, won the McLemore Prize for the best book published
in 2002 for Choctaws in a Revolutionary Age, 1750-1830. O'Brien will work with
MHN editor Peggy Jeanes of Jackson in posting new articles and lesson plans
each month at the site.
to the print version
of the Mississippi History Newsletter by sending your postal address to
Mississippi Encyclopedia needs qualified writers. Persons interested in
writing entries are invited to contact managing editor Andrea
Finley via email or at 662/ 915-5993. Topic lists and other information
about the Mississippi Encyclopedia are available at the Center for the
of Southern Culture website. Prospective authors are encouraged to browse
the topic lists and suggest other subjects.
Mississippi Encyclopedia is a collaborative project organized by the Center
for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, in partnership
with the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Mississippi Department of Archives
and History, and the University Press of Mississippi, which will publish the volume.
The editor-in-chief is Charles Reagan Wilson, who co-edited the Encyclopedia
of Southern Culture, with Ted Ownby and Ann Abadie serving as consulting editors
and twenty-eight scholars from Mississippi and other states serving as associate
A Documented History, edited by Bradley G. Bond, USM history professor,
uses historical documents to compose a narrative history of the state, revealing
a striking portrait of this controversial, fascinating state. Cloth, $45, from
University Press of Mississippi.
Joint: Photographs by Birney Imes,
reprinted by popular demand, collects the vibrant full-color photographs taken
by Imes in the Mississippi Delta during the 1980s -and exhibited in the Old Capitol
Museum. An introductory essay by Richard Ford is included. Cloth $55, paper $35,
from University Press of Mississippi.
Sons of Mississippi: A Story of Race and Its Legacy,
former Washington Post reporter Paul Hendrickson traces the lives of seven Mississippi
sheriffs who were caught by a Life magazine photographer during the 1962 integration
of Ole Miss. In the photograph the men are chortling as one takes a practice swing
with a billy club. The book also chronicles the lives of the children and grandchildren
of these men, as shaped by, to greater and lesser degrees, the attitudes and actions
of their forebears. Cloth, $26.95, from Knopf.
Country magazine devotes an entire special edition to a feature
by Brent Wilson, "The Gulf Ordnance Plant, 1942-45." The writer did extensive
research to track down information on the Prairie, Mississippi, plant (near Aberdeen),
which employed almost 7,000. Many interesting photographs help tell the story.
Order from TCM, P. O. Box 105, Aberdeen, MS 39730.
and Courage: The Story of Port Gibson, by Mary H. Ellis, documents
this town of the Old Southwest from its earliest settlers through floods, fires,
yellow fever, wars, the boll weevil, the Great Depression, and a civil rights
boycott. Somehow, Port Gibson's resourceful and brave residents were able to maintain
a town of grace and beauty. From Donning Company Publishers, $30 paper, $39.95
cloth. Available from Port Gibson Main Street at 601/ 437-4500.
Rowland's Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898,
Including a Listing of All Known Mississippi Confederate Military Units
has been reprinted by historian (and MDAH staff member) Grady Howell. The edition
features a new introduction and a complete index. Copies are $69.95 plus $5 shipping/handling,
from Chickasaw Bayou Press, 103 Trace Harbor Road, Madison, MS 39110.