Accession Number: 2001.31.1 (Museum of Mississippi History Collection)

Twenty Star Flag (1818). Accession Number: 2001.31.1 (Museum of Mississippi History Collection)

Welcome to “A Sense of Place,” the Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s new blog, where we will explore historic documents, photographs, artifacts, and sites that tell the story of our state.

Created in 1902, MDAH is the nation’s second-oldest state department of archives and history. The department oversees the finest existing collection of documents and artifacts related to the history of Mississippi. MDAH is a comprehensive historical agency, administering the official state archives in Jackson, historic preservation programs, and museums and historic sites around the state.

On some days the blog will highlight specific dates and events in Mississippi history. At other times we will present an interesting item from the collection. Check back regularly and explore the rich history of Mississippi with us.

Directions to the William F. Winter Archives and History Building

200 North St, Jackson, MS 39201

In Jackson, take Interstate 55 to the High Street Exit. Take High Street west, then turn left onto North Street. The Winter Building is three blocks down on the left. The parking lot is on the left just before the Winter Building. The Reading Rooms are on the first floor.

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Mississippi Department of Archives and History

P.O. Box 571
Jackson, MS 39205
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  1. Larry L Morrison says:

    Read with much interest & enjoyment your post on the Eudora Welty collection of “The Complete Works of Charles Dickens” rescued from a house fire. In 1957, while employed in my family furniture company, I was sent to New Orleans to attend an auction at both Wiseman’s & Morton’s Auction Exchange. In Morton’s, the last item up for bid was a book collection in two large uncatalogued boxes. As an avid reader, I bid $15.00 for the boxes & no other bids were received. Upon arrival in Hattiesburg, my mother (Co-Manager) was observing the items purchased. She was pleased with the furniture items but displeased with the last item & deducted it from my weekly $35.00 paycheck at week end. The books included the biography of Jefferson Davis by Varina Davis which is now in Beauvoir as a donation after Katrina; the same exact aforementioned Charles Dickens edition as Ms. Welty noted; two sets of a collection of Roycrofter’s “Little Journeys” by Elbert Hubbard & “Selected Writings”; various military memoirs by various American & British Generals & many other antiquarian editions. There were numerous personal notes & postcards from / to the J.O. Carson (an attorney in New Orleans) & the Borne family members. Have searched for the family members & posted several items on family history sites in an attempt to get the originals back to members of the families. I personally believe that the $15.00 spent for the books in my library was a bargain by any standard. We are natives of Hattiesburg & Petal & visit the area often to interact with our classmates & friends. We will never forget our “Mississippi Roots” & remember our early lives with great fondness for our home state & home towns. The article brought back many good memories & we thank your very much for publishing same. All the best, Larry & Carole Hoffman Morrison of Maumelle, Arkansas.

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