Broadsides

October 10, 2015, is Electronic Records Day. MDAH Electronic Records staff including Chloe Edwards and Alanna Patrick prepared the posts in this series about recent additions to the disk collection at MDAH.

This WWII broadside encourages Americans on the home front to contribute to the war effort. From the MDAH broadside collection.

This WWII broadside encourages Americans on the home front to contribute to the war effort. From the MDAH broadside collection.

Prisoner of war in Camp Como, Mississippi, 1944

Call no.: Disk 0105

Format: CD

This disk represents both a great addition and a great opportunity for our collections. Donated by Dr. Ernst Pannen of Troisdorf, Germany, the disk contains scans of letters written by his father in law Peter Wilrodt when he was a German prisoner of war being held in Camp Como in Panola County. Camp Como, which began receiving prisoners in the fall of 1943, was originally intended to hold both Italian and German prisoners, the latter from General Erwin Rommel’s famous Afrikakorps. Ultimately, however, racial and ethnic tensions between the two groups led to the camp being designated for German prisoners only. Although the Second World War ended in 1945, POWs remained on American and Mississippi soil until 1946.

The material on this disk consists of scanned letters (including envelopes) and a 28 page Word document containing text and images, all of which are in German.  The Word document appears to contain additional context for the letters; some letters are excerpted and images include photographs of European sites and men at Camp Como, drawings and camp menus. MDAH will seek volunteers to translate the material to English.

MORE INFORMATION:

To find out more about this disk, search our online catalogue for disk 0105. To browse the disk collection, navigate to the advanced search page, check the “Electronic Records” box, and type “disk” into the keyword search bar.

All catalogued disks are available to view or listen to in the Media Room; patrons should request disks from media staff using the four digit call number.

References:

“Camp Como.” Accessed September 24, 2015 at <http://www.fortwiki.com/Camp_Como>.

John Ray Skates, Jr. “German Prisoners of War in Mississippi, 1943-1946.” Accessed September 24, 2015 at <http://mshistorynow.mdah.state.ms.us/articles/233/german-prisoners-of-war-in-mississippi-1943-1946>.

Postcard from the Forrest Lamar Cooper collection showing four Greenville houses of worship. PI/1992.001.

Postcard from the Forrest Lamar Cooper collection showing four Greenville houses of worship. PI/1992.001.

Washington County, Mississippi, Cemeteries

Call no.: Disk 0145

Format: CD

This disk is an excellent genealogical resource for those with ancestors from Washington County. Containing photographs and research notes of several neglected cemeteries in the county, the disk also features headstone transcriptions, copies of selected obituaries from the Delta Democrat Times and a copy of the will of Solitaire plantation owner Ambrose Knox (d. January 14, 1873). Solitaire, Peru Hill planation, and National Register of Historic Places site Linden plantation are all documented on the disk. The Erwin family cemetery and Long Island, owned by the William Alexander Dromgole family, are also included. Two African American church cemeteries, Canaan Hill, located outside Hollandale, and Daniel Chapel A. M. E. in Glen Allen complete the disk.

The disk was donated by Dr. Nancy C. Coleman and is part of her project to document cemeteries in Washington County. Other titles are available.

MORE INFORMATION:

To find out more about this disk, search our online catalogue for Disk 0145. To browse the disk collection, navigate to the advanced search page, check the “Electronic Records” box, and type “disk” into the keyword search bar.

All catalogued disks are available to view or listen to in the Media Room; patrons should request disks from media staff using the four digit call number.

References:

Woods, Woody. Delta Plantations: The Beginning. Accessed on September 24, 2015 at https://books.google.com

“Our History.” Accessed on September 24, 2015 at http://www.washingtoncountyms.us/

“National Register of Historic Places listings in Washington County, Mississippi.” Accessed on September 24, 2015 at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Register_of_Historic_Places_listings_in_Washington_County,_Mississippi

 

Over 100 Broadsides Digitized

On March 5, 2014, in Broadsides, Digital Archives, by Amanda
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Civil Rights Era broadside. Call number: Broadside file/Civil rights/Folder 4/Undated 2 (MDAH)

Civil Rights Era broadside. Call number: Broadside file/Civil rights/Folder 4/Undated 2 (MDAH)

One hundred ten broadsides from the MDAH collection were recently scanned and linked to the online catalog. Broadsides are typically large sheets of paper printed on one side, and these selections cover topics from Mississippi politics to World War II to the Civil Rights Era and more. To explore the broadsides, visit the online catalog, select the “Advanced Search” tab, then limit the search by checking the “Broadsides” box. Click “Link to electronic resource” to view images of digitized broadsides.

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