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.
The Thomas Foner Freedom Summer Papers (Z/2312.000) were recently digitized. A New York native, Foner volunteered in Mississippi during the summer of 1964. He worked on voter registration in Canton and as a project leader in Philadelphia. His collection includes correspondence, a report on voter registration work in Canton, photographs, and newsclippings.
A “List of Negroes employed on fortifications near Columbus, Miss., 1863″ (part of Series 608: Miscellaneous Civil War Documents) was recently digitized. It is a twelve-page list of slaves impressed to work on the fortifications near Columbus, Mississippi. The list is from Headquarters, 4th Brigade, Miss. State Troops. It gives the owner’s name of each slave and the slave’s name, age, complexion, and height. Implements, if any, brought by each slave are also listed.
Another government records collection has been digitized. Series 221: List of Mississippi Volunteers consists of two broadsides listing officers and enlisted men of the 1st and 2nd Mississippi Volunteer Infantry Regiments, Spanish-American War. The 1st Regiment was mustered at Jackson on May 26, 1898, and the 2nd Regiment was mustered at Jackson on June 9, 1898. Arrangement of names on each broadside is by company.
Additionally, the statement of service records for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Mississippi Volunteer Regiments are held at MDAH, in Series 146, Spanish-American War Service Record Extracts.
Series 1695: Parchman Photograph Booklet was recently digitized. The photographs of Parchman State Penitentiary were taken during the administration of Superintendent C. E. Breazeale and bound in a loose-leaf booklet. The booklet was prepared under the supervision of Sgt. P. O. Miller, Identification Officer, to document improvements made on the buildings and grounds of the penitentiary’s agricultural facilities. Photographs show livestock, penitentiary officials, and inmates.