In honor of Labor Day, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History would like to share with you a Labor Day photograph from the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Collection:
The Works Progress Administration Scrapbooks (Series 443) were recently digitized and added to the Digital Archives. Covering the period 1936–1941, the scrapbooks document a variety of topics, ranging from historic homes, the timber and dairy industry, cotton, Native Americans, trees, WPA projects, and more.
The Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio Railroad formed in 1940 when the Mobile and Ohio line merged with the Gulf, Mobile, and Northern. This brochure promotes travel between St. Louis, Missouri, and Mobile, Alabama. Trains stopped in Jackson, Meridian, Laurel, and many places in between. The cost for a seat from New Orleans to Jackson? Seventy-five cents (see page six of the brochure).1
This timetable brochure is housed in the “Railroads Gulf Mobile and Ohio” subject file. Click here to view the brochure through its catalog record.
1 James H. Lemly, The Gulf, Mobile and Ohio: A Railroad That Had to Expand or Expire (Richard D. Irwin, 1953), introduction, http://www.acmeme.org/gmo/introduction.htm.
Somewhat surprisingly, Lamar County, Mississippi was the testing site for the only two nuclear blast tests conducted east of the Mississippi River, in 1964 and 1966.
We’ve added a new set of photos to the Winfred Moncrief collection on Flickr, which documents the 1964 Salmon, Mississippi Site nuclear test — also termed the Tatum Salt Dome site — conducted approximately 10 miles west of Purvis, Mississippi on October 22, 1964. View these fascinating pictures on Flickr:
- “Nuclear Blasts in Mississippi”, Stephen Cresswell. Mississippi Historical Society, posted August 2008.
- “Nuclear Testing in Mississippi: A Little Known History”, LaReeca Rucker. Clarion Ledger blog, posted January 28, 2013.
- US Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management, Salmon Site.
- Mens et Manus.Net, Salmon and Sterling Nuclear Detonation Test Site
MDAH has joined The Commons on Flickr!
The Commons is a group of archives and museum institutes from around the world who share their archival materials on Flickr. Over sixty institutes, from the Nova Scotia Archives, to NASA and the state archives of Florida, Virgina and Texas currently participate.
The project began in 2008, when the Library of Congress began investigating ways to further open, expose, and promote the vast collections of photographs held there. Everyone is free to view the photos in The Commons, and Flickr users can comment, tag, and annotate the photographs. The Commons is a first stop for those interested to see what the world’s archives institutes have available.
The key goals of The Commons on Flickr are to firstly show you hidden treasures in the world’s public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer.
You’re invited to help describe the photographs you discover in The Commons on Flickr, either by adding tags or leaving comments.
You can see a full list of participants here – and of course visit our own site:
- MDAH at The Commons