Photographs

Pass Christian, Harrison County, MS. Tuesday, September 27, 2005. Looking north, from U.S. Highway 90, at ruins of three-story building. Call Number: PI/2005.0024, Item 85 (MDAH)

This month marks the tenth anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, the greatest natural disaster the United States has ever experienced. On August 29, 2005, the storm exploded into Mississippi, killing hundreds of people and forever changing the state’s cultural landscape. Hurricane Katrina devastated the historical fabric of the Gulf Coast and cut a swath of destruction 150 miles inland. Museums, libraries, government records, and historic buildings were all badly damaged.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has been involved in recovery operations since the day after the hurricane made landfall. This blog series will explore the department’s role in recovery efforts and MDAH collections that document the storm.

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Railroad Crossing Signal Photograph

On July 2, 2014, in Photographs, by Amanda
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'Stop Death Stop' railroad crossing in Grenada, from  unprocessed collection of Sidney T. Roebuck,, Highway Commissioner of the Central District (MDAH)

‘Stop Death Stop’ railroad crossing in Grenada, from unprocessed collection of Sidney T. Roebuck,, Highway Commissioner of the Central District (MDAH)

MDAH archivist Ashley Koostra unearthed this intriguing photograph in the unprocessed collection of Sidney T. Roebuck, Highway Commissioner of the Central District. It shows a railroad crossing signal built at an Illinois Central crossing near Grenada around 1940. W.A. Billups designed the signal, “embodying an appeal to the sense of hearing through piercing sirens and an appeal to the sense of sight through the illumination of neon signs depicting the word ‘Death,’ ‘Stop,’ and the skull and crossbones.” The arrows indicated the direction of the train.

See the signal in action in a simulation posted to YouTube, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGhFHKtDhns.

Sources:

Winona Times, October 4, 1940

Illinois Central Magazine (April 1941), page 22

 

1972 Ole Miss World Series Photograph

On June 20, 2014, in Photographs, by Amanda
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Ole Miss v. Texas game at 1972 College World Series. Call number: PI/SPO/1982.0126 (MDAH)

Ole Miss v. Texas game at 1972 College World Series. Call number: PI/SPO/1982.0126 (MDAH)

MDAH archivists found this photograph from the 1972 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, showing the University of Mississippi versus the University of Texas.

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The Archives and History Building Dedication

On June 19, 2014, in Archives, Photographs, by Dorian Randall
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Chloe Edwards, of the Government Records Section, brings us this post in an ongoing series chronicling the construction of the Charlotte Capers Archives and History Building. Many thanks to Ms. Edwards for her research.

Cameraman in foreground, with a speaker standing before seated guests. Information and Education Division, Series 1349, Box 5562. (MDAH).

Cameraman in foreground, with a speaker standing before seated guests. Information and Education Division, Series 1349, Box 5562. (MDAH).

 

After two years of construction, at an ultimate cost of $1.29 million ($7.8 million today), the building was dedicated on June 3, 1971, at 2:00 pm.  The date was a significant one: the Confederate Memorial, State Capitol, and Old Capitol Restoration were dedicated on that same date in 1891, 1903, and 1961, respectively, the same date that Jefferson Davis was born in 1808.  As president of the Board of Trustees, William F. Winter presided over the dedication. Governor John Bell Williams gave the main address, while former governor J.P. Coleman laid the cornerstone. Also present were former governors Ross Barnett and Paul B. Johnson, Lieutenant Governor Charles L. Sullivan, Secretary of State Heber Ladner, Director of the Building Commission Cecil Yarbro, and Speaker of the House John R. Junkin.  After the dedication, an open house allowed the public its first look at the new building, and periodic tours were conducted by the archives staff for some time afterwards.

Staff photograph of the Capers Building dedication ceremony.  Information and Education Division, Series 1349, Box 5526. (MDAH)

Staff photograph of the Capers Building dedication ceremony. Information and Education Division, Series 1349, Box 5526. (MDAH)

References:

Mississippi Department of Archives and History in-house workshop on giving building tours, June 10, 1971 audio transcript (http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/vault/projects/OHtranscripts/AU710_104014.pdf)

Series 1258: Charlotte Capers Building Files, 1928-1992. Box 4899.

Subject file: Archives and History Building, 1966-1970

Subject file: Archives and History Building, 1971 (dedication year)

A Building Survey for a New Archives Building, for the Board of Trustees, Department of Archives and History, prepared by William D. Morrison, Jr., 1966

Tauches, Karen. “The Fate of History: The Old Archives Building is Under Review.” Burnaway, published July 22, 2011. Accessed April 3, 2014 at http://burnaway.org/the-fate-of-history-the-old-archives-building-is-under-review/

CR&HM. Accessed April 3, 2014 at http://www.dalepartners.com/civic-corporate/wfm-archives-and-history/

WFM Archives and History. Accessed April 3, 2014 at http://www.dalepartners.com/civic-corporate/crhm/

Money conversions performed at http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl

 

 

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"Camellia Place, Built in 1841 by ?, Columbus." Call number: PI/HH/M57.7 (MDAH)

“Camellia Place, Built in 1841 by ?, Columbus.” Call number: PI/HH/M57.7 (MDAH)

The Mississippi Historic Houses Collection (PI/HH/M57.7) contains 488 photographic slides of historic houses in various cities and towns in Mississippi. There are exterior and interior views.

Click here to view the images.

More information is available in the catalog records. To view them, search for “PI HH M57 7″ in the online catalog.