Scanning of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Collection (PI/2010.0002) continues. Series IV: General Photographs was recently made available online, and selections from the 2,881 scanned photographs are shown here.
The department’s collection of J. C. Coovert photographs is now available on Flickr.
Photographer J. C. (John Calvin) Coovert was born in Danville, Kentucky, in 1862 and arrived in Greenville, Mississippi, around 1887. His studio, Patorno and Coovert, won a gold medal from the Paris Exposition in 1889 for “best state views.” He went into business for himself around 1891, operating as Coovert’s Photograph Gallery in Greenville, Memphis, Vicksburg, and Yazoo City, among other locations. He eventually settled in downtown Memphis, where he worked until his death, at age 75, on August 18, 1937.
Coovert is best known for his photographs of the cotton culture and the Mississippi River. However, Coovert’s documentary photography covered a wide range of work activities and social conditions, including the programs of the Memphis Health, Police, and Public Works Departments.
This collection consists first of eight (8) black and white photographs (call number PI/1990.0017), most of which are captioned, taken in the 1890s in Greenville and Vicksburg. Scenes include flood waters, refugees fleeing the same, levees, cotton pickers at work, the Delta Guards, and the Greenville Fire Department. The photographs were a gift to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History from the Vigo County Historical Society in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1990.
The collection also includes 38 contact prints of John Coovert’s photos (call number PI/COL/1982.0058). The originals of these prints are available at the Memphis Public Library & Information Center in Memphis, Tennessee. The prints depict the cotton trade as well – picking and tallying in the field, along with shipping and loading on the river steamboats.
The Civil War Centennial Parade was held in Jackson on March 28, 1961. Thirty-six color slides in the MDAH collection depict the parade and spectators. View the images through their catalog records by visiting the catalog page and searching for “Civil War Centennial Parade.”
The Charles A. Lambert Photograph Collection (PI/1995.0001) is now available to view on Flickr!
This collection of sixty photographs, donated by John S. and Charles A. Lambert in 1995, depicts scenes from the logging, sugarcane, and turpentine industries in south Mississippi, as well as natural disasters such as floods and wind damaged buildings.