Photographs

Mississippi State Department of Health Photograph Album, ca. 1930s

Mississippi State Department of Health Photograph Album, ca. 1930s. Call Number: Series 2167 (MDAH Collection)

Series 2176 – Mississippi State Department of Health Photograph Album, ca. 1930s – is now available on Flickr, as well as our Digital Archives.

The series contains a photograph album of sixty-eight black and white 5 x 7 inch prints depicting general health activities throughout Mississippi. The prints are arranged by subject: State Tuberculosis Sanatorium, County Health Camp for Tuberculous Patients, Medical and Popular Health Education, Sanitation, Malaria, Child Health Conferences, Dental Hygiene, Maternity Center, Midwifery, Protection against Communicable Disease, Child Health Day Program, and Home Visits by Public Health Nurse. Most of the photographs are not dated but are believed to have been taken in the 1930s.

Mississippi State Department of Health Photograph Album, ca. 1930s

Mississippi State Department of Health Photograph Album, ca. 1930s. Call Number: Series 2167 (MDAH Collection)

 

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“Farmers & Farm Families. Jackson County.” Photograph of two boys sitting on tractor. PI/2010.0002 MFBF Series 4 Image 990 (MDAH)

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.

“Cookouts.” View of men in buffet line. PI/2010.0002 MFBF Series 4, Image 622 (MDAH)

“Farm Related Businesses. Continuous sampling.” Unidentified man with equipment. PI/2010.0002 MFBF Series 4 Image 933 (MDAH)

 

 

African American men, women and children pick cotton in field.

African American men, women and children pick cotton in field. Call Number: PI/COL/1982.0058 (MDAH Collection)

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.

Awaiting the relief boat on the Miss. River April 2nd, 1897.

Awaiting the relief boat on the Miss. River April 2nd, 1897. Call Number: PI/1990.0017 (MDAH)

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.

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Gloster Elementary School, Jan. 1931, 8th Grade.

Gloster Elementary School, Jan. 1931, 8th Grade. Call Number: PI/1982.059 (MDAH Collection)

The Gloster, Mississippi collection was donated over several years by Walker J. Carney, Jr., and depicts life and industry in the town during the early 1900′s.

The complete collection is available on Flickr.

Faculty, Amite County Training School, 1935.

Faculty, Amite County Training School, 1935. Call Number: PI/1982.0159 (MDAH Collection)

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Civil War Centennial Parade, Jackson, Mississippi, March 28, 1961. Call number: PI/2007.0064 (MDAH Collection)

Civil War Centennial Parade, Jackson, Mississippi, March 28, 1961. Call number: PI/2007.0064 (MDAH Collection)

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.”

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