The Daniel, Al Fred, Photograph Collection (PI/1999.0001) has been added to the Digital Archives! The collection is comprised of 586 photographs showing scenes in Jackson and other areas of the state from the late 1800s to the 1970s. These images are a sampling of the unique treasures in this collection.
In honor of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, we will be highlighting collections related to the military history of Mississippi and veterans who served the state beginning with the territorial militia in 1797 through World War II (the most recent engagement for which we have collections). Special thanks to Jim Pitts, of the MDAH Government Records section, for compiling the military records and their descriptions and to Nan Prince, Museum Division, for compiling the artifacts.
The War of 1812 began on June 12, 1812 when the United States declared war on Great Britain. The Americans disputed the British practice of impressing American sailors into the Royal Navy and other trade and border issues. The Mississippi Territorial Militia was called into action in 1813 against the British-allied Creeks and later against the British themselves.
This image is a compiled service record card of a soldier in Major Thomas Hinds’ battalion of mounted riflemen (Mississippi Territory Militia) who fought with Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans in January 1815. It is from the National Archives microfilm of the service records of Mississippi territorial units, which is available to view on microfilm at MDAH.
The Mathew Brady Portraits Collection (PI/COL/1983.0026) is now available to view online! The collection consists of portraits of L. Q. C. Lamar, Jefferson Davis, John A. Quitman, and other distinguished Mississippians who lived during the 19th century. Click the link above to go to the Brady Collection catalog page, then click “Create set of down-linked records” to see the list of digitized portraits.
The Ruth Menhel Photograph Collection (PI/2002.0017) shows scenes and individuals related to the Civil War battles at Brice’s Crossroads and Harrisburg. It consists of ten black and white photographs. Click the link above to go to the Menhel Collection catalog page, then click “Create set of down-linked records” to see the list of digitized photographs.
Editor’s Note: The blog has been neglecting the task of announcing additions to our digital holdings (usually non-digitized items that have recently been scanned). The rest of this month’s blog posts will be dedicated to updating readers about collections that are now available to view online!
This collection consists of nineteen photographs, mostly turn-of-the-century portraits of young people and families. View the photographs via the Daisy Community Photograph Collection catalog record (PI/1994.0001). Click “Create set of down-linked records” to view the records for the digitized images.