Early Days of Football

On September 2, 2010, in Photographs, Postcards, by Amanda

Call Number: PI/1992.0001 (MDAH Collection)

It’s time for football season in Mississippi! Fall is (hopefully) just around the corner and there’s nothing quite like a Saturday spent watching ball games to herald the season. Here’s a look back at the early days of football in the Magnolia State. Above is an undated image of an early game in Mississippi.

Call Number: PI/1992.0001, Item 3673 (MDAH Collection)

The football team at Mississippi State University, then Mississippi A & M, is pictured above in Starkville (Oktibbeha County) in 1906.

Call Number: PI/1992.0001, Item 4112 (MDAH Collection)

The schedule for the 1914 football season at the University of Mississippi in Oxford (Lafayette County) is pictured at left.

These images are from the Cooper Postcard Collection, which may be browsed online in the Digital Archives.

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Summer Fun

On August 9, 2010, in Digital Archives, Postcards, by Amanda

Call Number: PI/1992.0001, Item 1726 (MDAH Collection)

This is a fun postcard of the municipal swimming pool in West Point (Clay County) from the Cooper Postcard Collection. It is undated, but probably from the 1930s.

The Cooper Postcard Collection is comprised of approximately 4,600 postcards depicting scenes from around the state from 1892 through the 1940s. It focuses on the theme of Mississippiana, featuring scenes of small towns, mineral springs, agricultural and forestry activities, and railroads. It can be viewed in its entirety in the Digital Archives, along with other collections that have been scanned and made available online.

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Welcome to “A Sense of Place,” the Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s new blog, where we will explore historic documents, photographs, artifacts, and sites that tell the story of our state.

Created in 1902, MDAH is the nation’s second-oldest state department of archives and history. The department oversees the finest existing collection of documents and artifacts related to the history of Mississippi. MDAH is a comprehensive historical agency, administering the official state archives in Jackson, historic preservation programs, and museums and historic sites around the state.

On some days the blog will highlight specific dates and events in Mississippi history. At other times we will present an interesting item from the collection. Check back regularly and explore the rich history of Mississippi with us.

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