Winfred Moncrief Collection: The 1964 Tatum Salt Dome Nuclear Test

On August 1, 2013, in Uncategorized, by wsampson
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Tatum Salt Dome, Lamar County (Mississippi), nuclear test, October 22, 1964.

Tatum Salt Dome, Lamar County (Mississippi), nuclear test, October 22, 1964. Chimneys, porches and outbuildings of some residences in the vicinity were braced prior to the blast. Call number: PI/1994.0005. (WInfred Moncrief Photograph Collection)

Somewhat surprisingly, Lamar County, Mississippi was the testing site for the only two nuclear blast tests conducted east of the Mississippi River, in 1964 and 1966.

We’ve added a new set of photos to the Winfred Moncrief collection on Flickr, which documents the 1964 Salmon, Mississippi Site nuclear test — also termed the Tatum Salt Dome site — conducted approximately 10 miles west of Purvis, Mississippi on October 22, 1964. View these fascinating pictures on Flickr:

Tatum Salt Dome, Lamar County (Miss.), nuclear test, October 22, 1964. As pictured and identified in a Hattiesburg American newspaper article October 23, 1964, Horace Burge home "ramsacked [sic] by blast" approx. 2 miles from ground zero. Burge surveys damage.

Tatum Salt Dome, Lamar County (Miss.), nuclear test, October 22, 1964. As pictured and identified in a Hattiesburg American newspaper article October 23, 1964, Horace Burge home “ramsacked [sic] by blast” approx. 2 miles from ground zero. Burge surveys damage. Call number: PI/1994.0005. (WInfred Moncrief Photograph Collection)

 You can learn more about these two nuclear tests through the following links:

 

 

MDAH at The Commons on Flickr

On June 14, 2013, in Uncategorized, by wsampson
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General MacArthur riding in convertible with Governor Hugh White.

General MacArthur riding in convertible with Governor Hugh White. PI/COL/1984.0019. Lars Johnson Collection. (MDAH)

MDAH has joined The Commons on Flickr!

The Commons is a group of archives and museum institutes from around the world who share their archival materials on Flickr. Over sixty institutes, from the Nova Scotia Archives, to NASA and the state archives of Florida, Virgina and Texas currently participate.

The project began in 2008, when the Library of Congress began investigating ways to further open, expose, and promote the vast collections of photographs held there. Everyone is free to view the photos in The Commons, and Flickr users can comment, tag, and annotate the photographs. The Commons is a first stop for those interested to see what the world’s archives institutes have available.

In their own words:

The key goals of The Commons on Flickr are to firstly show you hidden treasures in the world’s public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer.

You’re invited to help describe the photographs you discover in The Commons on Flickr, either by adding tags or leaving comments.

You can see a full list of participants here – and of course visit our own site:

  • MDAH at The Commons

 

Health Department Photograph Album on Flickr

On March 19, 2013, in Uncategorized, by wsampson
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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)

 

 

John Calvin Coovert Collection on Flickr

On February 20, 2013, in Uncategorized, by wsampson
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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.

 

Gloster, Mississippi Collection on Flickr

On January 22, 2013, in Uncategorized, by wsampson
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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)