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On August 2, 2011, in Digital Archives, Photographs, by Amanda
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What are archivists up to these days?

What are archivists up to these days? Photograph from Dept. of Archives and History Records: Series 1349, Box 5562 (undated folder) MDAH.

Check out these recent posts from various archives and Mississippi related blogs:

  • Genealogists will be interested in these posts:
  1. Confederate POWs who died in federal custody during the Civil War from NARAtions
  2. Release date (April 2, 2012) of the 1940 United States Census from NARAtions
  3. “Tracing African-American History” from the “Local History Announcements” blog of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library.
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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.

World War I uniform coat. Accession Number: 1985.45.1 (Museum of Mississippi History Collection)

World War I uniform coat. Accession Number: 1985.45.1 (Museum of Mississippi History Collection)

This World War I uniform coat belonged to Luther Manship, Jr., of Jackson.  In 1917, he served as an artillery officer and for a time was attached to the British Army and American Air Forces in France.

Artifacts in the collection of the Museum of Mississippi History are available for viewing by appointment only. Please contact Cindy Gardner, Director of Collections or Nan Prince, Asst. Director of Collections by email to schedule an appointment.

Draft registration card of Albert Pitts. From: National Archives microfilm; World War One Draft Registration Cards from Mississippi.

Draft registration card of Albert Pitts. From: National Archives microfilm; World War One Draft Registration Cards from Mississippi.

The image above shows the May 1917 draft registration card of a Mississippian who was already involved in military training at the Reserve Officer Training Camp in Plattsburg, NY.

Statement of service cards for Albert Pitts. Call Number: Series 1731.  Miss. World War One Statement of Service Cards, 1917-1919 (MDAH Collection)

Statement of service cards for Albert Pitts. Call Number: Series 1731. Miss. World War One Statement of Service Cards, 1917-1919 (MDAH Collection)

The above image shows the same soldier’s World War I statement of service cards, showing that he was in the Army Air Service and served overseas in France.

Remembering Veterans: Spanish-American War

On May 25, 2011, in Artifacts, by Amanda
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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.

Compiled service record card of soldier in Spanish-American War. Call Number: Series 146. Spanish-American War Service Records Extracts, 1898-1899. (MDAH Collection)

Compiled service record card of soldier in Spanish-American War. Call Number: Series 146. Spanish-American War Service Records Extracts, 1898-1899. (MDAH Collection)

The image above is a compiled service record card of a soldier from the 1st Mississippi Volunteer Infantry Regiment, one of three regiments Mississippi raised for the Spanish-American War in 1898. None of the three regiments were deployed outside the continental United States. The Spanish-American War Records Extracts are available to view on microfilm at MDAH.

Sword worn by James K. Vardaman. Accession Number: 1960.627ab (Museum of Mississippi History Collection)

Sword worn by James K. Vardaman. Accession Number: 1960.627ab (Museum of Mississippi History Collection)

This presentation sword belonged to Governor James Kimble Vardaman and was worn by him while he served in the Spanish American War. Vardaman enlisted in the army after the United States declared war on Spain in 1898 and eventually became a colonel. He served as governor of Mississippi from 1904 to 1908.

Artifacts in the collection of the Museum of Mississippi History are available for viewing by appointment only. Please contact Cindy Gardner, Director of Collections or Nan Prince, Asst. Director of Collections by email to schedule an appointment.

Remembering Veterans: Civil War

On May 23, 2011, in Artifacts, by Amanda
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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.

Flag of the 18th Mississippi Infantry. Accession Number: 1962.477 (Museum of Mississippi History)

Flag of the 18th Mississippi Infantry. Accession Number: 1962.477 (Museum of Mississippi History)

This Confederate battle flag belonged to the 18th Mississippi Infantry Regiment and was captured by the 77th New York on May 3, 1863, during the Chancellorsville Campaign. The 18th had previously earned distinction in the Battle of Fredericksburg and went on to fight in many other engagements during the Civil War.

Artifacts in the collection of the Museum of Mississippi History are available for viewing by appointment only. Please contact Cindy Gardner, Director of Collections or Nan Prince, Asst. Director of Collections by email to schedule an appointment.

One of the most requested Civil War records in the MDAH collection are the veterans’ service records. We have those of Confederate and Union soldiers and also African Americans who served in the United States Colored Troops. These records are available to view on microfilm at MDAH.

Service record card of Confederate soldier. From: National Archives microfilm; compiled service records of Confederate units raised from Mississippi.

Service record card of Confederate soldier. From: National Archives microfilm; compiled service records of Confederate units raised from Mississippi.

The image above shows the compiled service record card of a private in the 36th Mississippi Infantry Regiment who was at the Battles of Iuka and Corinth and the Siege of Vicksburg.

Enlistment record of Union soldier. From: National Archives microfilm; compiled service records of Union units.

Enlistment record of Union soldier. From: National Archives microfilm; compiled service records of Union units.

The above image shows the enlistment record of an Arkansas farmer who joined this white Union battalion. The 1st Mississippi Mounted Rifles served in small actions in Mississippi from its organization in Memphis in March 1864 until its mustering out in June 1865.

Statement of service card for USCT soldier. From: National Archives microfilm; compiled service records of United States Colored Troops.

Statement of service card for USCT soldier. From: National Archives microfilm; compiled service records of United States Colored Troops.

The image above shows the compiled statement of service cards for a soldier with the 3rd United States Colored Cavalry, originally raised in October 1863 as the 1st Mississippi Cavalry (African Descent). The regiment participated in small actions in Mississippi until it was mustered out of service in January 1866.

Remembering Veterans: War of 1812

On May 18, 2011, in Artifacts, Portraits, by Amanda
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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.

Andrew Jackson. Accession Number: 1969.4 (Museum of Mississippi History Collection)

Andrew Jackson. Accession Number: 1969.4 (Museum of Mississippi History Collection)

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.

Compiled service record of War of 1812 soldier. Call Number:   (MDAH Collection)

Compiled service record of War of 1812 soldier. From: National Archives microfilm; compiled service records of Mississippi Territorial units.

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.