10/10: Continuing Electronic Records Day

On October 14, 2015, in Electronic Records, by Timothy
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October 10, 2015, was Electronic Records Day. MDAH Electronic Records staff including Chloe Edwards and Alanna Patrick prepared the posts in this series about recent additions to the disk collection at MDAH.

Governor Cliff Finch eating lunch with schoolchildren, 1976. From Finch, Charles C. Cliff Gov. of MS, PI/STA/F56.3 (MDAH).

Governor Cliff Finch eating lunch with schoolchildren in 1976, twenty years before the passage of the Mississippi Adequate Education Act. Charles C. Cliff Gov. of MS, PI/STA/F56.3 (MDAH).

 

Grey Ferris: A Lasting Legacy

Call no.: Disk 0169

Format: DVD

Running Time: 9 minutes, 33 seconds

This video honors two-term Mississippi Senator Grey Flowers Ferris of Vicksburg, posthumous recipient of the Winter-Reed Partnership Award. Ferris, a former chairman of the Senate Education Committee, was instrumental in the creation of the Mississippi Alliance for Gaining New Opportunities through Library Information Access (MAGNOLIA) and the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). MAGNOLIA is a state-funded consortium that provides free access to online research databases for publicly funded K-12 schools, public libraries, and community college and university libraries in Mississippi. The databases are an invaluable resource for students. The MAEP, created by the Mississippi Adequate Education Act, provides a formula that produces a base amount required to provide each student an adequate education in a Mississippi school, regardless of the school or community’s economic situation.

The DVD came to MDAH as part of the Winter (William F.) and Family Papers, call no. Z/2285.000.

MORE INFORMATION:

To find out more about this disk, search our online catalogue for Disk 0169. To browse the disk collection, navigate to the advanced search page, check the “Electronic Records” box, and type “disk” into the keyword search bar.

All catalogued disks are available to view or listen to in the Media Room; patrons should request disks from media staff using the four digit call number.

References:

“About MAGNOLIA.” Accessed September 23, 2015 at http://magnolia.msstate.edu/about/about.asp

“Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP).” Accessed September 24, 1015 at

http://www.msparentscampaign.org/education-funding/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=34

“In Memoriam: Grey Ferris.” Accessed on September 24, 2015 at http://winterinstitute.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/08/grey-ferris-memorial.pdf

 

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Ole Miss at the Cotton Bowl, Dallas, January 2, 1962. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066(MDAH)

 

Ghosts of Ole Miss

­Call no.: Disk 0171

Format: DVD

Running Time: 56 minutes, 56 seconds

Written and narrated by ESPN.com senior writer and Clarksdale native Wright Thompson, the film explores the 1962 Ole Miss football team and its winning season, set against the backdrop of James Meredith’s admission into the university and the riot that followed. Using interviews with members of the team and former students; newsfilm and game footage; and excerpts of phone conversations between United States Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, United States President John F. Kennedy, and Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett; the film provides insight into a difficult time in the state’s history.

The CD came to MDAH as part of the Winter (William F.) and Family Papers, call no. Z/2285.000.

MORE INFORMATION:

To find out more about this disk, search our online catalogue for Disk 0171. To browse the disk collection, navigate to the advanced search page, check the “Electronic Records” box, and type “disk” into the keyword search bar.

All catalogued disks are available to view or listen to in the Media Room; patrons should request disks from media staff using the four digit call number.

References:

“Ghosts of Mississippi.” Accessed on September 24, 2015 at http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=mississippi62

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The Archives and History Building Dedication

On June 19, 2014, in Archives, Photographs, by Dorian Randall
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Chloe Edwards, of the Government Records Section, brings us this post in an ongoing series chronicling the construction of the Charlotte Capers Archives and History Building. Many thanks to Ms. Edwards for her research.

Cameraman in foreground, with a speaker standing before seated guests. Information and Education Division, Series 1349, Box 5562. (MDAH).

Cameraman in foreground, with a speaker standing before seated guests. Information and Education Division, Series 1349, Box 5562. (MDAH).

 

After two years of construction, at an ultimate cost of $1.29 million ($7.8 million today), the building was dedicated on June 3, 1971, at 2:00 pm.  The date was a significant one: the Confederate Memorial, State Capitol, and Old Capitol Restoration were dedicated on that same date in 1891, 1903, and 1961, respectively, the same date that Jefferson Davis was born in 1808.  As president of the Board of Trustees, William F. Winter presided over the dedication. Governor John Bell Williams gave the main address, while former governor J.P. Coleman laid the cornerstone. Also present were former governors Ross Barnett and Paul B. Johnson, Lieutenant Governor Charles L. Sullivan, Secretary of State Heber Ladner, Director of the Building Commission Cecil Yarbro, and Speaker of the House John R. Junkin.  After the dedication, an open house allowed the public its first look at the new building, and periodic tours were conducted by the archives staff for some time afterwards.

Staff photograph of the Capers Building dedication ceremony.  Information and Education Division, Series 1349, Box 5526. (MDAH)

Staff photograph of the Capers Building dedication ceremony. Information and Education Division, Series 1349, Box 5526. (MDAH)

References:

Mississippi Department of Archives and History in-house workshop on giving building tours, June 10, 1971 audio transcript (http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/vault/projects/OHtranscripts/AU710_104014.pdf)

Series 1258: Charlotte Capers Building Files, 1928-1992. Box 4899.

Subject file: Archives and History Building, 1966-1970

Subject file: Archives and History Building, 1971 (dedication year)

A Building Survey for a New Archives Building, for the Board of Trustees, Department of Archives and History, prepared by William D. Morrison, Jr., 1966

Tauches, Karen. “The Fate of History: The Old Archives Building is Under Review.” Burnaway, published July 22, 2011. Accessed April 3, 2014 at http://burnaway.org/the-fate-of-history-the-old-archives-building-is-under-review/

CR&HM. Accessed April 3, 2014 at http://www.dalepartners.com/civic-corporate/wfm-archives-and-history/

WFM Archives and History. Accessed April 3, 2014 at http://www.dalepartners.com/civic-corporate/crhm/

Money conversions performed at http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl

 

 

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Chloe Edwards, of the Government Records Section, brings us this post in an ongoing series chronicling the construction of the Charlotte Capers Archives and History Building. Many thanks to Ms. Edwards for her research.

Photograph of the Capers Building in 1971.  Information and Education Division, Series 1349, Box 5562. (MDAH)

Photograph of the Capers Building in 1971. Information and Education Division, Series 1349, Box 5562. (MDAH)

Currently the home of MDAH’s Historic Preservation Division, the Charlotte Capers Archives and History Building was the department’s first purpose-built home. MDAH was long overdue for a building of its own after nearly forty years in the State Capitol basement (1903-1940) and a further twenty-three years in the north wing of the War Memorial Building. The department’s quarters at the War Memorial were cramped (its search room was a scant twenty-four square feet), which slowed collecting efforts. Perhaps more seriously, there was no way to control the temperature or humidity in records storage areas, resulting in inevitable damage to the records. Thus, in 1963, with the restoration of the Old Capitol and installation of the State Historical Museum within it complete, MDAH Director Charlotte Capers and Dr. R.A. McLemore (then president of the Department’s Board of Trustees) began campaigning for the funds to build a new home for the archives.

Sources:

Mississippi Department of Archives and History in-house workshop on giving building tours, June 10, 1971 audio transcript (http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/vault/projects/OHtranscripts/AU710_104014.pdf)

Series 1258: Charlotte Capers Building Files, 1928-1992. Box 4899.

Subject file: Archives and History Building, 1966-1970

Subject file: Archives and History Building, 1971 (dedication year)

A Building Survey for a New Archives Building, for the Board of Trustees, Department of Archives and History, prepared by William D. Morrison, Jr., 1966

Tauches, Karen. “The Fate of History: The Old Archives Building is Under Review.” Burnaway, published July 22, 2011. Accessed April 3, 2014 at http://burnaway.org/the-fate-of-history-the-old-archives-building-is-under-review/

CR&HM. Accessed April 3, 2014 at http://www.dalepartners.com/civic-corporate/wfm-archives-and-history/

WFM Archives and History. Accessed April 3, 2014 at http://www.dalepartners.com/civic-corporate/crhm/

Money conversions performed at http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl

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Chloe Edwards, of the Government Records Section, brings us this post in an ongoing series about Mississippi Advertising Commission posters. Many thanks to Ms. Edwards for sharing these fun artifacts.

A Mississippi Advertising Commission poster wishing all a Happy New Year. Series 552, MDAH.

A Mississippi Advertising Commission poster wishing all a Happy New Year. Series 552, MDAH.

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Chloe Edwards, of the Government Records Section, brings us this post in an ongoing series about Mississippi Advertising Commission posters. Many thanks to Ms. Edwards for sharing these fun artifacts.

A Mississippi Advertising Commission poster wishing all a wonderful holiday season. Series 552, MDAH.

A Mississippi Advertising Commission poster wishing all a wonderful holiday season. Series 552, MDAH.

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