Lars Johnson Collection Now Online

On July 4, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Amanda
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Gov. White, Mayor Thompson and military officers salute from convertible automobiles parked in front of The Edwards Hotel. Call Number: PI/COL/1984.0019, item 51 (MDAH)

Gov. White, Mayor Thompson and military officers salute from convertible automobiles parked in front of The Edwards Hotel. Call Number: PI/COL/1984.0019, item 51 (MDAH)

The Lars Johnson Collection (PI/COL/1984.0019) is now available online. It depicts scenes of Jackson during the mid-twentieth century, including politicians, public works projects, city scenes, and more. To view the collection, please visit the MDAH online catalog and search for “PI/COL/1984.0019″

Picture made on South West Street, looking south, July 17, 1950. Call Number: PI/COL/1984.0019 (MDAH)

Picture made on South West Street, looking south, July 17, 1950. Call Number: PI/COL/1984.0019, item 6 (MDAH)

 

Mississippi Constitutions Online

On May 16, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Amanda
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Page one of the Mississippi Constitution of 1832. Call Number: Series 549 (MDAH Collection)

Page one of the Mississippi Constitution of 1832. Call Number: Series 549 (MDAH Collection)

The Mississippi Constitutions of 1817, 1832, 1868, and 1890 are now available to view online! Access them at http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/constitutions/.

 

Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Photographs Online

On May 9, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Amanda
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"Leake County." Three unidentified men. Call Number: PI/2010.0002, item 328 (MDAH Collection)

"Leake County." Three unidentified men. Call Number: PI/2010.0002, item 328 (MDAH Collection)

Photographs from Series I of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Collection (PI/2010.0002) are now available online! This collection was donated by the MFBF Public Affairs Office in 2010. Series I consists of photographs documenting Mississippi farms and the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation from the 1850s through 2003 mounted on 1,456 boards with captions. The photographs are grouped into subject categories assigned by MFBF staff and include: beauty pageants, boards of directors, county agents, crops, conventions, farmers, meetings (county, state, local), natural disasters, politicians, staff, social functions, talent shows, women’s activities within the organization, and Southern Farm Bureau in its formative years.

View Series I of the MFBF Collection at http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/series/mfb.

Beekeepers in Bolivar County, 1960. Call Number: PI/2010.0002, item 36 (MDAH Collection)

Beekeepers in Bolivar County, 1960. Call Number: PI/2010.0002, item 36 (MDAH Collection)

 

Today in Mississippi History: State Sales Tax Enacted

On May 1, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Amanda
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Nan Prince, Assistant Director of Collections in the MDAH Museum Division, brings us this post about interesting artifacts in the collection.

Sales tax tokens. Accession Numbers: 1966.13.2, 1966.13.3, 1966.13.8, 1966.13.9 (Museum Division Collection)

Sales tax tokens. Accession Numbers: 1966.13.2, 1966.13.3, 1966.13.8, 1966.13.9 (Museum Division Collection)

In order to ease Mississippi’s $13 million deficit, Governor Martin Connor (1891-1950) proposed and the legislature passed the state’s first sales tax in 1932. Beginning in 1936, merchants used tax tokens to make change for the newly levied sales tax.  The first ones were one-mill and five-mill tokens made of aluminum and brass. However, due to the shortage of metal during World War II, the material used to make the tokens was changed from metal to fiber and then later to plastic.  The state abolished the use of tax tokens in 1952. Pictured above are examples of tax tokens made from 1936 to 1952.

Artifacts from the Museum Division collection that are not on exhibit are available for viewing by appointment. Please contact Nan Prince, Assistant Director of Collections, by email to schedule an appointment.

Sources:

MDAH, “May 1, 1932: State sales tax of 2% goes into effect on retail goods,” Mississippi History Timeline, http://mdah.state.ms.us/timeline/zone/1932/.

V.B. Wheeless, The Sales Tax Token in Mississippi, Mississippi State Tax Commission.

 

Panorama Photographs Available Online

On January 26, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Amanda
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One panorama of shipbuilding on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Call Number: PI/2011.0002 (MDAH Collection)

One panorama of shipbuilding on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Call Number: PI/2011.0002 (MDAH Collection)

These panorama photographs were recently scanned and made available online in the catalog. Click the photograph title to view the image or click “view the catalog record” to see the individual catalog records.

Mississippi Delegation attending the Roosevelt-Wallace Inauguration January 19, 1941, Washington D. C. Or view the catalog record.

One panorama of shipbuilding on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Or view the catalog record (pictured above).

C. C. C. Co. 1484 “Camp Jeff Davis,” Kiln, Miss. Sept. 20, 1933. Or view the catalog record.

37th Annual Reunion United Confederate Veterans. Oct. 7-9, 1925. Meridian. Or view the catalog record.

“Special Train, 52 cars Oakland Automobiles Destined California. Left Pontiac, Mich. Feb. 4. 1931, Routed G.T.-I.C. “Natchez Route” T.P.-S.P. Time in transit, Pontiac to Shreveport, La. 62 hrs.” Or view the catalog record.

Downtown Jackson aerial photograph. Or view the catalog record.