Today in 1969: Hurricane Camille

On August 17, 2012, in Digital Archives, Photographs, by Amanda
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The Mississippi Gulf Coast the day after Hurricane Camille. Call Number: PI/2000.0017 (MDAH Collection)

The Mississippi Gulf Coast the day after Hurricane Camille. Call Number: PI/2000.0017 (MDAH Collection)

Camille, a category 5 hurricane, made landfall on the Gulf Coast just east of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, around midnight on August 17, 1969, with winds estimated at 200 miles per hour and tides fifteen to thirty-two feet above normal. As it moved through central Kentucky and into West Virginia and Virginia, it dumped up to thirty-one inches of rain, generating flash floods and landslides. The storm system caused an estimated 259 deaths (three in Cuba, 143 on the Gulf Coast, and 113 in the Virginia floods) and $1.421 billion in damage. The Hurricane Camille images were produced by Joe A. Patterson on August 19, 1969. They form part of the Patterson (Joy D.) Slide Collection, PI/2000.0017.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast the day after Hurricane Camille. Call Number: PI/2000.0017 (MDAH Collection)

The Mississippi Gulf Coast the day after Hurricane Camille. Call Number: PI/2000.0017 (MDAH Collection)

View more photographs of the aftermath in these collections on Flickr:

Patterson (Joy D.) Slide Collection

Hurricane Camille Photograph Collection

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Witbeck Collection Now Online

On August 15, 2012, in Digital Archives, Photographs, by Amanda
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Senator Pat Harrison's Funeral at Gulfport, Miss., June 25, 1941. PI/COL/1982.0016, item 46 (MDAH)

Senator Pat Harrison's Funeral at Gulfport, Miss., June 25, 1941. PI/COL/1982.0016, item 46 (MDAH)

The Witbeck, C. W., Photograph Collection depicts people and places in towns and cities throughout Mississippi dating from 1911 through 1955. The 333 black-and-white photographs focus on Brookhaven, Gulfport, Jackson and Vicksburg, Mississippi. The collection also contains views of Monticello, Meadville and Crystal Springs, Mississippi. The earliest print, from 1911, is of McGrath’s Baseball Team in Brookhaven, Mississippi.

The collection includes 18 photographs of Governor Hugh White’s inauguration (January 22, 1952), 62 photographs of the United States Naval Training School in Gulfport (July 17, 1950), 35 photographs of Senator Pat Harrison’s funeral (June 25, 1941), 19 photographs of the Mississippi Highway Patrol General Assembly (August 3, 1950), 18 photographs of the Masonic Building fire in Brookhaven (March 25-26, 1951), 13 photographs of a Wesson Lions Club event (March 26, 1951), 11 photographs of the Whitworth College Coronation Pageant (May 29, 1950), and 5 photographs of African-American Little Leaguers in Brookhaven (June 15, 1955).

Pictured above is the 1941 funeral of Byron Patton “Pat” Harrison who represented Mississippi in the United States Congress for many years. He served in the House of Representatives from 1911-1919 and the Senate from 1919-1941. See Westley F. Busbee, Jr., Mississippi: A History (Wheeling, IL: Harlan Davidson, Inc., 2005), 209.

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"In Port." Call Number: PI/IND/S42.4, item 10 (MDAH Collection)

"In Port." Call Number: PI/IND/S42.4, item 10 (MDAH Collection)

The Seafood Industry photograph collection (PI/IND/S42.4) is available to view online. It shows various scenes of the seafood industry on the Gulf Coast. Click the image title to view the image or click “Link to the catalog” to view that image’s catalog record.

Lookout calling (strike). Call Number: PI/IND/S42.4 (MDAH Collection)

Lookout calling (strike). Call Number: PI/IND/S42.4 (MDAH Collection)

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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.

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