This two-part series brings you photographs from the Hugh Lawson White Photograph Collection, comprising thirty-eight black and white prints of various scenes of White, and his gubernatorial administrations (1936-1940 and 1952-1956). The collection has been digitized and is available to view online.

 Governor Hugh White (second from left) and four unidentified gentlemen during White’s first administration. Call Number: PI/2002.0002 (MDAH Collection)

Governor Hugh White (second from left) and four unidentified gentlemen during White’s first administration. Call Number: PI/2002.0002, No. 1 (MDAH Collection)

Hugh L. White (1881-1965) was born in McComb and later lived in Columbia in Marion County, after the successful sawmill business started by his father moved to that city. White became president of the company, called J.J. White Lumber Company in 1909. He served three terms as mayor of Columbia, and gained fame for his ability to attract industrial companies to the county. White ran for governor of Mississippi on the success of these programs.

Mrs. Hugh White at ship christening ceremonies at Ingalls Shipyard, Pascagoula. Call Number: PI/2002.0002 (MDAH Collection)

Mrs. Hugh White at ship christening ceremonies at Ingalls Shipyard, Pascagoula. Call Number: PI/2002.0002, No. 26 (MDAH Collection)

White’s first administration (1936-1940) was notable for this type of initiative, named Balancing Agriculture with Industry (BAWI) after the state legislature adopted it in 1936. The program attracted companies such as the Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation to Mississippi through bond issues and tax breaks. He also sought to spur economic development through the expansion of the highway system, homestead exemptions on taxes, and diversification of the crops grown in the state.

After his first term as governor, White served one term in the state legislature from 1944-48. He would run for governor again in 1951.

Governor Hugh L. White and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Call Number: PI/2002.002 (MDAH Collection)

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Governor Hugh L. White. Call Number: PI/2002.002, No. 5 (MDAH Collection)

Sources:

Westley F. Busbee, Jr., Mississippi: A History (Wheeling, Illinois: Harlan Davidson, Inc., 2005), 234-37, 274-279.

David G. Sansing, “Hugh Lawson White: Forty-fifth and Fifty-first Governor of Mississippi: 1936-1940; 1952-1956,” Mississippi History Now (January 2004), http://mshistory.k12.ms.us/articles/265/index.php?s=extra&id=145 (accessed December 16, 2010).

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Editor’s Note: The blog has been neglecting the task of announcing additions to our digital holdings (usually non-digitized items that have recently been scanned). The rest of this month’s blog posts will be dedicated to updating readers about collections that are now available to view online!

Call Number: PI/STR/S42.9 Number 41 (MDAH Collection)

Call Number: PI/STR/S42.9 Number 41 (MDAH Collection)

This collection consists of forty-seven photographs documenting the construction of the sea wall along the Mississippi Gulf Coast from 1925-26. View the photographs through the “Seawall, construction of; Miss. Gulf Coast 1925-26 photograph collection” catalog record (PI/STR/S42.9). Click “Create set of down-linked records” to view the record of each image.

Call Number: PI/STR/S42.9 Number 12 (MDAH Collection)
Call Number: PI/STR/S42.9 Number 12 (MDAH Collection)
Call Number: PI/STR/S42.9 Number 13 (MDAH Collection)

Call Number: PI/STR/S42.9 Number 13 (MDAH Collection)

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More Maps Online

On April 14, 2011, in Digital Archives, Maps, by Amanda
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Editor’s Note: The blog has been neglecting the task of announcing additions to our digital holdings (usually non-digitized items that have recently been scanned). The next few posts will be dedicated to updating readers about collections that are now available to view online!

Map of Vicksburg Cut Off, Madison Parish, Ls., 1876. Call Number: MA/86.0025(b) MDAH Collection

Map of Vicksburg Cut Off, Madison Parish, Ls., 1876. Call Number: MA/86.0025(b) MDAH Collection

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View these maps as Zoomify JPEG files by clicking the links below:

Asher & Adams’ Louisiana and Mississippi, 1874. Call Number: MA/92.0147(b). Or view the catalog record.

LinkGray’s new map of Mississippi, 1878. Call Number: MA/92.0152(b). Or view the catalog record.

Map of Vicksburg Cut Off, Madison Parish, Ls., 1876. Call Number: MA/86.0025(b) pictured above. Or view the catalog record.

LinkOfficial map of the city of Biloxi, Miss., 1900. Call Number: MA/2003.0066(b). Or view the catalog record.

Vicksburg city map. Call Number: MA/2003.0198(b). Or view the catalog record.

LinkWeathersby, Simpson County, Mississippi city map. Call Number: MA/2003.0204(b). Or view the catalog record.

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[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, MS, November 19, 2005 -- An American flag sits on the remains of house's foundation which was destroyed by Hurricance Katrinia. Patsy Lynch/FEMA, 11/19/2005. National Archives Identifier: 5693571, Local Identifier: 311-MAD-19584
Biloxi, MS, November 19, 2005 — An American flag sits on the remains of house’s foundation which was destroyed by Hurricance Katrinia. Patsy Lynch/FEMA, 11/19/2005

The National Archives and Records Administration recently made photographs of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and other natural disasters available to view online. They are from the series “Photographs Relating to Disasters and Emergency Management Programs, Activities, and Officials, 1998-9/30/2008” by the FEMA Public Affairs Division. Read more about how to view the photos at the NARAtions blog.

Waveland, MS, September 30, 2005 -- FEMA staffer checks applicant's paperwork at DRC. Edwin L. Rhodes of FEMA/Customs copies important documents at a Mobile Disaster Recovery Center for a Hurricane Katrina disaster victim. John Fleck/FEMA, 09/30/2005

Waveland, MS, September 30, 2005 -- FEMA staffer checks applicant's paperwork at DRC. Edwin L. Rhodes of FEMA/Customs copies important documents at a Mobile Disaster Recovery Center for a Hurricane Katrina disaster victim. John Fleck/FEMA, 09/30/2005

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The Jefferson Davis Estate Papers, Oath of J.U. Payne, image id #6-1 (MDAH Collection)

"Oath of J.U. Payne," The Jefferson Davis Estate Papers Online: Harrison County Chancery Court Case 463A, Jefferson Davis Will and Probate File, Series 1818, County Court Cases/Harrison County, image id #6-1 (MDAH Collection)

Portrait photograph of Jefferson and Varina Howell Davis, 1867, taken in Montreal by W. Notman. Governor's Mansion Collection, PI/HH/1983.0019/No. 12, MDAH

Portrait photograph of Jefferson and Varina Howell Davis, 1867, taken in Montreal by W. Notman. Governor's Mansion Collection, PI/HH/1983.0019/No. 12, MDAH

On December 6, 1889 Jefferson Davis, the only president of the Confederate States of America, died in New Orleans. His estate papers are available to view online in the Digital Archives. They include his will and probate file from the Harrison County Chancery Court.

Collection Description – The Jefferson Davis Estate Papers

Harrison County Court Case # 463-A is the file for the settlement of the estate of Jefferson Davis. It includes documents filed between December 1889 and February 1893. In addition, an inquiry was made in February 1930, which concerned the settlement of his estate, and this letter with its reply from the Chancery Clerk is also included in the file. The online collection consists of the digitized estate papers that are described and made available within the MDAH Electronic Archives User Interface.

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