Pass Christian, Harrison County, MS. Tuesday, September 27, 2005. Looking north, from U.S. Highway 90, at ruins of three-story building. Call Number: PI/2005.0024, Item 85 (MDAH)

This month marks the tenth anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, the greatest natural disaster the United States has ever experienced. On August 29, 2005, the storm exploded into Mississippi, killing hundreds of people and forever changing the state’s cultural landscape. Hurricane Katrina devastated the historical fabric of the Gulf Coast and cut a swath of destruction 150 miles inland. Museums, libraries, government records, and historic buildings were all badly damaged.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has been involved in recovery operations since the day after the hurricane made landfall. This blog series will explore the department’s role in recovery efforts and MDAH collections that document the storm.

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Chloe Edwards, MDAH Electronic Records archivist, brings us this post in an ongoing series celebrating Electronic Records Day and Archives Month. The series features items from the MDAH disk collection.

Looking north toward Hancock Bank building and what was Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis. Call Number: PI/2005.0024, Hurricane Katrina photographs (MDAH)

Looking north toward Hancock Bank building and what was Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis. Call Number: PI/2005.0024, item 50, Hurricane Katrina photographs (MDAH)

Pieces of Paradise: Rebuilding Bay St. Louis

Call no.: Disk 0003

Format: DVD

Run time: 40 minutes

This documentary about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the city of Bay St. Louis was created by a group of students in a video production class at Hoover High School in North Canton, Ohio. The film features Bay St. Louis residents and students at Bay High School and focuses on the devastation caused by the hurricane. In making the documentary, the Ohio students sought to bring the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina home to North Canton by telling the stories of area residents, especially their Bay High School peers. Their approach worked: Hoover High School successfully raised over $14,000 for the Bay-Waveland School District, with part of the proceeds coming from documentary sales. The DVD was donated by former Mississippi Historical Society board member Jack Rogers.

MORE INFORMATION:

To find out more about this disk, search our online catalogue for disk 0003. 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.

VIEWING NOTES:

As of October 2014, this documentary is available to view online at http://vimeo.com.

Pieces of Paradise: Rebuilding Bay St. Louis from Tom Wilson on Vimeo.

References:

Showers, Al. “Ohio Students Premier their Documentary on Katrina in Bay St. Louis.” WLOX-13, n.d. Accessed on October 3, 2014, http://www.wlox.com/story/5062763/ohio-students-premier-their-documentary-on-katrina-in-bay-st-louis

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Chloe Edwards, MDAH Electronic Records archivist, brings us this post in an ongoing series celebrating Electronic Records Day and Archives Month. The series features items from the MDAH disk collection.

Looking north east from US Highway 90 at the ruins of a three story building. Call number: PI/2005.0024, item 84, Hurricane Katrina photographs (MDAH)

Looking north east from US Highway 90 at the ruins of a three story building. Call number: PI/2005.0024, item 84, Hurricane Katrina photographs (MDAH)

Surviving Katrina: Lost and Found in Mississippi

Call no.: Disk 0009

Format: Audio CD

This CD contains oral history interviews with thirty-four Gulf Coast residents concerning their experience before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina hit on August 29, 2005. The CD was released by the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Oral History Cultural and Heritage, and the content was taken from more than four hundred interviews conducted by the center in the days, months, and even years after the hurricane. The interviews are grouped around the themes of heroism and survival; the altered Gulf Coast landscape; response, recovery, and resilience; obstacles and issues; coping; and reflections.

MORE INFORMATION:

To find out more about this disk, search our online catalogue for disk 0009. 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.

VIEWING NOTES:

As of October 2014, a ten minute video containing selections from this CD is available on YouTube.

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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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Patterson Slide Collection Online

On October 18, 2011, in Digital Archives, Photographs, by Amanda
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View of Rainey Road looking east toward Candlestick Park. Call Number: PI/2000.0017 (MDAH Collection)

View of Rainey Road looking east toward Candlestick Park. Call Number: PI/2000.0017 (MDAH Collection)

The Patterson (Joy D.) Slide Collection (PI/2000.0017) is now available to view online! The collection is comprised of seventy-nine color slides depicting the aftermath of the Candlestick Park Tornado (1966) and Hurricane Camille (1969). The link will take you to the list of catalog records for this collection, simply click “Link to Electronic Resource” to view the photographs.

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