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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[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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MDAH & Hurricane Katrina

On August 31, 2010, in Digital Archives, Photographs, by Amanda
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Biloxi Public Library - September 21, 2005

After Katrina, department staff went down to the Coast to help with recovery efforts, working long hours and making the round trip between Jackson and the Coast every day. Archives & Records Services Division employees helped salvage documents and artifacts from local libraries, museums, courthouses, and churches. (Not shown here, but Historic Preservation Division staff went to document damage to buildings.) Archives staff member Preston Everett took these photographs in Biloxi and Pascagoula, Mississippi.

For more photographs taken by MDAH staff, see the Hurricane Katrina Photographs online exhibit.

Oral History Tapes, Biloxi Public Library - September 30, 2005

Old Spanish Fort Museum, Pascagoula - September 12, 2005

Old Spanish Fort Museum, Pascagoula - September 12, 2005

 

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Gulfport, Mississippi (Harrison County) - September 27, 2005 Call Number: PI/2005.0024, Item 100 (MDAH Collection)

The Hurricane Katrina Photographs collection has just been added to the Digital Archives! The collection consists of 103 photographs created by MDAH staff member Jeff Rogers in August and September 2005 and documents the devastation caused by Katrina along the coast and inland.

Pelahatchie, Mississippi (Rankin County) - August 31, 2005 Call Number: PI/2005.0024, Item 12 (MDAH Collection)

Beach Boulevard, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi (Hancock County) - September 19, 2005 Call Number: PI/2005.0024, Item 48 (MDAH Collection)

Inner Harbor, Ocean Springs, Mississippi (Jackson County) - September 16, 2005 Call Number: PI/2005.0024, Item 23 (MDAH Collection)

Artifacts recovered at Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library in Biloxi, Mississippi (Harrison County) - September 19, 2005 Call Number: PI/2005.0024, Item 60 (MDAH Collection)

U.S. Hwy 90 at Market Ave., Pass Christian, Mississippi (Harrison County) - September 27, 2005 Call Number: PI/2005.0024, Item 82 (MDAH Collection)

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