Shaun Stalzer, Government Records archivist, brings us this post about his work with the State Auditor’s Papers.
Spanning the years from 1810 to 1945, the records of the auditor of public accounts are a complex collection of receipts and warrants for state agencies and everyday Mississippians alike. By law, the auditor’s purpose was to “examine, state, settle, and audit all accounts against the state.” The auditor’s reach thus extended to all aspects of society, from land sales/deeds to receipts of the judicial, legislative, and executive branches. Interesting parts of the collection include: militia payment vouchers from the Civil War, monthly reports from state-owned plantations such as Parchman Farm, receipts for slaves executed by the state in the 1850s, and receipts for repairs made to the state capitol over the years. The collection also contains a variety of materials associated with the work of the WPA during the 1930s, including a 1939 hand-drawn beautification plan for the New Capitol. The beautification plan outlines the grounds of the New Capitol with specific locations for trees and shrubberies.
This collection is still being processed and is available to researchers only by written request.