Shaun Stalzer, Government Records archivist, brings us this post about his work with the State Auditor’s Papers.

1939 State Capitol Landscape Plan, Series 1429, Record Group 60

1939 State Capitol Landscape Plan, Series 1429, Record Group 60

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.

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Mississippi inaugurated a new governor and other state officials last week. This series brings you historic photographs of past inauguration ceremonies, inaugural parades, and inaugural balls from the MDAH collection.

Governor Hugh White's inauguration, January 22, 1952. Call Number: PI/COL/1982.0016, item 305 (MDAH Collection)

Governor Hugh L. White's inauguration, January 22, 1952. Call Number: PI/COL/1982.0016, item 305 (MDAH Collection)

Inauguration of James P. Coleman, 1956. Shankle Collection. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 211 (MDAH Collection)

Inauguration of James P. Coleman, 1956. Shankle Collection. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 211 (MDAH Collection)

Governor James P. Coleman's inauguration, 1956. Shankle Collection. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 214 (MDAH Collection)

Governor James P. Coleman's inauguration, 1956. Shankle Collection. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 214 (MDAH Collection)

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Mississippi inaugurates a new governor and other state officials this week. This series brings you historic photographs of past inauguration ceremonies, inaugural parades, and inaugural balls from the MDAH collection.

Inauguration of Governor Paul B. Johnson Jr., January 21, 1964. Moncrief Photograph Collection. Call Number: PI/1994.0005, item 106 (MDAH Collection)

Inauguration of Governor Paul B. Johnson, Jr., January 21, 1964. Moncrief Photograph Collection. Call Number: PI/1994.0005, item 106 (MDAH Collection)

At the inauguration ceremony at the state capitol, Paul B. Johnson, Jr., stands next to the microphone, Ross Barnett stands to his right. Lt. Governor Carroll Gartin stands at podium.

Inauguration of Governor E. F. Noel, January 21, 1908. Call Number: PI/STA/N64, item 5 (MDAH Collection)

Inauguration of Governor E. F. Noel, January 21, 1908. Call Number: PI/STA/N64, item 5 (MDAH Collection)

Governor Noel is being sworn in by Judge Whitfield and a large crowd of spectators stands around them.

Inauguration of Fielding L. Wright, governor from 1946-1952. Call Number: PI/SF/POL/1987.0029, item 4 (MDAH Collection)

Inauguration of Fielding L. Wright, governor from 1946-1952. Call Number: PI/SF/POL/1987.0029, item 4 (MDAH Collection)

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"Downtown Jackson At Night, Time Exposure - Shot From Balcony of Old Capitol Building." 195-. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 72 (MDAH Collection)

"Downtown Jackson At Night, Time Exposure - Shot From Balcony of Old Capitol Building." 195-. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 72 (MDAH Collection)

Hugh Warren Shankle (1921- ) was a photo technician with WLBT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi, during the late 1950s and ’60s. He was also the official photographer for the Mississippi Art Association and timpanist in the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. This collection consists of two hundred sixty eight images of local personalities, beauty contestants, inauguration ceremonies, and historical houses and buildings in Jackson and other locations in Mississippi, as well as Ole Miss football, including the January 2, 1962, Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Click here to view the collection.

Photographs of Gulf Coast landmarks such as the Biloxi Lighthouse and Beauvoir are in the collection, as well as Windsor Ruins and the aftermath of the 1966 Candlestick Park, Jackson, tornado.

Gem from the Daniel Collection

On November 8, 2011, in Digital Archives, Photographs, by Amanda
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"New Capitol, Bevo Car, circa 1918." Call Number: PI/1999.0001, no. 50 (MDAH Collection)

"New Capitol, Bevo Car, circa 1918." Call Number: PI/1999.0001, no. 50 (MDAH Collection)

We stumbled on this little treasure while browsing the excellent Daniel (Al Fred) Photograph Collection (PI/1999.0001). At first glance, it appears to be simply an early automobile in front of the capitol, but upon closer examination, you’ll notice life preservers, ship’s bell, miniature cannons, and a front bumper that is reminiscent of an anchor!

This car was called a “Bevo Boat” and was manufactured by Anheuser-Busch to promote its non-alcoholic “Bevo” beverage. However, during World War I, the company loaned the cars to the United States government so that they could tour the country and aid in the recruitment of soldiers and sale of war bonds. This is what most likely brought the vehicle to Mississippi in 1918. Click here to see an original catalog of the Anheuser-Busch Vehicle Department, including the Bevo Boat.

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