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!

"Walk down the main street and you’ll probably pass 10 Pooles," Gloster, Miss. Collection. Call Number: PI/1982.0159 Number 5 (MDAH)

From the Gloster, Miss. Collection. Call Number: PI/1982.0159 Number 5 (MDAH)

This collection consists of twenty-five photographs of scenes in and around the town of Gloster in Amite County. Most of the images date from the 1920s to the 1940s, but there are several earlier photographs in the collection. View the photographs via the Gloster, Miss. collection catalog record (PI/1982.0159). Click “Create set of down-linked records” to view the records for the digitized images.

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Man and truck. Sign on truck says "See The Mystery Before you buy a Washing Machine, Price Only $25.50." Crystal Springs, 193- Call Number: PI/1994.0004, Item 244 (MDAH Collection)

The Luther Hamilton Photograph Collection was recently added to the Digital Archives! Nearly 1000 images in the collection depict what was going on in Crystal Springs, Mississippi during the first decades of the twentieth century. Explore the beautiful portraits and the snapshots of daily life at that time by clicking the link above. Here are a few images from the collection:


Crystal Springs High School football team. PI/1994.0004, Item 398


Unidentified woman. PI/1994.0004, Item 609


Interior of cafe. PI/1994.0004, Item 332


Twins. PI/1994.0004, Item 31


Tom Thumb wedding. PI/1994.0004, Item 294


Cabbage. PI/1994.0004, Item 261

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Bats, Brooms & Black Cats

On October 29, 2010, in Artifacts, Photographs, Postcards, by Amanda
Rust University baseball team PI/1992.0001

Call Number: PI/1992.0001 (MDAH Collection)

Two things seems to be in the air right now: baseball and Halloween. Here’s a roundup of what’s been going on around the archives and history blogosphere on these two subjects:

Willie Mitchell's baseball glove MMH Collection 1974.60.1

Accession Number: 1974.60.1 (Museum of Mississippi History Collection)*




The Cooper Postcard Collection yielded the image of the Rust baseball team above and the Rose Hill Cemetery below…

Cooper Collection: Rose Hill Cemetery, Brookhaven PI/1992.0001

Call Number: PI/1992.0001 (MDAH Collection)

Here at the archives, we have many more baseball photographs, suject files, and books. There are also books on ghost stories and Mississippi folklore, and of course, cemetery records. Search the catalog to find holdings.

*The baseball glove from the Museum of Mississippi History collection pictured above belonged to William (Willie) Mitchell who was the first Mississippian to attain major league status. Mitchell was born on December 1, 1888, in Pleasant Grove, Mississippi. He attended Mississippi A & M College (now Mississippi State University) from 1906-1909 where he received All Southern honors as a baseball pitcher. Mitchell later played in the major leagues for the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers. He was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1966. A collection of correspondence and newspaper clippings concerning his induction into the Hall of Fame can be found in the Archives. For more information or to see the glove, contact Cindy Gardner or Nan Prince by email or by phone at 601-576-6850.

Early Days of Football

On September 2, 2010, in Photographs, Postcards, by Amanda

Call Number: PI/1992.0001 (MDAH Collection)

It’s time for football season in Mississippi! Fall is (hopefully) just around the corner and there’s nothing quite like a Saturday spent watching ball games to herald the season. Here’s a look back at the early days of football in the Magnolia State. Above is an undated image of an early game in Mississippi.

Call Number: PI/1992.0001, Item 3673 (MDAH Collection)

The football team at Mississippi State University, then Mississippi A & M, is pictured above in Starkville (Oktibbeha County) in 1906.

Call Number: PI/1992.0001, Item 4112 (MDAH Collection)

The schedule for the 1914 football season at the University of Mississippi in Oxford (Lafayette County) is pictured at left.

These images are from the Cooper Postcard Collection, which may be browsed online in the Digital Archives.

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