View These Maps Online

On April 7, 2011, in Digital Archives, Maps, by Amanda
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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 next few posts will be dedicated to updating readers about collections that are now available to view online!

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Historical Map Collection 1

Call Number: MA/86.0011(b) MDAH Collection

View more beautiful maps like these in the Historical Map Collection online exhibit. The exhibit is comprised of twenty-two maps, beginning with a 1588 triptych (pictured above) and ending with a map of the 1927 Mississippi River Flood.

historical maps 2

Call Number: MA/92.0027(a) MDAH Collection

Accession Number: 2001.31.1 (Museum of Mississippi History Collection)

This rare twenty star flag from the collection of the Museum of Mississippi History was made in 1818. The twenty star pattern United States flag was created after Mississippi’s entry into the Union as the twentieth state today in 1817. This pattern flag was only made for one year because a star was added to the flag when Illinois became a state in 1818.

Artifacts in the collection of the Museum of Mississippi History are available for viewing by appointment only. Please contact Cindy Gardner, Director of Collections or Nan Prince, Asst. Director of Collections by email to schedule an appointment.

Don’t forget about the second annual Statehood Day Celebration, featuring former governor William F. Winter, at the Old Capitol Museum today! Program starts at noon, with reception to follow. See a large photo version of the twenty star flag at the program! Call 601-576-6920 for more information.

Statehood Era Maps

On December 9, 2010, in Digital Archives, Maps, by Amanda
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MA/94.0012(a)

State of Mississippi and Alabama Territory, 1817? Call Number: MA/94.0012(a) MDAH Collection

These maps were drawn around the time Mississippi became a state on December 10, 1817. As we look to the Statehood Day Celebration tomorrow, it’s interesting to see the state represented during that period of transition.

Mississippi Territory, 1817. Call Number: MA/92.0047(b)

State of Mississippi and Alabama Territory, 1818. Call Number: MA/87.0007(b)

Map of Mississippi: constructed from the surveys in the General Land Office and other documents, 1819. Call Number: MA/92.0050(a)

Click the links to go to the map’s catalog page, then click “Link to Electronic Resource” to view the map in amazing detail as a Zoomify JPEG file.

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Mississippi Legislature & Constitution of 1890

On November 1, 2010, in Photographs, by Amanda
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Call Number: PI/1994.0017 (MDAH Collection)

This photograph depicts the members of the Mississippi Legislature, meeting in January and February of 1890. The constitutional convention met in August of that year and produced the current Mississippi Constitution (adopted today in 1890) and still in effect. The legislators were photographed outside of the Old Capitol in Jackson (Hinds County).

View this photograph as a Zoomify JPEG here. You can view and search the current Mississippi Constitution on the MS Secretary of State website.

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