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Guide to the Hightower, Montgomery, Perkins, Castles, and Stiles families papers

Summary Information

Mississippi State University Libraries
Hightower, Montgomery, Perkins, Castles, and Stiles families papers
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1881-1960
Date [inclusive]
33.8 Cubic feet : 7 Record Cartons; 1 SMO folder; 1 OS folder; VMP; VMArt; OSArt; 1 SMOArt folder; 1 LgOS folder; SVMP; VMCP; SMOCosT; OSCosT; Artifacts; SMOA

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Hightower, Montgomery, Perkins, Castles, and Stiles families papers, Special Collections Department, Mississippi State University Libraries.

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Biographical Information

John Bolivar Perkins’ (1859-1941) marriage to Louise Christine “Tinie” Stiles (1855-1948) in 1884 is the starting point of the linkages between the five families described in the collection. John Perkins’ grandfather, Joseph Perkins (1784-1847), moved to Lowndes County, Mississippi, from Virginia before 1821. Joseph then moved to Oktibbeha County in 1835, establishing a grist mill and tannery at Agency, near Sessums. John Bolivar was the second oldest of five children born to John Ussery Perkins (1818-1896), a store owner, and his second wife Jane Martin Ware Perkins (1831-1898). The other children were: Mary Adele “Dell” (b. 1858), whose first husband was John T. Stallings; Thomas Ware (b. 1861); Margaret (b. 1863), who died young; William Robert (1865-1939), who was extension service director at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge; Harriet Lelia (b. 1868), who married Pickens Watson; and David Eugene (b. 1871).

Louise Stiles’ father, John Easter Stiles (1819-1887), was from North Carolina and arrived in Sessums in 1818, buying land from the Choctaw Indian Agency. He built a large house on his land in 1868. John Stiles and his first wife, Seleta Eugenia McGee Stiles (d. circa 1857), had six children including Louise: Annie Eliza “Pet”, who married Charles Sears Perkins from New York; William Mortimer and Elizabeth Zephora, both of whom died in childhood; Mary Emily “Mittie” (1850-1954); and John Francis, who married Lucy Charles Turnbull Cameron and had four children. The children of John Francis Stiles include Charles Francis, who had two wives, Lottie Altizer and Gladys Smith, and Lucy Lynn who married Frank L. Castles.

John Bolivar Perkins was a businessman based for many years in Birmingham, Alabama, who ran a store, dealt in real estate, stock—particularly Jersey cattle—and farm machinery. Louise Stiles was a pupil of Sellars Institute, Starkville, and then graduated from Mary Sharp College, Winchester, Tennessee, in 1875. She taught in Lowndes County until her marriage. John bought a large property on Gillespie Street in Starkville and in 1894 built the family home which features in many of the collection photographs. John and Louise Perkins had seven children: Annie Dell (also spelled Delle) (1885-1976); John Bolivar, Jr. “Buddy”, (1886-1976); Louise Christine “Tennie” (1888-1984); Emily Jane (1891-1894); Seleta Elise (1893-1971); Lelia Almeta “Meta” (1895-1960); and Alice Margaret (1898-1927). Annie Perkins graduated from North Mississippi Presbyterian College in Holly Springs in 1903 and became a teacher. She taught in the Osborn community and at Overstreet School in Starkville. She became the second wife of Henry Paul Castles (1879-1951) in 1926 and had no children. The Castles family had moved from Georgia to Moon Valley near Osborn, Mississippi, in 1880 and then to Sessums. Henry Castles’ brother, Frank Lafayette, married Annie’s cousin, Lucy L. Stiles.

John Bolivar Perkins, Jr., graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi A&M College in 1904, and then studied law at the University of Mississippi, graduating in 1907. He married Annie Lydia Muldrow (b. 1888) in 1913. John, Jr., was Oktibbeha County prosecuting attorney in 1916-1917, before serving in the army in France during World War I and rising to the rank of captain. He was elected state senator for Oktibbeha County in 1919 while still abroad but he resigned the following year for health reasons. He moved his family to Alpine, Texas, and established the firm of Perkins and Kirwin in Midland, Texas. John, Jr. served in World War II and retired as a colonel. He and Annie had three children. Dorothy Ann (b. 1915) married Donald Traynor but reverted to her maiden name after their divorce. She had a daughter, Dianne (b.1939), who married Bill Nichols in 1958 and had a son, John William Nichols. John Perkins’ other children include Louise Adele (b.1917), and John Muldrow (b.1925) who married Betty Jane McMillian in 1950.

Annie Dell’s surviving sisters all attended Mississippi Synodical College in Holly Springs. Louise graduated in 1907 and married Arnoldus Brumby in 1912. Brumby was an instructor in agricultural engineering at Mississippi A&M College and, after a period as a draftsman in Ohio, he became a professor of mechanical engineering at Mississippi State University. Elise graduated in 1912, married veterinarian Kenneth Uttley Jones (1892-1969) in 1918 and later moved to Birmingham, Alabama. After her graduation in 1917, Alice worked as a stenographer and secretary at Mississippi A&M College until 1924. She died four days after an operation to have her appendix removed at Ivy Hospital, West Point, on February 12, 1927.

Meta Perkins graduated in 1915 and became a teacher. She taught at Osyka High School as a primary teacher in 1915-16 and subsequently at Ackerman, Mississippi. She married George Bishop Hightower (1893-1942) in 1918. George Hightower was the son of George Robert Hightower (1865-1958) and Sallie Pearl Bishop Hightower (1873-1952). The Hightowers had moved to Mississippi in 1834 and settled at Smiths Mills. George Robert had been a teacher and education administrator before entering the Mississippi legislature in 1899, serving as both a congressman and senator. He became president of Mississippi A&M College in 1912 but resigned in 1916 when Theodore Bilbo became governor. George Robert bought Brandon Hall at Stanton near Natchez and farmed there, becoming a successful producer of vegetables and stock. He served on the state tax commission from 1925 to 1928 and the state parole board in the 1940s. He had two other sons: Robert Beall (b. 1907), and Lynwood (b. 1905) whose children include George Marion, Lynwood, Jr., Mary Pearl and John Robert. George Bishop Hightower was born in New Albany and attended Mississippi A&M College, graduating in 1913. He completed a law degree at the University of Mississippi in 1915 and became a lawyer in Ackerman. He joined the army aviation signal corps during World War I as a second lieutenant stationed firstly at Rich Field, Waco, Texas, and then at March Field, Riverside, California, until his discharge as a first lieutenant in 1919. He and Meta lived in California briefly after their marriage but returned to Mississippi after his discharge. Their daughter, Meta Perkins “Daughter” Hightower (1919-1996) was born in Starkville. George worked in real estate, as an agricultural agent, and with his father. George and Meta appear to have lived at Stanton for some time during the 1920s but their daughter attended school in Starkville. After George’s death in 1942, Meta became the society editor of the Starkville News, holding that position until just before her death in 1960.

Meta P. Hightower attended Starkville High School and then completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Mississippi State College (MSC) in 1940. Meta was in the Varsity Club and may have been the first woman to receive an athletic letter from MSC as a member of the rifle team. She met Hugh Battles Montgomery (1916-1987) at MSC and they married in 1940. Hugh’s grandparents were William Battles (1827-1905) and Caroline Hall Montgomery (1840-1919). They had seven children: Jonnie, Hosea and Charles, all of whom died in early childhood; Annie (b. 1877), who married James B. Waters; Hugh (1876-1901); David (b. 1880); and William Battles (1883-1950). Hugh became Deputy United States Marshal of Pontotoc County from about 1899 until his murder in 1901. His brother David succeeded him in the position. William Battles graduated from Millsaps College with a degree in engineering but taught at Freeman Public School in Pontotoc County, Mississippi, before joining the office of the county surveyor of Hinds County, Mississippi, in 1913. Apart from eight years in private practice as a civil engineer in Jackson, Mississippi, William was Hinds County surveyor until his death in 1950. He was succeeded briefly in the job by his wife, Agnes Dorman Montgomery (circa 1894-1955). William and Agnes had two sons: William Burton and Hugh Battles Montgomery. Hugh graduated from the Gulf Coast Military Academy in 1936 and attended Mississippi State College until he entered the army in 1940. Lieutenant Montgomery served as adjutant at the Civilian Conservation Corps’ Camp Trask in Tillamook, Oregon, before being stationed with the army air corps at Blytheville, Arkansas, and later at Walker Army Air Field in Kansas. Hugh and Meta’s first two children, Meta Agnes “Ag” Montgomery (b. 1941) and Alice Perkins “Tuts” or “Sisser” Montgomery (b. 1943), were born during this period. Captain Montgomery was later stationed in Guam. Hugh Battles, Jr. “Bud”, was born in 1949. Hugh was stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, in the early 1950s before moving to Kyushu, Japan, in 1953 and later to Korea. Major Montgomery’s last posting was to Fort McClellan, Alabama, in 1965, one year before his retirement. Meta Agnes married Charles Robert Mueller in 1959. Alice married Charles Dorries and had two children: Susan and Steven.


Hightower, Montgomery, Perkins, Castles, and Stiles families papers.

Bellar, George W. Mississippi A. & M. College, Starkville and Oktibbeha County, 1913, p.23.

McCain, William D. The Story of Jackson. Vol. 2. Jackson: Hyer Publishing, 1953, pp. 254-256.

Seitz, Mrs. Morris. History of Sessums Community Through 1976. Available at: www.oktibbehamsgenealogy.org/Sessums_Booklet.pdf, pp. 10-11, 38.

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Scope and Contents

The Hightower, Montgomery, Perkins, Castles, and Stiles families papers contain the papers of the members of five Mississippi families related by marriage. Much of the material concerns three families: the Perkins, Hightower and Montgomery families. The papers include family correspondence, a small number of business and legal documents, and a variety of other documents that record predominantly the lives of the female members of the families. The collection includes a number of publications, including a collection of children’s books from the turn of the twentieth century. A large number of photographs, including many snapshots, document the members of the families and their friends. An important feature of the collection is the clothing and accessories, including Louise Stiles Perkins’ wedding dress. There are also three boxes of artifacts, mostly mementoes and ephemera.

The papers are divided into nine series. The first, Perkins Family, is a large series and contains material related to the family of John B. and Louise Stiles Perkins. There is correspondence between John and Louise during their courtship and letters which reveal the opposition of Louise’s father to the marriage. The series includes correspondence between John and Louise subsequent to the wedding in 1884 and with their children. A group of materials document Louise Stiles’ education and there are a number of financial and legal documents, most notably a ledger for John Perkins’ store and a plat of the property he owned in Starkville, Mississippi. Also included are groups of materials related to all the Perkins children except Meta. The postcard albums of Alice and Elise Perkins contain a variety of postcards from the early twentieth century. The Seleta Elise Perkins Jones subseries also includes a copy of the 1912 yearbook of the Mississippi Synodical College in Holly Springs.

Series two, Hightower Family, contains documents concerning Meta Perkins Hightower and her husband, George B. Hightower, as well as a folder of biographical material on Meta’s father-in-law, former Mississippi A&M College president George R. Hightower. The materials related to George B. Hightower include his diplomas and documents pertaining to his military service during and after World War I. There is a group of correspondence in the Meta Perkins Hightower subseries including a postcard album of similar vintage to those of her sisters, and a scrapbook put together during the 1920s. An interesting item is the autobiographical essay titled ‘One of the Perkins Girls’, written by Meta Hightower in 1924. Also included are diplomas, school materials, a few financial documents, and a colored pencil drawing of Meta by Martha Simpson. The Mr. and Mrs. George B. Hightower subseries contains various documents, including their marriage license, real estate records, and newspaper clippings featuring a copy of the March Field army base newspaper announcing George Hightower taking leave to get married in 1918. A group of publications on subjects such as music, religion and shoeing army horses completes the series.

The third series, Montgomery Family, documents the family of Meta P. Hightower Montgomery and her husband Hugh B. Montgomery. It also includes materials related to Hugh’s father and mother, and his uncles, aunt and grandmother. A noteworthy group of documents are the personal and official items found in Deputy Marshall Hugh Montgomery’s portable desk. These include duplicate warrants and subpoenas issued during his service in Pontotoc County, Mississippi, before his murder in 1901. The Agnes D. Montgomery and William B. Montgomery subseries contain documents pertaining to the settlement of their estates but the latter also includes a souvenir booklet produced in 1907 when William taught at Freeman Public School in Pontotoc County. The Hugh B. and Meta Hightower Montgomery family subseries features items related to Hugh’s military career, copies of Meta’s genealogical research, a pencil portrait of Hugh, and some items from the family’s time in Japan, including caricatures of Hugh and Meta. A copy of ‘The Review’, a newspaper produced by the Civilian Conservation Corps in Washington in 1941 reports Hugh’s close encounter with a mountain lion while serving as adjutant at Camp Trask in Oregon.

Materials related to Annie D. Perkins Castles are contained in the fourth series, Castles Family. This small series includes her 1903 commencement program and diploma from North Mississippi Presbyterian College in Holly Springs, correspondence, a teaching certificate, and some legal and financial documents.

Series five, Stiles Family, is also limited in scope. A newspaper clipping notes the 100th birthday of Mary E. Stiles, and there is some correspondence concerning her sister, Annie E. Stiles Perkins, and her nephew, Charles F. Stiles. A small Bible owned by Annie’s husband Charles S. Perkins is included.

A small number of miscellaneous items make up the sixth series, Miscellany. It includes some family history information, a watercolor painting and a livestock—possibly cattle—lineage chart.

Publications is the seventh series and it has a group of children’s books from the late nineteenth/early twentieth centuries, some in poor repair. There are also children’s textbooks related to geography, science and music, and a 1922 issue of the magazine ‘American Cookery’.

The collection contains a very large number of photographs in series eight, Photographs. The great majority are snapshots of Meta P. Hightower and her family with Hugh B. Montgomery. But there are also portraits of the Perkins family extending back to the 1870s, as well as carte de visit albums compiled by Louise and Annie Stiles containing images from the same era. An album compiled by Meta Perkins between 1906 and 1918 features photographs taken at Mississippi Synodical College in Holly Springs. Three daguerreotypes linked to the Stiles family are included. Images of Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Trask circa 1941, Mississippi State College circa 1940, and Hugh B. Montgomery’s colleagues while serving in Japan during the mid-1950s are of interest.

Series nine, Clothing and Accessories, includes 78 pieces of historic clothing and accessories such as costume jewelry, hair pins, cloth badges and bags owned by Louise C. Stiles Perkins, Annie E. Stiles Perkins, Annie D. Perkins Castles, Alice M. Perkins and Meta P. Hightower Montgomery. Louise Stiles Perkins wedding dress is a notable piece. There is a variety of women’s clothing from underwear to hats, and one man’s evening coat, all dating to the early part of the twentieth century. A full inventory can be found in Appendix 1.

The last series, Artifacts, is a group of memorabilia, costume jewelry, accessories and ephemera. Noteworthy items include a photographic button pin of the 1906 University of Mississippi baseball team, a Mississippi A&M College pin and medallion, a badge and ribbon belonging to George R. Hightower from the 1925 ‘Know Mississippi Better’ train, and Deputy U.S. Marshal Hugh Montgomery’s portable desk. An inventory is in Appendix 2.

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Series 1. Perkins Family- Boxes 1-2, 6-7; Small Oversize Manuscripts Box 40; Oversize Manuscripts Box 14; Visual Materials: Photographs Box 22; Visual Materials: Art Box 1; Oversize Art Box 1

Series 2. Hightower Family- Boxes 2-3, 6; Small Oversize Manuscripts Box 40; Oversize Manuscripts Box 14; Visual Materials: Photographs Box 22; Small Oversize Art Box 1

Series 3. Montgomery Family- Boxes 3-4, 7; Small Oversize Manuscripts Box 40; Visual Materials: Photographs Box 11; Visual Materials: Art Box 1; Small Oversize Art Box 1

Series 4. Castles Family- Box 4; Oversize Manuscripts Box 14

Series 5. Stiles Family- Box 4

Series 6. Miscellany- Boxes 4, 6; Small Oversize Art Box 1; Large Oversize Manuscripts 12

Series 7. Publications- Box 5; Small Oversize Manuscripts Box 40

Series 8. Photographs- Box 5; Small Visual Materials: Photographs Boxes 1-3; Visual Materials: Photographs Boxes 18-22; Small Oversize Photographs Box 1; Visual Materials: Cased Photographs Box 1

Series 9. Clothing and Accessories- Small Oversize Costume/Textile Boxes 1-2; Oversize Costume/Textile Boxes 1-9

Series 10. Artifacts- Artifacts Boxes 9-11; Small Oversize Artifacts Box 2

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Mississippi State University Libraries 

P.O. Box 5408
Mississippi State, MS, 39762

Publication date: March 2010

Access Restrictions

Open to all researchers.

Use Restrictions

Any requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce materials from this collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian for Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Mississippi State University as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


Meta Agnes Montgomery Doran and Alice Montgomery Dorries, 1996-1998.

Processing Information

Newspaper clippings were copied and disposed of. Prints and some photographs were unframed and the frames disposed of. Duplicate items and some scraps of fabric were disposed of.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

Castles and Stiles families papers, Special Collections Department, Mississippi State University Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Mississippi State College.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Guam.
  • Japan.
  • Korea (South)
  • Oktibbeha County (Miss.)
  • Starkville (Miss.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Brumby, Louise C. , (Louise Christine), 1888-1984.
  • Carpenter, Martha V. , (Martha Virginia)
  • Castle, Annie D. , (Annie Dell), 1885-1976.
  • Castles, Henry P. , (Henry Paul), 1879-1951.
  • Doran, Meta A., (Meta Agnes), b. 1941.
  • Dorries, Alice P., (Alice Perkins), b. 1943.
  • Dorries, Stephen.
  • Dorries, Susan.
  • Hightower, George B., (George Bishop), 1893-1942.
  • Hightower, George R., (George Robert), 1865-1958.
  • Hightower, John.
  • Hightower, Mary P., (Mary Pearl)
  • Hightower, Meta, (Lelia Almeta), 1895-1960.
  • Jones, Elise, (Seleta Elise), 1893-1971.
  • Jones, Kenneth U., (Kenneth Uttley), 1892-1969.
  • Montgomery, Agnes, (Meta Agnes), b. 1941.
  • Montgomery, Agnes, circa 1894-1955.
  • Montgomery, Caroline, 1840-1919.
  • Montgomery, David, b. 1880.
  • Montgomery, Hugh B., (Hugh Battles), 1916-1987.
  • Montgomery, Hugh, 1876-1901.
  • Montgomery, Meta P., (Meta Perkins), 1919-1996.
  • Montgomery, William B., (William Battles), 1883-1950.
  • Nichols, Dianne, b. 1939.
  • Perkins , Louise C., (Louise Christine), 1855-1948.
  • Perkins, Alice M., (Alice Margaret), 1898-1927.
  • Perkins, Annie, b. 1888.
  • Perkins, Charles S.
  • Perkins, Dorothy A., (Dorothy Ann), b. 1915
  • Perkins, John B., (John Bolivar), 1859-1941.
  • Perkins, John B., (John Bolivar), 1886-1976.
  • Perkins, John M., (John Muldrow), b. 1925.
  • Perkins, Louise A., (Louise Adele), b. 1917.
  • Stiles, Annie E., (Annie Eliza)
  • Stiles, John E., (John Easter), 1819-1887.
  • Stiles, Mary E., (Mary Emily), 1850-1954.
  • Waters, Annie, b. 1877.
  • Watson, Harriet, b. 1868.
  • Watson, Pickens.,


  • Business records.
  • Civilian Conservation Corps--Oregon.
  • Education--Mississippi.
  • Family life--Mississippi.
  • Family--History.
  • School children.
  • Soldiers.
  • Women--Mississippi.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1. Perkins family. 

 Box 1. Folder 1.  Mary A. Perkins Stallings: Correspondence, 1887. 

 Box 1. Folder 2.  Mary A. Perkins Stallings: Financial records, 1887. 

 Box 1. Folder 3.  William R. Perkins: Letter, 1927. 

 OSArt 1.  Chinese print. 

John B. Perkins: Correspondence: 

 Box 1. Folder 4.  General, 1881-1888 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 5.  Letters from Louise C. Stiles Perkins, 1882-1883 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 6.  Letters from Louise C. Stiles Perkins, 1883 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 7.  Letters from Louise C. Stiles Perkins, 1887, 1902-1910 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 8.  From his children, 1894-1917, 1936. 

 Box 1. Folder 9. Financial/business letters, 1888, 1938 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 10.  John B. Perkins: Will: Lazeras and Mary Mansfield, 1926. 

 Box 1. Folder 11.  John B. Perkins: Warranty deeds, 1898-1929 and undated. 

 Box 6.  John B. Perkins: Store ledger: Perkins and Company, Starkville, 1893-1894, 1898 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 12.  Miscellaneous, 1898 and undated. 

Louise C. Stiles Perkins: Correspondence: 

 Box 1. Folder 13.  General, 1871-1878. 

 Box 1. Folder 14.  General, 1879-1883 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 15.  From Clarence Tucker, 1877-1880 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 16.  From John B. Perkins, 1882-1883. 

 Box 1. Folder 17.  From John B. Perkins, 1883. 

 Box 1. Folder 18.  From John B. Perkins, 1883 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 19.  From John B. Perkins and John E. Stiles concerning her engagement and marriage, 1883-1884. 

 Box 1. Folder 20.  General, 1888-1948 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 21.  From John B. Perkins, 1886-1939 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 22.  From Annie D. Perkins, 1901-1910. 

 Box 1. Folder 23.  From John B. Perkins, Jr., 1914-1924. 

 Box 1. Folder 24.  From Louise C. Perkins, 1901-1906. 

 Box 1. Folder 25.  From Seleta Elise Perkins, 1911-1914 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 26.  From Meta Perkins Hightower, 1914-1941. 

 Box 1. Folder 27.  Birthday wishes from her children, 1913-1939 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 29.  From Stiles family, 1873-1891 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 30.  Letters addressed to Arabella (possibly fictional), 1883. 

Louise C. Stiles Perkins: School materials: 

 Box 1. Folder 31.  Composition, 1874-1876 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 32.  French papers, undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 33.  School notebook, undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 34.  Reward of merit cards, undated. 

 OS 14.  Mary Sharp College, Winchester, Tenn., diploma, 1875. 

 Box 1. Folder 35.  Louise C. Stiles Perkins: Teaching materials: Teaching certificates, 1876, 1881-1882. 

 Box 1. Folder 36.  Louise C. Stiles Perkins: Teaching materials: Student compositions, 1883, 1901 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 37.  Louise C. Stiles Perkins: Financial documents, 1881-1884. 

 Box 1. Folder 38.  Louise C. Stiles Perkins: Autograph book, 1883-1906. 

Mr. and Mrs. John B. Perkins: 


 Box 1. Folder 39.  General, 1923 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 40.  Condolences: For daughter, Emily Jane, 1894. 

 Box 1. Folder 41.  Condolences: For daughter, Alice Margaret, 1927. 

 Box 1. Folder 42.  50th anniversary telegrams, 1934. 

 Box 1. Folder 43.  Letter fragments, undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 44.  Unsent Christmas card, 1942. 

 Box 1. Folder 45.  Various invitations, 1904-1908, 1936, 1941. 

Financial Records: 

 Box 1. Folder 46.  Account books, 1886 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 47.  Statements and invoices, 1883-1913 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 1.  Receipts, 1886-1939 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 2.  Promissory notes, 1886-1892, 1928 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 3.  Investment shares certificate: Western National Insurance Company, 1910. 

 Box 2. Folder 4.  Tax records, 1917-1950. 

 Box 2. Folder 5.  Home loan documents, 1934-1946. 

 Box 2. Folder 6.  Insurance documents, 1920-1937. 

 SMO 40.  Town plat of Perkins' residence, 1906. 

 Box 2. Folder 7.  Miscellaneous writings, undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 8.  Scrapbook clippings, undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 9.  Religious materials, undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 10.  Programs, 1914 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 11.  Advertisements, 1888 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 12.  Calling cards, undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 13.  Miscellaneous, 1916-1927 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 14.  Publications: Newspaper clippings: Perkins family, 1934-1948 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 15.  Publications: Newspaper clippings: General, 1883-1946 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 16.  Publications: Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine (incomplete), 1870 June; Vol. 84, No. 489, 1872 January; Vol. 84, No. 504, 1872 June. 

 Box 2. Folder 17.  Publications: How To Respect and Display Our Flag, U.S. Marine Corps, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., undated;  Mississippi County Fair Catalog and Premium List: Sept. 21-27, 1942, Blytheville, Ark. 

John B. Perkins, Jr.: 

 Box 2. Folder 18.  Correspondence, 1898-1907 undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 19.  Mississippi A&M College Mechanical Course report card, 1902. 

 Box 2. Folder 20.  Biographical memoranda (photocopy), 1919. 

 Box 2. Folder 21.  Military manual: Conventional Signs: The General Service Schools, 1921. 

 VMArt 1.  Dorothy A. Perkins: Oil painting, undated. 

 VMArt 1.  Louise A. Perkins: Oil painting, 1927. 

Louise C. Perkins: 

 Box 2. Folder 22.  Correspondence, 1901-1906. 

 Box 2. Folder 23.  School report cards, 1902 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 24.  Invoice, undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 25.  Family pages from Bible, undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 26.  Poem, undated. 

Seleta Elise Perkins Jones: 

 Box 2. Folder 27.  Correspondence: General, 1909-1913. 

 Box 2. Folder 28.  Correspondence: General, 1912-1966 and undated. 

 VMP 22.  Correspondence: Postcard album, 1904-1909 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 29.  Postcards (copies), 1904-1909 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 30.  Correspondence: Unsent letter, "Dear Charles", 1902. 

 Box 2. Folder 31.  School composition, undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 32.  Yearbook: Miss Syn, Mississippi Synodical College, Holly Springs, Miss., 1912. 

 Box 2. Folder 33.  Personal records, 1960. 

 Box 2. Folder 34.  Miscellaneous, undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 35.  Dr. Kenneth U. Jones: Correspondence: General, 1949, 1969 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 36.  Dr. Kenneth U. Jones: Correspondence: Veterinary practice, 1919-1932. 

 Box 2. Folder 37.  Dr. Kenneth U. Jones: Will and estate records, 1938 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 38.  Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth U. Jones: Retirement records, 1967. 

 Box 2. Folder 39.  Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth U. Jones: American Jersey Cattle Club, 1944-1955 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 40.  Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth U. Jones: Miscellaneous, 1943 and undated. 

Alice M. Perkins: 


 Box 2. Folder 41.  General, 1900-1925. 

 Box 2. Folder 42.  General, 1925-1926. 

 Box 2. Folder 43.  General, 1927. 

 Box 2. Folder 44.  General, undated. 

 VMP 22. Postcard album, 1904-1909 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 45. Postcards (copies), 1904-1909 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 46.  Letters of reference, 1924. 

 Box 2. Folder 47.  Financial records, 1925-1927. 

 Box 2. Folder 48.  School material: Tenth grade report card, undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 49.  School material: Valedictory address, 1914. 

 Box 2. Folder 50.  Delphian Society material, 1925 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 51.  Religious and other material, 1916 and undated. 

 Box 7.  The System Bible Study, 1922. 

 Box 2. Folder 52.  Woodrow Wilson Foundation certificate, 1922. 

 Box 2. Folder 53.  First Presbyterian Church program, 1925. 

 Box 6.  Scrapbook, 1904. 

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  Series 2. Hightower family. 

 Box 2. Folder 54.  George R. Hightower, biographical material, 1908-1953 and undated. 

George B. Hightower: 

 Box 2. Folder 55.  Correspondence: General, 1919-1939 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 56.  Correspondence: From Meta Perkins Hightower, 1918-1927 and undated. 

 OS 14.  School diplomas: University Training School, Oxford, Miss., diploma, 1909. 

 OS 14.  School diplomas: Mississippi A&M College, Bachelor of Science diploma, 1913. 

 OS 14.  School diplomas: University of Mississippi, Bachlelor of Laws diploma, 1915. 

 OS 14.  Mississippi A&M College, Class of 1913 alumni poster, undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 57.  G.M. and N. News, 1929. 

 Box 2. Folder 58. Personal contracts, 1922, 1927 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 59.  Military records and materials, 1918-1924 and undated. 

 SMO 40.  Second lieutenant appointment certificate, 1918. 

 Box 2. Folder 60.  First class postmaster application, letter, 1928. 

 Box 2. Folder 61.  Miscellaneous, 1885-1927 and undated. 

 SMO 40.  Plat: Oil and mineral rights, Catahoula Parish, La., 1927. 

Meta Perkins Hightower: 


 VMP 22.  Postcard album, 1904-1910 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 62.  Postcards (copies), 1904-1910 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 63.  General, 1911-1930 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 64.  General, undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 1.  From George B. Hightower, 1918-1927 and undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 2.  Condolence letters concerning Alice Perkins, 1927. 

 Box 3. Folder 3.  From Louise C. Stiles Perkins, 1925-1927 and undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 4.  From Meta P. Hightower, 1925 and undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 5.  From granddaughters, 1948-1949. 

 Box 3. Folder 6.  Miscellaneous, undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 7.  Financial records: Tax records, 1940-1960. 

 Box 3. Folder 8.  Financial records: Account book: Mrs. J.B. Perkins estate, 1948-1959. 

 Box 3. Folder 9.  Financial records: Miscellaneous, 1955 and undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 10.  Personal documents, 1930-1949 and undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 11.  Essay: "One of the Perkins Girls", 1924. 

 Box 3. Folder 12.  Catechism books, undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 13.  School materials, 1930-1936 and undated. 

 OS 14.  School diplomas: Starkville High School diploma, 1912. 

 OS 14.  School diplomas: Mississippi Synodical College, Holly Springs, Miss. diploma, 1915. 

 SMO 40.  School diplomas: Watercolors course, Mississippi Synodical College, Holly Springs, Miss. certificate of completion, 1915. 

 Box 3. Folder 14.  Our Baby's History, undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 15.  Address book, 1926. 

 Box 3. Folder 16.  Diary, 1935 and undated. 

 Box 6.  Scrapbook, 1922-1929, 1941 and undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 17.  Copy and loose materials, 1922-1929, 1941 and undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 18.  Photograph album (photocopy), undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 19.  Prints: Theodore Roosevelt plaque, undated (2); Woman's Day flower prints, 1953. 

 OSArt 1.  Colored pencil drawing: Meta Perkins Hightower by Martha Simpson, undated. 

 SMOArt 1.  Watercolor painting, undated. 

 OS 14.  Good Housekeeping Magazine house plans, 1955. 

Mr. and Mrs. George B. Hightower: 

 Box 3. Folder 20.  Correspondence: Letters and invitations, 1919-1933 and undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 21.  Correspondence: Miscellaneous cards, undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 22.  Marriage license and invitations, 1918. 

 Box 3. Folder 23. Child's drawing, undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 24.  Legal documents: Deed, receipt and correspondence for property purchases, 1952. 

 Box 3. Folder 25.  Legal documents: Oil, gas and mineral lease, 1920. 

 Box 3. Folder 26.  Programs: First Presybterian Church, Starkville, bulletins, 1926. 

 Box 2. Folder 27.  Programs: Event programs, 1924, 1936-1937 and undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 28.  Travel materials, 1919 and undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 29.  Calling cards, undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 30.  Miscellaneous: Various materials, 1905-1922 and undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 31.  Miscellaneous: Writings, clippings, undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 32.  Publications: Newspaper clippings: Family, 1918-1988 and undated. 

 OS 14.  The Fly Leaf, March Field, Riverside, Calif., 1918 July 27. 

 Box 3. Folder 33.  Publications: Newspaper clippings: General, 1934-1962 and undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 34. Publications: An Approach to Music Study, 1931;  Better Homes and Gardens, 1930 January;  Fall River Line Journal, 1925 April;  Helpful Hints, 1911;  History of Christ Church, Alexandria, Va., 1926;  How to Speed Yourself Up, 1914;  Moody Bible Institute Bulletin, 1925 November;  Worthwhile Songs for the Discriminating Singer, circa 1925. 

 Box 3. Folder 35.  Publications: Army songbook (missing cover and title page), undated; Manual for Army Horseshoers, 1917. 

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Series 3. Montgomery family. 

 Box 3. Folder 36.  Caroline Montgomery: Postcard, undated. 

Hugh Montgomery: 

 Box 3. Folder 37.  Correspondence: Personal, 1899-1900. 

 Box 3. Folder 38.  Correspondence: Official, 1899-1901. 

 Box 3. Folder 39.  Personal material, 1896 and undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 40.  Duplicate warrants, subpoenas, 1899-1901 and undated. 

 SMO 40.  Census enumerator appointment, 1900. 

 Box 3. Folder 41.  Financial records, 1899-1900. 

 Box 3. Folder 42.  Notebook, 1899. 

 Box 3. Folder 43.  Newspaper clipping concerning his murder, 1901. 

 Box 3. Folder 44.  David Montgomery: Personal material, 1894, 1900. 

 Box 3. Folder 45.  David Montgomery: Duplicate warrant, 1902. 

 Box 3. Folder 46.  Annie Montgomery Waters: Postcard, bank book, 1928-1932 and undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 47.  William B. Montgomery: Teaching materials, 1907. 

William B. Montgomery: Estate records: 

 Box 3. Folder 48.  Correspondence, 1951-1952. 

 Box 3. Folder 49.  Bank records, 1951-1952. 

 Box 3. Folder 50.  Tax documents, 1950. 

Agnes D. Montgomery estate records: 

 Box 3. Folder 51.  Correspondence, 1955 February-May. 

 Box 3. Folder 52.  Correspondence, 1955 June-September. 

 Box 3. Folder 53.  Legal documents, 1955. 

 Box 3. Folder 54.  Bills, invoices, 1954-1956. 

 Box 3. Folder 55.  Bank records, 1954-1955. 

Hugh B. and Meta Hightower Montgomery family: 

 Box 3. Folder 56.  Hugh B. Montgomery: Correspondence, 1917, 1944. 

 Box 4. Folder 1.  Hugh B. Montgomery: Gulf Coast Military Academy commencement, 1935 and undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 2.  Hugh B. Montgomery: Military papers, 1944-1966 and undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 3.  Hugh B. Montgomery: Miscellaneous, 1945 and undated. 

 SMOArt 1.  Pencil portrait: Hugh B. Montgomery by J. Bailey, 1945 April 13. 

Meta P. Hightower Montgomery: 

 Box 4. Folder 4.  Correspondence: From Hugh Montgomery, undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 5.  Correspondence: General, 1919-1940 and undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 6.  Genealogical notebooks: 1, 1914-1973 and undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 7.  Genealogical notebooks: 2, 1916-1956 and undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 8.  Genealogical notebooks: 3, 1957-1964 and undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 9.  Catechism book, undated. 

 SMO 40.  Westminster Shorter Catechism recitation diploma, 1929. 

 Box 7.  Scrapbook, 1928-1932 and undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 10.  Loose items, 1931-1932. 

 Box 4. Folder 11.  School material, 1925-1936 and undated. 

 SMO 40. Starkville High School diploma, 1936. 

 Box 4. Folder 12.  Dance cards, 1937. 

 Box 4. Folder 13.  Mississippi State College: School and reunion, 1940, 1970 and undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 14.  Mississippi State College: Bachelor of Science diploma, 1940. 

 SMO 40.  Mississippi State College: Varsity Club program, 1937 December 9. 

 Box 4. Folder 15.  Publications: By Word of Mouth cookbook, 1981. 

 Box 4. Folder 16.  Publications: New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, 1927. 

 Box 4. Folder 17.  Publications: The Holy Bible, 1929. 

 Box 4. Folder 18.  Meta Agnes Montgomery, letter to Ma Ma, undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 19.  Alice P. Montgomery: School material, 1957-1958 and undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 20.  Alice P. Montgomery: Miscellaneous, 1954, 1976 and undated. 

Hugh B. and Meta Hightower Montgomery: 

 Box 4. Folder 21.  Calling cards, various, undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 22.  Family immunization records, 1952-1953, 1960-1961. 

 Box 4. Folder 23.  Japan: Receipts, 1953-1954 and undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 24.  Japan: Memorabilia, 1953, 1978 and undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 25.  Japan: Newspaper clippings, 1954 and undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 26.  Legal documents and correspondnece, 1959, 1966 and undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 27.  Poems, clippings and other writings, 1925 and undated. Political verse: "Ike is My Shepherd", undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 28.  Miscellaneous, 1937-1986 and undated. 

 VMArt 1.  Ink caricatures: Hugh and Meta Montgomery by Harry San, undated (2). 

 OS 14.  Print: Mayflower II, 1957. 

 Box 4. Folder 29.  Newspaper clippings, 1919-1993 and undated. 

 SMO 40.  The Review, Civilian Conservation Corps Vancouver Barracks District, Wash., 1941 March 15. 

 Box 4. Folder 30.  Religious pamphlets and booklets, undated. 

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Series 4. Castles family. 

Annie D. Perkins Castles: 

 Box 4. Folder 31.  Correspondence, 1905-1926 and undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 32.  Composition notebook, 1901. 

 Box 4. Folder 33.  Wedding invitation and announcement, to Paul Castles, 1926. 

 Box 4. Folder 34.  North Mississipi Presbyterian College, Holly Springs, Miss., graduation, 1903: Commencement program. 

 OS 14.  North Mississipi Presbyterian College, Holly Springs, Miss., graduation, 1903: Diploma. 

 Box 4. Folder 35.  Teaching certificate, 1906. 

 Box 4. Folder 36.  Financial records, 1911-1931. 

 Box 4. Folder 37.  Deed of trust, 1921-1922. 

 Box 3. Folder 38.  Life insurance documents, 1919-1934. 

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Series 5. Stiles family. 

 Box 4. Folder 39.  Mary E. Stiles: Newspaper clipping, 1950. 

 Box 4. Folder 40.  Charles F. Stiles: Correspondence, 1914, 1919 and undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 41.  Annie E. Stiles Perkins: Correspondence, 1870-1894 and undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 42.  Annie E. Stiles Perkins: Autograph book, 1882-1889 and undated. 

 Box 4. Folder 43.  New Testament belonging to Charles Perkins, 1854. 

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Series 6. Miscellany. 

 Box 4. Folder 44.  Biographical information, 1913-1997. 

 Box 6.  Scrapbook: "Scraps", undated. 

 SMOArt 1.  Watercolor paintings of flowers by Rosabella Cooper, undated (2). 

 LgOS 12.  Livestock (cattle?) lineage chart, undated. 

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Series 7. Publications. 

 Box 5. Folder 1.  Prints: 'His Christmas Gift', 1925; 'Safe' (photocopy), 1927; 'The Angelus' by Jean-Francois Millet (2). 

 SMO 40.  Prints: Two dogs by Arthur Wardle. 

 Box 5. Folder 2.  Brochure: The Nature Library, Nelson Doubleday, circa 1926. 

Children's books: 

 Box 5. Folder 3.  Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and Other Stories, Chicago: W.B. Conkey, undated. 

 Box 5. Folder 4.  Animal Antics, New York: McLoughlin, undated. 

 Box 5. Folder 6.  Bird Paintbook, Akron, Ohio: Saalfield, 1915. 

 Box 5. Folder 6.  Bedtime Stories, Boston: Lothrop, 1904. 

 Box 5. Folder 7.  Child's Bible, 1884. 

 Box 5. Folder 8.  Cinderella, New York: McLoughlin, 1888. 

 Box 5. Folder 9.  Dick Whittington, Kenosha, Wis.: Samuel Lowe, 1944. 

 SMO 40.  The Frog Who Would A-Wooing Go (color photocopy), New York: McLoughlin, 1893. 

 Box 5. Folder 10.  Gems for Children, New York: McLoughlin, undated. 

 Box 5. Folder 11.  Henny Penny Painting Book, Newark, N.J.: Charles E. Graham, undated. 

 Box 5. Folder 12.  Little Red Riding Hood, undated. 

 Box 5. Folder 13.  Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes, Kenosha, Wis.: Samuel Lowe, 1944. 

 Box 5. Folder 14.  Playtime Painting and Drawing, Chicago: M.A. Donohue, undated. 

 Box 5. Folder 15. Rhymes and Chimes for Little Folks, New York, Hurst, and undated. 

 Box 5. Folder 16.  Stuart, Elizabeth B. Runaway Jerry, Racine, Wis.: Whitman, 1916. 

 Box 5. Folder 17.  Stories and Pictures Of Animals, New York: Hurst, circa 1901. 

 Box 5. Folder 18.  Trimble, Lawrence. Strongheart: The Story of a Wonder Dog, Racine, Wis.: Whitman, 1926. 

 Box 5. Folder 19.  Twilight Stories, New York: McLoughlin, 1897. 

 SMO 40.  Wild Animals, New York: McLoughlin, 1900. 


 Unfoldered.  McMurry, Frank M. & A.E. Parkins. Advanced Geography, New York, Macmillan, 1926. 

 Box 5. Folder 20.  Strong, Francis. All the Year Round, A Nature Reader, Part III: Spring, Boston: Ginn, 1896. 

 Box 5. Folder 21.  Home Primer, New York: McLoughlin, 1887. 

 Box 5. Folder 22.  Motion Songs: Drills and Marches for Schools, Boston: Educational Publishing, 1890. 

 Box 5. Folder 23.  Hathaway, B.A. 1001 Questions and Answers on Geography, Lebanon, Ohio, 1886. 

 Box 5. Folder 24.  Blaisdell, Albert F. Our Bodies and How We Live, Boston: Ginne, 1895. 

 Box 5. Folder 25.  Riley, Alice C. & Jessie L. Gaynor. Songs of the Child-World, Cincinnati: John Church, 1897. 

 Box 5. Folder 26.  Incomplete items: 1. 

 Box 5. Folder 27.  Incomplete items: 2. 

 Unfoldered. Incomplete items: Unidentified children's stories, undated. 

 Box 5. Folder 28.  Journal: American Cookery, Vol. 27(5), Boston Cooking School Magazine, 1922. 

 SMO 40.  National Archives. Charters of Freedom, No. 53-14, 1952. 

 Box 5. Folder 29.  Butterick doll's clothes pattern No. 427, 1926. 

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Series 8. Photographs. 

Perkins family: 

 VMP 18.  Charles S. Perkins, undated. 

John B. Perkins, Sr., family: 

 SVMP 1.  1870-1953 and undated. 

 VMP 18.  1952. 

 VMP 18.  John B. Perkins, Sr., circa 1876, 1915 and undated. 

 VMP 18.  Louise Stiles Perkins, 1882, 1947 and undated. 

 VMP 18.  Mr. and Mrs. John B. Perkins, Sr., 1934. 

 SMOP 1.  Mr. and Mrs. John B. Perkins, Sr. and children, 1915 December. 

 VMP 18.  Mr. and Mrs. John B. Perkins, Sr. and grandchildren, 1919. 

 VMP 18.  Children, 1893. 

 VMP 18.  Meta Perkins: School class portrait, circa 1902. 

 VMP 18.  Meta Perkins, circa 1905, 1912 and undated. 

 SMOP 1.  Meta Perkins: Album, 1906-1918. 

 VMP 18.  Seleta E. Perkins, circa 1905, 1913 and undated. 

 VMP 18.  Annie D. Perkins, circa 1905-1912. 

 VMP 18.  Alice M. Perkins, undated. 

John B. Perkins, Jr. family: 

 SVMP 1.  1906-1962 and undated. 

 VMP 18.  John B. Perkins, Jr., 1908, 1919 and undated. 

 SMOP 1.  John B. Perkins, Jr., 1953. 

 SMOP 1.  Annie Muldrow Perkins, undated. 

 VMP 18.  John M. Perkins, undated. 

 SMOP 1.  John M. Perkins: undated (2). 

 SMOP 1.  John M. Perkins and Betty Jane McMillan Perkins, 1950 February. 

 VMP 18.  Louise A. Perkins, undated. 

 VMP 19.  Dorothy A. Perkins family: Dorothy A. Perkins, 1960 and undated. 

 VMP 19.  Dorothy A. Perkins family: Diane Perkins, 1957. 

Hightower family: 

 VMP 19.  George R. Hightower, 1952 and undated. 

George B. Hightower family: 

 SVMP 1.  1913-1943 and undated. 

 VMP 19.  George B. Hightower, 1918 and undated. 

 VMP 19.  Meta Perkins Hightower, undated. 

Meta P. Hightower: 

 SVMP 1.  1919-1931 and undated. 

 SMOP 1.  School class portrait: First grade, 1925. 

 VMP 19.  1919 and undated. 

 VMP 19.  Undated. 

 VMP 19.  Varsity Club play featuring Meta P. Hightower, 1937. 

 VMP 19.  Meta Perkins Hightower and Meta P. Hightower, undated. 

 VMP 19.  Brandon Hall, Stanton, Mississippi, undated. 

 VMP 19.  Glenwood Mission Inn, Riverside, California, undated. 

 SVMP 1.  Lynwood Hightower family, 1957-1958 and undated. 

 VMP 19.  Lynwood Hightower family: Mary Pearl and John Hightower, 1957. 

 SVMP 1.  Robert Hightower, 1939. 

Montgomery family: 

 SVMP 1.  1938-1945 and undated. 

 VMP 20.  William B. Montgomery, undated. 

 VMP 20.  Annie Montgomery Waters, undated. 

 VMP 20.  David Montgomery, undated. 

 VMP 20.  Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Montgomery, 1948 and undated. 

Hugh B. Montgomery family: 

 VMP 20.  Small albums, 1952, 1956 and undated. 

 SVMP 1.  Hugh B. Montgomery, 1937-1953 and undated. 

 SMOP 1.  Hugh B. Montgomery: Civilian Conservation Corps, Company 5477, Camp Trask, Tillamook, Oregon, circa 1941. 

 SMOP 1.  Hugh B. Montgomery: Bear cubs, faun, undated. 

 VMP 20.  Hugh B. Montgomery, 1942 and undated. 

 VMP 20.  Hugh B. Montgomery, 1944, 1945 and undated. 

 SVMP 1.  Meta Hightower Montgomery, 1936-1960 and undated. 

 VMP 20.  Meta Hightower Montgomery, undated. 

 SVMP 1-2.  Hugh B. and Meta Hightower Montgomery, 1939-1961 and undated. 

 VMP 20.  Hugh B. and Meta Hightower Montgomery, 1941 and undated. 

 VMP 20.  Portraits, 1943-1953. 

 SVMP 2.  Meta Agnes Montgomery, 1942-1959 and undated. 

 VMP 20. Meta Agnes and Alice P. Montgomery, 1947. 

 VMP 21.  Meta Agnes and Alice P. Montgomery, undated. 

 VMP 21.  Meta Agnes, Alice P. and Hugh B. Jr., Montgomery, undated. 

 VMP 21.  Meta Agnes Montgomery, 1941. 

 SVMP 2.  Alice P. Montgomery, 1944-1961 and undated. 

 VMP 21.  Alice P. Montgomery, 1958 and undated. 

 SMOP 1.  Alice P. Montgomery, 1958 and undated. 

 SVMP 2.  Hugh Battles Montgomery, Jr., 1951-1966 and undated. 

 VMP 21.  David Montgomery, Jr., undated. 

 VMP 21.  George H. Montgomery, 1962 and undated. 

 SVMP 2.  Dorries and Montgomery families, 1961-1984 and undated. 

 VMP 21.  Dorries family: Alice Montgomery Dorries, undated. 

 VMP 21.  Dorries family: Steven and Susan Dorries, undated. 

 VMP 21.  Stiles family, circa 1900, 1957 and undated. 

 SVMP 2.  Stiles family, 1931-1953 and undated. 

 VMCP 1.  Stiles family: Cased photograph: John E. Stiles, circa 1857. 

 VMCP 1.  Stiles family: Cased photograph: Unidentified Confederate soldier (J.E. Stiles?), undated. 

 SVMP 3.  Stiles family: Carte de visite album: Annie E. Stiles album, presented by W.R. Poindexter, 1866 July. 

 Box 5. Folder 30.  Photocopies. 

 SVMP 3.  Stiles family: Carte de visite album: Louise C. Stiles album, presented by Aunt Nancy, 1870 December 25. 

 Box 5. Folder 31.  Photocopies. 

Friends and relatives: 

 SVMP 2.  1918-1992 and undated. 

 VMP 21.  Dr. Kenneth Uttley Jones, undated. 

 VMP 21.  Henry P. Castles, undated. 

 VMP 21.  Annie Perkins Castles' class, 1949. 

 VMP 21.  Martha Virginia Carpenter, 1912. 

Partially identified: 

 VMP 21.  People, 1924, 1941 and undated. 

 SVMP 2.  World War II-related, 1944 and undated. 

 SVMP 2.  Mississippi State College, undated. 

 SVMP 2.  Places, 1939-1993 and undated. 

 SVMP 2.  Cemeteries, 1951 and undated. 

 SVMP 2.  Animals, 1941 and undated. 


 SVMP 2.  1938-1970 and undated. 

 VMP 21.  Family, undated. 

 VMP 21.  Children, undated. 

 VMP 21.  Women, undated. 

 VMCP 1.  Cased photograph: Unidentified woman, undated. 

 VMP 22.  Men, undated. 

 VMP 22.  Places, undated. 

 VMP 22.  Other, 1906 and undated. 

 VMP 22.  Postcards, 1911-1940 and undated. 

 VMP 22.  Negatives: Perkins family, undated. 

 VMP 22.  Negatives: Hightower family, circa 1918-1936 and undated. 

 VMP 22.  Negatives: Montgomery/Dorries family, 1984. 

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Series 9. Clothing and accessories. 

 SMOCosT 1-2. OSCosT 1-9. 78 pieces of clothing and accessories, including items owned by Louise C. Stiles Perkins, Annie E. Stiles, Annie D. Perkins Castles, and Meta P. Hightower Montogomery. See Appendix 1 for inventory. 

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Series 10. Artifacts. 

 Artifacts 9-11; SMOA 2.  Memorabilia, jewelry, accessories and ephemera. See Appendix 2 for inventory. 

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Appendix 1. Clothing Inventory.

Oversize Costumes/Textiles Box 1

Contains mostly Annie D. Perkins Castles items:

1. White lingerie dress with over apron, machine sewn with hand sewing technique (1920s or late 1910s. Larger size.) (537-CosT-3)

2. All-in-One. (537-CosT-18) (may/may not belong to A.D.P)

3. Corset cover. (537-CosT-20)

4. Corset cover. Larger size. (537-CosT-21)

5. Corset cover. Patched. (537-CosT-22)

6. Bodice/corset cover. 100% cotton. Larger size. (537-CosT-23)

7. Silk brassiere. Larger size. (537-CosT-24) (may/may not belong to A.D.P.)

8. Brassiere. Larger size-Gossard size 36. (Early example) (537-CosT-25)

9. Silk teddy with enredeaux, ribboned silk rose embellishment. (purchased with label size 38) (537-CosT-34)

10. Dark peach silk nightgown with cotton lace and netting, trimmed with bouillon roses. Larger size (38?) 1920s? (537-CosT-35)

11. Peach colored chemise nightgown, hand embroidered with an appliqué stitch. Stained. (537-CosT-6)

Oversize Costumes/Textile Box 2

Contains Annie Dell Perkins items:

1. Sheer waist. (537-CosT-1)

2. 100% cotton pink waist with puffy sleeves and ecru lace trim. Machine sewn, not purchased. (537-CosT-2)

3. Pintucked cotton petticoat, with self-ruffle with cotton lace trim. Small size. (537-CosT-4)

4. Waist. (537-CosT-13)

5. Brown silk fitted jacket, machine sewn, pre 20th century, 1890s (?). Ruching trim fully encircling bodice with a purhcased passementary trim. (537-CosT-26B)

6. Waist, 100% cotton with cotton netting and silk trim. Very poor condition, rubbed/shredded 1890s-1900. (537-CosT-41)

Oversize Costumes/Textiles Box 3

Possible wedding costume, cream colored voile with cotton lace and ribbon trim:

1. Waist with puffed sleeves. (537-CosT-37)

2. Extra sleeves, long. (537-CosT-38)

3. Skirt, long. (537-CosT-39)

Oversize Costume/Textiles Box 4

Louise Stiles Perkins Wedding Costume:

1. Black slip, ca. 1884. (537-CosT-14)

2. Dark blue flounce, of type arrange over skirt in photo, ca. 1884. (537-CosT-15)

3. Dark blue jacket with jabot, velvet collar and cuff; rhinestone buttons, varied. Machine sewn. (537-CosT-16)

Oversize Costume/Textiles Box 5

Louise Stiles Perkins Wedding Costume:

1. Dark blue skirt, ca. 1884. (537-CosT-17)

Oversize Costumes/Textiles Box 6

1. Oriental dress, purchased in Japan on trip. (537-CosT-54)

2. Starched linen and cotton voile dropped waist dress, stiffly tailored. Small size. 1910? (537-CosT-26A)

3. Cotton petticoat/skirt, tie waist with eyeleted ruffle at bottom; pin tuck decorative trim. ("A.E. Perkins" (Annie Eliza Stiles Perkins) on waist area) (537-CosT-40)

4. Petticoat/skirt. ("A.E. Perkins" on waist area) (537-CosT-72)

5. Flannel petticoat/skirt, machine sewn with French sewing technique. (537-CosT-8)

6. Cotton petticoat. Middle sized. (537-CosT-9)

Oversize Costume/Textiles Box 7

1. Silk skirt tucked. Bad condition. (537-CosT-59)

2. Silk waist. Bad condition. (537-CosT-60)

3. Dress, nylon or rayon, with net and satin ribbon trim. Possibly reproduction such as a 1920s pageant dress. (537-CosT-19)

4. Man's long evening coat, wool of a double breasted style (extra button holes). Ready to wear. Mended. (537-CosT-27)

Oversize Costumes/Textiles Box 8  Hats and hatpins:

1. Green hat with gold trim, cloche hat. (537-CosT-5)

2. Multicolored hat with gold trimming with a bow. (537-CosT-6)

3. Cloche beige hat with circles inside diamond shape. (537-CosT-7)

4. Red cotton velvet bonnet. (537-CosT-32)

5. Blue straw hat with pink and cream flowers . (537-CosT-42)

6. Black velvet hat with top seaming, flowered lining, purchased "Melinda Original" (537-CosT-43)

7. 3 hat pins. (537-CosT-44)

Oversize Costumes/Textiles Box 9

Various items:

1. Rag doll, handmade. (537-CosT-65)

2. American Sugar Refining Company bag. (537-CosT-55)

3. Purina Layena bag. (537-CosT-56)

4. Cotton flour bag. (537-CosT-57)

5. Cotton flour bag with reddish blocks. (537-CosT-58)

6. Battenburg table cloth. (537-CosT-69)

7. 5 pieces of lace. (537-CosT-70)

8. Battenburg lace scarf. (537-CosT-73)

9. Scarf, red with gold trimming. (537-CosT-75)

Small Oversize Costumes/Textiles Box 1


1. Beaded reticule. (537-CosT-10)

2. Purple beaded reticule. (537-CosT-11)

3. Purse, brown velvet. (537-CosT-12)

4. Brown leather coin purse. (537-CosT-49)

5. Shell purse with initials MHM (Meta Hightower Montgomery). (537-CosT-62)

6. Black macramé handbag with clear handles. (537-CosT-63)

Small Oversize Costumes/Textiles Box 2

Various items:

1. Hair comb, black and brown. (537-CosT-51)

2. Hair comb, tan with blue rhinestones. (537-CosT-52)

3. Black glasses case, beaded. (537-CosT-53)

4. Pink beads. (Possibley belonged to Alice M. Perkins) (537-CosT-66)

5. Headband, brown and red beaded. (537-CosT-1)

6. Epaulet with two buttons. (537-CosT-30)

7. Crocheted baby bootee. (537-CosT-31)

8. Green garters. (2) (537-CosT-28)

9. Sachet, round, pink, green, and ivory. (537-CosT-67)

10. Sachet, heart, pink, and ivory. (537-CosT-68)

11. Collar, gold with tie. (537-CosT-64)

12. Handkerchief, purple trimmed in tan and yellow with design in corner. (537-CosT-74)

13. Handkerchief. (537-CosT-50)

14. Apron, hand-sewn, with peach pink embroidered trim. (537-CosT-29)

15. Dresser scarf. (537-CosT-33)

16. Two pieces of ribbon. (Annie D. Perkins Castles suitcase). (537-CosT-45)

17. Ribbon. (Annie D. Perkins Castles suitcase). (537-CosT-46)

18. Tea towel. (537-CosT-47)

19. Ivory fan, poor condition. (Annie D. Perkins Castles suitcase). (537-CosT-48)

20. Round tapestry scarf/doily or hot pad. (Annie D. Perkins Castles suitcase). (537-CosT-61)

21. Mississippi State 'target' cloth badge (Rifle team?). (537-CosT-76)

22. 'Colonels' cloth badge. (Belonged to Meta P. Hightower Montgomery). (537-CosT-77)

23. Athletic letter, M300. (537-CosT-78)

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Appendix 2. Artifacts Inventory.

Artifacts Box 9

Flowered cardboard box:

Miniature glass scent bottles (one broken). (2)

Symphony Lawn cardboard box ("Seleta Elise Perkins, Booneville, Dec. 25, '12, Feb. 18, '13" written on lid):

Belt buckle.

Spools of thread, multiple colors. (6)

Paintbrush handle.

Metal 'California Nugget' tobacco tin:

"1904" green and white flag lapel pin.

"H" lapel pin.

Lock and key charm bracelet.

Silver fob.

Cherub charm.

Heart-shaped pendant.

Straw box

Metal Wimco No. 5 40cc veterinarian's syringe with two needles and instructions for use, in Memphis Serum Co. box.

Wooden jewelry box:

Small box marked "Trinkets" containing heavy glass perfume stopper.

Women's Auxiliary Presbyterian Church Life Member lapel pin in velvet lined cardboard box.

Women of the Church Presbyterian Church Honorary Member lapel pin in plastic case.

American Waltham sidewinder pocket watch, hands missing, c. 1902.

Japanese paper and wood fan.

Stanley Line metal initials (H) box.

Toccopola Academy music medal, 1884, presented to Mattie Beall.

Toccopola College Excellence in Elocution medal, 1885, presented to Mattie Beall.

Army sewing kit.

Small diary key.

Leather 'M G' ('M C' ?) medallion.

Small decorated painter's palette "Jennie" on reverse.

Framed printed poem, "For Mother."


Beeman’s Pepsin chewing gum wrapper.

Mississippi Federation of Women’s Clubs seal.

Trifold cardboard folder ‘Correspondence Secretary’, belonged to ‘MPH’.

World Bible box labeled “family trinkets”:

Broken shell necklace and necklace pieces.

Japanese match box.

Flower brooch.

Aluminum Davey Crocket ring.


Plastic rose pin.

Tie tack.

Beaded “Montgomery” bracelet, broken.


Five chandelier pieces, faux crystal.

Wicker bracelet.

Clear locket with lock of hair inside.

Moon and star pendant.

Four shell belt buckles.

Plastic and wood bird pin.

Two army star lapel pins.

Large brass diaper/safety pin.

Two plastic owl pins.

Unidentifiably shaped faux gold pin.

Gold toned llama brooch.

Velvet drawstring bag.

One black onyx cuff link.

Broken silver spoon, belonged to Louise C. Perkins Stiles.

Schaeffer fountain pen, belonged to Meta P. Hightower, given by George B. Hightower.

Mississippi State Fair, 1937 pennant embroidered with the words "Meta and Hugh".

Framed oval floral print.

World War Two army air force badge.

Mississippi A&M College medallion, belonged to Meta Hightower Montgomery.

Japanese Anti-Tuberculosis Society seal, 1953-1954.

"George R. Hightower, Farmer Natchez", "Know Miss. Better Train, August 19th-29th, 1925" badge and ribbon.

Stone arrowhead, belonged to Louise C. Stiles Perkins.

Artifacts Box 10

Portable desk, belonged to Deputy U.S. Marshal Hugh Montgomery:

Glass ink bottle.

Wooden nib pen.

Wooden jewelry box:

Broken red beaded necklace.

Small ivory nail buffer, chamois in poor condition.

Large ivory nail buffer, handle detached.

Independence Safety Matchbox:

Half ounce weight.

Miniature iron, possibly Monopoly game piece.

Miniature washboard and washtub.

Heart-shaped lock.

The Little Webster 18,000 Words.


Bracelet and matching brooch with multicolored stones.

Brass chain bracelet.

Cuff bracelet with yellow stones.

Large brooch with blue stones.

‘J.M.C.’ (military) cap badge.

Mississippi A&M College pin.

Brass belt buckle.

Scottie dog pin.

Necklace with leaf shaped charms.

Two Japanese paper and wood folding fans.

Strand of faux pearls.

Miniature plastic baby.

Shoe-shaped pocket knife.

Two Japanese pocket knives.

Brass bracelet with horse head figure.

Manicure tool.

Heart-shaped pendant.

Butter knife.

Two Wilsnap tie tacks.

Bejeweled belt buckle piece with multicolored stones.

Rhinestone and red earrings.

Rhinestone and pear earrings.

Bronze pearl earrings.

Metal bracelet.

Ornamental piece, possibly for a door or trunk.

Small metal jewelry box with flowered lid:

Bell earrings.

Japanese figure.

One pearl dangling earring.

One silver dangling earring.


Two sterling silver pieces.

Metal safe box: “Insurance Service, ‘Two Hartfords’, Mrs. J. B. Hogan Agent, Starkville Mississippi” written on box.

Artifacts Box 11

Large leather wallet (?), belonged to John B. Perkins.

Ladies leather billfold.

From Annie D. Perkins’ trunk:

Miniature “Violet Talc Powder” container.

Broken pen.

Black bead bracelet.

Coin purse.

Beaded thong necklace.

University of Mississippi baseball button pin with ribbons, 1906.

Lapel pin picturing Paris Opera House.

Tie pin.

Pistol shell (REM-UMC 18), and flattened bullet(?).

Aluminum engraved cuff bracelet inscribed “Love Meta, Guam 1945”.

Straw purse, belonged to Annie Dell Perkins:

Flat floral pin cushion with several blue tipped straitpins.

Photograph lapel pin of unidentified woman.

“Wichita, Kan. in a Nutshell” souvenir: tag and walnut.

“Nazeptic Wool” medicine in original box.

Ivory nail buffer, intact.

“The Gregory Tours” button pin.

Floral hatbox.


Braided locks of hair. (2)


Small suitcase, belonged to Annie D. Perkins Castles.

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