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Guide to the Mississippi Media Professionals (Mississippi Press Women) records
MSS.581


Summary Information

Repository
Mississippi State University Libraries
Title
Mississippi Media Professionals (Mississippi Press Women) records
ID
MSS.581
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1964-1998
Date [inclusive]
1958-2000
Extent
4.0 Cubic feet : 3 record cartons, 2 SMO folders, VMP Box 5, AV Box 1, Artifacts Box 2.
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Mississippi Media Professionals (Mississippi Press Women) records, Special Collections Department, Mississippi State University Libraries.

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Administrative History

On June 6, 1947, Mississippi Press Association member and National Federation of Press Women member at large, Mary D. Cain initiated the organization of the press women in Mississippi. That same year the newly organized Mississippi Press Women began their affiliation with the national organization. Mrs. Cain served as the first elected president with an official board composed of Hazel Brannon Smith, vice president; Lois Anderson, secretary-treasurer. Other than the aforementioned women, the majority of the original members were wives of Mississippi Press Association members. Originally the organization consisted of only 19 members, but by the time the list of members was sent for the 1947-48 NFPW directory there were 36 women named. While very few of the original members had ever had any formal training in the newspaper industry, visiting speakers and seminars provided training in professional journalism.

In 1958, the Mississippi Press Women hosted their very first national convention for the National Federation of Press Women in Jackson, Mississippi. Representatives from every state in which press women affiliated attended the event. The visitors were treated to a tour of historic homes as well as a reception at the Governor’s mansion. The post-convention tour consisted of 125 participants traveling from Jackson to Vicksburg to the Mississippi Coast and back to Jackson stopping in 20 towns and communities along the way.

The MPW hosted its second national convention in 1977 as a part of the NFPW’s 40th anniversary. The convention activities included a tour of Florewood Plantation, breakfast at the Governor’s Mansion and excursions to Vicksburg, Natchez and New Orleans.

Also in 1977, MPW eliminated any reference to sex and expanded the language of its by-laws to include all professional communicators. Steve Wilkerson of WLOX-TV, Biloxi, became the first male member. The organization was incorporated in 1979. In 1981 after touring the Mississippi Center for Educational Television, the MPW asked the scholarship committee to begin solicitations from both print and broadcast media and they voted to award five $100 scholarships during 1982 to students from all the major Mississippi Universities. 1982 marked the 35th anniversary of the Mississippi Press Women. The Broadwater Beach Hotel in Biloxi hosted a champagne and birthday cake reception during the annual convention of the Mississippi Press Association. Mary Lou Webb became the first Mississippi Press Woman elected as president of NFPW in 1987. Her term as president began during the 50th Anniversary Conference at Williamsburg, VA. Gov. Bill Allain of Mississippi declared that week in June to be National Federation of Press Women Week. Three Mississippi Press Women participated in the Russian study mission in 1989. The National Federation of Press Women sponsored the mission that was initiated and set up by Mary Lou Webb. March 1993 brought a major change to the Mississippi Press Women in the form of a name change. Mississippi Press Women became Mississippi Media Professionals (MMP)—a name encompassing all media. It came as NFPW was seeking to change its image to fit modern journalism. “Mystery and Magnolias in Mississippi” was the title given to the third national conference held in Jackson in 1995. The conference boasted 13 widely varied workshops and an optional tour visiting the Choctaw Nation at Philadelphia. A reception/dinner was held at the Fairview home in Jackson and concluded with a visit to a workshop session of the Ballet Magnificat. Also, a memorial service was held to pay tribute to Hazel Brannon Smith. In 1996, the future of the organization was in peril. Membership had dropped to 20 and a survey was sent to members statewide asking if they were in favor of MMP continuing. Despite there being only a small amount of positive responses, it was decided that the organization would continue. The 50th anniversary was celebrated in 1997 during a banquet and workshop at Old Waverly Golf and Country Club in West Point. In 2000, the organization president led the organization to decide to archive the MMP records at the Special Collections Department, Mitchell Memorial Library, Mississippi State University. Mississippi Media Professionals, formerly Mississippi Press Women, continues as an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women.

Names of past presidents:

Mary Cain, 1947-1949.

Lyda Will Emmerich, 1949-1950.

Velma Taylor, 1950-1951.

Lois Anderson, 1951-52.

Lillian Thornton, 1952-1953.

Jaunita Hight, 1953-1954.

Lu Morehead, 1954-1956.

Hazel Brannon Smith, 1956-1958.

Maurine Twiss, 1958-1960.

Margaret Phillips, 1960-1962.

Mary Alice Bookhart, 1962-1964.

Margaret Phillips, 1964-1966.

Mildred Dearman, 1966-1968.

Jessie McKay, 1968-1970.

Mary Lou Webb, 1970-1972.

Barbara Austin, 1972-1974.

Jean Perry, 1975-1976.

Pat Sellers, 1977-1978.

Jane Tannehill, 1979-1980.

Nancy Kay Sullivan, 1981-1982.

Linda Ross-Aldy, 1983-1984.

Alice McCardle, 1985.

Ruby Graham, 1986-1987.

Susan Ruddiman, 1988-1989.

Sarah Bondurant, 1990-1992.

Patti Drapala, 1993.

Peggy Keyes Gray, 1993-1996.

Sarah Peugh, 1996-1998.

Faye Moreland, 1999- .

Source:

Mississippi Media Professionals 50th Anniversary Mini-History, 1997.

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Scope and Contents

The collection is the records of the Mississippi Media Professionals (MMP), which was organized in 1947 as the Mississippi Press Women (MPW), and changed its name to the Mississippi Media Professionals in 1994. MMP is an organization dedicated to the betterment of media professionals, both male and female, throughout the state. The organization was incorporated in 1979 and is an affiliate of the national organization, the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW). Among the activities the organization has sponsored are communications contests and awards for high school students, Woman Communicator of Achievement awards, scholarship and professional development workshops for members, including workshops designed to assist women in their careers.

Included in the MMP records are correspondence, newsletters, minutes, membership materials, brochures, contest materials, press releases, directories, scholarship materials, financial records, scrapbooks, publications and other materials documenting the members and activities of the MMP/MPW from 1964-1998, with a small amount of material dating to 1958. The organization’s activities are also documented in a mini-history of the organization, written by Flora Langley with highlights by Anne McWilliams. The activities and publications of the NFPW and MMP’s participation in the national group are well documented in a separate series. Other items of special significance are scrapbooks containing press cuttings, photographs and other MMP documents, an audio recording and transcript of an oral history with Mary Lou Webb, President of MMP from 1970-1972 and NFPW President in 1987. Convention materials document three NFPW Conventions held in Mississippi: 1958, 1997 and 1995. The records are arranged by type of material and/or by organizational function.

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Arrangement

Series 1. Awards -Box 1

Series 2. Committees -Box 1

Series 3. Constitution and Rules of Order -Box 1

Series 4. Contests -Box 1

Series 5. Correspondence -Box 1

Series 6. Financial records -Box 1

Series 7. Meetings, workshops and events -Box 1; Small Oversize Manuscripts Box 28

Series 8. Membership -Boxes 1-2

Series 9. Miscellaneous -Box 2

Series 10. Press releases -Box 2

Series 11. Printed material -Box 2; Small Oversize Manuscripts Box 28

Series 12. Scrapbook materials -Box 2

Series 13. National Federation of Press Women -Boxes 2-3; Small Oversize Manuscripts Box 28

Series 14. Visual materials -Visual Materials: Photographs Box 5

Series 15. Audio materials -Audiovisual Box 1

Series 16. Artifacts -Artifacts Box 2

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Mississippi State University Libraries 

P.O. Box 5408
Mississippi State, MS, 39762
662-325-7679
sp_coll@library.msstate.edu

Publication date: December 2002

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, Mitchell Memorial Library. 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.

Accruals

Further accruals are expected.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Godwin Advertising Agency records, Special Collections Department, Mississippi State University Libraries.

Mississippi Press Association records, Special Collections Department, Mississippi State University Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Mississippi Media Professionals.
  • Mississippi Press Women.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Murray Lock and Dam.
  • Vidalia (La.)

Occupation(s)

  • Journalists--Mississippi.

Personal Name(s)

  • Arnold, Ed.
  • Austin, Barbara.
  • Bynum, Jack.
  • Bynum, Joe.
  • Bynum, Shirley.
  • Cain, Mary Dawson, 1904-1984.
  • Camp, Carla.
  • Cole, Hunter.
  • Cothern, Ken.
  • Fletcher, Nelle.
  • Fulmer, Jeannine.
  • Graham, Ruby.
  • Hall, Cheryl Norwood.
  • Jacobs, Lois.
  • Kane, Kevin.
  • Keane, John.
  • McCardle, Alice.
  • Nobel, Ricky.
  • Noe, Jeanette F.
  • Perry, Boats
  • Perry, Cecil B.
  • Perry, Jean
  • Planthold , Mildred
  • Sellers, Pat.
  • Simmons, Fay P.
  • Smith, John Lee, Jr.
  • Speed, Karen.
  • Stuart, Constance.
  • Sullivan, Joe.
  • Sullivan, Nancy Kay.
  • Webb, Mary Lou.

Subject(s)

  • News Media--Mississippi.
  • Women Journalists--Mississippi.
  • Women--Mississippi.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1. Awards. 

 Box 1. Folder 1. Communication Contest award certificates, undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 2. Communications Contest High School Division awards, 1990. 

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 Box 1. Folder 3. Series 2. Committees: Scholarships, 1964-1975, 1982 and undated. 

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 Box 1. Folder 4. Series 3. Constitution and Rules of Order, undated. 

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Series 4. Contests. 

 Box 1. Folder 5. Communication contest: Winners lists, 1977-1981, 1984-1986, 1988, 1993-1994, and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 6. Communication contest: Miscellaneous materials and letters, 1977-1990 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 7. Woman/Communicator of Achievement contest, 1971-1972, 1980, 1983, 1989, 1990-1991, 1996-1997. 

 Box 1. Folder 8. High School Journalism contest, 1979, 1984, 1987-1988, 1990-1991, and undated. 

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Series 5. Correspondence. 

 Box 1. Folder 9. Nancy Kay Sullivan, 1976, 1979-1980. 

 Box 1. Folder 10. Nancy Kay Sullivan, 1981. 

 Box 1. Folder 11. Nancy Kay Sullivan, 1982 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 12. General, 1976-1980, 1982-1984. 

 Box 1. Folder 13. General, 1985, 1988, 1991-1994, 1996 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 14. Membership, dues, and financial correspndence, 19981-1984, 1987, 1990, 1994, and undated. 

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Series 6. Financial records. 

 Box 1. Folder 15. Financial statements, dues reports and treasurer's reports, 1981-1997. 

 Box 1. Folder 16. Check books, registers, 1983-1985. 

 Box 1. Folder 17. Cancelled checks, cashiers checks, and check stubs, 1978, 1981-1982, 1988. 

 Box 1. Folder 18. Receipts, 1977, 1981-1990, 1994 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 19. Bank receipts, 1980-1988. 

 Box 1. Folder 20. Bank statements: Eastover, First Mississippi, and First Magnolia Federal Banks, 1979-1988. 

 Box 1. Folder 21. Bank statements: Merchants and Farmers and People's Bank, 1980-1986. 

 Box 1. Folder 22. Tax forms and information, 1986-1987. 

 Box 1. Folder 23. Miscellaneous financial papers, 1980-1982, 1985, 1987-1988 and undated. 

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Series 7. Meetings, workshops and events. 

 Box 1. Folder 24.  Minutes of meetings, 1980-1981, 1986-1991, 1993 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 25. 50th Anniversary Workshop materials and letters, 1996-1997. 

 Box 1. Folder 26. Press kit "Lee Milteer Associates, Career Development Strategist," letter, 1987. 

 Box 1. Folder 27. Programs, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1986, 1988, 1990 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 28. General, 1978, 1982, 1987-1992 and undated. 

 SMO 28. Proclamation for Mississippi Press Women's Day, 1975. 

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Series 8. Membership. 

 Box 2. Folder 29.  Applications: Blank membership applications, undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 30. Applications: Completed membership applications, letter, 1981 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 31.  Brochures, undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 32.  Change of address cards and letters, undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 33.  Member lists, 1984, 1988-1994, 1996 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 34.  Member address labels, undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 35.  Membership reports, 1987-1989. 

 Box 2. Folder 36.  Membership reports, 1989-1994. 

 Box 2. Folder 37. Miscellaneous, 1981 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 38.  Student membership, 1981, 1996-1997 and undated. 

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 Box 2. Folder 39. Series 9. Miscellaneous, 1974-1997 and undated. 

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Series 10. Press releases. 

 Box 2. Folder 40.  1970-1981. 

 Box 2. Folder 41.  1981-1986 and undated. 

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Series 11. Printed material. 

By and about MMP: 

 Box 2. Folder 42. Mississippi Media Professionals Mini-History, drafts, finished copy, letters, 1997. 

 Box 2. Folder 43.  Newsletters, 1972, 1974-1978, 1980-1993 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 44.  Newspaper clippings, 1970-1974. 

 Box 2. Folder 45.  Newspaper clippings, 1976-1994 and undated. 

 SMO 28.  Mississippi Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, 1978;  MPW Press Woman, 1978-1980;  NIE Service Mississippi Press, 1984. 

Other: 

 Box 2. Folder 46. Publications: Media Law Handbook, 1980;  News Media and the Law, 1987. 

 Box 2. Folder 47.  Publications: World of Peavy: How and Why, 1984;  The Successful Woman's Guide to Getting and Keeping a Job, 1979;  The Successful Woman's Guide to Time Management, 1980. 

 SMO 28.  Publications: Summit Sun, 1981. 

 Box 2. Folder 48.  Newspaper and media directories, 1993-1994 and undated. 

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Series 12. Scrapbook materials. 

 Box 2. Folder 49.  Scrapbook one, 1970-1972 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 50.  Scrapbook two, 1974-1975, 1979-1981, 1987-1988, 1993 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 51.  Scrapbook three, 1996-2000 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 52.  Loose scrapbook materials, 1997-2000 and undated. 

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Series 13. National Federation of Press Women. 

Correspondence: 

 Box 2. Folder 53.  General, 1979, 1981-1984, 1986-1989. 

 Box 2. Folder 54.  General, 1990-1992, 1994 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 55. Election correspondence and materials, 1978-1979, 1983-1984 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 56. Financial correspondence and notices, 1977, 1982 and undated. 

Newsletters: 

 Box 2. Folder 57.  Leader Letter, 1978, 1983-1984, 1986-1987. 

 Box 2. Folder 58.  Leader Letter, 1988-1990, 1993-1994. 

 Box 2. Folder 59.  Affiliate newsletters, 1978-1979. 

 SMO 28. Missouri Press Women: Life Lines, 1979. 

 Box 2. Folder 60. Board/Business meeting agendas, 1990, 1994. 

 Box 2. Folder 61.  Membership: 1958, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1990-1994 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 62.  Membership applications, 1987-1992 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 63. Directory information and materials, 1981, 1983 and undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 64.  Oral history project transcript, 1989. 

Publications: 

 Box 3. Folder 65.  Minorities in the Newspaper Business, 1988. 

 Box 3. Folder 66.  NFPW Press Woman, 1970-1975. 

 Box 3. Folder 67. NFPW Press Woman, 1976-1978. 

 Box 3. Folder 68. NFPW Press Woman, 1981. 

 Box 3. Folder 69.  NFPW Press Woman, 1982-1983. 

 Box 3. Folder 70. NFPW Press Woman, 1987, 1989, 1992-1994. 

 Box 3. Folder 71. Directories, 1976-1977. 

 Box 3. Folder 72. Directories, 1980-1981, 1987. 

 SMO 28.  NFPW Press Woman Agenda, 1989-1994. 

 Box 3. Folder 73.  NFPW Press Woman Agenda, 1995-1997. 

 SMO 28. NFPW Communications Contest Awards, 1986. 

 Box 3. Folder 74. NFPW Looks at the First Amendment, 1983; NFPW: The Resource Book, 1993. 

 SMO 28.  NFPW President's Report, 1989. 

 Box 3. Folder 75.  On the Job With Media Pro, undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 76.  State affiliate publications: Articulation, Alaska Press Women, 1989-1990. 

 Box 3. Folder 77. State affiliate publications: Nebraska Press Women, 1989-1990. 

 SMO 28. State affiliate publications: Life Lines, the official publication of Missouri Press Women, Inc., 1979. 

 Box 3. Folder 78. Brochures, undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 79. Contests: Communication contest, 1976-1979, 1982, 1988-1989, 1991-1993. 

 Box 3. Folder 80. Contests: Woman/Communicator of Achievement contest, 1981-1983, 1990-1991. 

 Box 3. Folder 81. Contests: High School Journalism contest, 1984, 1987-1989 and undated. 

Financial records: 

 Box 3. Folder 82. State treasurer's reports, 1979-1981. 

 Box 3. Folder 83. State treasurer's reports, 1982-1986. 

 Box 3. Folder 84. State treasurer's reports, 1987-1988. 

 Box 3. Folder 85.  Dues statements, 1981, 1982, 1988. 

 Box 3. Folder 86. Budget and dues reports, 1987-88, 1990, 1994, 1996. 

 Box 3. Folder 87.  Dues processing statements, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1993, 1994 and undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 88. Statements, receipts, and other financial records, 1976-1978, 1991, 1994, 1997. 

Conventions: 

 Box 3. Folder 89. Mississippi, 1958. 

 SMO 28. Pictorial Map of Mississippi for the National Press Women Convention, 1958. 

 Box 3. Folder 90. Mississippi, 1977-1978. 

 Box 3. Folder 91. Other states, 1982, 1984, 1987 and undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 92. Mississippi, 1994-1995 and undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 93. Travel materials, 1977 and undated. 

 Box 3. Folder 94. News release, 1993. 

 Box 3. Folder 95. Miscellaneous, 1977, 1981 and undated. 

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Series 14. Visual materials. 

 VMP 5. Photographs, 1970-1998. 

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Series 15. Audio materials. 

 AV 1.  Oral history tapes, 1989. 

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Series 16. Artifacts. 

 Artifacts Box 2. Jackson, Mississippi, lapel pin, undated. 

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