Consortium for the History of Agricultural and Rural Mississippi

CHARM Collections

Manuscripts Collections - Finding Aid

Abbott (Liberty C.) Family Papers. 1854-1930. 2.66 cu. ft. + 13 volumes.
Family papers of Liberty C. Abbott (1837-1894), Union Army officer, employee of International Revenue Service, superintendent of education for Marshall Co., Miss., and chancellor of the Ninth Chancery Court District. Family correspondence (1873-1930) includes letters to and from Abbott's brother, F. Marion Abbott, Mississippi State Senator, president of the Birmingham, Selma, and New Orleans Railway Company, and owner and manager of the Selma Street Railroad Line; and letters to and from Liberty Abbott's son-in-law, Frank Gearhart, manager of a timber firm. Includes ledgers and daybooks (1882-1930) of Abbott & Howard, Holmes Co., Miss.; record books (1902-07) of Thompson & McClure, timber operators, Leflore Co., Miss.; legal documents concerning Clifton Plantation, Holmes County, Mississippi.
Agnew (Samuel Andrew) Papers. 1847-1902. 43 volumes and ca. 120 items on 14 reels microfilm.
Family papers containing the Reverend Agnew's (1833-1902) views on local events, slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, farming, travel, the church and other subjects. Agricultural materials include note concerning agricultural meetings, undated; account statements and household and plantation supply list; permit for sale of tobacco; agreement with farm laborers, renters and agreements to cultivate land on shares, 1865-1867.
Ashley Family Collection. 1842-1882. 9 items.
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Tax receipts for taxes assessed on land and for tax paid in kind on pork in Jasper and Copiah Counties, Mississippi.
Atkinson Collection. 1838-1925. ca. 2 cu. ft.
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Papers of the law firm of Judge Thomas Nelson Martin (1807-1886) and Judge William Stowt Bates (1830-1928), of Houston, Chickasaw County, Mississippi. Includes material concerning the formation of the Chickasaw County Poultry Association, 1912.
Atkinson (James R.) Family Papers. 1841-1975 and undated. 1 cu. ft.
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Personal and family papers of archaeologist, historian and MSU alumnus James R. Atkinson, including manuscripts of writings, newspapers, books and periodicals, letters, financial records, legal records, political materials, extension records, photographs, essay, artifacts and other materials. Family papers include Homemakers Club materials of Mrs. Sidney Atkinson, 1951-1953, and letters documenting the sweet potato sprout business of A.T. House (1931). Additions expected.
Augustus (W. B.) Papers. 1860-1938. .33 cu. ft.
Includes appointment of W. B. Augustus as trustee of A & M College, 1878.
Barnes (Harris) Papers. Acc. No. 639. 1897, 1930s-2006. ca. 85 cu. ft.
Papers of MSU alumnus and agricultural journalist and photographer Harris Barnes (1918-2006), who grew up on his father's small farm in Coahoma County, graduated from Clarksdale High School and MSU in 1941. Barnes worked as farm manager for several plantations in Coahoma County from 1946-1969, including Baugh Plantation, Lea Plantation and King and Anderson/Oakhurst Plantation. As a journalist, he did freelance work for Progressive Farmer and also worked for Farm Quarterly, Delta Farm Press, Southeast Farm Press. As a freelance journalist, he was owner of Harris Barnes Rural Services from 1988-2006. Barnes served in key roles for the American Soybean Association, the Soybean Council of America and the Mississippi Soybean Association. His publications include The Pick of the Crop: A Collection of Recipes (Drew, Miss.: North Sunflower PTA, 1978--Cover by Barnes); Between the Levees: A Collection of Mississippi Delta Recipes (Cleveland, Miss.: Delta Rice Promotions,1994--Photographs by Barnes); Cotton: A 50-Year Pictorial History (Brandon, Miss: True Exposures Pub., 2002); The Beauty of Southern Agriculture (Brandon, Miss.: True Exposures Pub., 2004); and The Good Ol' Days on the Cotton Farm (2006).

The collection bulks with 201,699 images in a variety of formats, including transparencies, negatives, photographic prints, and slides of various sizes. Other materials included are correspondence, scripts, financial materials, and clippings and publications documenting the work of Harris Barnes with publishers and individuals, his business interests, his family and Mississippi State University. Collection is unprocessed; box inventories are available. Contact Special Collections for assistance.
Baskin Family Papers. 1869-1948 and undated. 1 cu. ft.
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Records created by the family of Robert Ben Baskin (1854-1911), and Rebecca J. Simpson Baskin (1863-1961), who farmed in Carroll County, Mississippi. A large part of the collection consists of correspondence among family members (1869-1948 and undated). Includes published and ephemeral agricultural materials, 1890-1944 and undated. Visual materials include postcard image of Greenwood, Mississippi, Grand Boulevard (1948), and photographic postcard depicting the West, Mississippi, Railroad depot (1909).
Blocker (Mrs. Estes) - Miller (Mrs. Martin M.) Collection. 1878-1973. ca. 1 ft.
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Ledgers, pamphlets, deeds, and other materials, most of which belonged to Martin M. Miller, who served in the Mississippi Legislature, or to J.T. Miller. Subjects include the Balance Agriculture with Industry (BAWI) program.
Blumenfeld and Fried Family Papers. 1889-1955. .33 cu. ft.
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Business papers of the Bernhard Blumenfeld (1853-1923) and Simon Fried (1843-1912) families, includes two stock certificates from the John M. Stone Cotton Mills, Starkville, Mississippi.
Boyd (Ona Johnson) Collection. 1816 (1923-1987) and undated. 1.5 cu. ft.
Materials collected by Ona Johnson Boyd (1886-1976), Mississippi State University alumna and teacher, and supervisor for the WPA Historical Records Survey in Kemper County during the 1930's Historical Survey project include material on: 4-H Clubs, 1927-1937; Kemper County Agents, 1967 and undated; and the Tolbert Riots, 1900-1910.
Brand (John Thomas) Collection. 1923-1932. .16 cu. ft.
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Collection of the John Thomas Brand family, Clay County, Mississippi includes ledger (1925-1926) for the John Thomas Brand Store and the 1929 Chickasaw Agricultural High School graduation invitation of John Shelton Brand.
Brigance (Louise) Collection. Acc. No. 614. 1860-2005. 2 cu. ft..
Brochures, catalogs, magazines, maps, music, photographs and many miscellaneous items collected by J. D. French and Louise Brigance, including materials documenting ships, ship modeling and Mississippi history. Contains broadside: “Farms for One Dollar: Chances for All, Rich and Poor.–The Best Plantations in the South, Subdivided,” published by the Southern Asylum Land Company, Hernando, Mississippi, 1867.
Broadside Collection. ca. 1 cu. ft.
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Collection of broadsides on Mississippi topics arranged by subject. Included are: 1903 State Farmers Institute and Industrial Convention ; 1907 Yazoo County Fair; Illinois Central Agricultural Demonstration Train, undated; Oktibbeha County Schools Barbecue, undated; Oktibbeha County Schools Basket Dinner, undated.
Burkitt (Frank) Collection. 1888-1912. .16 cu. ft.
Clippings and Okolona newspapers concerning the activities of Frank Burkitt (1843-1914), lawyer, Mississippi legislator, editor of the Chickasaw Messenger (later the People's Messenger) and leader in the Farmer's Alliance, which became the People's Party, of which he was a nominee for Vice-President of the United States. Materials include articles concerning the state of Mississippi finances, including the agricultural scrip fund.
Butler (Carl H.) Collection. 1819-1875. 1 reel microfilm.
Collection found by Carl H. Butler includes miscellaneous items relating to the Thomas Harris family of Georgia, who later settled in Lowndes County, Mississippi. Letters include some concerning farming and land problems around Elberton, Georgia, cotton in Mobile, and materials concerning purchase of slaves.
Butler (Eugene) Papers. 1885-1994. ca. 27 cu ft.
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Papers of Eugene Butler (1894-1994), editor and publisher, and MSU alumnus, class of 1913. His father, Tait Butler, founded in 1895 the Southern Farm Gazette, which eventually merged with the Progressive Farmer. Eugene Butler joined the Progressive Farmer as an assistant editor in 1917 and briefly worked in the Memphis office established by his father in 1912. In 1922, Eugene Butler went to Texas to develop the magazine's southwest edition. Butler took over as president of the company in 1953 and held that position until 1968. In 1966, Butler approved the launching of Southern Living magazine, to be published by the Progressive Farmer company. Southern Living's circulation rose from 250,000 to 1,600,000 in 11 years. The Eugene Butler Papers contain extensive files of research data gathered for Progressive Farmer articles and editorials and manuscripts of writings by Butler for the publication. Extensive correspondence with experts, colleagues, constituents and friends is also included. Other materials found are speeches, biographical material, articles, photographs and publications. Primary topics include the Butler family and its publishing activities, the Progressive Farmer, agriculture, Southern life, women, and Mississippi State University.
Butts (Alfred Benjamin) Papers. 1865-1892. 5 items.
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Includes materials collected by Alfred Benjamin Butts (1890-1962), including agreement with freedman, Sept. 14, 1865, concerning work on the Caldwell Plantation, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi;
Cain (Cyril Edward and Annie Gray) Papers. 1785 (1908-1965). 10 cu. ft.
Correspondence, literacy manuscripts, class notes and school records, genealogical and historical research materials, publications, photographs, and other materials documenting the education, career, organizational, research and publication activities, and the personal affairs of Cyril and Annie Cain. Cyril Cain (1883-1969) was a high school teacher, principal, Mississippi State University faculty member, genealogist, and writer. His wife, Annie Gray Cain (b. 1889) taught in schools around Mississippi, including the Starkville Municipal Separate School District, and assisted her husband with his research and writing. The letters of Natchez resident William LeVert Gray concern his work as an inspector for the State Plant Board of Mississippi and for the Federal Land Bank, Fifth District, and document to some degree conditions in Mississippi during the Depression years. Tilman Gray's class notes in agriculture (1916-1917), zoology, agronomy and poultry, undated. Subject files include timber marketing. Visual materials include U.S. Forest Service timber management photos, 1903, 1937 and 1939; postcard scenes of towns in Mississippi and one showing loading lumber on steamer, 1907.
Cammack (Abner) Collection. 1883-1886. .33 cu. ft.
Records of the C.D. Benton & Company plantation store at Burnett, Louisiana include letter book, 1883-1886, with copies of correspondence relating to supplies and cotton sales; ledger of accounts, 1882-1883 and 11 loose items documenting supplies purchased, cotton stored and other transactions with share croppers and other customers in the Burch's Bend area.
Carlisle (James T.) Family Papers. Acc. No. 596. 1898-1953 and undated. .33 cu. ft.
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Family papers of James T. Carlisle (1925-2003) contain materials documenting his life, including school records and letters of recommendation (1933-1943), and World War II letters from Air Force training camps in the United States and from Germany, including letters as a prisoner of war . Also included are materials documenting the teachingcareer of his mother, Annie Mae House Carlisle (1885-1927) in Chickasaw County schools (1909-1912) and letters from her to her husband James Walter Carlisle and parents Thomas Allen House and Mary Alice Gordon House (1909-1925). Materials concerning Thomas Allen and Mary House include personal letters and business records (1909-1952). Other materials are House family obituaries and clippings, obituaries of friends and newspaper articles (1898-1953). Miscellaneous materials include the Minutes of the Chickasaw County Baptist Association (1940), agricultural conservation materials (1947), and a publication of the National Surgical Institute, Atlanta, Georgia, undated and a map. Photographic materials include House family photos and scanned images of the James Carlisle World War II letters. Materials are photocopies of originals loaned for reproduction.
Carpenter (James A.) Miscellaneous Collection. 1800-1958. .33 cu. ft.
Miscellaneous materials collected by James A. Carpenter include cotton receipts.
Carr (Gale) Papers. Acc. No. 650. 1871-1991. 1.5 cu. ft.
Correspondence, military and school records, awards, publications, scrapbooks, photographs and artifacts documenting the life of Gale Carr (1896-1991), farmer, livestock and dairy manager, real estate developer and community activist of Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi. The papers document Carr's birth and early farming career in Lamar County, Missouri, his military service in World War I and his subsequent move to Shelby County, Tennessee to become the dairy production manager at the Shelby County Penal Farm. Documentation of Carr's work at the Penal Farm includes correspondence (1931-1932) to his wife, Florence Stratton Carr (d. 1968), herd registers and photographs, cattle photographs and publications. Clippings, stationary and photographs document the continuation of Carr's career after he was hired as the Northeast Mississippi Livestock Association Director in Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi. Letters and clippings give evidence that Carr left the state briefly from 1943-1944 to serve as herd manager at Happy Valley Farms, Rossville Georgia. A group of Strohmeyer and Carpenter photos made for the American Jersey Cattle Club were collected as a result of Carr's cattle breeding and Club activities. Artifacts, clippings, awards and other materials document the founding of the Carr-Myers Dairy by Gale Carr and W.L. Wood after Carr's return to Tupelo in 1949 and the continuance of the full-production dairy until it was sold to Barber Milk in 1956. Programs, brochures, awards and clippings document the development of Carr's into Carr-Vista Park and Estates, a subdivision that grew to 141 families, the Florence Carr bluebird trail and the conservation activities of Carr and his wife. Carr's Rotary activities are represented by awards, publications and other materials. Three scrapbooks chronicle the whole of Carr's life in Missouri, Memphis and Mississippi, and also include clippings and some photographs of his children. Other materials include a survey map, deeds, Carr family genealogy and an autographed copy of Vaughn Grisham's Beyond Boosterism: A Model for Community Development (1994) and History of The American Jersey Cattle Club, 1868-1968.
Carter (Brad) Collection. 1878-1932. 1 cu. ft.
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Papers of J.D. Carter, sheriff and tax collector of Kemper County, Mississippi. Includes broadsides and pamphlets concerning the Farmer's Alliance, 1887-1898; Farm and Fireside (Toledo, Ohio, 1901) and Southern Stockman and Farmer's (Starkville, 1890) newsletters. The Carter collection also included five issues of The New Farmer (Winona, Mississippi), 1888-1890, which have been separated to the Newspaper Collection.
Castles-Stiles Family Papers. ca. 1800-1998. ca. 12 cu. ft.
Correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, and other materials concerning the Castles and Stiles families of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. Includes papers of entomologist Charles Francis Stiles (1891-1974), 1911 MSU agriculture graduate; materials related to his life with first wife Lottie Altizer Stiles and a few items of his second wife Gladys Smith, an extension agent. Charles and Lottie Stiles resided most of their lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where Charles Stiles was an entomologist at Oklahoma State and had a private bee-keeping and supply business. Materials relate to Charles Stile's career including bee-keeping publications and photographs, extension publications and other materials. Collection also includes the extensive business and personal correspondence of Charles Stiles throughout his life, including correspondence with his parents, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi farmers John Francis Stiles and his wife. John Francis Stiles was the owner of the Stiles Plantation. Included are photographs of the Stiles house, barns, grounds and African-American workers. Unprocessed.
Chickasaw Female College Catalogues. Acc. No. 171. 1890-1891, 1902-1903. .33 cu.ft.
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Chickasaw Female College Catalogues include lists of courses taught and lists of students.
Clark (Lena Simmons) Collection. 1856-1912. .33 cu. ft. and 1 reel microfilm.
Papers of the Travis Clark family including farm accounts, receipts, other financial statements, cotton sale records and other farm records from Grenada Co., Mississippi; material relating to the education of children (1865-1887), almanacs, scrapbook of clippings, postcards, invitations, and other papers.
Clay County Civil Rights Movement Materials. 1963-1965. .33 cu. ft.
Pamphlets, broadsides, clippings, posters and other material concerning voter registration and civil rights activities in Clay County. Includes issue of The West Point Civil Righter and broadside which document efforts of African-American citizens in Clay County to be elected to the Agricultural and Stabilization Services community farmers committee.
Clay County Extension Agent Reports. 1924, 1928. 2 volumes.
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Report ledgers of Clay County (Mississippi) Extension Agent Thomas E. Douglas for 1924, 1928. Included are official reports, broadsides, clippings, and photographs detailing the progress of Clay County Extension Work, Boys Clubs (Cotton Clubs, Corn Clubs, Pig Clubs), 4-H Clubs, and the Clay County Farm Bureau.
Cobb (Cully A.)/Ruralist Press Papers. 1906-1972. 20 cu. ft.
Correspondence, reports, and other documents concerning Cully A. Cobb (1884-1975), his activities with the Cotton Division of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (1933-1937), his operation of the Ruralist Press in Atlanta, Georgia (1937-1971), his family, Mississippi State University, and numerous other topics. Includes a large group of agricultural photographs accumulated for and used in The Southern Ruralist. The collection overlaps the Cully A. Cobb Papers and the Lois P. Dowdle Cobb Papers in both subject matter and chronological period.
Cobb (Cully Alton) Papers. 1932-1967. 10 cu. ft.
Papers of Cully Alton Cobb (1884-1975), publisher and MSU graduate of the class of 1908, include correspondence relating to Mr. Cobb's candidacy for Secretary of Agriculture (1932-1933); correspondence, memoirs, government forms, clippings from Mr. Cobb's period of service with Agricultural Adjustment Administration (1933-1937); speeches, photographs, copies of certificates, genealogical book The Cobbs of Tennessee; scrapbooks of Cobb's activities; and materials concerning livestock judging and Four-H. Correspondents include Grover Hill, Assistant Secretary of Agriculture (1940). Other materials concern an award to Captain Stephen B. Debham from the French Minister of Agriculture, 1945. See also Cobb/Ruralist Press Papers.
Cobb (Lois P. Dowdle "Mrs. Cully") Papers. 1915-1969. .33 cu. ft.
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Correspondence, publications, clippings, miscellany pertaining to Lois Dowdle Cobb's (1889-1987) career as state (Georgia) Girl's Club agent, home economics director for World War I Federal Food Administration of Georgia (1915-1927), editor of the Home Department of the Southern Ruralist (1927-1933), and Director of the American Institute of Home Grown Fats and Oils (1933-1935).
Cooperative Extension Service Photographs
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Corley (Silas Edward "Si") Papers. 1940-1967. ca. 1 cu. ft.
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Scrapbooks of clippings, photographs, books and other materials concerning the career of Silas Edward "Si" Corley', Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture, 1940-1967.
Cox (Allen Eugene) Papers. 1905-1993. 60 cu. ft.
Correspondence, published material, clippings, and other material collected by Allen Eugene Cox (1905-1992) of the Delta Foundation, chiefly pertaining to the racial problems in the South and cooperative farms. Includes records of the Delta and Providence Cooperative farms, including organizational records, photographs, medical records, a guest book and other materials.
Coyt Community History. Acc. No. 603. .08 cu. ft.
Craig (James W.) Papers. 1811-1991. 53 cu. ft.
Papers of James W. Craig, forester, founder of Forestry Suppliers, Inc., Jackson, Mississippi, historian and genealogist. Craig was State Forester of Mississippi (1952-1955). Included are papers relating to Craig's education at Syracuse University and forestry career, 1933-198, including correspondence, speeches, appointment books, publications, a history of Forestry Suppliers, Inc., and materials concerning the Mississippi Forestry Association, the Forest Farmer Association, the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum and Foundation and other organizations. Among the collected forest history materials are early logging and camp pictures and materials concerning Lamb-Fish Lumber Company. Open with permission, although not yet processed. Folder list is available.
Crump (Brodie S.) Family Papers. Acc. No. 654. 1906-1994 (Bulk Dates: 1947-1980). 6 cu. ft.
The Brodie S. Crump Family Papers contain the papers of newspaper columnist Brodie Strachan Crump (1898-1990) and members of his family. The papers include correspondence, certificates and diplomas, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks, genealogical material, publications and photographs. Contained in the collection are photocopies of Brodie Crump's ‘Mostly Old Stuff' and ‘Old Stuff' columns between 1946 and 1980. These columns and correspondence with readers document life in Greenville and Washington County, Mississippi, as well as some other Delta localities.
Crunk (Dell Justice) Collection. 1848-1909. 2 reels microfilm.
Papers of John F. Johnson (1827-1902), farmer, Confederate soldier and tax assessor, of Grady, Webster County, Mississippi. Includes correspondence, journals, farm records, articles of agreement of a cooperative store, share cropping contracts, resolutions of the Ebenezer Grange and the Sumner County Grange, undated, and business papers pertaining to Webster County, 1848-1909. Includes letters from W.C. Faulkner and U.S. Senator H.D. Money.
Dantzler (L. N.) Lumber Company Records. 1857-1971 (1887-1966). 80 cu. ft.
Records of the L. N. Dantzler Company and its related companies, based in South Mississippi, 1857-1971. At various times the activities of the company encompassed sawmills, lumber sales, shipbuilding, shipping, oil and mineral leases, land sales, naval stores, tung nuts, and forest management. Geographically the collection focuses on the counties of George, Harrison, Jackson, and Stone, although other areas are also represented.
Darden Family Papers. 1835-1944. .66 cu. ft.
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Papers of the John P. Darden family, planters of Jefferson County, Mississippi. Personal correspondence and business and legal papers of John W., John J., Thomas L., and Putnam Darden and others ; bills of sale for slaves and horses; cotton accounts; tax receipts (1849-1886); and other papers. Includes records of the Phoenix Cooperative Association, No. 516, Order of Patrons of Husbandry, including a partial list of members (1879); business statements (1877-1879), inventory (1879), minutes (1887); receipts for expenses incurred at the Farmer's Alliance Convention, 1887-1888; stock certificates in the Jefferson County Planters, Mechanics and Manufacturers Association. Putnam Darden (1836-1888) was influential in the founding of Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College (MSU).
Davis (Russell C.) Papers. 1952-1977. 101 cu. ft.
Correspondence, minutes, speeches, reports, and other documents concerning Russell C. Davis' terms as mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, his terms as Representative from Hinds County in the Mississippi Legislature, his campaigns for political office, and various community activities. Mayoral files include correspondence with Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Jim Buck Ross, and subject files on the Balance Agriculture with Industry bonds, the Dixie National Livestock Show (1969-1977) and the Mississippi State Fair (1969-1977).
Dellinger (H. C.) Collection. 1972. 1 volume.
173 page reminiscence "Random-Length Reminiscence" by H.C. Dellinger, 1972, concerns his career with International Paper Company.
Delta and Pine Land Company Records. 1886-1982. ca. 112 cu. ft. + 100 volumes.
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Correspondence, annual reports, minutes, financial records, maps, oral history interviews, ledgers and other records documenting the history of the Delta and Pine Land Company (DP&L). While headquartered in Scott, Mississippi, the company was owned by a British firm throughout most of its history, and at various times it had offices in Arizona, California, and Texas. Advertised during one period as "the world's largest cotton plantation," D&PL grew a variety of crops and became famous for its research and development of cotton varieties. Among the major subjects in the collection are agriculture, cotton seed research, the tenant farming system, the National Cotton Council, the New Deal, the Mississippi River flood of 1927, the Mississippi Delta, and various agricultural organizations.
Delta Design Advertising Agency Collection. Acc. 624. ca. 1978-2001. ca. 25 cu. ft.
Collection of the Delta Design Advertising Agency, Greenville, Mississippi, primarily video and audio recordings documenting the Delta and Pine Land Company, King's Daughter's Hospital and other organizations and companies and events in the Mississippi Delta. Also includes catalogs and other advertising materials. In process.
Delta Ministry Papers. 1936, 1964-1971. 13 cu. ft.
Papers of the Greenville headquarters of the Delta Ministry, an organization of the National Council of Churches. Includes subject files on agricultural topics such as farm cooperatives, food assistance programs and farm worker conditions in the Mississippi Delta.
Devine (Judith Meece) Collection. 1847-1891. .16 cu. ft.
Collection of Judith Meece Devine consists primarily of the records of the Serapta Primitive Baptist Church in Webster County, Mississippi but also includes Fleming's Vest-Pocket Veterinary Advisor, 1904. .16 cu. ft.
Dockery (William Alfred) Family Papers. 1887-1980 and undated. 1 cu. ft.
Primarily letters between William Alfred Dockery and Hughla Rice Dockery, 1887-1945 and undated, of Dockery Farms, Sunflower County, Mississippi. Also includes materials concerning Joe Rice Dockery, Dockery Farms and other area plantations.
Drane Family Papers. 1850-1853, 1955. .08 cu. ft.
Papers of the Brown family of Columbus include letters and a writing concerning Owen Brown of Lowndes County, Mississippi and the Alexander Samuel Robinson plantation of Bwy, Choctaw County, Mississippi. A long letter from Richardson Owen of Carrollton, Alabama includes a map of a farm.
Edwards (Edward D.) Family Papers. 1818-1905. .08 cu. ft.
Papers of the Edward D. Edwards family of Choctaw (now Webster) County, Mississippi. Included are slave lists, cattle lists and lists of property damaged by Grierson's Raiders, 1864.
Emmerich (John Oliver) Papers. 1877-1978. 6.5 cu. ft.
Papers of John Oliver Emmerich (1896-1978), MSU alumnus, and editor and publisher of the McComb Enterprise-Journal for more than 30 years. He also served as editor of the Jackson State Times. Emmerich won awards for his rural improvement program and was named “Man of the Year in Agriculture in Mississippi” by Progressive Farmer magazine. In addition to manuscripts of literary works and research materials, the papers include photographs used in the centennial edition of the Enterprise Journal, including photographs of lumber companies and camps, cooperative poultry and cotton shipments, hog killings and other photographs documenting agricultural and rural Mississippi.
Faulk (Charles Johnson) Papers. 1894-1990 and undated. 17.8 cu. ft.
Personal papers of Charles Johnson Faulk (1915-1990), Pulitzer prize winning reporter and later editor of the Vicksburg Evening Post. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs taken by Faulk, some collected photographs (1920s-1980s), and manuscripts of Faulk's writings, including articles, short stories, an unpublished autobiography and unpublished novel. Other materials include correspondence, newspapers, articles and clippings, publications, oral interviews and artifacts. Subjects include journalism, Vicksburg and Warren County history, Mississippi general and social history. Includes many photographs featuring small town life, including agricultural topics such as 4-H photographs, community fairs, buildings and other scenes. Unprocessed. Folder list available.
Fernwood Collection. 1809-1937. 4 reels microfilm + 26 cu. ft.
Maps, charts, surveys, right-of-ways, land ownership charts, railroad construction plan, expansion plans, and city plans, 1874-1937. Concerns the everyday operations of Fernwood, Columbia, and Gulf Railroad in Pike, Marion, and Walthall counties, with concentration on Tylertown, Columbia, and Fernwood, Mississippi. Includes farm plats, maps of Enochs Farms and Fernwood Lumber Company lands, account sheets showing railroad injuries to livestock, 1916-1932. Also includes extensive blueprints of Pike, Walthall and Marion County lands surveyed for Lampton Realty Company, showing number of acres suitable for cultivation, soil character, pasture lands, age of fields and other information.
Fontaine (Edward) Family Papers. 1818-1923. ca. 2000 items on 20 reels microfilm.
Papers of Edward Fontaine (1814-1884), Episcopal minister, author, artist, surveyor and Confederate officer. Collection contains personal and business correspondence; 28 daily journals written in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Virginia, Washington, D. C., and other places; church records; legal papers; autobiographies, eulogies, articles, sermons, and books; genealogical material; and letters concerning the U.S. Navigation Improvement Company. Includes daybook and journal of P.H. Fontaine, 6 journals of Lemuella S. Brickell Fontaine, scrapbook of James F. Fontaine; correspondence of Edward's wife, Mrs. S. C. Fontaine, and of his children, the Rev. Patrick Henry Fontaine and Susette, artist and author, and a biography, lectures, writings, photos, and other papers of his eldest son, Lamar Fontaine. Some of the letters concern life on the family plantation at Pocahontas, Hinds County, Mississippi.
Franklin, Sam. Early Years of the Delta Cooperative Farm and the Providence Cooperative Farm. 1980. 1 volume.
Writing by Sam H. Franklin concerns cooperative farms in Bolivar and Holmes Counties, Mississippi, from the 1930s through the 1950s. The Delta Cooperative Farm was sold in 1942; the Providence Cooperative Farm in Holmes County was closed in 1956 as a result of actions by the Citizens Councils.
Galbraith (Bill and Kitty) Family Papers. 1830-1931. .33 cu. ft.
Family papers of Bill and Kitty Galbraith, former residents of Starkville, including correspondence, deeds, documents, clippings, newspapers, and other materials. Includes a rental agreement for tobacco land, 1898.
Gardner (James H.) Collection. 1846-1984. 31 items.
Collection of James H. Gardner includes bills of sale for cotton, 1848, 1887-1990 and a contract for a gin stand.
Gates (Frank P.) Architectural Records. Acc. No. 659. 1916-1975 and undated. 18.6 cu. ft.
Records of Mississippi architect Frank P. Gates (1895-1975), who was born in Memphis, Tennessee and graduated from Chicago Technical College in 1916. Gates practiced in Clarksdale (1917-1927) and Jackson, Mississippi (1928-1975). He practiced under the firm name Frank P. Gates Co., Architect and Frank P. Gates Co., Architects & Engineers, except for the period when he was a partner with Raymond Birchett in the firm Gates & Birchett, Jackson, Mississippi (ca. 1947-1953). Gates was a founder of the Mississippi Chapter, AIA. The records comprise 2603 drawings for 348 projects in 60 towns and small communities in Mississippi. The bulk of the projects are for Clarksdale (54 projects) and Jackson (150 projects). There are a few in Louisiana towns and one residence in Earle, Arkansas. Of special significance are plans for a plantation cottage, residence and bungalow and a plantation store, as well as plans for the Attala County Agricultural High School.
General Photograph File. 1 cu. ft.
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General collection of photographs from various donors, including a variety of agricultural and rural topics: Oktibbeha Dairy Festival parades, the Borden Plant, Cooperative Creamery, Four-H contests and activities, flooded Delta farms (1927), Newsom's Mill, Agriculture Commissioner Jim Buck Ross, a feed mill interior, and many photos of small-town life.
Glass Negative Collection. 1915-1927 and undated. ca. 11 cu. ft.
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Collection of images in glass and film negative format, produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.) at its branch laboratory at Tallulah, Louisiana, under the direction of entomologist B.R. Coad. The images document the U.S.D.A.'s boll weevil eradication experiments using first lead arsenate, and then calcium arsenate. “Methods of applying calcium arsenate by air and by airplane and by ground machines were worked out at Tallulah. Many investigations were carried on there in the effort to find other means of combating the boll weevil”. The bulk of the images document investigations carried out at Tallulah, including those done at Shirley, Algodon and other plantations, and at other Louisiana locations. Some 52 images depict experiments which were done in Mississippi at: the Delta and Pine Land cotton plantation at Scott; Warren Plantation at Rosedale: Scotland Plantation at Beulah: Virginia Plantation at Lobdell; Dunleith Plantation at Dunleith. Other places included are: Panther Burn Plantation at Luna Landing, Arkansas; farms at Roosevelt, Hearn, Ozona, Victoria, Texas and Mexico. Many images were not identified by place. The images show many different types of agricultural machinery, especially cotton industry machinery. Also included are air photographs relating to airplane dusting operations, which depict cotton fields, individual residences, scenes around Louisiana and Mississippi places, and plate tests on clouds. Some miscellaneous images include views of research plots, plant toxicity studies, the Tri-Parish Fair at Tallulah, a convention of entomologists, the Delta and Talullah laboratories; a Louisiana picnic given by the Levee Board for African-American levee workers after the levee held back the waters during the 1922 flood. Collection comprises 1018 glass negatives and 502 film negatives of which perhaps one third are duplicate negatives.
Godfrey-Bassett Architectural Records. 1928 (bulk 1955-2002). Acc. No. 591.
Records of Jackson and firm of Godfrey-Bassett and Godfrey-Bassett and Tuminello. In process. Contains architectural plans for Mississippi and international chicken hatcheries, poultry farms and other agricultural businesses.
Godwin Advertising Agency Records. 1944-1978. 35 cu. ft. + 45 volumes
The Godwin Advertising Agency, based in Jackson, Mississippi, handled many political campaign, primarily in the state, but also in Florida and North Carolina. The collection focuses on politics, with emphasis on the states' rights movement and two gubernatorial campaigns of Charles L. Sullivan. It also contains photographs of events promoted by the Mississippi Agriculture and Industrial Board as a part of the Balance Agriculture with Industry (BAWI) program, including fairs and exhibits, promotional tours and other events.
Goodman (James "Buddy") Family Papers. Acc. No. 597. 1918-1937 and undated. .3 cu. ft.
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Photographs, World War I letters, genealogical materials, publications and other materials of a Starkville family that owned the State and Rex Theaters.
Griffin (V.I.) Collection. New. Griffin Centennial farm. 1 folder.
Materials concerning the Griffin Centennial farm, Chickasaw County, Mississippi.
Halbert Hotel (Starkville, Miss.) Dairy Bill. Undated. 1 item.
Dairy bill of the Halbert Hotel, Starkville, Mississippi, undated. Hotel stood where Eckford Clinic now stands and burned in 1913.
Hanlon (Howard) Collection. 1906-1967 and undated. 2 cu. ft.
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Collection of Howard Hanlon (1896-1973), lumberman, manufacturer, and author, primarily assembled for his book Delta Harvest (1966), a semi-fictional account of the hardwood forests and logging industries of the lower Mississippi River Valley. Hanlon began in the lumber business in 1921 and ran many circular saw mills in the New York and Pennsylvania area. In 1947 he and B.J Cotton incorporated as the Cotton Hanlon Company, a large lumber mill company headquartered in Odessa, New York. Later, Hanlon later formed other lumber companies with other partners. Collection bulks with correspondence for Hanlon's research for Delta Harvest and includes interviews, printed material, written histories, photographs, maps and other materials documenting lumber companies, lumbermen, and the forestry industry in the Mississippi River delta area. Finding aid indexes personal and company names. Originals and photocopies of all materials. 2 cu. ft.
Hardy (J. Allison) Papers. 1848-1939. 1 folder + 1 reel microfilm.
Letters, business papers, broadside and World War I letters concerning the Hardy family of Columbus, Mississippi and Paris, Texas. Includes slave list and sale receipt, cotton sales accounts, crop tax assessments,
Hashuqua Cotton Factory Collection. 1884-1999 and undated. .17 cu. ft.
Collected materials documenting the Hashuqua Cotton Factory near Mashulaville, Noxubee County, Mississippi. The cotton factory began operating in 1868 under the ownership of several residents of the Noxubee and Oktibbeha Counties, was subsequently owned by J.C. Holmes and W.J. Hubbard, and then by W.J. and J.H. Hubbard, until it closed in 1906. Collection includes a presumed early photograph of the factory, photographs of factory remains, drawings, copies of John Anderson Tyson's history of the factory, an 1884-1885 World's Fair Exhibition Catalog and other materials. Collection loaned for copying by R.K. and Sara Hubbard and created and collected by various Starkville residents.
Hays-Ray-Webb Collection. 1824-1944. 1 cu. ft.+ 1 reel microfilm.
Papers of Robert B. Webb, Sheriff of Attala Co., Mississippi and the related Hays and Ray families. Papers include farm loan applications (1889-1890) and other materials.
Henry (Marion) Collection. 1904-1968. .66 cu. ft.
Materials collected by Marion Henry, daughter of John Justus Henry (1864-1951), general agent of the Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad Company. Includes newspaper broadside “Mississippi as a Planter Has Made Great Success”, 1904 (concerns the Parchman Penetentiary farm); GM and O News issue, 1924, includes articles on Smith-Hughes schools, photographs of agricultural high schools and articles on farming.
Herring (Todd A.) Collection. Acc. No. 658. 15 cubic ft.
Letters, traveler's accounts, estate records, slave lists, business records, military records, waybills, photographs, rare books, pamphlets, newspapers, publications, artifacts and audiovisual materials collected by Dr. Todd A. Herring. The collection extensively documents Mississippi and Louisiana plantation culture and history with extensive documentation of Natchez and Adams County, and towns and communities in Jefferson, Claiborne and Wilkinson Counties. A smaller series documents North Mississippi and Alabama history including Columbus, Aberdeen, Holly Springs, Oxford and other towns. Other materials document Oktibbeha and Clay County persons, families and topics, family history, early American history, world history and the professional and personal activities of Dr. Todd Herring, including history research on saloons and saloon jugs. Collection is arranged in 13 series and preserved and described by Todd Herring. Size: ca. 15 cubic feet. Additions expected.
Hightower, Montgomery, Perkins, Castles, and Stiles Families Papers. 1848-1997 (Bulk Dates: 1881-1960).
Family papers of the extended Perkins, Castles and Stiles families, early settlers of Starkville and Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, as well as selected papers of the George R. and Pearl Bishop Hightower family of Grenada and Adams counties and the William B. and Agnes Doran Montgomery family of Hinds and Pontotoc Counties. George Robert Hightower (1865-1958) was President of Mississippi State University from 1912-1916. The papers were primarily brought together by Meta Perkins Hightower Montgomery (MSU alumnus, 1940) and her daughters Alice Montgomery Dorries and Meta Agnes Montgomery Doran. Included are: family correspondence; loose and framed photographs, postcards and photograph albums; manuscript poetry and other writings; diplomas, report cards and other school materials; artwork; scrapbooks; financial and estate records; genealogical materials; military records; church materials; Bible and other vital records; books, magazines, clippings and other publications; handbags, clothing and other textiles; jewelry; programs and other memorabilia; and a variety of artifacts.
Hobbs (Benjamin Turner) Family Papers. 1834-1936. 17 cu. ft. + 9 microfilm reels.
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Papers (1834-1936) of the Hobbs family of Brookhaven, Lincoln County Mississippi, collected by Benjamin Turner Hobbs (1853-1910) and others. Benjamin T. Hobbs was the editor of the Brookhaven Leader. Includes material documenting the plantation of Howell Hobbs including: antebellum cotton bills and statements; Reconstruction era receipts for taxes on cotton and contracts for crop shares; a certificate of stock in the Planters, Manufacturers' and Mechanics' Association of the State of Mississippi, 1872. The Newspaper series also contains many broadsides documenting agriculture and rural life, including: cu. ft.
Hogan (Elijah) Papers. 1816-1910. .33 cu. ft.
Merchant engaged in hauling cotton by flatboat from Ditto' s Landing, Tennessee River to New Orleans, 1817-27, and after 1831, merchant of Oktibbeha Co., Miss., and president of the Board of Police. Includes receipts, bills of landing, and cotton accounts.
Hollingsworth (Nonnee Weeks). History of Possumneck, Attala. Acc. No. 63. Undated. .02 cu.ft.
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History of Possumneck, Attala Co. (5 miles east of West).
Houston, Mississippi Store Ledgers. 1909-1937. 9 volumes.
Seven ledgers of cash transactions for the W.R. Davis General Store, Houston, Mississippi, 1909-1929 and 2 ledgers from an unidentified store in Houston, 1928-1937.
Hull (William S. and Emmett) Architectural Records. 1889-1947.
Records of the Jackson, Mississippi architectural firm of William S. and Emmett Hull include drawings for: the Central Farmers Market (Jackson), 1948; topographic map for the Co-Lin Agricultural High School, Wesson; Madison County Agricultural High School, 1914.
J. T. McKinnon Lumber Company Collection. 1904-1936. .08 cu. ft.
Deeds, mortgages, correspondence, timber estimates, bills of sale, tax receipts, licenses, and other documents concerning the operation of the J.T. McKinnon Lumber Company, in and around Beatrice and Pachuta (Clarke Co.) and Jasper and Jones Counties. Other companies documented include C.L. Gray Lumber and Burdette Lumber of Meridian. .08 cu. ft.
Jackson (C. H.) Collection. 1891-1952 and undated. 1.33 cu. ft.
Carrie McCreight Mims Page (1873-1961), a lifelong resident of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, probably collected these materials which were found by Mr. C. H. Jackson, who donated them. Most of the collection is associated with Page or her family members. The collection documents everyday life in Starkville, Mississippi during the period. Agricultural and rural life materials include: letters containing farm and family news; letter from Wyatt Mims at Carenco Agricultural School, Carenco, Louisiana, 1915; letters of Wyatt Mims as an Arkansas Extension Agent; letters of Congressman John Rankin (1938, 1942), concerning TVA and REA; Agricultural Adjustment Agency forms and handbook, USDA farm plan, Productions Marketing Administration circular and Agricultural Conservation program and War Food Program forms and circulars, 1940-1942, 1944, 1951; issue of Progressive Farmer and Farm Woman and subscription notices for The Progressive Farmer. 1 cu. ft.Jasper County Records. 1910, 1917-1918.
Jackson (Rosie L. ) Papers. Acc. No. 652. 1969-2008. 1 cu. ft.
Collection of Ms. Rosie Lee McKinney Bush (1917-2008), African-American resident of the Starkville area and an avid cook. The collection primarily contains funeral programs of people in the Starkville African American community, 1968-2008. Some of the funeral programs collection are from the funerals of African-Americans over the age of 100 years. Collection also includes recipes Ms. Jackson used, wrote down, and cut out of the Starkville Daily News. Some of the newspaper articles contained information on African American cooks in the community along with their recipes. African American cooks were rarely in the Starkville Daily News during the 1970's and 1980's. Also in the collection are items from the Cooperative Extension Service at Mississippi State University. Rosie Jackson was a member of Griffin Chapel United Methodist Church and the collection includes some items concerning Griffin Chapel as well as other local African American churches in the Starkville area.
Jasper County Records. 1910, 1917-1918. ca. 1 cu. ft.
Records created by the Jasper County Board of Supervisors, primarily billing statements and authorizations for payment by the county for various products , services rendered, and salaries. Includes a tick eradication program for cattle, tick eradication reports, Extension Service home economics reports, and requests for implementing the stock laws. Collection was purchased by the MSU Library.
Johnson (John Lipscomb) Papers. 1869-1890. .33 cu. ft.
Chaplain of the 17th Virginia infantry; college president and professor of English at the University of Mississippi. Letters have some content concerning cattle farming.
Jones (Hiram O.) Papers. 1915 and undated. .33 cu. ft.
Books, pamphlets and photographs documenting the education of Jones, 1908 Mississippi State graduate and Soil Conservation Service employee. .33 cu. ft. In process.
Kilgore-Snell Papers. Acc. No. 605. 1852-1918. .16 cu. ft.
Records created and collected by the related families of Kilgore, Snell and Cockrell, reflecting their farming and business activities in the Kilgore Hills area of Chickasaw, now Clay County, Mississippi. Included is an accounts ledger kept by Jesse Landrum Kilgore, 1866-1889, containing records of J. L. Kilgore and freedmen operating as a firm “on shares” and later as tenant farmers, producing and selling cotton, corn, oats, wheat and livestock. Also included are receipts for cotton ginned for and sold by the Kilgore, Snell and Cockrell families, 1854-1918; receipts for purchases and promissory notes of the Kilgore, Snell and Cockrell families, 1852-1909; and tax receipts for the Kilgore, Snell and Cockrell families in Mississippi and Jefferson County, Arkansas, 1867-1903. Many of the receipts were collected as a part of the estate settlement of Dr. Benjamin Kilgore (1792-1864), which estate was administrated by his son B.M. (Benjamin Moon) Kilgore. Miscellaneous items include a political ticket for the Democrat-Conservative Party candidacy of H.L. Muldrow for Congress (1875), showing the electors for all Mississippi districts; a fragment of a book entitled Horse Owner's Friend and Guide; and miscellaneous clipping fragments.
King (Edith Follett) Collection. 1956. 1 folder.
Account of life on a plantation in Madison County, Louisiana, during latter part of the 19th century. Also includes clippings and article about Dr. Edward L. King.
Langfitt (Howard) Farm Family of the Week Collection. 1955-1961 and undated. 3.5 cu. ft.
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Collection of Howard Langfitt (d. 1997), Iowa-born Speech and Radio graduate of the University of Iowa, who grew up on an Iowa farm. Langfitt worked for a hybrid seed corn company and served in the Army in World War II before he began his career in agricultural radio. Langfitt's first radio positions were at stations in Des Moines and Shreveport before being hired by WJDX radio in Jackson, Mississippi in 1945. Langfitt served as Program Director there and developed the farm program. Langfitt became Farm Services Director for WJDX/WLBT-TV, Jackson's largest station in 1954. Because of his great interest in agriculture and a desire to promote farming, Langfitt talked WLBT into letting him develop the "Farm Family of the Week" segment of his Monday through Friday agricultural program, "RFD Televisit". The program aired from 1954-1961 when Langfitt left WLBT. The Howard Langfitt Collection consists of the materials used to produce the "Farm Family of the Week" program, a program which featured a family within the WLBT viewing area who met standards for excellent farming as judged by Langfitt and the county agricultural agents who assisted him. Families were interviewed and photographed in advance and scripts were written from the interviews. Families came to the studio on the day of the program and were aired live with Langfitt also. Includes 362 television scripts and some 17,637 negative images. Nineteen television segments are represented by a program script only; one segment includes a script only. Thirty-eight Mississippi counties and Madison and Tensas Parishes in Louisiana are represented. Database index of locations and family names.
Langfitt (Howard) Papers. Acc. No. 609. 1919-1995. 6 cu. ft.
Personal papers of Howard Langfitt (1919-1997). Includes correspondence, publications, photographs and albums, awards, memorabilia and other materials documenting Langfitt's career, his activities with 4-H clubs, his military career, his retirement and other activities.
Lenoir Plantation Records. 1792-2001 (Bulk Dates: 1850-1930). 8.5 cu. ft.
Plantation records and family papers of the extended family of William T. Lenoir (1811-1960) and Mary E. Blanchard Lenoir (1810-1894), of Prairie (Muldon), Monroe County, Mississippi. The Hope Hull Lenoir family and the Absalom Blanchard family came to Marion County, Mississippi in the 1830s. William T. Lenoir married Mary E. Blanchard in 1940 and they moved to Monroe County, Mississippi in 1845, having purchased 3,500 acres of land. William A. Blanchard, brother of Mary Blanchard Lenoir, had already moved to Columbus and set up a law practice. W.A. Blanchard also purchased land and operated a plantation in Monroe County. In 1847, William T. Lenoir (son of Hope Hull Lenoir) and Mary Blanchard Lenoir built the large Lenoir Plantation house which still stands at Prairie, Mississippi. William S. Lenoir, Sr., 1842-1911, (son of William T. Lenoir) married Julia Paine (1851-1918). The children of William S. Lenoir , including Sterling Paine Lenoir (1887-1961), inherited Lenoir Plantation. Included are family materials: 76 family letters (1832-1955 and undated), including 12 Civil War era letters; letters to William S.Lenoir and James L. Lenoir at LaGrange College and Tutwiler School in Alabama; 2 letters of Methodist Bishop Robert Paine (then Superintendent of LaGrange College, LaGrange, Alabama), in support of the graduation and qualifications of W.A. Blanchard and William T. Lenoir, 1832; articles of incorporation and other materials documenting the law practice of William A. Blanchard; memorabilia, postcards, publications, World War I materials, clippings and other materials. The collection bulks with financial correspondence, accounts and invoices, deeds, legal materials, and other documents pertaining to the land holdings and cotton plantation operations of the Lenoir, Blanchard and Paine families in Monroe, Clay and Marion Counties in Mississippi, and Marlin, Falls County, Texas. These materials extensively document plantation cotton growing in Mississippi and Texas and the Mobile cotton trade, 1840s-ca. 1920. Other materials in this category include land and oil plats and maps and plans for a gin and a cotton house. The collection also contains 1.5 cu. ft. of 19th and 20th century family photographs and albums. The family also donated 125 books from the families' collection (1744-1972 and undated), including the medical library of Sterling L. Paine, father of Julia Paine Lenoir, Civil War and Mississippi imprints, yearbooks and annuals, and other historical volumes. Unprocessed, but usable with preliminary folder list.
Lewis (H.) Prints. Undated. 1 folder.
Collection of 14 H. Lewis prints from The Valley of the Mississippi Illustrated. Includes prints: Cotton Plantation and General Taylor's Plantation.
Lindley (William H.) Collection. Acc. No. 662. 1979-2000 and undated. .4 cu. ft.
Correspondence between MSU College of Veterinary Medicine alumnus Dr. Nancy Coleman Barnes and her mentor and teacher MSU professor Dr. William H. Lindley, together with other materials collected by Barnes as a result of her friendship with Lindley.Photographs and newspaper clippings document the birthday and roast held for Dr. Lindley, the Veterinary Medicine Museum in Vicksburg, Dr. Lindley's accomplishments and his death, and the donation of materials to the Veterinary Medicine Library.
Lovett (John Lathon) Papers. 1841, 1891-1897. 3 vol. + 1 item.
Collection of John Lathon Lovett of Walthall, Mississippi. Includes two account books of E. Lovett and Company Store, Walthall, Mississippi, 1891-97.
Mabry (Malcolm H.) Collection. Acc. No. 607. .12 cu. ft.
Exhibit and published materials created and collected by Mabry and documenting the mechanical cotton picker as used in the Mississippi Delta, including Hopson Plantation.
MAFES Photographs Glass Negatives Collection
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Malvaney (Emmett) Collection. 1914-1928.
Architectural drawings once owned by Edgar Malvaney of Jackson, Mississippi, include plans for the Home Economics and Hygiene for Women building on the campus of Mississippi University for Women, 1928, designed by architect C.H. Lindsley.
Marshall (John H.) Civil War Letters. 1 microfilm reel.
Collection of twenty-three Civil War letters, 1861-1865 of John H. Marshall of Nettleton, Mississippi. Collection also includes a certificate of membership of Marshall in the Patrons of Husbandry, Liberty Hall Grange, Lee County, Mississippi, undated.
Mary Holmes College Sharecropper Oral Histories Collection. Acc. No. 669. 1969-1972. 11.4 cubic ft.
Collection of 340+ oral histories conducted with African-American men and women from 1969-1972 by Mary Holmes College staff. Participants were living at various locations within the state, with a strong concentration on Clay and Monroe Counties. Questions focus on slavery and family background, plantation and farming origins and sharecropping in the 20th century. Included are reel-to-reel tapes and transcripts. Transcripts must be used in the library.
McGehee (James Stewart). Rambles in Autobiography. 1903-1904. .33 cu. ft. + 1 microfilm reel.
Autobiography of McGehee, who was born in 1860 in Wilkinson County (Miss.), moved to Louisiana in 1865, was educated in Virginia, and worked with the West Feliciana Railroad and with W.L. Green Commission Company (grain dealers) in St. Louis. Among the subjects are family and friends in Mississippi and Louisiana, reconstruction, race relations, and importation of labor into the South. McGehee's family home was in Woodville, Mississippi.
McKell (James) Collection. 1866-1901. .33 cu. ft.
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Memorabilia from Oktibbeha County court house cornerstone. Includes draft prospectus of John M. Stone cotton mill (Starkville), and issues of the Southern Farm Gazette and the Southern Live Stock Journal.
Mims (Will) Collection. Acc. No. 649. 50 items on 1 compact disc. 1891-1950, 2001, 2005.
Letters (1912), photographs (1892-1950), clippings, genealogy, memorials, personal records and other materials relating to Will Cox Mims (1891-1950), 1911 Mississippi A&M College graduate and east central district county agricultural extension agent. Collection also contains material on the Mims family of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi.
Minor (Wilson F. "Bill") Papers. 1936-2000. 44 cu. ft.
Correspondence, articles, speeches, press releases, campaign materials, clippings, photographs and other documents amassed in the course of Minor's career as a journalist in Mississippi. Minor was born in Hammond, Louisiana in 1922 and received his degree in journalism from Tulane University. He began work for the New Orleans Times-Picayune in 1942. Beginning in 1947, Minor worked in Jackson as a reporter on Mississippi politics for the Times-Picayune, and continued writing his "Eyes on Mississippi" column until the paper's Jackson bureau was closed in 1976. A specialist in Mississippi politics, Minor in that year elected to stay in Jackson and take over the editorship of the weekly Capitol Reporter. In 1981, Minor became a syndicated political columnist and television commentator. Minor's papers document to some degree the participation of the press in the economic development of Mississippi. Subject folders on agriculture and rural life topics include agriculture, the Delta Council, the Balance Agriculture with Industry program, the first Mississippi Agricultural and Industrial Exposition (1947), the Mississippi Agricultural and Industrial Board (1953-1975), the Mississippi Forest Service (1948-1968), the Neshoba County Fair, hunger, poverty and the Rural Electrification Association. Minor's papers also include materials of Edgar Poe, whom Minor succeeded as Mississippi journalist for the Times-Picayune. Poe's folder “Agriculture/Cotton, 1936-1945", contains material on the 1936 tenant farmer's strikes, and speeches, articles and other materials concerning the state of Mississippi agriculture and industry.
Mississippi Almanacs Collection. 1845-1860. 15 items on 1 reel microfilm.
Keeler's Mississippi Almanac, 1845, 1847-1860. Title of the almanac varies.
Mississippi Extension Homemakers Clubs Collection. 1943-1997. 2 cu. ft.
Records of the Mississippi Extension Homemakers Clubs Council and individual clubs Choctaw, Claiborne, Jones, Itawamba, Lee and Pontotoc Counties. Included are minutes and record books, reports, photographs, programs, scrapbooks, awards, publications and memorabilia documenting club and council activities, 1943-1997, and a small group of materials documenting the National Extension Homemakers Council, 1966-1979.
Mississippi Forestry Association Records. 1926-1992 and undated. ca. 60 cu. ft.
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Correspondence, minutes, reports, clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, financial records, oral history transcripts and questionnaires, records of committee activities, publications, and other records of the Mississippi Forestry Association. Among the major subjects are forestry education, legislation, and taxation; forest fires; replanting of forests; ethics; and leading figures in the Mississippi forestry industry. Also included are timber and salvage projects following hurricanes Camille and Frederic. The collection was donated by the Mississippi Forestry Association. Additions in process.
Mississippi School Catalogs Collection. 1997-1927. 1 cu. ft.
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Collection of 28 catalogs of Mississippi public schools and agricultural high schools. Includes catalogs of Mississippi Agricultural High Schools in the following counties: Alcorn (1920-1921), Forrest (1927), Franklin (1920-1921), Jefferson (1917-1918), Jones (1915-1916), Kemper (1920), Madison (1910-1911), Panola (1911), Tallahatchie (1921-1923) and Yazoo (1916-1917).
Mississippi Society of American Foresters Records. 1960's-2002. ca. 20 cu. ft.
Records of the Society of American Foresters, Mississippi Chapter. First accession processed. 2002 accession preliminary folder list only.
Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association Records. 1915-1958. 3 volumes.
3 ledgers of records of the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association, 1915-1958.
Mississippiana and Rare Books Vertical File
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Montgomery (William B.) Family Papers. 1900-1974. .75 cu. ft.
Materials relating to the family of William B. Montgomery (1829-1904), a founding trustee of Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College (MSU). His activities include serving as a committee of one to collect subscriptions of money for the College, disposing of the original lands donated to the university and serving as chairman of the executive committee that supervised the construction of the new College. Having established the Southern Livestock Journal in 1875, Montgomery was also a promoter of livestock and dairying for the county and the College, where he influenced the building of the college herd and the founding of the Dairy Husbandry Department. In addition to operating his own dairy farm, Montgomery took an interest in the College textile school and was instrumental in bringing the Starkville Cotton Mill to Starkville. Included are business records, accounts ledgers, postcards, publications, and memorabilia relating to agriculture, Mississippi State University, the Montgomery family and Oktibbeha County. 75 cu. ft. Library also has Montgomery family book collection.
Nash (Virginia) Collection. 1816 (1924-1997). Acc No. 517. 1.25 cu.ft.
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Scrapbooks, photographs, articles and publications documenting the history of Starkville and Oktibbeha County. Included are scrapbooks, photographs and articles documenting the Oktibbeha County Historical and Genealogical Society and the Hic-a-Sha-Ba-Ha Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, publications concerning the Nash family, historical editions of newspapers and reprints of historical Mississippi maps.
Natchez Historical Society Architectural Drawings Collection.
Architectural drawings of 51 Natchez buildings collected by the Natchez Historical Society include drawings of the Adams County Extension Homemaker and 4-H building.
Neilson (Lillian) Collection. 1829-1976 (1844-1892). .33 cu. ft.
Journals, financial records, correspondence, photographs, family history, and miscellany, mostly pertaining to James C. Neilson, a Lowndes County (Miss.) farmer, Mississippi state legislator, and Grange member. Journals (1844-1892) include farm and sawmill information, freedman's accounts, and an account of a trip to the state Grange Convention in 1874.
Neilson (Sarah) Collection. 1821-1970 and undated. 1.66 cu. ft.
The Sarah Neilson Collection consists primarily of research material concerning Columbus and Lowndes County, Mississippi. The bulk of this collection was compiled by Sarah Neilson (1887-1967) for the Columbus Pilgrimage and includes information on the early history of Columbus and Lowndes County. Neilson was the daughter of James Crawford Neilson, Sr. Neilson family materials comprise the remainder of the collection. Among the materials documenting agriculture and rural life are a ledger of 1899 agriculture lectures of A&M college student J. Crawford Neilson, Jr. (1881-1942); a lumber yard account book (1866); farm day books, ledgers and cotton ginning record (1905-1908). The bulk of the visual materials consists of family photographs, but also included are postcards of scenes in Mississippi, Alabama and other states. 1 ft., 9 inches.
Nelson (Arthur William, Jr.) Papers. 1938-1992. ca. 8 cu. ft.
Papers of professional forester Arthur William Nelson, Jr. (b. 1916), who came to Mississippi in 1940 as Chief Forester for the Flintkote Company at Meridian, Mississippi, where he worked until 1957. In 1957, Nelson joined Champion Papers as General Manager of the Timber Products Division, subsequently served as Vice President Natural Resources, and retired from his last position as Vice President, Industry Affairs in 1980. Nelson has been active in national and state forestry and forest products organizations and has been instrumental in the collecting of Mississippi forest history for the Mississippi Forestry Association. Nelson's Papers document his education at Yale Forest School, and his career. Included are speeches, professional papers and reports, photographs, publications, manuals, blueprints and map documenting Nelson's activities and state and national forestry history.
Oktoc Community Club Collection. Acc. No. 627. .1930s-2008. .41 cu. ft.
Calendars, yearbooks, photographs, publications, clippings and other materials documenting the Oktoc Community Club and the Oktoc community, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi.
Oral History Collection. 1950s-2001. 4 cu ft.
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Audiotapes and transcripts of interviews with Mississippians, including journalists, politicians, and local citizens . Interviews with agricultural and rural life content include: 49 interviews with persons connected with the Delta and Pine Land Cotton Plantation; James Lusk Alcorn Russell; Cully Cobb, 4-H and Ruralist Press (2 interviews); Fred J. Hurst, Earle Gaddis, Willena Ratliff, Julian Sides, Peter Spinks and Sadye Wier (4 interviews), Home Demonstration and Extension Agents.
Overstreet (N.W.) Architectural Records. 1908-1973.
Records of the Jackson (Miss.) architectural firms of which the principal architect was Noah Webster Overstreet (1888-1973), 1908 MSU alumnus, and the first registered architect in Mississippi. Includes architectural drawings of: Mississippi State Agricultural Extension Service Bldg (Jackson, Miss.), 1965 (20 sheets); Agricultural Research Laboratory (Stoneville, Miss.), 1966-1967 (100+ sheets); Forrest County Agricultural High School (Brooklyn, Miss.), 1929 (10 sheets); Mississippi State Fairgrounds (Jackson, Miss.), 1947 (7 sheets); Mississippi State University Animal Husbandry Buildings, undated (6 sheets).
Patterson Family Letters. 1855-1892. 1 item.
Civil War letter includes a description of farming and everyday life. Gift of William Patterson.
Perkins (Paul H.) Collection. Acc. No. 620. .04 cu. ft.
Oral history and selected photographs and memorabilia materials documenting the Perkins family, the Tennessee Valley Authority career of Paul H. Perkins (1920-2006), the Tupelo tornado and other topics concerning North Mississippi.
Phares (David Lewis) Collection. 1837-1893. .4 cu. ft. + 1 reel microfilm.
Phares, a physician, studied in Louisiana, lived much of his life in Wilkinson County, Mississippi, was a Grange member who was instrumental in founding Mississippi A & M College, was appointed as a trustee of the college in 1878, and to the faculty in 1880. Biographical and career materials, diary (1837-1844), drawings, speech and other materials. Includes notes from medical lectures on horses.
Phillips (W. M.) Letter. 1854. 1 item.
Wm. P. White, Isle of Hope-near Savannah, to W.M. Phillips, Mississippi, Jan. 9, 1854. Letter relates to an article by Dr. Harden in American Farmer.
Pitts (Leslie P.) Collection. 1915-1955 and undated.
Records of the architectural firms of William S. and Emmett Hull and Hull and Malvaney (Emmett Malvaney) include architectural drawings for: Central Farmer's Market (1946-1951); Poultry processing plant, Central Farmer's Market (1948); Copiah Lincoln Agricultural High School and Junior College, 1937.
Poplar Springs Normal College Catalogue. Acc. No. 249. 1892-93. .08 cu.ft.
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Posey (Alice Puckett) Life History. Acc. No. 250. Undated.
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Reminiscence of Alice Puckett Posey concerns life in Aberdeen and Northeast Mississippi, 1857-1944.
Pound (Thompson) Papers. 1960-1976 and undated. 27 linear feet.
Materials produced and collected by Thompson Pound primarily concerning the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District (TRVWMD), which Pound served as Executive Director for ten years. Legislation creating the TRVWMD was enacted in 1962. Eventually, Alcorn, Chickasaw, Clay, Itawamba, Kemper, Lee, Lowndes, Monroe, Noxubee, Pontotoc, Prentiss and Tishomingo became district members. The main goal of the TRVWMD was to work with other agencies for conservation and development of natural and human resources. A stated objective of the TRVWMD was to promote agricultural development. Included are correspondence, reports, maps clippings, and publications, Subjects include the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, legislation, history of Pontotoc County, and education, flood prevention, economics of the area, farmers in the TRVWMD), Mississippi Agricultural and Industrial Board activities (1959-1972), and other topics.
Preston (Zenas) Diary. 1850-1853. .33 cu. ft.
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Plantation on Lake St. Peter across river from Natchez. Diary documents plantation life in period: slaves, crops, levees and floods, diseases, prescriptions, taxes, road work, weather.
Puckett (Willis Newbell) Reminiscences. 1951 and undated. .02 cu. ft.
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Reminiscences of Puckett (1867-1962) of Lowndes County, Mississippi, concerning his education and success in the construction business. Contains a 1951 letter and a transcription of Puckett's will.
Rambo (Mrs. Mary C.) Papers, 1834-1886. 1 folder.
Materials relating to the White family of Tennessee. Includes an 1871 contract for share-cropping.
Rand (Clayton) Papers. 1918-1971. 33 cu. ft.
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Papers of Clayton Thomas Rand (1891-1971), author, columnist, speaker, and publisher of the Dixie Guide, Gulfport, Mississippi. Rand graduated from Mississippi A & M College in 1911, operated newspapers in Neshoba County and other parts of north Mississippi, and in the 1920's moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where he resided until his death. Included are correspondence; manuscripts of speeches, books, pamphlets, and columns; financial records; clippings; printed material and photographs. Rand was a highly sought out speaker, an ardent believer in states righter and opponent of the New Deal, federal intervention in state affairs and bureaucracy. Rand made many speeches to various groups on farming and the enduring values of rural life. His speeches “The New Deal and Diocletian” and “ The New Deal and Slavery” (1944) were widely distributed. The papers include one cubic foot of correspondence from all over the United States concerning this speech, which vilified the New Deal programs of the Roosevelt administration. Other speeches relating to agriculture include “Cotton and It's Public” “Boll Weevils and Bureaucrats”(1963), “Cattle Ticks and Politics”, (Cotton Manufacturers Association, 1949), “Shelling Corn”, “Five Loaves and Two Fishes”, (Southeastern Plant States Plant Food Industry, 1960), “Agriculture Space Age Style”, (Bankers and Farmers Gathering, 1968), “The Second American Revolution”, (Southern Farm Implement Manufacturers Association), “Why Pick on Mississippi?”, for the Mississippi Agricultural and Industrial Board banquet (1965), and speeches for the Oklahoma Farm and Chemurgic Conference (1937). Subject files include a file on Anderson Vasser Southern Naval Stores Company, a manufacturer of turpentine from tung trees (1939-1941).
Reinecke (John) Collection. Acc. No. 615.
Publications concerning boll weevil research. Reinecke worked for the U.S.D.A. Boll Weevil Research Laboratory.
Rice (Nannie Herndon) Family Papers. 1824-1963. 22.5 cu. ft.
Family papers of Nannie Herndon Rice, librarian at Mississippi State University. Correspondence, diaries, genealogical data, deeds, ledgers, claims, estate papers, bills of sale for slaves, rent and labor contracts, school reports (1866-71), and other papers of Miss Rice and members of her family. Papers of Miss Rice describe Meadow Woods, the Rice plantation in Oktibbeha Co., Mississippi, her student days at Mississippi State College for Women, Columbia University, Vassar College Training Camp for Nurses, and the University of Illinois, and associations as a librarian at Mississippi State University. Other papers include those of Miss Rice's grandparents, John W. Rice and Augusta (Hopkins) Rice, her father, Arthur H. Rice, physician and planter of Oktibbeha Co., Mississippi, her great-uncle and aunt, John James Walker and Maria (Hopkins) Walker, her paternal great-grandfather, Arthur Francis Hopkins, of Alabama, and others, relating to the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Mississippi Legislature, travel in Europe, and other subjects. Unpublished guide in the library. Information on literary rights available in the library. Gift of Miss Rice's family, Starkville, Miss., 1966.
Rollins (Bertie Shaw) Papers. 1821-1957. 2 cu. ft.
Papers of the William M. Shaw family of Darracott, Monroe, County Mississippi, collected by Bertie Shaw Rollins, of Aberdeen, Mississippi. author, historian, and granddaughter of Shaw. Includes register (1865) of contracts by Monroe County planters and freedmen, 1865 and undated; patents for farm equipment invented by John Preston Shaw; soil survey of Monroe County; family letters.
Rosamond Architectural Records. 1927-2000 (bulk 1946-2000).
Records of the architectural offices of William H. Rosamond and Associates (Columbus, Miss.). Includes architectural drawings of Mississippi State University, Agricultural Mechanical Lab, undated (1 sheet); Montgomery School Vocational Agriculture Building (Brownsville, Alabama), 1955 (7 sheets); Cooperative Creamery, (Starkville, Miss.) remodeling, 1953 (3 sheets); Washington County Fairground (Greenville, Miss.) alterations, 1964 (2 sheets); Tri-States Fairgrounds (Washington County, Miss.), 1970 (10 sheets); Mississippi State University Dairy Building, undated (2 sheets).
Ross (Isaac) Papers. 1845-1889. .33 cu. ft.
Papers of Isaac Ross, planter, of Prospect Hill Plantation, Jefferson County, Mississippi. Correspondence, statement of accounts, promissory notes, receipts, memoranda, and other papers pertaining to settlement of Ross' estate, especially concerning the will's provision for manumission of Ross' slaves choosing emigration to Liberia. Includes correspondence of Ross' grandson, Isaac Ross Wade as administrator of the estate, with the American Colonization Society; records of Wade's business transactions with cotton factors Person and Company, New Orleans, La., and other cotton merchants; and business papers of Wade's son B.H. Wade.
Sanders (Hanson E. "Ham") Papers. 1929-1973 and undated. 3 cu. ft.
Collection of Sanders (1908-1991), owner of Sanders Lumber Company in Meridian, include speeches made as President of the National Forest Products Association, 1971-1973; publications on forestry; plaques and awards; books, poster, photographs, lithograph, artifact and autobiographical writing.
Sanders, Lee and Sargent Families Papers. 1850-2001 (Bulk Dates: 1860-1992). 6.8 cu. ft.
Family papers of William Lee Sanders II and Winifred Sargent Sanders, including materials documenting the William States Lee family of South Carolina and descendants, the William Davis Sanders family and descendants, the Henry B. Sargent family, and the collateral families of White, Waring, Davis and others. Included are 229 letters, primarily of the William States Lee family (1850-1892), which have been calendared and transcribed by the MSU Library Special Collections staff. These letters include 56 from the Civil War era (1861-April, 1865) and approximately 140 from the Reconstruction period (May 1865-1874). The collection also bulks with photographs (1850s-1990s), including photo prints, mounted and cased photographs and photographic albums containing images of members of the extended family. Other materials include other family correspondence, Bible records, memorabilia, publications, certificates and awards, genealogical materials and vital records, career and educational materials, cookbooks and recipes, scrapbooks, and other materials, documenting the historical and current activities of the Sanders-Lee-Sargent families.
School of Forestry Records
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Sellars (Paul) Family Papers. Acc. No. 664. 27 items. 1865 and undated.
Photographs, artifact and miscellaneous items documenting the Oktibbeha County farm of the Paul Sellars family, and the Newbern and Miller families. 26 digital photographs document the farm and the family. An original stamp used for boxes of butter produced on the farm is an unusual artifact.
Shaw (Thompson B.) - McKell Collection. 1818-1901. .33 cu. ft. + 1 microfilm reel.
Papers of Thompson B. Shaw (1796-1854), plantation owner of Jefferson County, collected by the McKell family. Includes personal and family correspondence (1828-1898); business papers relating to the plantation, statements of accounts and receipts (1818-1860), and items (1824-1866) dealing with cotton factors. Deposited by C.V. McKell, Starkville, Mississippi, 1959.Shields (William F.) Papers. 1812-1912.
Shields-Jennings Family Papers. 1812-1912. .33 cu. ft.
Papers of William F. Shields, Naval officer, of Lowndes Co., Mississippi and the Shields-Jennings family. Includes papers concerning Artemus C. Jennings' cotton hauled by Mason and Yates, 1865.
Smith (Frank E.) Collection. 1962-1973. 22 cu. ft.
Papers of Frank Smith. Included are materials pertaining to the five volume series he edited, Conservation in the U.S.: A Documentary History. 13 manuscript boxes plus books and other publications.
Smith (Isaac) Letters. 1821-1893. .33 cu. ft.
27 letters, 3 other papers, 1 small autograph book. Chiefly about family, farming, slaves in Carroll, Holmes, and Lawrence Counties in Mississippi and Alexandria, Louisiana.
Smith-Oakes Plantation Papers. 1860-1885. .33 cu. ft. + 1 reel microfilm.
Records of Lowndes County (Miss.) plantation owned by John McLaughlin Smith. Ledger, 1860-1883; plantation journal, 1879-1885. Contents: Horse records, 1863-77; list of slaves; accounts, 1860. Journal primarily contains weather notes, but also contains a few references to lynching, Negroes, and the Kansas exodus (1879).
Southern Livestock Journal Company Stockholders Minutes. 1883-1886. 1 vol.
Minutes, January 27, 1883-December 31, 1886, of the Starkville, Mississippi, company. See also microfilm (Mississippiana).
Sparks (Randy) Collection. 1839-ca.1971 (1839-1928). .5 cu. ft.
Miscellaneous materials collected by Randy Sparks, including estate papers, probate and chancery court records, tax receipts, Civil War letter (photocopy), address book, and journal. Includes “Dairy and Creamery Laws, State of Mississippi”, 1928.
Spell (Aaron) Papers. 1833-1949. .75 cu. ft.
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Papers of early Holmes County pioneer Aaron Spell (1793-1853), who purchased land in Holmes County in 1831. Included are deeds, cotton sales and transportation accounts and correspondence, records for purchases for goods, and court, tax and banking records. Papers document the cotton trade between Mississippi and New Orleans as well as economic conditions for Mississippi planters 1833-1949. Includes photos of Aaron Spell's son, Jeremiah Spell (1829-1906) and his wife Martha Ann Williams Spell (1834-1921) and biographical and genealogical notes contributed by Al and Carolyn Evans. Photocopies and digital images. Addition to the papers comprise personal items of Frances Ree Rogers Frost. Includes correspondence, scrapbook, financial records and newspaper clippings.
Starling (William) Papers. 1854-1900. 2 cu. ft.
Papers of Major William Starling (1839-1900), a Union Army soldier and chief engineer, Greenville Levee District of the Mississippi Levee System. Starling was born in Columbus Ohio, graduated from New York University in 1856 and studied law. He served in the Civil War in several different Kentucky units. Starling moved to Arkansas in 1867, and with his father, Lyne Starling, farmed the Sunnyside Plantation across the river from Greenville until the estate was sold in 1882. Starling became an assistant engineer with the Levee System in 1882 and was made chief engineer in 1884. The content of the papers also reflect Starling's avocational activities: fishing, reading, and book collecting. William's Starling's papers bulk with personal diaries, journals containing entries on engineering trips and notes on engineering activities, and recordings of Mississippi River data, 1870-1900. Gift of the Greenville Public Library.
Stevens (Boswell) Papers. 1918-1986 (1950-1980). 37 cu. ft.
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Correspondence, reports, clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, publications, and other records of Boswell Stevens (1896-1986), farmer of Noxubee County, Mississippi, and president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation (1950-1972). Among the many organizations with which he was associated were the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Cotton Council of America, the American Dairy Association of Mississippi, the Mississippi Federated Cooperatives, the Southern Farm Bureau insurance companies, the Mississippi Chemical Corporation, the Coastal Chemical Association, the Mississippi Board of Trustees for Institutions of Higher Learning, Mississippi State University, and the Mississippi Industrial and Technological Research Commission. The collection reflects the varied activities of Stevens, with emphasis on agricultural and economic development issues. Included is correspondence with many United States congressman and Mississippi governmental officials. The collection was donated by Boswell Stevens.
Stiles (Raymond) Family Business Papers. 1863-1946, scattered. .33 cu. ft.
Statements of account, tax receipts, civil war tax receipts and other business materials of the Stiles and Curry families of Starkville, Mississippi. Includes an agreement for rent of pasture land, 1898; and Samuel Curry's completed form “Tax in Kind: Estimate and Assessment of Agricultural Products”, 1864.
Stone (William M.) Diary. 1848-1851. .08 cu. ft.
Daily account of farming operations and farming operations and frequent church attendance. Stone was a Meridian planter, one-time justice of the peace, Presbyterian elder.
Stuart (William R.) Papers. 1800-1888. 1 reel microfilm (258 items).
Papers of William R. Stuart (1780-1853), merchant and Maryland State legislator. Family correspondence and other papers, chiefly of the 1850's from Maryland and Louisiana. Includes advertisement from “Wm. R. Stuart to the Farmers of Maryland and elsewhere and others”, 1848; 1 reel of microfilm (negative). Unpublished calendar in the library.
Stubbs (Mrs. B. H.) Collection. 1839-1918. .33 cu. ft.
Materials of the Burnside family of Lake Burnside, Neshoba County (Miss.) including Southern Cultivator, April, 1896.
Swann-Cavett Family Papers. 1854 (1884-1965) and undated. 1.33 cu. ft.
Papers relating to E.D. (Emmett Duvergne) Cavett, resident of Noxubee County (Miss.), soldier, Grand Cyclops of Noxubee (Miss.) Ku Klux Klan, deputy U.S. tax collector of Mississippi and State legislator, his wife Sallie Spann Cavett (1847-1935) and their children, descendants of early families of Alabama and Noxubee County. Included among the business materials are cotton farming materials (1919 and 1923), a ledger which contains freedman's accounts (1869-1873), and calendars which contain farm notes (1901, 1903),
Thomas (J. A.) Collection. 1888-1912. 10 volumes.
Business ledgers of the general store J.A. Thomas and Brother of Webster, County, Mississippi.
Thomas (James Talbert, III) Collection. 1896-1972. 1.5 cu. ft.
Plantation records of Egypt Plantation near Kruger (Holmes Co.) Mississippi, which has been successively owned by James Talbert Thomas II, James Talbert Thomas III and other family members. Includes deeds, abstracts of title and other land records, ledgers and other business records, wills and legal records. Originals and some photocopies. 1 ft. 6 in. (See also Langfitt Collection for script and photos of farm).
Thomason (Francis G.) Papers. 19 cu. ft.
Files concerning the work of Francis G. Thomason with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, especially programs dealing with tung nuts, cotton seed oil, and caster beans. Preliminary folder list available. In process. Folder list.
Tobacco Stamp, 1875. 1 item.
Stamp issued by U.S. Internal Revenue for tobacco tax..
Trotter (Sallie Stone) Ledgers. 1881-1894. 2 folders.
Account book no. 199 of the Midway Grange 1881-1884; later used for farm records, 1887-1890. Farm ledger of W.G. Stone, 1888-1894. See also University Archives: William I. Stone Collection.
Turner (Alexander Creagher) Collection. 1873-1883. .16 cu. ft.
Photographs (2), recipe for taming horses, receipt, eulogy, and ledger, concerning Alexander Creagher Turner, a resident of Montgomery County, Mississippi. Photocopies.
University Archives Vertical File
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Valiant (Margaret) Papers. 1918-1981. 5 cu. ft.
Papers of Margaret Valiant, primarily concerning her work with the Special Skills Division of the Resettlement Administration and the Music Division of the National Youth Administration, 1935-1943. Includes materials on migrant workers: letters and other materials concerning recording of folk music from migrant worker camps; music and lyrics for recordings made in migrant worker camps in Arizona and California for the Farm Security Administration; issues of Covered Wagon News and Agri-News from Shaftner, California (1939); a letter from Franklin D. Roosevelt to the Secretary of Agriculture mentioning the recordings. Miscellaneous topics and materials include: the Association of Members and Friends, Historic Southern Tenant Farmers Union; musical piece “The Farmer Comes to Town”, with drawing by C. Pollock.
Walden (Green B.) Family Papers. 1859-1894. .33 cu. ft.
Miscellaneous collection of Green B. Walden family includes letters (1872, 1880, 1886), 2 statements (1880,1884) made to Comptons, 2 doctors receipts (1861, 1894), Green B. Walden Diary (1859-1860) concerning cotton farming and other materials.
Walker (Noverta) Papers. 1847-1949. 3.6 cu. ft.
Family papers of Noverta Walker, seamstress and local historian, of Ripley, Mississippi. Letters (1847-1941) from family and friends in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and other States, invitations and programs of social events of Ripley, Mississippi, minute books of the Baptist Young People's Union and the Tuesday Evening Club, clippings, and photos of local and national figures. Also contains eleven scrapbooks of clippings concerning Mississippi persons and subjects compiled by Charlie Walker and store ledgers, 1869-1891.
Ward (Rufus) Collection. 1837-ca. 1920s. 8 cu. ft. + 4 reels microfilm.
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Personal and business correspondence, accounts, receipts, deeds, slave records, tax receipts, military orders, genealogical material and other papers, of the James Sykes family, of Columbus, Mississippi and the related Lanier and Billups families. Included are correspondence, diaries, ledgers, deeds, tax receipts, statements of account, school material, steward's books and other Methodist church material, newspapers, pamphlets, almanacs and other materials. Agricultural materials include: T.C. Billups' plantation journal, 1847-1859; letters from cotton brokers in West Point, Miss., Mobile, Ala., St. Louis, Mo, and New Orleans, La.; cotton confiscation records; farm ledgers; receipts for cotton, hire of hands and other business transactions; contracts with freedmen; appraisal, estimate and sketch of Billups property; stock certificate for the East Mississippi and West Alabama planter's Manufacturers' and Mechanics' Association, 1875; photographs and copies of photographs of plantation scenes, tenants and buildings; other materials. Microfilm for public use.
Watson (Mrs. Henry Duke) and Wallace (Mrs. Charles Wallace) Papers. 1874-1974, scattered. .33 cu. ft. + 1 vol.
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Family papers concerning the Watson and Wallace families of Strong, Mississippi. Includes: account books of the Strong Community Store, 1900s, 1911-1912 and an account book, 1875-1875 and 1900-1901; pamphlets about Grassland Farms, which was operated by Henry Duke Watson. He raised Rhode Island red chickens and showed them all over the world.
Waverly Mansion Collection. 1836-1982. 1 cu. ft.
Papers and photographs concerning the antebellum plantation Waverly, which was built in Clay County, Mississippi, in the 1850s by George Hampton Young. Included are correspondence, photographs, accounts ledgers, deeds, receipts for cotton shipped and other materials.
Waverly Miscellaneous Papers. 1908, undated. 2 items.
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Items found at Waverly (Clay County, Mississippi) in 1936 include a list of cures for animal and poultry diseases.
Weeks (Billy) Collection. 1917. 1 volume.
Store ledger from Holly Bluff, Mississippi.
Weeks (Thelma) Letters. 1947. .08 cu. ft.
Letters (10) written by Thelma Weeks of Ackerman, Mississippi, while visiting friends in Aquacate, Cuba. Included are detailed descriptions of tours of a sugar cane mill and the Hershey Mills.
Wier (Frank Lampkin) Collection. Acc. No. 626. 1930s. ca. 1 cu. ft.
Newspapers and clippings concerning the Borden Plant and the Oktibbeha Creamery and other materials collected by a local resident and given to the Library by Sara Hubbard.
Wier (Robert and Sadye) Papers. 1885-1996. ca. 19.5 cu. ft.
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Personal papers, correspondence, business records, clippings, photographs, extensive scrapbooks, oral histories, literary manuscripts, reminiscences and other materials concerning Robert Wier (1886-1974) and his wife Sadye Hunter Wier. Robert Wier, who operated and owned the City Barber Shop in Starkville, was the first and only black to have a business on Main Street. Sadye Wier was a teacher and home economist. Sadye Wier's career materials which are included are publications, training materials, workshops, interviews, scrapbooks, photographs, notes and other materials on Four-H, Prairie Opportunity and home economist activities, and Wier's reports on early education and extension work in Noxubee and Oktibbeha County.
Wier (T. C.) Family Papers. Acc. No. 646. 1837-1973 and undated. 5.16 cu. ft.
Correspondence, diaries and journals, photographs, sermons and other church materials, receipts, memorials, poems and other writings, programs and other memorabilia, school materials, genealogical materials, clothing, publications and other materials documenting the lives and contributions of the extended family of Methodist minister Dr. T.C. (Thomas Coke) Wier (1827-1920), who served as presiding elder and pastor in Alabama and Mississippi churches from 1859-1906 and also served as principal of Verona Female College and Grenada Institute. The papers were found in the attic of the Bonnell family home in Muskogee, Oklahoma, where Elizabeth (Bessie) Wier Bonnell (1869-1944) and her husband Dr. Albert E. Bonnell (1865-1936) lived. T.C. Wier and his sister Mary Elizabeth Wier (1822-1909) lived with the Bonnells until their deaths; many of the letters are to and from T.C. Wier and Mary Elizabeth Wier.

Included are circa 400 letters between Wier family members, 1836-1936 and undated, from Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, Oklahoma Territory, the state of Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and other localities. Of these, 13 are letters from Civil War soldiers and Civilians, including letters of surgeon J. Benson Wier and prisoner of War letters of Dabney S. Wier from Johnson's Island, Ohio. Many of the letters are to and from T.C. Wier's sons Frank Lampkin Wier, and prominent citizen and Mayor of Starkville, Mississippi and Robert Koger Wier, owner of Wier Jewelry and then Wier Drugstore. Diaries and journals in the collection date from 1824-1885 and include the Civil War diaries of T.C. Wier and his brother J. Benson Wier (1832-1863), who died at McMinnville, Tennessee. The “Record of the Wier family”, a journal of William Wier (1792-1853), Methodist minister and father of T.C. Wier, contains a rare transcript of the family's 1850 census return, including names, ages and birth places of family slaves. Sermons and sermon notes, Bibles, church bulletins, diaries, writings, clippings and other materials document the Methodist Church in Alabama and Mississippi. The collection is enriched by circa 164 photographs, primarily portraits and snapshots of Wier family members taken in Starkville, Columbus, Selma, Mobile, Jackson (Tenn.), Oklahoma Territory and the state of Oklahoma, but also including images of Wier homes and church scenes in Starkville and Coldwater, Mississippi and Muskogee, Oklahoma, a rare snapshot of Columbus homes and the Tombigbee River, and postcard scenes taken on Deer Creek near Lake Vista (Delta and Pine Land), Mississippi.
Williams (Daniel C.) Family Papers. 1823-1936. .66 cu. ft.
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Papers of the Williams Family of Dry Grove (Hinds Co.), Mississippi. Includes correspondence of Campbell. A. Williams, cotton buyer and general merchandise store owner; his mother, Mrs. V.J. Williams; and his brother Mims Williams of Magee (Simpson Co.) and other family members in Nacoochee, Georgia. Letters relate to family matters, farming, local events, cotton growers conventions and Mississippi politics including the Farmers Alliance. Other materials are share crop contracts (1895-99); annual statements for supplies (1886-92); Confederate tax returns, receipts, and circulars for items such as naval stores, agricultural products and cotton; Mississippi land grants; and Episcopal literature and cards collected by Daniel C. Williams. Also notebook relating to the yellow fever epidemic in Dry Grove (1878); genealogical material on the Banks, Carmichael, Dabney, and Douglas families; clippings and memorabilia concerning subjects such as the placement of the Hinds County Agricultural High School at Raymond, horse pedigrees, prescription for horse colic.
Woodruff (Nan) Collection. 1920s-1938 and undated. 1 cu. ft.
Research materials collected by professor and author Nan Woodruff for her book As Rare as Rain: Federal Relief in the Great Southern Drought of 1930-31. Included are field reports, committee materials, correspondence, publications and other materials.

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