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The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in Mississippi is committed to the preservation of the state’s cultural resources. The Historic Preservation Division, which administers the duties of the SHPO, works closely with individuals, state and local governments, and federal agencies to protect and preserve Mississippi’s historic structures, archaeological sites, and other places associated with our shared past.

Composed of staff professionals with expertise in archaeology, architectural history, preservation techniques and history, the Historic Preservation Division provides technical assistance and grants for preservation projects, maintains an extensive database of the state’s archaeological sites and historic places, and manages federal project (Section 106) reviews, the Mississippi Landmark program, federal and state Rehabilitation Tax Credit programs, the Certified Local Government program, National Register of Historic Places nominations, the State Historical Marker program, and the Abandoned Cemeteries program. The division provides staff to lead architectural tours at the Mississippi State Capitol. The Historic Preservation Division is also a federally approved archaeological curation facility and works closely with federally recognized Tribes in all areas related to archaeology.

Housed in the Capers Building, the first floor search room is available for consultants and other researchers. To access the archaeological files, the search room is available by appointment Tuesday-Thursday from 9:00-4:00. No appointment is needed for non-archaeological research. To make an appointment, please call 601-576-6987 or email

Contact Info:

MDAH Historic Preservation Division
P.O. Box 571
Jackson, MS 39205-0571
Fax 601-576-6955

Mississippi’s historic preservation program is funded by an annual grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior matched with state funds.