Empowering people through Mississippi’s many stories.

That’s our vision at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. We are here to help you explore and discover your Mississippi stories.

You can use this website, and our reading rooms in downtown Jackson, to:

  • Research historical records, archival collections and special publications
  • Discover historical sites and museums to visit all around the state
  • Check out upcoming events, including our History is Lunch series
  • Preserve Mississippi’s historic buildings and archaeological sites
  • Download field trip guides, lesson plans, and teaching units
  • View regulations for managing state and local government records
  • Find out how to volunteer, donate, and more
News & Events

Find the latest news, upcoming programs, and special exhibitions at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

News & Events


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News & Articles

The estate of William Alexander Percy has donated the original handwritten manuscript of Percy's 1941 autobiography and bestseller, Lanterns on the Levee: Recollections of a Planter's Son, to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH). 
The local government records committee will review, approve, disapprove, amend, or modify records control schedules for all counties and municipalities on Tuesday, July 16, at 10:30 a.m. Once approved, schedules shall have the force of effect of law.
Mississippi blues and Grammy award-winning artist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram will headline the free 2024 Mississippi Makers Fest—a music, food, and arts festival sponsored by Nissan—at the Two Mississippi Museums from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. Additional musical performers include Hud & The Hurricane and American Blonde. Concerts start at 4 p.m.
Higher Purpose Co. is sponsoring free admission to the Two Mississippi Museums Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Freedom Summer.
Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) hosted the 2024 Mississippi History Day competition at the Two Mississippi Museums on Saturday, April 20. The competition drew middle and high school students from across the state. 


Juneteenth Jubilee
June 19, 2024, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for Juneteenth Jubilee at the Two Mississippi Museums!

Freedom Summer Tours
June 21, 2024, 10:30 am - 11:00 am

The Two Mississippi Museums education staff will offer tours at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

A Talk with Dave Dennis Sr.
June 21, 2024, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for A Talk with David Dennis Sr. at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 21, in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium of the Two Mississippi Museums.