Welcome to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

By preserving Mississippi's diverse historic resources, and sharing them with people around the world, MDAH inspires discovery of stories that connect our lives and shape our future.

The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag met at the Two Mississippi Museums and selected the “New Magnolia Flag” to become the new state flag. The commissioners submitted the design to the governor and the legislature as instructed in House Bill 1796, which established the commission. Mississippians will vote whether to approve the flag design on November 3.

The commission voted to brand the flag the “In God We Trust” flag.

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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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Be part of history. Volunteer with MDAH and help us preserve and connect Mississippi’s rich historic resources with people around the world.


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News & Articles

9/21/2020
Effective October 1, the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will open free of charge on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
9/14/2020
MDAH is continuing to fulfill its mission of empowering people through Mississippi’s many stories by collecting artifacts that document today’s unprecedented times.
9/14/2020
The National Park Service has awarded MDAH $50,000 in support of the Natchez Outbuilding Survey, a study of nineteenth-century structures built adjacent to antebellum houses in the Natchez area.
9/8/2020
The National Park Service has awarded $88,822 to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) to support efforts to return the Native American human remains in its archaeological collections to present-day Tribes.
9/2/2020
The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag met at the Two Mississippi Museums and selected the “New Magnolia Flag” to become the new state flag.
8/25/2020

On Tuesday, August 25, members of the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag met and chose two flags designs to advance.

Events

Sounds of Prohibition
Thu, Sep 24 2020, 12 - 1pm

Join us on Thursday, September 24, for a virtual exploration of the music performed around the state and on the Gold Coast during the days of Prohi

#WeltyatHome: A Virtual Book Club
weekly on Monday at 12:00pm
Upcoming
  • Mon, Sep 28 2020, 12 - 1pm

The third "Welty at Home" book club pick is Welty's very own The Golden Apples. Published in 1949, Welty's third short story collection is

History Is Lunch: Larry Wells, "In Faulkner's Shadow"
Wed, Sep 30 2020, 12 - 1pm

At noon on Wednesday, September 30, Larry Wells will present "In Faulkner's Shadow" as part of the streaming-only History Is Lunch series.