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


Tribal Chief Cyrus Ben, the fifth democratically elected chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, has been elected to the board of trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH).


The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) has named Sara Nordin the new director of the Eudora Welty House & Garden (EWHG) in Jackson, Mississippi. The EWHG museum is the home of acclaimed author Eudora Welty, who wrote numerous award-winning fiction and essays.

Thirty-six students from across Mississippi represented the state at the 2024 National History Day (NHD) contest hosted at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. NHD is a program for middle and high school students to research, produce, and present a historical research project. Winners at the state level competition, Mississippi History Day (MDH) hosted by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH), progress to NHD.
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.


Community Curation Day: Photograph Preservation
July 13, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn how to preserve photos at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, for our Community Curation Day.

Hezekiah Watkins Gallery Talk
July 13, 2024, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Join us at the Two Mississippi Museums each Saturday at noon with museum staff member Hezekiah Watkins.

Free Sundays at the Two Mississippi Museums
July 14, 2024, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Admission to the Two Mississippi Museums is free every Sunday.