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

11/30/2020
The MDAH website was named one of the best genealogical websites in the country by Family Tree Magazine, a national family history publication.
11/24/2020
MDAH is canceling this year’s Christmas by Candlelight Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but offering opportunities for the public to enjoy the holiday decorations at several sites.
11/23/2020

The Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum announce a Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Mississippi Food Network (MFN).

11/13/2020

In appreciation of all frontline and essential workers who have saved lives and given their services during the COVID-19 pandemic, admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will be free on Tuesday, November 17, 9 a.m.

11/9/2020
MDAH is now accepting applications for the 2021 Eudora Welty Research Fellowship. Offered in partnership with the Eudora Welty Foundation, this annual fellowship awards a $5,000 stipend to one graduate student to conduct research using the Eudora Welty Collection.
10/26/2020
On Tuesday, November 10, MDAH will host a Veterans Day Ceremony on Entergy Mississippi Plaza at the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. COVID-19 precautions will be in place.

Events

Free Sundays at the Two Mississippi Museums

Admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is free every Sunday from noon–4 p.m.

#WeltyatHome: A Virtual Book Club

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

Free Sundays at the Two Mississippi Museums

Admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is free every Sunday from noon–4 p.m.