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.

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

3/29/2020
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has closed all museums and facilities in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. MDAH staff continue to serve the public remotely by responding to email requests.
7/1/2020
On Wednesday, July 1, Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann and House Speaker Philip Gunn presented MDAH with the last flags to fly over the state capitol. The flags will be added to the permanent collection.
6/29/2020
A new application developed by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) and TimeLooper lets viewers virtually experience the Grand Village as it appeared in 1730.
6/4/2020
On Tuesday, July 7, MDAH will reopen the Eudora Welty House & Garden, Museum of Mississippi History, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, and William F. Winter Archives & History Building in Jackson, and the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians in Natchez.
5/27/2020
The Eudora Welty House & Garden has launched a new website that allows visitors to experience the home of the Pulitzer Prize–winning author online.
5/26/2020
At noon on Wednesday, June 10, as part of the department’s History Is Lunch series, Wilma Mosley Clopton will present “Mississippi Justice: Then and Now.”

Events

History is Lunch: Kasey Mosley, "Home as People, Not Place: Eudora Welty's Personal Sense of Home"
Wed, Jul 8 2020, 12 - 1pm

On July 8, History is Lunch will feature Kasey Mosley presenting "Home as People, Not Place: Eudora Welty's Personal Sense of Home."

History is Lunch

History Is Lunch is a weekly lecture series of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History that explores different aspects of the state's past.

State Records Committee Meeting
Thu, Jul 16 2020, 10 - 11am

The State Records Committee will hold a meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2020.