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.

Established by the Mississippi legislature in House Bill 1796, the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag met over the course of two months and selected a new design to become the state flag. Mississippians voted to approve the flag design on November 3, 2020. The Mississippi Legislature enacted the design into law during the 2021 legislative session.

Learn more about the process of ratifying Mississippi's new state flag. Download the new design for personal or commercial use.

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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

4/19/2021
At a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) on Friday, April 16, Reuben Anderson announced his plans to retire in July. Spence Flatgard of Ridgeland was elected to serve as board president beginning in October.
4/19/2021
Winners of the 2021 Mississippi History Day State Contest were announced in a virtual awards ceremony on April 17.
4/12/2021
The Eudora Welty House & Garden will launch a new outdoor audio tour and open a new exhibit on Tuesday, April 13, in recognition of Eudora Welty’s birthday.
4/12/2021
MDAH has created a new website that prioritizes the repatriation of human remains and cultural items in the department's archaeological collection.
4/5/2021
A new book uses Mississippi’s civic structures, log cabins, schools, mansions, and skyscrapers to broaden our understanding of the state’s history.
3/23/2021
A hand-drawn 1856 map of the Forks of the Road, the second largest slave market in the United States during the nineteenth century, is now available on the MDAH Digital Archives.

Events

History Is Lunch: Crystal Sanders, “The Child Development Group of Mississippi”
Wed, Apr 21 2021, 12 - 1pm

At noon on Wedn

Beth Ann Fennelly in the Welty Garden
Thu, Apr 22 2021, 5 - 6:30pm

The Eudora Welty House & Garden in partnership with the Visiting Writer Series at Millsaps College will host an outdoor poetry reading and book

Free Sundays at the Two Mississippi Museums

Admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is free every Sunday and includes the special exhibits