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


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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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.

A partnership with the Community Foundation for Mississippi will fund the development of a podcast and strengthen the History Is Lunch lecture series by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.


Civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer was born October 6, 1917. In honor of Hamer’s birthday, admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will be free on Tuesday, October 6.

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.
MDAH is continuing to fulfill its mission of empowering people through Mississippi’s many stories by collecting artifacts that document today’s unprecedented times.
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.


History Is Lunch: Richard Grant, "The Deepest South of All"
Wed, Oct 28 2020, 12 - 1pm

At noon on Wedn

Mississippi Unbound: Race Against Time
Thu, Oct 29 2020, 12 - 1pm

Renowned investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell will join us for a live discussion featuring his new book, Race Against Time, the undercover

MDAH Board of Trustees Meeting
Fri, Oct 30 2020, 10 - 11am

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History Board of Trustees will hold an executive meeting in the Craig H.