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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News & Articles

1/14/2022
Gather around the fire at Grand Village of the Natchez Indians and hear storytellers share centuries-old stories about Native people and the natural world on Saturday, January 29, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
1/7/2022

The special exhibition Emerging Grace: Andrew Bucci’s Early Works will open Wednesday, January 12, in the lobby of the William F. Winter Archives & History building. The exhibition will feature Bucci’s earliest artworks, sketches, and biographical materials.

1/3/2022

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), the world’s largest express transportation company, is supporting free admission to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History on Monday, January 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

12/27/2021

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) will award fellowships of up to $2,000 to support individuals hoping to locate information related to their family history using resources available at MDAH.

12/13/2021

Christian Pinnen’s Complexion of Empire in Natchez, Race and Slavery in the Mississippi Borderlands, published by the University of G

12/7/2021
MDAH won the Southeastern Museums Conference's Gold Award for its recent exhibition Mississippi Distilled: Prohibition, Piety, and Politics.

Events

MDAH Board of Trustees Meeting
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At 10 a.m.

Free Sundays at the Two Mississippi Museums

Admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is free every Sunday. Face masks and social distanc

History Is Lunch: Dr. William E. Cochran, "Optometry in Mississippi, 1920-2020"
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At noon on Wednesday, January 26, Dr. William E.