Empowering people through Mississippi’s many stories is our vision.
Whether you are interested in researching Mississippi history, visiting historic places, preserving history, attending or sponsoring history-themed events, engaging students with history, properly managing government records or finding opportunities for volunteering, internships and careers, MDAH can connect you with the experiences and information you seek.
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.
Who We Are
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History was founded in 1902 to collect, preserve, and provide access to the archival resources of the state. Our commitment to preservation continues today through the work of the department’s five divisions.
Administration comprises human resources, financial services, operations, and information systems.
Archives and Records Services
Archives and Records Services oversees the state archives and public reading rooms, where documents, photographs, and other items from the state’s vast collection are made available free of charge to the public.
Historic Preservation works with property owners to preserve the state’s historic sites and structures.
The Museum Division oversees the Museum of Mississippi History, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Eudora Welty House & Garden, Manship House Museum, Old Capitol Museum, and the historic section of the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion in Jackson; the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians in Natchez; Historic Jefferson College in Washington, and Winterville Mounds in Greenville.
News & Articles
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has awarded the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) its Award
June 15, 2021
History Is Lunch: Curtis Wilkie, "The Death of Vernon Dahmer"
At noon on Wedn
Storytime on the Side Porch
On Thursdays at 3 p.m., the Eudora Welty House & Garden will present free summer book readings for children in partnership with the Mississippi
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
Articles and Publications
MDAH and our partner organizations produce a number of detailed publications related to Mississippi history and prehistory. Select a publication for information on topics, purchasing or subscribing.