The Mississippi Department of Archives and History was founded in 1902. A comprehensive historical agency, the department collects, preserves, and provides access to the archival resources of the state, administers museums and historic sites, and oversees statewide programs for historic preservation, government records management, and publications.
MDAH is governed by a nine-member board of trustees whose president is Kane Ditto of Jackson. Katie Blount has served as department director since February 2015. The department’s five divisions are responsible for the agency’s sites and programs.
- Administration comprises human resources, financial services, operations, and information technology.
- Archives and Records Services oversees the state archives and public reading rooms, where documents, photographs, and other items from the collection are made available free of charge to the public. The records management section helps state agencies, counties, municipalities, school districts, libraries, and other public entities manage their official records.
- Historic Preservation works with property owners to preserve the state’s historic sites and structures, by making grants, administering tax incentives programs, and offering technical assistance from architectural historians and archaeologists. Among the programs it oversees are the State Historical Marker, Mississippi Landmark, and National Register of Historic Places.
- Museums oversees the Museum of Mississippi History, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Eudora Welty House, Manship House Museum, and Old Capitol Museum in Jackson; the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians in Natchez; Historic Jefferson College in Washington, Windsor Ruins near Port Gibson, and Winterville Mounds in Greenville.
- Programs and Communication focuses on programming, education, exhibits, public relations, and marketing for the entire department.