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Archives Month

Each October the nation celebrates our country’s rich historical collections. Programs and activities are held at archives and libraries statewide. Learn more about Mississippi’s history by visiting local archives, libraries, museums, and historical societies.

For more information about archives Month, see the Society of Mississippi Archivists Website and the Council of State Archivists Website.

 

Travel Grants to SAA

The Travel Grant program is currently inactive.

 

Workshops

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Society of Mississippi Archivists (SMA) offer workshops occasionally. To learn about workshops, visit the SMA Website.

 

Awards Program

The Awards Program is currently inactive.

By recognizing exemplary achievements, MHRAB hopes to inspire others to make similar contributions. These biennial awards honor efforts to identify, preserve, and provide access to Mississippi’s historical records. Awards are presented for Archival Program DevelopmentDocumenting Mississippi’s HistoryUsing Historical Records in Grades K-12, and Using Historical Records in Higher Education. Previous recipients were:

2015

Award for Excellence in Documenting Mississippi’s History
Mr. Ray L. Bellande, Ocean Springs
Ms. Angela Stewart, Margaret Walker Center, Jackson State University, Jackson

Award for Excellence in Use of Historical Records in Grades K-12
Mr. Joshua Rogers, Presbyterian Christian School, Hattiesburg

Award for Excellence in Use of Historical Records in Higher Education
Department of History, Political Science & Geography, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus
Dr. Amber Handy and Dr. Erin Kempker accepted the award.

2013

Award for Excellence in Documenting Mississippi’s History
Emily J. Pointer Public Library, First Regional Library, Como

Award for Excellence in Use of Historical Records in Grades K-12
Ms. Rachel Jarman Myers, Institute of Southern Jewish Life, Jackson

Award for Excellence in Use of Historical Records in Grades K-12, Honorable Mention
Ms. Jennifer Rose, Sunflower County Library System, Indianola

Award for Excellence in Use of Historical Records in Higher Education
The Historic Preservation Program, Mississippi College, Clinton

2011

Award for Excellence in Archival Program Development
Ms. Mona K. Vance and the Billups-Garth Archives, Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, Columbus

Award for Excellence in Documenting Mississippi’s History
Ms. Mary Louise Gollotte Adkinson, Biloxi

Award for Excellence in Documenting Mississippi’s History, Honorable Mention
Mr. Paul Cartwright, Yazoo City

Award for Excellence in Use of Historical Records in Grades K-12
Mr. Timothy Gardner, Southaven

Award for Excellence in Use of Historical Records in Grades K-12, Honorable Mention
Mr. Tim Reidy, Pascagoula

2009

Award for Excellence in Documenting Mississippi’s History
Dr. Stuart Rockoff and the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, Jackson

Award for Excellence in Documenting Mississippi’s History
Mr. John E. Ellzey and the Yazoo Library Association, Ricks Memorial Library, Yazoo City

Award for Excellence in Use of Historical Records in Grades K-12
Mr. Chuck Yarborough and the Mississippi School for Math and Science, Columbus

Award for Excellence in Use of Historical Records in Higher Education
Mr. Ricky Harrison and East Central Community College, Decatur

 

Other Projects

County Records Inventory Project

MHRAB and MDAH sponsored a county records inventory and technical assistance project throughout the state. Led by MDAH Local Government Records Officer Tim Barnard, archivists have inventoried the pre-1920 county records; evaluated the storage and preservation of the records; and provided customized recommendations and consultations to county officials. The project began in 2010 with Mississippi’s fourteen territorial counties (Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Franklin, Greene, Hancock, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Marion, Pike, Warren, Wayne, and Wilkinson). By the end of 2016 all eighty-two counties had been inventoried . All completed inventories are now available on the MDAH Web site,http://opac2.mdah.ms.gov/queries/coinventory.php. For more information about the records inventories and local government records in Mississippi, please contact Tim Barnard at 601.576-6894 or tbarnard@mdah.state.ms.us. This project was supported by supplemental funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

This project, known as the Territorial Records Inventory Project (TRIP) in its earlier phase, was featured in the February 2010 issue of the Mississippi History Newsletter.

 

Collaborative Projects

Picturing America, Reflecting Mississippi

In 2010 MHRAB opened Picturing America, Reflecting Mississippi a web-based exhibit of Mississippi images and suggested teaching activities, to serve as a companion piece to the National Endowment for the Humanities Picturing America initiative. The zip file of Mississippi images and information is available for download.

The project was co-sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Mississippi Humanities Council, and the Mississippi Library Commission.

Connecting to Collections

MHRAB co-sponsored a statewide online survey of archives, libraries, museums, and historical sites to determine overall needs of cultural collections repositories, to allow better training opportunities and strengthen relationships between cultural collections institutions, and facilitate planning of activities for the celebration of Mississippi’s bicentennial in 2017. Tom Clareson of LYRASIS conducted on-site surveys at several institutions, managed an online survey, and analyzed the state-wide data. The survey was funded by a Connecting to Collections grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.