Charlotte Capers Building
The Charlotte Capers Archives and History Building is home to the MDAH Historic Preservation Division. Normal hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The search room for professionals using National Register files, archaeological reports, and U.S. Geological Survey quad maps, is open by appointment only Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 601-576-6940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Charlotte Capers Archives and History Building was the Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s first purpose-built home. MDAH was long overdue for a building of its own after nearly 40 years in the State Capitol basement (1903-1940) and a further 23 years in the north wing of the War Memorial Building.
The Department’s quarters at the War Memorial were cramped (its search room was a scant 24 square feet), which slowed collecting efforts. Perhaps more seriously, there was no way to control the temperature or humidity in records storage areas, resulting in inevitable damage to the records.
Thus, in 1963, with the restoration of the Old Capitol and installation of the State Historical Museum within it complete, MDAH Director Charlotte Capers and Dr. R.A. McLemore (then president of the Department’s Board of Trustees) began campaigning for the funds to build a new home for the archives.
Directions: The Capers Building is located at 100 South State Street, Jackson, MS 39201. Take the Pearl Street exit (96A) off I-55. Turn right onto State Street. Turn right onto Amite Street. Turn right into the parking lot behind the Old Capitol Museum.