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Mississippi Department Of Archives And History
Last updated on October 1, 2013

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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.

Description:
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History was founded in 1902. It is the second-oldest state department of archives and history in the country.

The department comprises five divisions—Administration, Archives and Records Services, Historic Preservation, Historic Properties, and Museum. The department is headquartered in the state-of-the-art William F. Winter Archives and History Building, located at North and Amite Streets in downtown Jackson. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information email us or call 601-576-6850.

History:
The Mississippi Historical Society was organized in Jackson on November 9, 1858, under the scholarly leadership of B. L. C. Wailes, but survived less than two years. Reorganization efforts, beginning in 1890, bore fruit eight years later at the University of Mississippi when the Society issued fourteen volumes of the Mississippi Historical Society Publications under the editorship of Franklin L. Riley, professor of history at the University.

In 1902 the Society led in the creation of the Department of Archives and History, and the executive committee of the Society's board of directors became the first board of trustees of the Department. Dunbar Rowland was the Department's first director.

It is the second-oldest state department of archives and history in the country. 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.


Contact person: Elizabeth Coleman, Volunteer Services Administrator, (phone), (email)


Office fax number: (601) 576-6815

Address:
 200 North Street
Jackson, MS 39201
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.mdah.state.ms.us

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 The department is headquartered in the state-of-the-art William F. Winter Archives and History Building, located at North and Amite Streets in downtown Jackson. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information email us or call. . . (more)
Last updated on October 1, 2013

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