Mississippi Humanities Council
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
State Department of Archives and History
||P.O. Box 571
Jackson, MS 39205
||Hank T. Holmes, director
||Monday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00
p.m.; Tuesday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturday,
8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Closed for state holidays.
||The archives are open
to the public. Researchers must complete a researcher
identification form and present a photo ID. Only notebooks,
note cards, and pencils may be taken into the reading
room. No pens are allowed. Computers, typewriters,
and recording devices are permitted in the reading
room provided they do not disturb other researchers.
All other personal belongings are stored in lockers.
Only one electrical outlet is available for recharging
computer batteries. The archives do not have facilities
for listening to reel-to-reel tapes. No cameras or
other types of mechanical duplicating equipment are
allowed in the search room. Researchers may photocopy
processed materials themselves for 20 cents a page,
or they can order transcripts through the mail. Inquire
1. General oral history collection
Included in the general oral history collection are 20 interviews
relating specifically to the civil rights movement in Mississippi.
2. Washington County Oral History Project
The Washington County Library System has initiated an oral
history project in cooperation with the Mississippi Department
of Archives and History. The goal of the project is to place
in the Carter Room of the William Alexander Percy Memorial
Library the transcripts of interviews made during the project.
The material will be cataloged by interviewee names and subject
headings. Copies of certain interviews will also be placed
in other libraries. The original tapes will be stored at the
Department of Archives and History, with copies available
upon written request. The interviewees were longtime residents
of Greenville/Washington County area. Below are listed of
the project's interviews that relate directly to the Mississippi
civil rights movement.
3. Murrah High School Oral History Project
This project comprises 44 interviews conducted in 1978 by
high school students. The students interviewed other former
students, teachers, school administrators, members of the
school boards, and local residents who were involved in the
desegregation of Murrah High School in Jackson. Below are
listed 20 of those interviews:
4. Lyndon Baines Johnson Oral History Project.
These interview transcripts are part of a collection sent
to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History by the
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in connection with the University
of Texas at Austin. Included in this collection are interviews
with prominent Mississippians conducted by interviewers from
the Johnson Oral History Project. The Department of Archives
and History does not have any of the cassette tapes. All of
the interviews have the following restriction: "Not to
be duplicated. Permission of Director, Archives and Library
Division, or oral historian required." The Johnson Oral
History Project also has a separate listing in this bibliography.
5. Anne Romaine's Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
Oral History Collection
The following interviews are part of a series done by Anne
Romaine with individuals directly connected with the Mississippi
Freedom Democratic Party and received by the Mississippi Department
of Archives and History from the Wisconsin State Historical
Society as part of an oral history exchange program, April
1981. None of the interviews has tapes. All have the following
restriction: "Permission of Director of Archives and
Library Division or oral historian required for duplication."
This interview collection is also held by the State Historical
Society of Wisconsin and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center
for Nonviolent Social Action.
6. Alec C. Valentine Interviews
Alec Valentine has conducted forty-three interviews in connection
with a book he is writing about desegregation in Mississippi
public schools. The interviews were conducted during the summers
of 1983 and 1984. To date only the six interviewees listed
below have signed deeds of gift giving them to the Mississippi
Department of Archives and History. Deeds of gift are being
sought for the rest of the interviews. All interviews are
on cassettes. None have been transcribed.