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Project Highlights

Highlights of Projects by Members 

Documenting Runaway Slaves Project

Documenting Runaway Slaves Project Art

A collaborative effort to compile and make available newspaper advertisements placed by masters seeking the capture and return of runaway slaves. Dr. Douglas B. Chambers and Dr. Max Grivno, CSGS members, are focused on creating a central repository for runaway slave advertisements. Wherever there was slavery, there were runaway slaves; and wherever there was slavery, and newspapers, there were runaway slave advertisements.


The Spaces to Live Project

In 2016-2017, the Spaces to Live Project added LGBTQ people to the Mississippi Humanities Council “State of Change Initiative,” which seeks to develop and support oral history projects that document the important social, political, and economic changes that have transformed Mississippi over recent decades. The extent of the state’s transformation is perhaps best illustrated by the experience of LGBTQ people. Recent advances in civil rights, such as the right to serve openly in the armed forces, the right to marry a person of the same sex, and the right to adopt children, have changed the legal and social status of LGBTQ people in Mississippi in positive ways. To record the history of this important moment, The Space to Live Project interviewed a cross-section of twenty-four LGBTQ people who live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast or in the Hattiesburg area. Dr. Douglas Bristol, CSGS member, was the Project Director, and Dr. Kevin Greene, CSGS member and Director of the Center for Oral History at the University of Southern Mississippi, oversaw the processing of interviews.


Civil War Governors of Mississippi (CWGM) Project

Civil War Governors of Mississippi Letters

The project is a partnership between the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the Mississippi Digital Library, and the USM history program. CWGM will digitize, transcribe, and provide historical context for nearly 50,000 pages of documents from the state’s governors’ papers from the late 1850s through the early 1880s. Thanks to the wide array of nineteenth-century Mississippians who contacted their governor — rich and poor, black and white, men and women, native-born and immigrant — and the broad scope of the project, CWGM will help scholars, teachers, students, and the public hear from Mississippians who are often absent from traditional archival records and better understand the state in the Civil War era. Dr. Susannah Ural, CSGS member, is the Project Director.


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