Mississippi Oral History Project

The Mississippi Oral History Project (MOHP) is a statewide initiative to record Mississippians talking about their experiences, from daily life to extraordinary events, with family, work, politics, churches, community. Over the past ten years the Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded over half a million dollars in grants to collect over 3500 of these histories. 

 MOHP Highlights

  • Hurricane Katrina Over 400 interviews with storm victims, first responders, relief workers, political leaders, and healthcare professionals.
  • Audubon Society's Strawberry Plains Preserve Oral histories of folk healing and traditional plant use.
  • Veterans Ongoing interviews with veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the First Gulf War, and the Global War on Terror.
  • McComb Railroad History Interviews with railroad workers from the Illinois Central shops in McComb, Mississippi.
  • Civil Rights Documentation Project USM Libraries cooperated with the USM Center for Oral History to offer more than 60 oral history transcripts on the civil rights movement, such as those by civil rights leaders Charles Cobb, Charles Evers, Aaron Henry, and Hollis Watkins. This collection also includes oral histories of race-baiting governor Ross Barnett, national White Citizens Council leader William J. Simmons, and State Sovereignty head Erle Johnston. Audio excerpts were added to several of these transcripts. The project was expanded in 2001 by the addition of twenty-two letters from the Joseph and Nancy Ellin Freedom Summer Collection and four diaries of Freedom School teachers in 1964.
  • Vietnamese Americans of the Gulf Coast Ongoing interviews with Vietnamese Americans living in the Gulf South.   

Ongoing Projects Archived in the McCain Library

The following list is a representative sample of Mississippi interview collections available in transcript form and on audio tape in the McCain Library. 

  • Agriculture
  • Arts and literature
  • Theodore Bilbo
  • Business and industry
  • Hurricane Camille
  • Civil rights movement
  • Clark County history
  • Courts and law rulings
  • Education
  • Ethnic groups
  • Mississippi River Flood of 1927
  • Gay and lesbian life
  • Turn-of-the-century Mississippi
  • Gulf Coast history
  • Hattiesburg history
  • Paul B. Johnson Jr.
  • Journalism and journalists
  • Labor
  • Local government
  • Medicine and health
  • Pearl River Flood of 1979
  • Prisoners of war
  • Religion
  • Republican Party
  • Sports
  • State government
  • Stennis Space Center
  • World War II
  • University of Southern Mississippi

Mississippi Oral History Projects 2003-2008

Grant #TitleProject Directors
MSOH-2NE MS Historical Society (Tupelo)Interviewers: Worth Long, Marty Ramage, Kathryn Stevens, Roy Turner
MSOH-03Delta State UniversityWanda Ray and Emily Erwin (Archives) 662-846-4780;
MSOH-05Noxubee County LibraryBeth Freshour (662) 726-9614 306 N. Wayne Macon, MS 39341; interviewer Sandra Miller (662)738-4126
MSOH-06MS Gulf Coast Community College 
MSOH-07Community Bridges (Biloxi)William Henderson
MSOH-10Walter Anderson Museum Oral History Project (Ocean Springs) Planning GrantPD: Evadna Lyons USM SO: Deanne Nuwer 2189 George Walton Drive Biloxi, MS 39531 (228) 214-3245
MSOH-13Franklin County Library OH Project (Meadville) Planning GrantFranklin County Library
MSOH-1420th Century Natchez Planning GrantPilgrimage Garden Club PD: Candice Bundgard (601) 446-6899
MSOH-17Attalla Historical Society OH Project (Kosciusko) Planning Grant 
MSOH-19MS Nurses Assoc. Nursing Through the 20th Century (Jackson)MS Nursing Association
MSOH-20Claiborne Co. Oral History Planning (Port Gibson)PD: Patricia Crosby 507 Market st Port Gibson, MS 39150-2041 (601) 437-8905
MSOH-24N. MS Oral History & Archives ProjectRust College
MSOH-25Italians in MS Delta (Cleveland)Delta State Universtiy PD: Meredith Johnson (662) 846-4780
MS0H-28Franklin County Oral History Project (Meadville)Franklin County Museum
MSOH-29Claiborne Co. Oral History Project (Port Gibson)PD: Patricia Crosby 507 Market St. Port Gibson, MS 39150-2041 (601) 437-8905
MSOH-31Planning for OH of Delta American Chinese (Greenville)Delta American Chinese Heritage Raymond Wong Mrs. Sidney (MHC former director) involved
MSOH-32Walter Anderson Museum of Art Oral History ProjectPD: Susie Greene (228) 875-8336 FA: Clayton Bass, Director WAMA, (228) 872-3164; SO Deanne Nuwer, USM
MSOH-50Mardi Gras Museum, Oral History ProjectPD: Susan Hunt PO Box 775 Biloxi, MS 39533-0775; USM SO: Deanne Nuwer 2189 George Walton Drive Biloxi, MS 39531 (228) 214-3245; interviewer Pic Firmin
MSOH-52Simpson County Oral History Project (Magee)PD: Bonnie Sullivan (601) 847-4201 FA: Elaine Gray (601) 849-4610
MSOH-61Brown Condor Assoc. (Minority and other Memories of the Gulf Coast in the World War II and Beyond: An Oral History Project)PD:Sidney Rushing, Secretary of The Brown Condor Association
MSOH-63Seven Decades of Simpson County Memories (1930 to 2000)Bonnie Sullivan Simpson County Historical & Genealogical Society
MSOH-64Strawberry Plains: Mississippi Audubon Oral History ProjectPD: Phillip K. Ensley, DVM Zoological Society of San Diego 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd Escondido, CA 92027-7017 (760) 747-8702
MSOH-69Mardi Gras Museum Oral History Project 2004PD: Susan Hunt Mardi Gras Museum PO Box 775 Biloxi, MS 39533-0775 (228) 435-6149 SO: Deanne Nuwer 2189 George Walton Drive Biloxi, MS 39531 (228) 214-3245
MSOH-71Southern Foodways Alliance Oral History InitiativePD: Dr. Charles Wilson Center for the Study of Southern Culture Ole Miss PO Box 1848 University, MS 38677-1848 (662) 915-5993,
MSOH-72G.I. Subdivision Oral History ProjectPD: Jean Coppenbarger 4615 Normandy dr Jackson, MS 39206-5416 (601) 366-9825 SO: Larry Morrisey 4377 Henderson Cir Jackson, MS 39206-5926 (601) 713-3464
MSOH-77Community Bridges Pt. 4 (Biloxi)PO: Loyce Searight 660 Peyton Dr. Biloxi, MS 39530-3953 (228) 374-1313
MSOH-79Mobile-Bouie NeighborhoodPO: Dr. Stephen Sloan Baylor University One Bear Place #97271 Waco, TX 76798-7271 (254) 710-6290
MSOH-82Mental Health OHPPO: Deanne Nuwer 2189 George Walton Drive Biloxi, MS 39531 (228) 214-3245
MSOH-83McComb Railroad WorkersPO: Winnie Len Howell PO Box 7220 McComb, MS 39649-3079 (601) 276-3079 SO: Larry Morrisey 4377 Henderson Cir Jackson, MS 39206-5926 (601) 713-3464 
MSOH-85Moss Point (Katrina)PDSO: Mark M. Miller USM (601) 818-6608
MSOH-86Katrina Hispanic ImmigrantsPO: Bridget Hayden USM (601) 266-5214 SO:Dr. Stephen Sloan Baylor University One Bear Place #97271 Waco, TX 76798-7271 (254) 710-6290
MSOH-87Neshoba County FairPO: Patirck T. Alford 10190 Road 1343 Philadelphia, MS 39350-4100 (601) 663-4258 SO: Larry Morrisey 4377 Henderson Cir Jackson, MS 39206-5926 (601) 713-3464
MSOH-92Jackson Hindu and Indian CommunityPDSO: Dr. Lola L. Williamson Millsaps College 1701 N. State St #150257 Jackson, MS 39210-0001 (601) 974-1333