External Web Sites
African-American Sheet Music
This collection consists of 1,307 pieces of African-American sheet music dating from 1850-1920. It includes many songs from the heyday of antebellum black face minstrelsy in the 1850s and from the abolitionist movement of the same period.
The Church in the Southern Black Community
This compilation of printed texts from the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill traces how Southern African Americans experienced and transformed Protestant Christianity into the central institution of community life.
Cornell University Library Making of America Collection
The collection includes 955 volumes from twenty-two nineteenth-century periodicals digitized by Cornell University as part of the original Making of America project.
The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920
This collection includes cookbooks, photographs of billboards, print advertisements, trade cards, calendars, almanacs, and leaflets for a multitude of products. The collection contains more than ten items pertaining to Mississippi.
The site provides information and links on the geography, people, politics, and economics of the fifty states. The site includes information pertaining to Mississippi's state bird, flag, flower, and much more.
First-Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920
This compilation of printed texts from the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill documents the culture of the nineteenth-century American South from the viewpoint of Southerners. It includes the diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, travel accounts, and ex-slave narratives of not only prominent individuals, but also of relatively inaccessible populations: women, African Americans, enlisted men, laborers, and Native Americans.
- Reminiscences of a Mississippian in Peace and War / Frank Alexander Montgomery, b. 1830.
- Tupelo / John Hill Aughey, 1828-1911
[Presbyterian clergyman describes the "reign of terror" against Union sympathizers and abolitionists living in the South at the time of secession, his imprisonment in Tupelo, Miss., and eventual escape to Union lines.]
Historic American Sheet Music
This collection includes 3,042 pieces of sheet music published in America between 1850 and 1920. It presents a wide variety of types of vocal music: bel canto, minstrel songs, protest songs, sentimental songs, patriotic and political songs, plantation songs, Civil War songs, spirituals, dance music, songs from vaudeville and musicals, Tin Pan Alley and World War I. The collection contains fourteen items pertaining to Mississippi.
Making of America Books
Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history primarily from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The book collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books with 19th century imprints.
- The Great Mississippi Flood of 1874, its Extent, Duration and Effects. A Circular from Mayor Wiltz, of New Orleans, to the Mayors of American Cities and Towns, and to the Philanthropic throughout the Republic, in behalf of Seventy Thousand Sufferers in Louisiana Alone
- The Mississippi Valley: Its Physical Geography, Including Sketches of the Topography, Botany, Climate, Geology, and Mineral Resources: and of the Progress of Development in Population and Material Wealth / by J. W. Foster
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History provides online access to records from government agencies and officials, as well as historical materials from their collections.
Mississippi Digital Library
Mississippi's first effort to develop the infrastructure, collaboration model, standards, and workflow to support a lasting state cooperative digital library program. Partners in the project include the University of Southern Mississippi, Delta State University, the University of Mississippi, Tougaloo College, Jackson State University, and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
National Park Service (NPS)
The fundamental purpose of the NPS is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such
means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations. The NPS provides highlights, statistics, and a list of national parks for Mississippi.
University of Southern Mississippi Digital Collections
MIssissippi was a focal point in the struggle for civil rights, with Hattiesburg, the home of the University of Southern Mississippi, being a major center of activity. The Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive was the first major digital collection and several Mississippi-specific collections are now accessible. These collections are also accessible through the Mississippi Digital Library.