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American Memory Historical Collections

Examples of materials related to Mississippi are provided for most of the collections listed below. Search on the term Mississippi to locate additional resources within these American Memory collections.

Mississippian Extra.
Mississippian Extra.
August 08, 1862.
[Text.] [23.6 x 16.7 cm.]
Jackson, Mississippi.
From the Oliver R. Barrett Collection.
Call Number:
Broadside Portfolio 1, no. 17
Stern Catalog 4714

Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress

The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress consist of approximately 20,000 documents which include incoming and outgoing correspondence and enclosures, drafts of speeches, and notes and printed material.

The African-American Experience in Ohio: Selections from the Ohio Historical Society

This selection of manuscript and printed text and images illuminates the history of black Ohio from 1850 to 1920, a story of slavery and freedom, segregation and integration, religion and politics, migrations and restrictions, harmony and discord, and struggles and successes.

African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907

This collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost 100 years from the early 19th through the early 20th centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900.

African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920: Selected from the Collections of Brown University

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 Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana

Alfred Whital Stern (1881-1960) of Chicago presented his outstanding collection of Lincolniana to the Library of Congress in 1953. Begun by Mr. Stern in the 1920s, the collection documents the life of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) both through writings by and about Lincoln as well as a large body of publications concerning the issues of the times including slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and related topics. The collection contains twenty items pertaining to Mississippi.

America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA and OWI, ca. 1935-1945

The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection are among the most famous documentary photographs ever produced. Created by a group of U.S. government photographers, the images show Americans in every part of the nation. The collection contains more than 1.300 black-and-white and fifty color photographs of Mississippi.

America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets

This collection spans the period from the turn of the nineteenth century to the 1880s, although a majority of the song sheets were published during the height of the craze, from the 1850s to the 1870s.

America's First Look into the Camera: Daguerreotype Portraits and Views, 1839-1864

The Library's daguerreotype collection consists of approximately 600 photographs dating from 1839 to 1864. Portrait daguerreotypes produced by the Mathew Brady studio make up the major portion of the collection.

American English Dialect Recordings: The Center for Applied Linguistics Collection

This collection contains 118 hours of recordings documenting North American English dialects. The recordings include speech samples, linguistic interviews, oral histories, conversations, and excerpts from public speeches. Browse the collection index by place to locate sixteen recordings for Mississippi.

American Environmental Photographs, 1891-1936: Images from the University of Chicago Library

This collection consists of 4,500 photographs documenting natural environments, ecologies, and plant communities in the United States at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. Browse the collection index by state to locate nine images for Mississippi.

American Landscape and Architectural Design, 1850-1920: a Study Collection from the Harvard Graduate School of Design

This collection offers views of cities, specific buildings, parks, estates and gardens. In addition to photographs, views of locations around the country include plans, maps, and models.

American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920

This collection comprises 253 published narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the United States and their observations and opinions about American peoples, places, and society from about 1750 to 1920.

An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

This collection comprises 28,000 primary source items dating from the 17th century to the present and encompassing key events and eras in American history. Browse the geographic location of printing to locate more than thirty items printed in Mississippi.

Baseball Cards, 1887-1914

This collection presents 2,100 early baseball cards dating from 1887 to 1914. Browse the collection by city to locate baseball players in Jacksonville.

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938

The collection contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. Browse by states to locate slave narratives from Mississippi.

Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record, 1933-Present

The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies. Browse the collection by place to locate items for Mississippi.

The Capital and the Bay: Narratives of Washington and the Chesapeake Bay Region, 1600-1925

This collection comprises 139 books on Washington, D.C. and the Chesapeake Bay region including first-person narratives, early histories, historical biographies, promotional brochures, and books of photographs that capture in words and pictures a distinctive region as it developed between the onset of European settlement and the first quarter of the twentieth century.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

This collection consists of a linked set of published congressional records of the United States of America from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875.

The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925

This compilation of printed texts traces how Southern African Americans experienced and transformed Protestant Christianity into the central institution of community life.

Civil War Treasures from the New-York Historical Society

The images in this collection are drawn from the New-York Historical Society's rich archival collections that document the Civil War. They include recruiting posters for New York City regiments of volunteers; stereographic views documenting the mustering of soldiers and of popular support for the Union in New York City, photography showing the war's impact, both in the North and South, and drawings and writings by ordinary soldiers on both sides. Browse the subject index to locate six items pertaining to Mississippi.

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. Browse the subject index to locate more than four items pertaining to advertisement in Mississippi.

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920

This collection documents the historical formation and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage, through books, pamphlets, government documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and motion picture footage drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress.

First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820

This collection assembles rare books, pamphlets, newspapers, maps, prints, and manuscripts collected by Reuben T. Durrett and by the Filson Historical Society of Louisville, Kentucky. Durrett founded the society in 1884 and it named after John Filson, author of The Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke (1784), a promotional tract recognized as the first history of the state. Browse the subject index to locate thirty items pertaining to the Mississippi River.

First-Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920

This collection includes diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, travel accounts, and ex-slave narratives of prominent individuals, as well as 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.]

From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909

This collection consists of 397 pamphlets, published from 1824 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics. The materials range from personal accounts and public orations to organizational reports and legislative speeches.

George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799

This collection consists of approximately 65,000 items (176,000 pages). Correspondence, letterbooks, commonplace books, diaries and journals, reports, notes, financial account books, and military papers accumulated by George Washington from 1741 through 1799 are organized into nine series.

Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920

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.

The James Madison Papers, 1723-1836

The James Madison Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress document the life of the man who came to be known as the "Father of the Constitution" through correspondence, personal notes, drafts of letters and legislation, an autobiography, legal and financial documents, and miscellaneous manuscripts.

Map Collections

The Geography & Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form. The collection is organized according to seven major categories: Cities and Towns, Conservation and Environment, Cultural Landscapes, Discovery and Exploration, General Maps, Military Battles and Campaigns, and Transportation and Communication. Browse the geographic location index to locate more than 150 maps of Mississippi.

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1820-1860 & 1870-1885

This collection consists of over 62,000 pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the nineteenth century.

The Nineteenth Century in Print: Books

This collection is particularly strong in poetry and in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.

The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals

This collection comprises periodicals published in the United States during the nineteenth century, primarily during the second half of the century. The materials selected illuminate the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.

Photographs from the Chicago Daily News

This collection comprises approximately 54,000 images of urban life captured on glass plate negatives between 1902 and 1933 by photographers employed by the Chicago Daily News, one of Chicago's leading newspapers.

Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910

This collection portrays the states of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin from the seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries through first-person accounts, biographies, promotional literature, local histories, ethnographic, antiquarian, and colonial archival documents, and other texts drawn from the Library of Congress' General Collections and the Rare Books & Special Collections Division.

Prairie Settlement: Nebraska Photographs and Family Letters, 1862-1912

This collection integrates two collections from the holdings of the Nebraska State Historical Society. Approximately 3,000 glass plate negatives crafted by Solomon D. Butcher record the process of settlement in Nebraska between 1886 and 1912. Browse the subject index to locate letters pertaining to the Mississippi River.

Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929

This collection assembles a wide array of Library of Congress source materials from the 1920s that document the widespread prosperity of the Coolidge years, the nation's transition to a mass consumer economy, and the role of government in this transition.

Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

This collection represents a wide range of quiltmaking techniques, from highly traditional to innovative. The quilts pictured exhibit excellent design and technical skill in a variety of styles and materials.

Selected Civil War Photographs

This collection contains 1,118 photographs. Most of the images were made under the supervision of Mathew B. Brady, and include scenes of military personnel, preparations for battle, and battle after-effects. The collection also includes portraits of both Confederate and Union officers, and a selection of enlisted men.

.Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860

This collection contains just over 100 pamphlets and books published between 1772 and 1889 concerning the difficult and troubling experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States.

  • Argument of Robert J. Walker, Esq.
    [Complete Title: Argument of Robert J. Walker, Esq. Before the Supreme Court of the United States, on the Mississippi slave Question, at January Term, 1841.]

Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip

A multi-format ethnographic field collection that includes approximately 700 sound recordings, as well as photographic prints, fieldnotes, dust jackets, and other manuscripts documenting a three-month, 6,502-mile trip through the southern United States collecting folksongs.

Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991

This collection contains approximately 4,000 images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. Browse the collection by place to locate fifteen images of Mississippi.

The Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress

The complete Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 27,000 documents ranging in date from 1606 to 1827. Correspondence, memoranda, notes, and drafts of documents make up two-thirds of the Papers.

Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920

This collection of photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company Collection includes over 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints, mostly of the eastern United States. Browse the collection by place to locate more than 200 images of Mississippi.

Trails to Utah and the Pacific: Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869

The collection tells the stories of Mormon pioneer families and others who were part of the national westering movement, sharing trail experiences common to hundreds of thousands of westward migrants. Browse the collection by subject to locate two items pertaining to the Mississippi River.

Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century

This digital collection presents 7,949 publicity brochures, promotional advertisements and talent circulars for some 4,546 performers who were part of the Chautauqua circuit.

Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories

These interviews, conducted between 1932 and 1975, capture the recollections of twenty-three identifiable people born between 1823 and the early 1860s and known to have been former slaves. The almost seven hours of recordings were made in nine Southern states and provide an important glimpse of what life was like for slaves and freedmen. Browse the collection by place to locate nine interviews for Mississippi.

Washington as It Was: Photographs by Theodor Horydczak, 1923-1959

This collection documents the architecture and social life of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, including exteriors and interiors of commercial, residential, and government buildings, as well as street scenes and views of neighborhoods. Browse the subject index to locate images of Mississippi.

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