Mississippi State Guide
Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture: Mississippi Collections
The Archive of Folk Culture holds approximately 2700 collections consisting of more than 150,000 sound recordings and 3 million items. At this time only a portion of them have catalog records and finding aids. Contact the Folklife Reading Room for additional information about collections.
Folklife in Your State: Mississippi
The collections of the American Folklife Center contain rich and varied materials from Mississippi that document the diversity of the state's folk traditions. Mississippi's Local Legacies Projects, an exploration of
local traditions and celebrations is available on the
Center's Web page.
America's Library is especially designed for elementary
and middle school students.
the States: Mississippi
Jump Back in Time
General Ulysses S. Grant Attempted to Take Vicksburg, Mississippi,
May 19, 1863
Conceived in partnership with France’s national
library, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, France in America /France en Amérique is a bilingual digital library made available by the Library
of Congress. It explores the history of the French presence
in North America from the first decades of the sixteenth
century to the end of the nineteenth century. Search the project to find items related to Mississippi, including the Narrative of the voyage to the upper Mississippi.
Meeting of Frontiers: Siberia, Alaska, and the American West
Meeting of Frontiers tells the story of the American exploration and settlement of the West, the parallel exploration and settlement of Siberia and the Russian Far East, and the meeting of the Russian-American frontier in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Project partners include the Library of Congress, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Russian State Library, the National Library of Russia, and more than twenty libraries, archives, and museums located in cities in Siberia and the Russian Far East. Search the project to find items related to Mississippi.
Parallel Histories: Spain, the United States, and the American Frontier
Parallel Histories: Spain, the United States, and the American Frontier is a bilingual, multi-format English-Spanish digital library site that explores the interactions between Spain and the United States in America from the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries. The project presents in digital format books, maps, prints and photographs, manuscripts, and other documents from the collections of the partner libraries. Five main themes related to the history of Spain and the parallel histories between the United States and Spain are illuminated: Exploration and Early Settlement, Colonization and Settlement, Meeting of Cultures and Religious/Evangelical Activities, American Revolution, and Mutual Perceptions. Search the project to find items related to Mississippi , including the Course of the river Mississippi, from the Balise to Fort Chartres; taken on an expedition to the Illinois, in the latter end of the year 1765.
Bibliographies and Guides
This site provides the names of all current state poets
laureate of the United States. It also includes a history
of the laureateship in each state, as well the District
of Columbia, and attempts to provide a comprehensive listing
of all prior state poets laureate. Included is information on the position of State Poet Laureate in Mississippi.
to Law Online
Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of
Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide
to sources of information on government and law available
online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable
sites for legal information on U.S states and territories,
Lloyd Wright Buildings Recorded by the Historic American
This list includes structures identified as the work
of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Search the online Historic
American Buildings Survey / Historic American Engineering
Record (HABS/HAER) records and consult the book The
Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog by William Allin Storrer, 2nd ed., 1974. As additional
documentation is digitized from the HABS/HAER
collection, entries will be added. The list includes an HABS drawing for Mississippi.
& Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the subject headings United States--Mississippi to find digital images related
to Mississippi, such as prints, photographs, and political
cartoons. Search in PPOC using the term Mississippi or names of cities, towns, and sites to locate additional
Primary Sources by State
The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts
from every state, the U.S. territories, and the District
of Columbia. Click on Mississippi to view historic artifacts and cultural materials
from the state.
Creating a Primary Source Archive: All History Is Local
Examine the interplay between national,
state, local, and personal history. Students produce a
digital collection of primary sources from their family
or local community based on the collections in American
Exploring Community Through Local History: Oral Stories, Landmarks and Traditions
Students explore the local history of the community in which they live through written and spoken stories; through landmarks such as buildings, parks, restaurants, or businesses; and through traditions such as food, festivals and other events of the community or of individual families.
Local History: Mapping My Spot
Students create their town’s history for coming generations and place themselves on the map in a literal as well as figurative sense, by producing portions of an updated version of an early twentieth century panoramic map from the American Memory collections.
On May 19, 1863, General Ulysses S. Grant attempted to take the Confederate stronghold at Vicksburg, Mississippi. After making a daring run past Confederate batteries, Union naval forces joined troops several miles down river. Working together, they detained Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston in Jackson, preventing him from assisting General John C. Pemberton at Vicksburg.
History Project Home Page
The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves
the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian
workers who supported them. Browse the database by state
of residence to locate veterans from Mississippi.