Genealogy: Mississippi, Library and society resource list

Mississippi, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (3)

  1. Mississippi Department of Archives and History:  http://www.mdah.state.ms.us/index.htm l
  2. Mississippi Historical Society:  http://www.mdah.state.ms.us/admin/mhistsoc.html
  3. Mississippi Library Commission:  http://www.mlc.lib.ms.us/

University Archives and Collections (9)

  1. Delta State University:   http://library.deltastate.edu/aboutlib/departments/aboutarchives.html
  2. Mississippi College. Mississippi Baptist Historical Collection:   http://www.mc.edu/campus/library/mbhc.htm
  3. Mississippi College. Mississippi College Room:   http://www.mc.edu/campus/library/archives.htm
  4. Mississippi Department of Archives and History:   http://www.mdah.state.ms.us/
  5. University of Mississippi. Archives and Special Collections:   http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/general_library/files/archives/index.html
  6. University of Southern Mississippi. Center for Oral History:   http://www.usm.edu/oralhistory/
  7. University of Southern Mississippi. de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection:   http://avatar.lib.usm.edu/~degrum/
  8. University of Southern Mississippi. Manuscripts and Archives:   http://www.lib.usm.edu/~archives/
  9. University of Southern Mississippi. Mississippiana/Special Collections:   http://www.lib.usm.edu/~spcol/

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (1)

  1. Lowdes–Columbus-Lowndes Public Library:  http://www.lowndes.lib.ms.us/genealogy2.html

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives

  1. Lauderdale County Department of Archives and History:   http://lauderdalecounty.org/archivespage2.htm

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. MAGNOLIA – Mississippi’s statewide consortium:  http://www.lib.usm.edu/~magnolia/index.htm

MAGNOLIA (Mississippi Alliance for Gaining New Opportunities through Library Information Access) is a statewide consortium which provides online research databases for publicly funded K-12 schools, public libraries, community college libraries, and university libraries in Mississippi.

Digital Library Collections (4)

  1. Mississippi Digital Library:    http://www.msdiglib.net/
  2. University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, Special Collections Digital Lab, Digital Media Archive:    http://anna.lib.usm.edu/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/57/49?user_id=ARCHIVE
  3. Digital Collections By Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html
  4. Virtual Reading Room:    http://www.lib.usm.edu/~spcol/