Jefferson Davis Presidential Library and Museum
West façade of the Library and Museum
|Location||Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.|
|Dedicated||May 30, 1998|
|Rededicated||June 3, 2013|
|Named for||Jefferson Davis|
|Size||24,000 square feet (2,200 m2)|
|Management||Mississippi Division, S.C.V.|
The Jefferson Davis Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865. Designed by Larry Albert of Albert & Associates Architects, the library is located within the Beauvoir historical site in Biloxi, Mississippi, about 80 miles (130 km) northeast of New Orleans, Louisiana, and 65 miles (105 km) southwest of Mobile, Alabama, United States.
The presidential library has the stated purpose of preserving, housing and making available the official papers, records, artifacts and other historical materials of Jefferson Davis. Despite the name, it is not administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, as Jefferson Davis was never president of the United States. It is, however, supported by the State of Mississippi, as is described on a plaque at the library entrance. The library is managed by the Mississippi Division, S.C.V., and features continually changing temporary exhibits and a permanent exhibit covering Jefferson Davis's life.
On August 29, 2005, the first Jefferson Davis presidential library suffered heavy damage from the fierce wind and water of Hurricane Katrina. The library pavilion, the Hayes Cottage, the Soldiers Home barracks replica, the Confederate Soldiers Museum, the gift shop, and director's home were totally destroyed. Artifacts were photographed, inventoried, boxed and placed in environmental storage while conservation of the items and Beauvoir Historic Site were under way. On January 9, 2007, a bid of $4.1 million was taken to rebuild the library and museum. Because of hurricane damage, renovation of the original Jefferson Davis presidential library was deemed impossible; consequently, the newly rebuilt library was rededicated and opened to the public on June 3, 2013. The Federal Emergency Management Agency paid $4 million to repair Beauvoir and an additional $10 million to construct the new library. The William Beckwith statue of Davis that once graced the rotunda of the library now stands near the entrance, along with a statue by Gary Casteel that was added in 2009.
- "Beauvoir–The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library". Mississippi Division, S.C.V. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
- "Beauvoir to revisit history with new presidential library". City of Biloxi. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
- Fehrman, Craig (June 2, 2013). "Jefferson Davis' 'presidential' library". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
- General information
- The Jefferson Davis Estate Papers at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History
- The Papers of Jefferson Davis at Rice University