Mississippi Department of Archives and History
|Headquarters||200 North Street,
|$10 million (2015)|
MDAH developed from the Mississippi Historical Society in the interest of promoting and protecting "Southern Identity" through acquisition and preservation of historical records, especially those records pertaining to the American Civil War. Legislation authorizing creation of MDAH was signed by Mississippi Governor Andrew Longino on February 26, 1902. MDAH is the second oldest state department of archives and history in the United States.
The purpose of MDAH is to "...collect, preserve, and provide access to the archival resources of the state, administer museums and historic sites, and oversee statewide programs for historic preservation, government records management, and publications."
Organizational structure and facilities
Administrative offices, as well as archivist work areas and archive storage areas, are located in the William F. Winter Archives and History Building. Completed in 2003, the 6-story structure contains 146,000 sq ft (13,600 m2).
The Historic Preservation Division is housed in the Charlotte Capers Archives and History Building, located at 100 South State Street, Jackson. This division administers Historical Markers in Mississippi, Mississippi Landmarks, and National Register of Historic Places in Mississippi.
The Museum Division provides administrative oversight for the following facilities and locations:
- Eudora Welty House
- Manship House Museum
- Old Capitol Museum
- Grand Village of the Natchez Indians
- Historic Jefferson College
- Windsor Ruins
- Winterville Mounds
- Museum of Mississippi History (under construction in 2015)
- Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (under construction in 2015)
- William F. Winter Archives & History Building Retrieved 2015-01-20.
- Southern Studies Grad Katie Blount New Director of MDAH Retrieved 2015-02-01.
- Historic Natchez Foundation Annual Meeting, Natchez Democrat (January 21, 2015) Retrieved 2015-01-28.
- Speer, Lisa and Mitchell, Heather, The Mississippi Plan: Dunbar Rowland and the Creation of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Provenance, Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists, Vol. 22, Issue 1 (2004) Retrieved 2015-01-28.
- Agency Profile—Mississippi Department of Archives and History Retrieved 2015-01-29.
- American National Biography Online—Dunbar Rowland. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
- MDAH Board of Trustees Retrieved 2015-01-20.
- Mississippi Department of Archives and History (About MDAH) Retrieved 2015-01-28.
- MDAH—Charlotte Capers Building Retrieved 2015-01-28.
- Museum of Mississippi History Retrieved 2015-01-28.
- Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Retrieved 2015-01-28.