The Mississippi Historical Records Advisory Board will present its 2015 Awards for Excellence, honoring individuals and organizations that identify, preserve, and provide access to Mississippi’s historical records, at the Society of Mississippi Archivists’ Biennial Meeting in April. The four award categories are Archival Program Development, Documenting Mississippi’s History,Using Historical Records in Grades K-12, and Using Historical Records in Higher Education. Nomination forms, awards criteria and eligibility information are available at http://mdah.state.ms.us/mhrab-programs. Nominations will be accepted from October 1 to December 19, 2014. Questions may be directed to Forrest Galey at 601-576-6872 or email@example.com.
The Mississippi Historical Records Advisory Board will join SMA and the Archival Training Collaborative (ATC) in sponsoring one workshop this fall. The Basics of Processing Archival Records, a workshop introducing participants to the methods and best practices archivists use to arrange, preserve, and create usable finding aids for collections of all shapes and sizes, will be presented by Mona Vance-Ali (Columbus-Lowndes Public Library) and Derek Webb (Mississippi University for Women) in Jackson on October 20, 2014. Participants will engage in hands-on activities and come away with a practical knowledge base to begin processing archival records. To receive a registration form or more information, visit the SMA Web site at www.msarchivists.org or contact Derek Webb at 662-241-7601.
Each October the nation celebrates our country’s rich historical collections. The Mississippi Historical Records Advisory Board (MHRAB) and the Society of Mississippi Archivists (SMA) are co-sponsoring a poster entitled Mississippi: Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary to promote Mississippi Archives Month 2014. The poster features archival items related to the events of 1964 and encourages all Mississippians to learn more about the civil rights movement in Mississippi by visiting local archives, libraries, museums, and historical societies. Several Mississippi institutions will present events commemorating Archives Month. For information about events during Archives Month throughout Mississippi, please visit www.msarchivists.org. For information about celebrations nationwide, visit www.statearchivists.org.
The Society of Mississippi Archivists Conference 2015 will take place April 15-17 in Long Beach, MS at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library. Start your planning now and look for more information soon!
The 2014 Society of Southwest Archivists annual meeting May 28-31, 2014 will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana. SSA 2014 is a joint meeting with the Southern Archivists Conference. Every other year, the Society of Mississippi Archivists participates in a joint conference with other state groups in the southeast. This year’s conference will take place in conjunction with the Society of Southwest Archivists.
For more information about the conference and the program, go to http://southwestarchivists.org/events?eventId=721949&EventViewMode=EventDetails.
The Society of Mississippi Archivists is seeking images for Mississippi’s 2014 Archives Month poster. This year’s theme will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the major civil rights event that occurred in Mississippi in 1964. You’re invited to submit two images that are representative of your museum, archival, or library collections for consideration on this year’s poster. We’re looking for a variety of visually engaging material including, but not limited to: album covers; artifacts; books; broadsides; correspondence; diaries; documents; drawings; motion picture film; maps; microfilm; musical instruments; paintings, photographs; postcards; and sheet music.
The images must be
- available for publication without any copyright restrictions or question of ownership,
- accompanied by any necessary publication permission form(s), the institution’s preferred citation(s), and information about the image,
- black/white or color (rgb), of originals that are no smaller than 5″x7″ (or scanned at 100% for originals that are smaller than 5”x7”),
- jpegs or tiffs of no less than 300 dpi, and
- submitted to Jennifer Brannock, Jennifer.Brannock@usm.edu, by 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 2, 2014.
If you have any questions, contact Jennifer Brannock at Jennifer.Brannock@usm.edu or 601-266-4347.
Each October the nation celebrates our country’s rich historical collections. The Mississippi Historical Records Advisory Board (MHRAB) and the Society of Mississippi Archivists (SMA) are co-sponsoring a poster entitled Mississippi: Articles of War, 1861-1865 to promote Mississippi Archives Month 2013. The poster features images, drawings, and documents of the era and encourages all Mississippians to learn more about life in Mississippi during the Civil War by visiting local archives, libraries, museums, and historical societies. This project is supported by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. For information about events during Archives Month throughout Mississippi, please visit http://www.msarchivists.org. For information about celebrations nationwide, visit http://www.statearchivists.org. October 2, Wednesday, 12:00-1:00 p.m., History Is Lunch Mississippi Department of Archives and History, William F. Winter Archives and History Building, Jackson Archives and Records Services Division staff Jeffrey Rogers and Celia Tisdale will present “Searching the Digital Online Catalog.” October 5, Saturday, 2:00-5:00 p.m., Downtown on Display Mississippi Department of Archives and History, William F. Winter Archives and History Building, Jackson As part of the “Downtown on Display” collaborative open house in Jackson, the Winter Building will be open from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5. Visitors will be able to view the exhibit “This Is Home”: Medgar Evers, Mississippi, and the Movement, see treasures from the collections of the Archives and Records Services Division, and meet with staff to discuss collections care and donation. October 16, Wednesday, 12:00-1:00 p.m., History Is Lunch Mississippi Department of Archives and History, William F. Winter Archives and History Building, Jackson Archives and Records Services Division staff Chloe Edwards will discuss the “Gates v. Collier” decision and Parchman Penitentiary. October 24, Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Tours after 2 Mississippi Museums Groundbreaking Mississippi Department of Archives and History, William F. Winter Archives and History Building, Jackson Public tours of the William F. Winter Archives and History Building in Jackson will be offered along with other festivities celebrating groundbreaking for the new Museum of Mississippi History and the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
With supplemental grants from NHPRC, for the past three years MHRAB and MDAH have sponsored a county records inventory and technical assistance project throughout the state. Led by MDAH Local Government Records Officer Tim Barnard, archivists have inventoried the pre-1920 county records; evaluated the storage and preservation of the records; and provided customized recommendations and consultations to county officials. The project first worked in Mississippi’s fourteen territorial counties, and then gradually moved northward, focusing primarily on the counties formed between 1818 and 1833. By June 2013, the staff had completed work in fifty-three counties. All completed inventories are now available on the MDAH Web site, http://opac2.mdah.state.ms.us/queries/coinventory.php. During the upcoming year, project staff will work in fifteen more counties: Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Clay, Coahoma, Grenada, Issaquena, Lee, Leflore, Montgomery, Quitman, Sharkey, Tate, Tippah, and Union. This work will continue until all counties have been inventoried, with expected completion in 2016. For more information about the records inventories and local government records in Mississippi, please contact Tim Barnard at 601-576-6894 or firstname.lastname@example.org.