Finding aid for the Mississippi Politics Collection


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Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
University of Mississippi Libraries. Modern Political Archives
Mississippi Politics Collection
6.0 Linear feet (4 boxes)
Modern Political Archives
Artificially created collection on individual Mississippi politicians and the state’s politics in general.

Preferred Citation

Mississippi Politics Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Scope and Content Note

This artificially created collection contains a variety of material (including publications, speech transcripts, manuscripts, programs, campaign literature, bumper stickers, campaign buttons, and correspondence) on individual Mississippi politicians and the state’s politics in general. The archives continues to add material to the collection as the repository acquires individual items on these topics.

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Folders in the first two boxes are initially arranged alphabetically by the name of the individual politician, followed by more general categories at the end of the second box. The third box holds campaign buttons. Oversized Box 1 contains oversized material, such as campaign posters and bumper stickers, which are organized alphabetically by politician. Thus, a researcher should check an individual’s name on both alphabetical lists.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries

Access Restrictions

Open for research. This collection is stored at an off-site facility. Researchers interested in using this collection must contact Archives and Special Collections at least two business days in advance of their planned visit.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.


Additions to this collection are acquired at irregular intervals.

Acquisition Information

This collection has been created by the Archives and Special Collections.

Processing Information

Political Papers Archivist Leigh McWhite revised the finding aid, 20 January 2009, April 2010, January 2012, and March 2013, and October 2013. Finding aid encoded by Jason Kovari, 12 May 2009. EAD-encoded finding aid updated by Kathryn Michaelis, September 2011, January 2012, March 2013. EAD-encoded finding aid updated by Susan Ivey, November 2013. Finding aid revised in November 2014 by McWhite and Ivey.

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Related Materials

Resources at the University of Mississippi

Special Collections possesses a number of politically-related collections that include additional material on politicians and parties documented in this collection. Please consult the Political Papers Archivist for assistance identifying relevant collections or use the subject guide for Politics & Government available online at

Separated Material

The following issues of the Mississippi Republican Party publication Eagle were removed for cataloging in Special Collections: Vol. 9, No. 12 (December 1971); Vol. 10, No. 1 (January 1972); Vol. 12, No. 9 (September 1974); Vol. 13, No. 2 (February 1975); Vol. 16, No. 4 (April 1978); Vol. 16, No. 10 (October 1978); and Vol. 16, No. 12 (December 1978). These and other issues are available in Special Collections with the call number JK2358 M7 E24.

Original photographs removed to Modern Political Archives Photographs Box 3, Folders 17-18.

Also removed was Council of Governments 1977-1978 (Tupelo, MS: Council of Governments, 1978) – now at the Special Collections call number HT393 M72 L44 1978; and the Institute of Politics in Mississippi newsletter  …In the Public Interest Vol. 2, No. 1 (June 1972) and Vol. 2, No. 5 (February 1973) – now at the Special Collections call number JS451 M75 I57.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Democratic Party (Miss.)
  • National States Rights Party (U.S.) -- Mississippi
  • Republican Party (Miss.)


  • bumper stickers
  • buttons (information artifacts)
  • correspondence
  • manuscripts (document genre)
  • political posters
  • programs
  • publications
  • speeches

Geographic Name(s)

  • Mississippi -- Politics and government

Personal Name(s)

  • Adams, Victoria Gray, 1926-2006
  • Akins, Noal
  • Baker, William
  • Barbour, Haley, 1947-
  • Barnett, Ross R. (Ross Robert), 1898-1987
  • Bilbo, Theodore Gilmore, 1877-1947
  • Brown, R. Jess, 1912-
  • Carmichael, Gil
  • Childers, Travis
  • Clark, Roy
  • Cobb, Kay
  • Cochran, Thad
  • Cole, Rickey
  • Coleman, J. P. (James Plemon), 1914-
  • Coleman, Mary H.
  • Dantin, Maurice
  • Dean, Kenneth
  • Doxey, Wall, 1892-1962
  • Eads, Jay
  • Eastland, James O. (James Oliver), 1904-1986
  • Eaves, John Arthur, Jr.
  • Eaves, John Arthur
  • Evers, Charles, 1922-
  • Finch, Cliff
  • Ford, Tim, 1951-
  • Fordice, Kirk
  • Gandy, Evelyn
  • George, James Z. (James Zachariah), 1826-1897
  • Golding, E. B. (Boyd)
  • Goldwater, Barry M. (Barry Morris), 1909-1998
  • Hamer, Fannie Lou
  • Hawks, William Thomas, 1944-
  • Henry, Aaron, 1922-1997
  • Herring, Jim
  • Hood, Jim
  • Howorth, Richard
  • Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978
  • Humprheys, Benjamin G.
  • Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
  • Johnson, Paul B., 1916-1985
  • Jolly, E. Grady, 1937-
  • Jordan, Celeste
  • Kennedy, John L.
  • Lamar, Pat
  • Lott, Trent, 1941-
  • Lowry, T. J.
  • Luckett, Bill
  • Lynch, John R.
  • Mabus, Ray, 1948-
  • Martin, Jobie
  • McLarty, Chad D.
  • Mettetal, Nolan
  • Molpus, Dick
  • Montgomery, G. V. (Gillespie V.)
  • Moore, Rook
  • Morgan, John
  • Mosley, Baretta
  • Murphree, Dennis
  • Musgrove, Ronnie
  • Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
  • Noel, E.F.
  • Nunnalee, Alan
  • Obama, Barack
  • Payne, James S., 1931-
  • Perry, Bob
  • Phifer Robert S. Jr.
  • Raney, Holly
  • Roberts, Bramlett
  • Scott, Charles
  • Shaw, Guy Davis
  • Sloan, William T.
  • Stennis, John C. (John Cornelius), 1901-1995
  • Stennis, John H.
  • Stevens, Mary Sue
  • Sullivan, Charles
  • Taylor, Gene
  • Tollison, Gray
  • Turner, Herschel
  • Vardaman, James Kimble, 1861-1930
  • Walker, Prentiss, 1917-
  • Waller, William
  • Wells, Trammell
  • White, Hugh L. (Hugh Lawson), 1881-1965
  • Whitten, Jamie L.
  • Wicker, Roger
  • Wiley, Lena
  • Williams, John Bell, 1918-1983
  • Winter, William
  • Wright, Fielding (Fielding Lewis), 1895-1956
  • Yancey, Lee
  • Yerger, Wirt A. Jr.


  • Abortion -- Mississippi
  • Political Campaigns -- Mississippi
  • Politicians -- Mississippi

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Collection Inventory

Box 1 

Noal Akins 

Campaign postcard. "…Another Empty Building." (circa ). 2003 

Campaign postcard. "Noal Akins is the kind of leader Lafayette County can count on!." (circa ). 2003 

Campaign postcard. "Noal with one good reason to make our schools better!" (circa ). 2003 

Campaign postcard. "Dear Friend: On November 4, I need your vote…" (circa ). 2003 

Campaign postcard. "Losing Physicians. Less Access to Healthcare." (circa ). 2003 

Circular letter from Internal Medicine Associates of Oxford to "Dear Patient," re: vote Pat Lamar for senator and Noal Akins for representative. Attached: "Internal Medicine Associates, A Notice from your Doctor." 

Pamphlet. "Noal Akins Will Fight…" 

Broadsheet. "Elect Noal Akins State Representative District 12." 

Campaign Mailing. "State Representative Noel Atkins Has Helped Turn Our State Around." 

Campaign Mailing. "Promises Made – Promises Kept. State Representative Noel Akins." 

Campaign Mailing. "History in the Making. State Representative Noel Akins." 

Campaign Mailing. "Bringing New Jobs to Mississippi, Noel Akins, State Representative." 

William Baker 

Broadsheet. "You are respectfully requested to support and vote for William Baker for Mayor of Oxford" []. 1973 

Haley Barbour 

Campaign letter from Marsha Barbour in Yazoo City, Mississippi, re: Haley Barbour for Governor (). 2003 

Campaign Postcard. "Haley Barbour Has a Plan for Northeast Mississippi" (). 2003 

Campaign Postcard. "That’s Why Law Enforcement Supports Haley Barbour" (). 2003 

Campaign letter from Henry Hyde, re: Haley Barbour (2003). 

Campaign Mailing. "Musgrove Claims He’s Created 56,000 Jobs…But Mississippi Knows Better" (). 2003 

Campaign Postcard. "Haley Barbour – Endorsed By" (). 2003 

Campaign letter from Donald E. Wildmon, re: Haley Barbour (2003). 

Campaign Broadside. "Haley Barbour for Governor Volunteer Card" (). 2003 

Campaign Postcard. "Haley Barbour Will Work Closely with President Bush and Our Congressional Team, and We Will Get More Done for Mississippi than Ever Before!" (). 2003 

Campaign Postcard. "Four Years in the Right Direction" (2007). 

Campaign Postcard. "Better Jobs = More Opportunities for All of Northeast Mississippi" (2007). 

Campaign Mailing. "Our State Was in Crisis…" (2007). 

Campaign Postcard. "Haley Barbour Is Fighting to Protect Furniture Jobs at Every Level" (2007). 

Campaign Postcard. "Governor Barbour – Strong Leadership on Fighting Crime" (2007). 

Campaign Postcard. "Governor Barbour Is Taking Action…," re: illegal immigration (2007). 

Campaign Mailing. "Governor Haley Barbour Is Working to Make Mississippi Healthier" (2007). 

M 2 (Spring 2007), re: Barbour on cover and "The Barbour Briefing" (pp. 4-9). 

Ross Barnett 

Speech Transcript with handwritten notations. "We have heard much here of late with reference to the rights of states being sacrificed…," re: states rights, segregation.    (14p.)

Program for Inaugural Ceremonies (). 1960 

Pamphlet. "Dynamic Leadership to Keep Segregation and Improve Our Standard of Living, Ross Barnett, Mississippi’s Next Governor." 

Theodore Bilbo 

Campaign Card. "Your Support Will Be Appreciated. Theo. G. Bilbo of Pearl River County, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi." 

Broadside. "Bilbo, The Donor" by Lee Jones of Aberdeen, Mississippi (). 1947 

Newspaper Clipping. Valerie Oliver, "Murky Pool All that’s Left of Bilbo’s House" Jackson Clarion-Ledger (), p. 1B. 21 April 1986 

Magazine Clipping. Jerome Beatly, "Mississippi Pearl," American Magazine (). February 1935 

Jimmy Carter 

Campaign Broadside. "Meet & Hear President Jimmy Carter, Friday, Oct. 31 4:30 p.m., Governor’s Mansion" (Carter-Mondale Re-election Committee, 1980). 

Travis Childers 

Mailing. "Putting Mississippi Back to Work: A Report on Economic Recovery Efforts from the Office of Congressman Travis W. Childers" (2009). 

Mailing. "Congressman Travis W. Childers, Helping Mississippians Cut through Washington Red Tape" (circa 2009). 

Mailing. "They Fought so That We Could Be Free: Congressman Travis W. Childers Is Working to Honor Their Sacrifice" (circa 2009). 

Mailing. "Parents Have Enough Things to Worry about When Their Kids Get Sick. Paying More for Their Care Shouldn’t Be One of Them" (circa 2010). 

Mailing. "North Mississippi Priorities: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: A Report from Congressman Travis W. Childers on North Mississippi" (2010). 

Mailing. “Travis Childers Voted AGAINST Health Care Legislation that Cost Too Much and Discouraged Businesses from Hiring New Employees” (U.S. Chamber, 2010). 

Mailing. “Nancy Pelosi Has Travis Childers in the Palm of Her Hand” (Americans for Limited Government, 2010). 

Roy Clark 

Broadside. "’YOU’ Can Help Improve County Law Enforcement, Elect Roy-Clark for Sheriff." 

Kay Cobb 

Campaign Postcard. "Kay Cobb Standing up for Our Interests" (). 1995 

Thad Cochran 

Campaign Mailing. "Senator Thad Cochran Taking a Stand for Mississippi" (). 2008 

James P. Coleman 

Carbon typed letter dated from Mary Neill Duvall, Administrative Assistant to the University of Mississippi Chancellor, to Coleman, re: postcard from Coleman. Attached: typed letter dated from Coleman to Duvall, re: background on postcard. 27 January 1972 1931 29 January 1972 

Typed memorandum dated 31 January 1956 from Coleman to the Mississippi Legislature, re: school segregation. Attached: copy typed U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision dated on North Carolina segregation. 1 December 1955 

Typed memorandum dated from D.H. Waits, Chair of Legislative Tax Study Committee, to Coleman, Lieutenant Governor Carroll Gartin, and the Mississippi Legislature, re: tax study committee. 10 October 1956 

Pamphlet. "Statement by Gov. J.P Coleman of Mississippi to the Platform Committee, Chicago, August 11, 1956 (In Response to Charges Made the Previous Day by Roy Wilkins)," re: civil rights, voting, Democratic National Party. 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "Statement of Governor J.P. Coleman, April 22, 1957," re: state constitutional convention. 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "Statement of Governor J.P. Coleman, April 23, 1957, with Reference to Welfare Fund Situation." 

Copy typed letter dated from Coleman to "Members of the Legislature," re: expenditure funds for the Building Commission. Attached: copy typed manuscript "Mississippi State Building Commission, Jackson, Mississippi, Statement of Allocations from Funds Appropriated by House Bill 1003, Laws of 1956, June 30, 1957." 28 June 1957 

Press release dated , re: Coleman’s gall bladder operation. 24 September 1957 

Broadside. "Mississippi Executive Department, Jackson, A Public Proclamation of the Governor Convening the Legislature of the State of Mississippi in Extraordinary Session," re: constitutional convention (1957). 

Copy typed letter dated from Coleman to "House of Representatives," re: voter registration. 14 April 1958 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "An Answer to an Editorial Entitled ‘Munich Day in Mississippi," re: segregation of veterans hospital in Jackson. 

Copy typed letter dated from Grady L. Ditsworth & Guy M. Thorpe of Pascagoula, Mississippi, to Coleman, re: mistreatment in traffic stop. Attached: copy typed letter dated from W.D. Haynes in Jackson, Mississippi to Coleman, re: mistreatment during a traffic stop; copy typed letter dated from Mrs. A.E. Stewart & Mrs. J.R. Shumate in Meridian, Mississippi, to Commission of Public Safety Tom Scarbrough, re: mistreatment during traffic stop. 17 April 1957 13 April 1957 28 February 1957 

Maurice Dantin 

Automobile License Plate. “Dantin for United States Senator” (1978). 

Jay Eads 

Campaign Mailing. "Jay Eads Understands Education," () 2003 

Campaign Mailing. "Jay Eads Respects and Fights for Our Senior Citizens," (). 2003 

Campaign Mailing. "There’s No Comparison," (). 2003 

Campaign letter dated from Jay Eads, re: reelection as state representative for district 12. 24 October 2003 

James O. Eastland 

Campaign Poster. "Keep Jim on the Job in Washington" (). 1954 

Note card. "'We are humbly grateful for the abundance of blessings [sic] which we enjoy. Grant that we may use them in a Christian manner. Amen' James O. Eastland" (Sponsored by the Jackson Jaycettes). 

John Arthur Eaves Jr. 

Campaign Mailing. "Yes, I Did Sue the Military…" (Mississippi Republican Party, circa 2009). 

Campaign Mailing. John Arthur Eaves, Jr. and the Democrats Want to Turn Back the Clock" (Mississippi Republican Party, circa 2009). 

Campaign Mailing. "John Arthur Eaves, Jr. Just Doesn’t Understand." (Mississippi Republican Party, circa 2009). 

Cliff Finch 

Broadside. "Finch Is in the Fight, Vote Gov. Cliff Finch, Former Governor of Mississippi Democratic Candidate for President" (). 1980 

Copy campaign letter dated 10 March 1980 from Finch, re: campaign for Democratic presidential nominee. 

Tim Ford 

Broadside. Re: African American support for Tim Ford’s election as Speaker of the House (). 1994 

Kirk Fordice 

Campaign Mailing. "An Important Reminder from Governor Kirk Fordice: You and Your Family DO Have a Stake in This Election!" (). 1995 

Campaign letter circa from Donald E. Wildmon, re: reelection of Governor Kirk Fordice. 1995 

Broadside. "Daniel Kirkwood Fordice, Jr., Governor of Mississippi, Inauguration 1996."    (2 copies)

Evelyn Gandy 

Campaign Card. "Elect Evelyn Gandy Lieutenant Governor." 

James Z. George 

Broadsheet. Book signing for James Z. George: Mississippi’s Great Commoner by Timothy B. Smith (2012). 

E.B. (Boyd) Golding 

Campaign Postcard. "E.B. (Boyd) Golding for State Auditor" (1955). 

Bill Hawks 

Campaign letter dated from Don E. Wildmon, re: electing Bill Hawks Lieutenant Governor. 6 July 1999 

Pat Harrison 

Typed letter dated 9 May 2008 from Neal Gregory to Jennifer Ford, re: attached documents. Attached: copy typed letter dated 19 June 1959 from Harry Truman to Gregory, re: Alben Barkley-Pat Harrison contest for Majority Leadership; copy typed letter dated 7 June 1959 from Gregory to Truman, re: above topic. 

Jim Hood 

Campaign Mailing. "Jim Hood Is Making His Campaign Donors Very Rich," re: State Attorney General (Mississippi Republican Party, circa 2009). 

Campaign Mailing. "Conservatives Can’t Trust Jim Hood’s Falsehoods!," re: State Attorney General (Mississippi Republican Party, circa 2009). 

Richard Howorth 

Campaign Card. "Vote in the May 1 Democratic Primary for Richard Howorth Mayor of Oxford" (2001). 

Campaign Stickers. "Elect Howorth for Mayor." 

Pamphlet. "On June 5, Vote for Richard Howorth, Mayor of Oxford" (2001). 

Bumper Sticker. "Howorth for Mayor" (). 2001    (2 copies)

The Lafayette Alarm Vol. 1 (), re: mayoral contest between Howorth and Pat Lamar. June 2001    (6 copies)

decorated with Howorth stickers (). 2001 

Benjamin G. Humphreys 

Pamphlet. Clayton Rand, "Benjamin G. Humprheys" (Mississippi Power & Light Company). 

Grady Jolly 

Original black-and-white photograph of Judge J.P. Coleman administering the oath of office to Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1982). 

Paul B. Johnson, Jr. 

Press Release dated , "Inaugural Address Governor Paul B. Johnson, January 21, 1964." 21 January 1964 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "Message to the Legislature, Governor Paul B. Johnson, January 5, 1966," re: State of the State speech. 

Coleman press release dated , re: Mississippi Research & Development Council. 20 October 1965    (2 copies)

Copy Typed Manuscript. "’The Death of Mediocrity – The Pursuit of Excellence’: An Address by Governor Paul B. Johnson to Joint Session of the Legislature, January 28, 1964," re: economic development. 

Printed photograph portrait of Johnson as governor. Signed by Johnson. 

Celeste Jordan 

Campaign Card. "Please Elect Celeste Jordan Lafayette County Tax Assessor Tax Collector, Republican Candidate" (). 1995 

John L. Kennedy 

General note

John L. Kennedy donated some of his state legislative records to the University of Mississippi, hence some of the material is more generally related to the Mississippi Legislature

Telegram circa from John E. Gregg, Executive Vice President of Mississippi Manufacturers Association, to Kennedy, re: tour of Gulf Coast Industrial facilities. 1956 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "Why a Vote for Kennedy Is Always a Vote for Your!"    (2copies)

Copy Typed Manuscript. "Mississippi’s Marriage Market by John L. Kennedy, State Representative, Marshall County." 

Typed letter dated from Sam Thompson, Chair of the Mississippi Water Resources Policy Commission, to "Members of the Legislature," re: meetings to discuss Mississippi Water law. 24 August 1955 

Copy draft state bill, re: Pearl River Water Supply District (1958). 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "A Short Summary of Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Act." 

Copy Typed Manuscript. Re: Port of Gulfport (8 January 1958). 

Copy typed letter from General Legislative Investigating Committee to Mississippi governor and Mississippi legislature, re: East Mississippi Hospital at Meridian. 

Typed letter dated from Lester Alvis, Chair of Board of Trustees of Mississippi Hospital School for Cerebral Palsy, to "Dear Friend," re: open house for new quarters. 15 January 1958 

Typed letter dated from C.C. Whittington, President of Mississippi Association of Hospital Governing Boards, to Kennedy, re: recent hospital study and proposed legislation. 14 January 1958 

Typed letter dated from David B. Wilson, President of Mississippi Hospital Association, to Kennedy, re: indigent care program proposed by Hospital Study Committee. 7 January 1958 

Typed letter dated from Mrs. Gerry R. Wells, Superintendent of Golden Age Nursing Home and Hospital in Greenwood, to Kennedy, re: legislative appropriation to improve facilities. 13 January 1958 

Typed letter dated from Lester Alvis, Chairman of Board of Trustees of Mississippi Hospital School for Cerebral Palsy, to "Dear Friend," re: urge visit. 22 January 1958 

Broadsheet. "For Your Information," re: Supreme Court decision on segregation, State Democratic Convention. 

Typed letter from A.E. Gatlin, Assistant Director of Mississippi Agricultural & Industrial Board, to "All State Legislators," re: enclosed booklet. Attached: Karl Wiesenburg, Let’s Look at Our Legislature (Pascagoula, MS: Advertiser Printing, 1958). 

Typed memorandum dated from W.E. Walker, Chair of Mississippi Economic Council Organization Services Committee, to "Members of the Legislature," re: urban planning assistance for municipalities. 6 February 1958 

Copy typed letter from Rodney E. Defenbaugh of Greneda, MS to Fred Schmidt, Chair of Mississippi Economic Council Usury Committee, re: legislation on small loan brokers and borrowers. 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "Proposed Amendments to Existing Laws to Qualify Women as Jurors" (circa ). 1956 

Typed letter dated from J.D. Carmichael, Managing Director of Mississippi Retail Merchants Association, to state legislature, re: shoplifting. 31 July 1957 

Typed letter dated from James A. Eggar, President of Mississippi Retail Merchants Association, re: state sales tax, shoplifting, bad checks. 1 October 1957 

Typed Manuscript. "Fact Sheet on Amendments to Present Mississippi State Sales Tax Laws Which Would Allow 2% Compensation to Retailers for Collecting and Reporting Same" (Mississippi Retail Merchants Association). 

Typed letter dated from James A. Egger, President of Mississippi Retail Merchants Association, to Mississippi House of Representatives, re: shoplifting, bad checks. 16 January 1958 

Typed letter from James A. Egger, President of Mississippi Retail Merchants Association, to Kennedy, re: sales tax law. 

Typed letter dated from Barron Drewry, Alcorn County Member of House of Representatives, to "All American Legion Posts, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Veteran Service Officers," re: right of physically disabled war veterans to vote. 10 April 1958 

Typed letter dated from Kennedy to "Dear Friends," re: marriage bill. 7 January 1958 

Typed memorandum from Representative Fran Shanahan, re: absentee ballots by service men. 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "In Re: House Bill 269, Regular Session 1958 (from State Times Thursday, 2/27/58) Saving Lives, Dollars, August Inspection Bill Seeks Big Economy for Mississippi by Robert Webb." 

Typed letter dated from John T. Armstrong & W.S. Henley of the Mississippi State Bar to "Member of the Legislature," re: bill to increase salaries of the chancery and circuit judges, county judges, and supreme court justices. 3 April 1958 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "Your Vote in 1956 Could Have Prevented This," re: abolish sale of fireworks. 

Copy typed letter dated from R.H. Boteler in Laurel, MS to "Dear Sir," re: conservation of minerals and natural resources. 7 February 1958 

Typed letter dated from George A. Huth, President of Jackson Chamber of Commerce, to Mississippi Legislature, re: thank you for legislative work. 22 May 1958 

Typed Manuscript. "Report of Recess Port Study Committee, April 11, 1957, to the Members of the Mississippi Legislature," re: state ownership of ports at Gulfport and Pascagoula. 

Typed Manuscript. "A Report to the Mississippi State Legislation by the General Legislative Investigation Committee, January 1956." 

Typed memorandum from General Legislative Investigating Committee to Mississippi Governor and Legislature, re: Simpson County Superintendent of Education (1954-1955). 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "Itinerary for Members of the Legislature Attending the Sixth Annual Convention and Free Enterprise Celebration Mississippi Manufacturers Association and Tours of the Port and Industrial Facilities of the Mississippi Gulf Coast" (). 1957 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "Statements by Walter Sillers, Speaker of House of Representatives, Giving the Intention, Purposes and Necessity for House Concurrent Resolution Number 13," re: school segregation. 

Typed Manuscript. "Bill #1587," re: education. 

Typed letter dated from R.L. Moss, President of Mississippi Association of Supervisors, to Mississippi Legislature, re: legislative program. 9 January 1958 

Typed letter dated from R.H. Busby, Chair of Mississippi Manufacturers Association Labor Committee, to Kennedy, re: enclosed article on state income tax effect on industry. 8 February 1958 

Copy telegram dated from N.D. Stringer in Pascagoula, MS to Representative Christian Fraser, Jr., re: consumer credit corporation and tax collection. 9 January 1958 

Copy typed letter circa from Hayden Campbell and Earl Evans to "Fellow Members of the Mississippi Legislature," re: creation of Agricultural & Industrial Board. 1958 

Pat Lamar 

Bumper sticker. "Pat Lamar for Mayor" [Oxford, MS]. 

Trent Lott 

Print-out of online article "Sen. Lott Defended School’s Race Policy" by John Solomon on (). 12 December 2002 

Print-out of online article "Trent Lott’s Segregationist College Days" by Karen Tumulty on,8816,399310,00.html (12 December 2002). 

Newsweek (), re: Lott on the cover. 23 December 2002 

Pamphlet. "Trent Lott Leadership Institute at the University of Mississippi" (2002). 

T. J. Lowry 

Pamphlet. "T.J. Lowry for Re-election Highway Commissioner Northern District." 

Bill Luckett 

Campaign Mailing. “Bill Luckett. Democrat for Governor. Working for Better Schools and a Stronger Economy” (Luckett for Governor, 2011). 

Campaign Mailing. “Bill Luckett for Governor, ‘It’s About Jobs, Not Politics” (Luckett for Governor, 2011). 

Campaign Mailing. “With His Own Hands: How Businessman Bill Luckett Turned Around a Struggling Community and His Plan to Bring Mississippi Back” (Luckett for Governor, 2011). 

John R. Lynch 

Postcard. "John R. Lynch, Congressman from Mississippi, 43rd, 44th, 47th Congress – 6 years, Negroes in American History" (Los Angeles, CA: Hugh Havilon Gordon Cultural Center). 

Ray Mabus 

Invitation to gubernatorial inauguration of Ray Mabus (1988). 

Chad D. McLarty 

Broadsheet. "elect Chad D. McLarty Supervisor District 4," re: Lafayette County (2011). 

Typed letter signed from McLarty to "Dear District 4 Voter," (2011) 

Pamphlet. "Elect Chad D. McLarty Supervisor District 4" (2011). 

Nolan Mettetal 

Broadsheet. “Nolan Mettetal, MS State Representative District 10: Panola & Lafayette Counties (2011). 2 copies. 

Postcard. "Elect Nolan Mettetal Mississippi House District 10," (2011). 

Campaign Postcard. "Elect Nolan Mettetal Mississippi House District 10, Lower Taxes, More Jobs, Balanced Budget," (2011). 

Campaign Postcard. "Proven Fiscal Responsibility, Elect Nolan Mettetal Mississippi House District 10, Dedicated Family Man, Successful Businessman," (2011). 

Dick Molpus 

Campaign Mailing. "Molpus – A Model for Success in North Mississippi," re: gubernatorial election (). 1995 

Sonny Montgomery 

Christmas Card postmarked from Montgomery to Joyce Taylor at the University of Mississippi. 7 December 1972 

John Morgan 

Campaign Broadsheet. "Vote June 2nd…for Oxford’s Future," (Alderman at Large in Oxford, Mississippi, circa 2009). 

Rook Moore 

Campaign Broadsheet. "Judge Rook Moore, Court of Appeals" (circa ). 2000 

Typed letter from Donald E. Wildmon to "Dear Friend," re: reelection of Rook Moore to Mississippi Court of Appeals. 

Baretta Mosley 

Campaign Mailing. “Baretta Mosley. Lafayette County Circuit Court Clerk. 23 Years of Experience as Deputy Circuit Court Clerk” (2011). 

Dennis Murphree 

Broadside. "All Right, Old Lying Fred, You Asked for It," re: reprint of letter to the editor, Fred Sullens, of the Jackson Daily News from Murphree (). 1942 

Ronnie Musgrove 

Campaign Mailing. "If 4 Years of Musgrove Was Bad…" (Mississippi Republican Party, ). 2003 

Campaign Postcard. "What Has Ronnie Musgrove Done?" (Mississippi Republican Party, ). 2003 

E.F. Noel 

Campaign Button. "E.F. Noel" [elected governor in ]. 1908 

Jim Payne 

Printed letter from Jim Payne, re: election to Mississippi House of Representatives, District 12 seat. Attached: pamphlet "Elect Jim Payne, District 12, House of Representatives, Oxford-Lafayette"; printed form "Mississippi Voter Registration Application" (2004). 

Alan Nunnelee 

Mailing. “Please Join Us at the Oxford Town Hall Meeting, June 9, 2011…Congressman Alan Nunnelee, Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District” (2011). 

Bob Perry 

Campaign Card. "Elect Bob Perry Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi." 

Robert S. Phifer Jr. 

Copy Pamphlet. "An Address to the People by Robert S. Phifer, Jr. Announcing His Candidacy for Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi" (circa ). 1915 

Copy handwritten letter dated 20 May 1923 from Robert S. Phifer to Dr. E.H. Anderson, Director of the New York Public Library, re: platform for mayoral campaign in . 1915 

Holly Raney 

Campaign Postcard. "Holly Raney: It’s Time for Mississippi to Move Upward!," re: state representative (Friends of Holly Raney, 2011). 

Bramlett Roberts 

Pamphlet. "Vote for Bramlett Roberts for Chancery Judge 18th Chancery District of Mississippi, Election August 26, 1958." 

James Z. George 

Broadsheet. Book signing for James Z. George: Mississippi’s Great Commoner by Timothy B. Smith (2012). 

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Box 2 

Charles Scott 

Postcard. "Chas. Scott the Farmer’s Candidate for Governor of Mississippi, on His Horse-back Ride through the State" (Milwaukee: E.C. Kropp Co.). Postmarked . 1907 

Guy Davis Shaw 

Broadsheet. “Democratic Guy Davis Shaw for Governor” (2011). 

William T. Sloan 

Pamphlet. "William T. Sloan, for County Attorney on August 5, 1975," re: Lafayette County. 

John C. Stennis 

Campaign letter dated from Zelma W. Price, re: Stennis election to U.S. Senate. 29 October 1947 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "Excerpts from Radio Broadcast of United States Senator John Stennis of Mississippi, Washington, D.C., January 27, 1956," re: agriculture, economic aid. 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "Excerpts from Radio Broadcast of United States Senator John Stennis of Mississippi, Washington, D.C., May 26, 1956," re: Supreme Court, Farm Bill, military preparedness, veterans’ benefits, foreign aid. 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "A Report from Washington from United States Senator John Stennis, April 9, 1957," re: small business tax deductions, agriculture & forestry, civil rights, fire ants, foreign aid. 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "A Report from Washington from United States Senator John Stennis, October 3, 1958," re: trip behind the Iron Curtain. 

Newsletters. Washington Report from U.S. Senator John Stennis. (). 20 September 1963; 3 April 1964; 31 May 1971; 26 July 1972; 21 August 1972; 3 October 1972; 2 April 1973; 5 April 1974; 5 June 1974 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "Address by U.S. Senator John Stennis Mississippi State Bar Convention" (). 30 May 1958 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "Baccalauerate Address by U.S. Senator John Stennis, Mississippi State College for Women" (). 1 June 1958 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "Address of U.S. Senator John Stennis, First Annual Meeting – Rivers & Harbors Association of Mississippi" (3 June 1958). 

Reprint. "Proposed Civil Rights Legislation: A Grab for Power: Speech of Hon. John Stennis of Mississippi in the Senate of the United States, Thursday, July 11, 1963" Congressional Record

Reprint. "The Civil Rights Bill – A $100 Billion Blackjack?: Excerpts of Speech of Hon. John Stennis of Mississippi in the Senate of the United States, Tuesday, April 7, 1964" Congressional Record

John H. Stennis 

Pamphlet. "Candidate for Hinds County Representative Mississippi State Legislature, Special Election July 15, 1969, John H. Stennis." 

Mary Sue Stevens 

Pamphlet. "Re-Elect Mary Sue Stevens Circuit Court Clerk Yalobusha County" (1991). 

Gray Tollison 

Campaign letter from Tollison, re: reelection as state senator. Attached: broadsheet "Reelect Gray Tollison State Senator." 

Campaign Mailing. "Six years ago, the Mississippi Legislature voted itself a pay raise. Senator Gray Tollison voted against it." 

Campaign Mailing. "A Champion for Education." 

Campaign Mailing. "Who Is Kay Cobb Really Working For?" (Gray Tollison for Senate Campaign). 

Herschel Turner 

Broadside. "Friend to Friend, Elect Herschel R. Turner Chancery Clerk," re: Lafayette County. 

James K. Vardaman 

Pamphlet. Clayton Rand, "James K. Vardaman" (Mississippi Power & Light). 

Prentiss Walker 

Typed letter Walker to "My Fellow Mississippian," re: thank you for permitting him to serve in Congress. Attached: Walker Christmas Card. 

Newsletter. Your Congressman Prentiss Walker, Nos. 9, 11, 12. 

William Waller 

Program. "Inaugural Ceremonies of Governor William Lowe Waller" (1972). 

Helping Build Mississippi (Mississippi Power and Light), (), re: issue devoted to Waller. Spring 1972 

Doorknob Hanger. "Elect Bill Waller Governor." 

Broadsheet. "Bill Waller, Straight Ahead: The Memoirs of a Mississippi Governor," re: publicity for book signing of autobiography at Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi" (2007). 

[Original black-and-white photograph “Governor Bill Waller, Governor’s Staff 1972-1976, Hinds, Madison, & Rankin District” removed to Modern Political Archives Photographs Box 3, Folder 17.] 

Trammell Wells 

Campaign Postcard. "The Vote Is in…Your Choice Is Change. Elect Trammell Wells, Supervisor, District 4," re: Lafayette County (2007). 

Campaign Postcard. "Trammell Wells, Supervisor District 4…Progress with an Eye on Tradition," re: Lafayette County (2007). 

Campaign Postcard. "Please Vote Tuesday, November 6, 2007, Trammell Wells, Supervisor, District 4," re: Lafayette County. 

Campaign Postcard. "Elect Trammell Wells" (2011). 

Lena Wiley 

Pamphlet. "Vote Lena W. Wiley Justice Court Judge Northern District, Republican Candidate, 1995." 

Hugh White 

Invitation & Program for Governor Hugh White inaugural ceremonies (1952). 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "Inaugural Message of the Honorable Hugh White, Governor of Mississippi, Delivered before the Joint Session of the Mississippi Legislature, One Hundred Seventeenth Session, at Jackson January 22, 1952." 

Jamie Whitten 

Anne Millet, Jamie L. Whitten, Democratic Representative from Mississippi (Ralph Nader Congress Project, 1972). 

Copy typed letter dated from John E. Kinney in Ann Arbor, MI to Whitten, re: Whitten’s book That We May Live. 30 September 1966 

Reprint. "Speech of Honorable Jamie L. Whitten of Mississippi" Congressional Record (6 June 1974), re: flood control by Soil Conservation Service. 

Reprint. "Public Works – A Sound Investment: Speech of Hon. Jamie L. Whitten of Mississippi in the House of Representatives, Tuesday, June 22, 1965" Congressional Record

Reprint. "House of Representatives Public Works Appropriations Act: Speech of Hon. Jamie L. Whitten of Mississippi" Congressional Record (). 30 July 1973    (2 copies)

Copy Typed Manuscript. "National Rural Electrical Cooperative Association Presentation by Congressman Jamie Whitten at the N.R.E.C.A. 1978 Annual Meeting, 3rd General Session, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 8, 1978." 

Church Program. First Presbyterian Church in Charleston, MS (12 September 1995), re: Whitten funeral service. 

Roger Wicker 

Campaign Mailing. "Roger Wicker. Putting Money into Our Infrastructure Improves Our Health, Safety, and Economy" (2008). 

Campaign Mailing. "Jobs and the Economy, Taxes, Gas 

Prices and Health Care. Our Issues. Our Concerns" (). 2008 

Campaign Mailing. "Roger Wicker Is Fighting to Protect Our 2nd Amendment Rights!" (). 2008 

Campaign Mailing. "You’re Doing Your Part. Times Are Tough in America Right Now…and Tough Times Call for TOUGH Leadership" (). 2008 

Campaign letter dated October 2008 from Gayle Wicker to "Dear Friend and Fellow Mississippian." 

John Bell Williams 

Invitation for inaugural ceremonies of Governor John Bell Williams (). 1968 

William Winter 

Invitation to Governor William Winter Inauguration (). 1980 

Program for Governor William Winter Inauguration (). 1980 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "Governor William Winter’s Message to a Joint Session of the Mississippi Legislature, 4 January 1984," re: review of Winter’s term in office. 

Fielding Wright 

Program to Governor Fielding Wright’s Inauguration (1948). 

Lee Yancey 

Campaign Mailing. “Join Rev. Don Wildmon and Support Lee Yancy, Treasurer” (Paid for by Friends of Lee Yancey, 2011). 

General -- Mississippi Legislature 

Copy Typed Manuscript. Re: Mississippi legislature membership list, . 1948-1952 

Copy Typed Manuscript. Re: Mississippi legislature membership list, 1957 extra session. 

General – Mississippi Constitution 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "Suffrage and Elections, Constitutional Provisions (Miss.), Article 12 Franchise."    (2 copies.

Copy Typed Manuscript. "The Legislature: Mississippi, Organization: Constitution." 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "The Governor: Mississippi (Constitutional provisions)." 

General – Mississippi Democratic Party 

Copy Typed Manuscript. "Democratic Party of the State of Mississippi Executive Committee 1976-1980." 

Unpledged Mississippi Democratic Electors (1960). 

General – Mississippi First Inc. 

Typed letter from Mike Mills, Chairman of Mississippi First, Inc., to "Dear Friend," re: elect quality legislators. 

General – Mississippi Republican Party 

Program. "The Freedom of Choice Dinner Honoring 1963 Republican Candidates, June 7, 1963" (Biloxi, MS). 

Campaign Mailing. "Don’t Let Them Throw Conservative Values under the Bus!" 

General – Mississippians for States Rights 

Broadside. "Mississippians for States Rights: Its Plan and Purpose." 

General – Miscellaneous 

Absentee Ballots for Greenwood, Mississippi (1951, 1953, & 1954). 

Pamphlet. "Vote – Your Duty" (American Legion, Department of Mississippi, 1941). 

Pamphlet. "The Date ‘Washington Comes to Mississippi’" (1953). 

Pamphlet. "Touch & Vote Mississippi," re: Voter Instruction Guide for AccuVote Touch Screen Voting System (Mississippi Secretary of State Office, circa 2009). 

Circular Letter. Tom and Nan Davis of Oxford, Mississippi to "Dear Friends," re: Al Hopkins for Attorney General and Mike Chaney for Insurance Commissioner. 

Anonymous Broadside. "Psalm 2009-2012, First Book of Democrat," re: Barack Obama (2008). 

Mailing. "Will Some Washington Politicians BLOW UP Your Healthcare?" (Campaign for Responsible Health Reform, circa 2010). 

General – Mississippi Governors Day 

Bookmark. “Mississippi Governors Day” (2013). 

Program. “Mississippi Governors Day, May 4, 2013, Lexington, Mississippi.” 

General – No on Initiative 26 Campaign (Abortion Amendment 2011) 

Sticker. “Ask Me about i26.” 

Sticker. “No on 26 & 27 Vote Nov. 8.” 

Pamphlet. “No on Initiative 26” (Mississippians for Healthy Families). 

Pamphlet. “What You Should Know about Initiative 26.” 

Broadsheet. “Vote No on 26, It Goes to Far!” (Students Voting No on 26). 

Broadsheet. “VOTE NO! on MS #26!! Oppose Personhood.” 

Broadsheet. Re: fiscal analysis and arguments for initiatives 27 (voter ID), 31 (eminent domain), and 26 (personhood). 

Broadsheet. “Truly Valuing Life: Christianity and Thinking Twice about Initiative 26.” 

Broadsheet. “Vote NO on 26, It goes too far!” (Students Voting No on 26). 

Document. “Sample Official Election Ballot, State of Mississippi, Lafayette County, November 8 2011 General Election.” 

Broadsheet. “A Message from the MSMA President.” 

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Box 3. Campaign Buttons & Memorabilia 

Campaign Button. "1992 Fordice Inaugural" (Kirk Fordice) 

Campaign Button. "Democrats for Carmichael" (Gil Carmichael) 

Campaign Button. "Gene Taylor U.S. Congress" 

Campaign Button. "Dantin Governor" (Maurice Dantin) 

Campaign Button. "Dantin Senator" (Maurice Dantin) 

Campaign Button. "Dollar Secretary of State" 

Campaign Button. "Mississippi Inauguration 1988 Governor Ray Mabus" 

Campaign Button. Campaign Button. "William Winter" 

Campaign Clasp. "John Bell Williams" 

Campaign Button. "Thad" [Thad Cochran] 

Pendant. "Big Jim" [James O. Eastland] 

Campaign Button. "Stennis" [John C. Stennis] 

Coin. "State Auditor Steve Patterson" and "The Great Seal of the State of Mississippi" 

Coin. "Barry M. Goldwater" and "Mississippi Republican Party – 1964, In Grateful Appreciation for Services Rendered, Wirt A. Yerger Jr., State Chairman" 

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Oversized Box 1 

Ross Barnett 

Bumper Sticker. "I’m Right with Ross Barnett." 

R. Jess Brown 

Campaign Poster. "Vote R. Jess Brown. House of Representatives. Dist. 31F."    (17" x 11")

Gil Carmichael 

Campaign Poster. "It’s Time. Carmichael."    (17" x 12")

Bumper Sticker. "Nixon Carmichael" (Carmichael for Senate Committee). 

Mary H. Coleman 

Campaign Poster. "Elect Mary H. Coleman Chancery Clerk."    (14" x 11")

Maurice Dantin 

Campaign Poster. "Elect Maurice Dantin Governor of Mississippi."    (14" x 22")

Kenneth Dean 

Campaign Poster. "Kenneth Dean for Congress. Tuesday, June 4th Mississippi Democratic Primary."    (13 1/4" x 19 3/4")

Wall Doxey 

Campaign Poster. “Wall Doxey Candidate for United States Senate, Election September 23rd” (circa 1941-1942). 

James O. Eastland 

Campaign Poster. "Re-elect Senator Jim Eastland."    (22 1/2" x 13 1/2")

John Arthur Eaves 

Campaign Poster. "John Arthur Eaves for Governor. A Man of Courage. The Peoples Man."    (13 1/2" x 20")

Charles Evers 

Campaign Poster. "Vote Charles Evers for Governor in ‘71. Evers for Governor Committee, Jackson, Mississippi."    (21 1/2" x 14")

Campaign Poster. "Don’t vote for a black man. Or a white man. Vote for the best man. Evers for Governor. Tuesday, November 2nd, 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM."    (24" x 18")

Campaign Poster. "Evers for Everybody. Nov. 2. 7A.M.-6P.M."    (24" x 18")

Cliff Finch 

Campaign Poster. "FINCH."    (12 1/2" x 19")

Campaign Poster. "Cliff Finch for Governor. Working With You to Build Mississippi."    (21" x 12")

Portrait Print. Cliff Finch with state seal and flag behind him.    (18 1/4" x 13")

James Z. George 

Print. “J.Z. George Library” by Steve Douglass (11” x 14”). 

Bookmarks. “Cotesworth Culture and Heritage Center, Life of J.Z. George” (5 bookmarks). 

Invitation. “Tastes from The Help, Saturday, November 19, 2011.” 

Stationary cards. Illustrated by “J.Z. George Library” (5 cards and envelopes). 

Jim Herring 

Campaign Poster. "Elect Jim Herring Lieutenant Governor."    (22" x 14")

Paul B. Johnson Jr. 

Bumper Sticker. "Johnson for Governor." 

Jobie Martin 

Campaign Poster. "Elect Jobie Martin to the House of Representatives District 2 Post 3."    (14" x 11")

Richard Nixon 

Bumper Sticker. "Re-elect the President" (Finance Committee for the Re-election of President Nixon). 

Charles Sullivan 

Campaign Poster. "Charles Sullivan for Governor."    (22" x 14")

Newspaper Supplement for Madison County Herald. "Charles Sullivan for Governor." 

Newspaper Supplement for Oxford Eagle. "Charles Sullivan for Governor." 

Bumper Sticker. "Charles Sullivan for Governor." 

William Waller 

Campaign Poster. "Waller Was Here."    (21 1/2" x 14)

William Winter 

Campaign Poster. "Elect William Winter Governor. He’s for Real."    (20" x 14")

Campaign Poster. "Elect Winter. He’s for Real."    (20" x 13 3/4")

General – Miscellaneous 

Broadside. "Sample Ballot, State of Mississippi, First Primary Election, Democratic Party, August 8, 1967, Sunflower County, District Four." 

Campaign Poster. "Freedom Means Vote for Lyndon Johnson, Lyndon Johnson President, Hubert Humphrey Vice-President, Aaron Henry Senate, Fannie Lou Hamer Congress 2nd Dist., Annie Devine Congress 4th Dist., Victoria Gray Congress 5th Dist., Regular Election Nov. 3." (1964). 

General - No on Initiative 26 

Campaign Poster. “Vote No on 26, Save Women’s Lives” (Students Voting No on 26, 2011). 

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