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|Title:||Nash & Taggart Collection|
|Collector:||Nash, Jere; Taggart, Andy|
|Repository:||University of Mississippi. Department of Archives and Special Collections.University, MS 38677, USA|
|Location:||Modern Political Archives|
|Language of Material:||English|
|Abstract:||The Nash & Taggart Collection consists of audio recordings of oral histories conducted by Jere Nash and Andy Taggart in the process of writing their book Mississippi Politics: The Struggle for Power, 1976-2006 and the subsequent edition Mississippi Politics: The Struggle for Power, 1976-2008.|
The nonprofit corporation Mississippi History Project, Inc. donated the Nash & Taggart Collection to the University of Mississippi in 2009.
Digital Initiatives Librarian Jason Kovari converted the original .dss audio files into .wav files and .mp3 access copies. Political Papers Archivist Leigh McWhite reviewed the recordings to compile content descriptions.
The preservation of recordings in this collection is the result of a project supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The digital collection will expand in the future as time restrictions lapse on specific interviews.
A liberal, Jere Nash has worked on the campaigns for a number of Democratic candidates in the state of Mississippi. He has also served as director of Common Cause in Mississippi, executive director of Mississippi First, deputy state auditor, and chief of staff for Governor Ray Mabus.
A conservative, Andy Taggart practices law in Madison County and serves on the Madison County Board of Supervisors. He has also held the posts of executive director of the Mississippi Republican Party, chief of staff of Governor Kirk Fordice, and president/CEO of the Mississippi Technology Alliance.
Together, they have written a contemporary political history of the state that chronicles events and documents major transformations in the state and its power structure.
The collection consists of 84 recordings of interviews that authors Jere Nash and Andy Taggart conducted with 60 individuals in the process of conducting research for their book Mississippi Politics: The Struggle for Power, 1976-2006 (University Press of Mississippi, 2006) and a subsequent 2008 edition. It also includes transcripts prepared for the authors for 38 of the recordings (warning note: researchers should only use the transcripts as a guide since spelling errors and other inaccuracies are frequent).
Interviewees include governors, members of the U.S. Congress, state legislators, state officials, state party leaders, political candidates, staff members, lawyers, and lobbyists. The subject of discussions range from state political parties, national and state elections, individual politicians, educational reform, the state highway program, gambling, tort reform, and reapportionment.
Nash & Taggart Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi
The Nash & Taggart Collection is open for research. Audio files and transcripts are available as a digital collection at http://clio.lib.olemiss.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/nash_taggart.
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For other politically-related holdings at the Archives & Special Collections, see the Politics & Government subject guide.
|Note: The interviews and transcripts are available as a digital collection at http://clio.lib.olemiss.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/nash_taggart. The digital collection will provide more detailed information about the topics discussed in each interview.|
|John Ed Ainsworth|
|Reuben V. Anderson|
|Alvin J. Bronstein|
|Peggy Jean Connor|
|Patricia M. Derian|
|William D. Mounger|
|Cyrmes G. Pittman|
|John Hampton Stennis|
|Thomas H. Walman|
|William F. Winter|
|Wirt A. Yerger|