Modern Political Archives Archives & Special Collections

Contact Information

Leigh McWhite
Political Papers Archivist
Assistant Professor
Archives & Special Collections
J.D. Williams Library
University, MS 38677

Telephone: 662.915.1850

Email: slmcwhit@olemiss.edu


Tara Pawley
Senior Library Assistant
Archives & Special Collections
J.D. Williams Library.
University, MS 38677

Telephone: 662.915.1850

Email: tapawley@olemiss.edu

Modern Political Archives:
Online Exhibits & Digital Collections

Below is a list of current online exhibits & digital collections:

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Mississippi State Textbook Purchasing Board Minutes
The Mississippi State Textbook Purchasing Board selected, purchased, and distributed textbooks to elementary and secondary schools in the state. Minutes cover the period from 1940 to 1987 and include information about the textbook selection process as well as lists of approved textbook titles for each subject and grade.




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United States v. Mississippi Interrogatory Answers
The United States v. Mississippi Interrogatory Answers Collection is an excerpt from the court record. It provides detailed data and sources on the difficulties Mississippi African Americans faced in exercising their right to vote between 1890 and 1963, as well as information on the state's segregated school system.




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“Hail to the Chief!”:  An Exhibit on Presidents & Mississippi in Presidential Elections”
Traces the history of presidential campaigns and elections in the Magnolia State and features original letters, photographs, documents, and ephemera related to presidents ranging from George Washington to George H.W. Bush.  Many of the letters and publications are available in full text.




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Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association
The Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association Digital Collection features a selection of the organization’s publications dating from its origins in 1897 to 1917.  It also includes the handwritten minutes of the Equity League of Jackson, Mississippi between 1911 and 1916, as well as two pamphlets promoting the speaking career of Mississippi suffragist Belle Kearney, the first women elected to the Mississippi Senate. 



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C.K. Berryman Cartoons
The 26 original pen-and-ink drawings by political cartoonist Clifford K. Berryman in this collection first appeared in print on the editorial pages of the Washington Star.  Dating from 1924 to 1941, they all feature U.S. Senator Pat Harrison of Mississippi.




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Presidential Debate Collection Photographs
On 26 September 2008, the University of Mississippi hosted the first presidential debate between candidates Barack Obama and John McCain.  The digital photographs in this collection feature scenes not of the debate or the candidates, but of the general public, political activists, vendors, and media which converged upon the UM campus for this historic occasion. 

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