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 Resources

Most links direct researchers to historical information, statistics, and compilations of full-text documents as well as indexes and sites that are helpful in locating further primary source material.  The links are arranged by the following themes:

Federal Executive Branch:

White House

White House Historical Association

Presidential Libraries, National Archives & Records Administration

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

William McKinley Birthplace Home & Research Center

Library of Congress

Government Printing Office

Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research

HeinOnline “U.S. Presidential Library.”  Note:  accessible only on the University of Mississippi campus or through other subscribing libraries.  Includes the following titles, among others:

  • Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (1965-2009)
  • Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (1931-2005)
  • List and Index of Presidential Executive Orders (1789-1941)
  • Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States (1789-1989).

Federal Legislative Branch:

United States Senate

United States House of Representatives

Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives & Records Administration

Congressional Biographical Directory.  In addition to brief biographical data, the directory provides guidance for locating research collections related to individual members of Congress.

Library of Congress

Government Printing Office

Congressional Research Service.  The Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to contemporary political events.  Since the CRS does not make these documents available to the general public, a number of websites have arisen to facilitate access to those reports in the public domain.

Architect of the Capitol

HeinOnline “U.S. Congressional Documents.”  Note:  accessible only on the University of Mississippi campus or through other subscribing libraries.  Includes the following titles, among others:

  • Congressional Record (1873-2004)
  • Congressional Record Daily (1994-2009)

HeinOnline “U.S. Federal Legislative History Library.”  Note:  accessible only on the University of Mississippi campus or through other subscribing libraries.

HeinOnline “U.S. Statutes at Large”  (1789-2006).  Note:  accessible only on the University of Mississippi campus or through other subscribing libraries.

Overview of the Congressional Record and Its Predecessor Publications, Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C.

Federal Judicial Branch:

Federal Judiciary Center

Supreme Court

Supreme Court Historical Society

Oyez Project.  Multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court which aims to be a complete source for all audio recorded in the Court since October 1955.

Supreme Court Decisions (1937-1975), FedWorld.gov

National Archives & Records Administration

Government Printing Office

HeinOnline “U.S. Supreme Court Library.”  Note:  accessible only on the University of Mississippi campus or through other subscribing libraries.  Includes the following titles, among others:

  • Rules of the Supreme Court (1890-2007)
  • U.S. Reports (1754-2005)
  • Supreme Court Review (1960-2004)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Mississippi

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Mississippi

Federal Agencies:

National Archives

Government Printing Office

HeinOnline “U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, and Appeals.”  Note:  accessible only on the University of Mississippi campus or through other subscribing libraries.

Federal Government in General:

Mississippi Government in General:

Mississippi Executive Branch:

Mississippi Legislative Branch:

Mississippi Judicial Branch:

Mississippi Archival Repositories:

Federal Depository Libraries in Mississippi:

Since 1813, federal depositories have collected, organized, preserved, and assisted researchers in using information created by all three branches of the federal government.

Alcorn State University (selective depository library)

Delta State University (selective depository library)

Jackson State University (selective depository library)

Mississippi College, Law Library (selective depository library)

Mississippi Library Commission (selective depository library)

Mississippi State University (selective depository library)

Mississippi University for Women (selective depository library)

State Law Library (selective depository library)

University of Mississippi, J.D. Williams Library (regional depository library)

University of Mississippi, Law Library (selective depository library)

University of Southern Mississippi (selective depository library)

Related Archival Organizations:

Lesson Plans & Teaching Activities: