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:
Print Resources

The following print resources contain historical directories, bibliographies, and compilations of original resource material related to the U.S. federal government and the state of Mississippi. 

The links to call numbers direct viewers to the University of Mississippi online library catalog records.  Researchers should check location fields in these records since titles may be on the shelves in the main stacks, main reference, Fed Docs, State Docs, Gov Docs reference, or Special Collections.  Catalog records will also indicate if electronic versions of publications are available on the internet or through subscriptions services (the latter are available only on campus or by using a UM web ID for off campus use). 

Federal Executive Branch:

A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1897.  Washington, DC:  Government Printing Office, 1896-99.  Call Number:  Y 4. 93/1:3/.

Harold C. Relyea, ed.  The Executive Office of the President:  A Historical, Biographical, and Bibliographical Guide.  Westport, CN:  Greenwood Press, 1997.  Call Number:  JK552 E94 1997.

Presidential Elections, 1789-2004.  Washington, DC:  CQ Press, 2005.  Call Number:  JK524 P6783 2005.

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States.  Washington, DC:  Federal Register Division, National Archives and Records Service, (1929-1993).  Call Number:  AE 2.114:.

Selecting the President:  From 1789 to 1996.  Washington, DC:  Congressional Quarterly, 1997.  Call Number:  JK524 S45 1997.

State of the Union Messages of the Presidents, 1790-1966.  New York:  Chelsea House, 1966.  Call Number:  J81 C66.

State Papers and Publick Documents of the United States from the Accession of George Washington to the Presidency.  Boston:  T.B. Wait and Sons, 1817.  Call Number:  Z 3.2:2/.

The Statesman’s Manual.  The Addresses and Messages of the Presidents of the United States, Inaugural, Annual, and Special, from 1789 to 1849; with a Memoir of Each of the Presidents, and a History of Their Administrations.  New York:  E. Walker, 1849.  Call Number:  J81 A49.

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents.  1965-present.  Call Number:  AE 2.109:.

Michael Nelson, ed.  The Presidency A to Z.  Washington, DC:  CQ Press, 2003.  Call Number:  JK511 P775 2003.

Janet Podell and Steven Anzovin, eds.  Speeches of the American Presidents.  Bronx, NY:  H.W. Wilson, 2001.  Call Number:  J81.4 S64 2001.

Federal Legislative Branch:

American State Papers.  1789-1838.  Legislative and executive documents of Congress arranged into topical series.  Call Number:  ASP.

Annals of Congress.  1789-1824.  Compiled between 1834 and 1856 from contemporary newspaper accounts.  Speeches are paraphrased rather than reported verbatim.  Series continued as Register of Debates.  Call Number:  X 1-X 42.

Congressional Directory.  1809-1886.  Series continued as Official Congressional Directory.  Call Number:  Y 4.P 93/1:1

Congressional Globe.  Congressional debates from 1833 to 1873.  Initially a condensed report, the Globe began more extensive coverage in 1851.  Series continued as Congressional Record.  Call Number:  X 72-X 180 (1834-1873).

Congressional Pictorial Directory.  1967-present.  Call Number:  Y 4.P 93/1:1P/.

Congressional Record.  1873-present.  Official record of the debates and actions of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.  Published daily when Congress is in session.  At the end of each session of Congress, daily editions are collected, repaginated, and re-indexed into a bound, permanent edition.  One volume per session, with each volume published in multiple parts.  Call Number:  X 1.1:.

Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America.  1789-present.  Separate record of Senate proceedings related to its responsibilities confirming presidential nominees and consenting to treaties.  Call Number:  Y 1.3/4.

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States.  1789-present.  Notes matters considered, votes, and action taken.  Does not record actual debates.  Call Number:  XJH: volume.

Journal of the Senate of the United States of America.  1789-present.  Notes matters considered, votes, and action taken.  Does not record actual debates.  Call Number:  Y 1.1/2:SERIAL

Journals of the Continental Congress.  1774-1789.  Edited from the original records in the Library of Congress.  Call Number:  LC 4.5.

Official Congressional Directory.  1888-present.  Call Number:  Y 4.P 93/1:1/.

Register of Debates.  Congressional debates from 1824 to 1837.  Series continued as Congressional Globe.  Call Number:  X 43-X 71.

Statutes at Large.  All laws and resolutions enacted during each session of Congress, including proclamations by the President, proposed and ratified amendments to the Constitution, and reorganization plans.  Call Number:  S 7.9:.

United States Code.  Codification by subject matter of laws currently in force.  Updated every six years, with an annual supplement released by the Office of the Law Revision Council.

United States Congressional Serial Set.  1817-present.  House and Senate Documents which may include reports of executive departments and independent organizations, reports of special investigations, and annual reports of non-governmental organizations.  House and Senate Reports usually originate from congressional committees considering proposed legislative and investigating issues.  Call Number:  Y 1.1/s:SERIAL.

The Almanac of the Unelected.  Washington, DC:  Almanac of the Unelected, 1988-present.  Call Number:  JK1083 A77.  Congressional staff.

David T. Canon, et al.  Committees in the U.S. Congress, 1789-1946.  Washington, DC:  CQ Press, 2002.  Call Number:  JK1029 C64 2002.

Garrison Nelson with Clark H. Bensen.  Committees in the U.S. Congress, 1947-1992.  Washington, DC:  Congressional Quarterly, 1993-1994.  Call Number:  JK1029 N45 1993.

David R. Tarr and Ann O’Connor, eds.  Congress A to Z.  Washington, DC:  CQ Press, 2003.  Call Number:  JK1021 C554 2003.

Congressional Staff Directory.  Mount Vernon, VA:  Congressional Staff Directory, 1959-present.  Call Number:  JK1012 C65.

Federal Judicial Branch:

Anthony Champagne, Cynthia Harrison, and Adam Land, eds.  A Directory of Oral History Interviews Related to the Federal Courts.  Washington, DC:  Federal Judicial Center, 1992.  Call Number:  JU 13.14:H 62.

The Court Historian.  Published irregularly by the Federal Judicial Center Historical Program, 1989-1998.  Call Number:  JU 13.15:.

Clare Cushman, ed.  The Supreme Court Justices:  Illustrated Biographies, 1789-1993.  Call Number:  Washington, DC:  Congressional Quarterly, 1993.  Call Number:  KF8744 S86 1993.

Sheldon Goldman.  Picking Federal Judges:  Lower Court Selection from Roosevelt through Reagan.  New Haven:  Yale University Press, 1997.  Call Number:  KF8776 G65 1997.

John W. Johnson.  Historic U.S. Court Cases, 1690-1990:  An Encyclopedia.  New York:  Garland Publishing, 1992.  Call Number:  KF385 A4 J64 1992.

Kenneth Jost.  The Supreme Court A to Z.  Washington, DC:  CQ Press, 2003.  Call Number:  KF8742 A35 S8 2003.

Journal of Supreme Court History:  Yearbook of the Supreme Court Historical Society.  Electronic journal.

Maeva Marcus, ed.  The Documentary History of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1789-1800.  New York:  Columbia University Press, 1985.  Call Number:  KF8742 A45 D66 1985.

The Supreme Court of the United States:  Its Beginnings & Its Justices, 1790-1991.  [Washington, DC]:  Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, [1992].  Call Number:  KF8744 S87 1992.

Yearbook:  Supreme Court Historical Society.  1976-1987.  Call Number:  KF8741 A15.

Deborah J. Barrow and Thomas G. Walker.  A Court Divided:  The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Politics of Judicial Reform.  New Haven:  Yale University Press, 1988.  Call Number:  KF8752 5th B27 1988

Jack Bass.  Unlikely Heroes:  The Dramatic Story of the Southern Judges of the Fifth Circuit Who Translated the Supreme Court’s Brown Decision into a Revolution for Equality.  New York:  Simon and Schuster, 1981.  Call Number:  KF8752 5th B3.

Mississippi Case Base Platinum.  New York:  Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, 1991-.  Fifth circuit court opinions on Mississippi cases.  Call number:  KFM6606 M58.

Federal Agencies:

Federal Staff Directory.  Mount Vernon, VA:  Congressional Staff Directory, 1988-1998.  Call Number:  JK723 E9 F44.

Politics in General:

The Almanac of American Politics.  Washington, DC:   Barone & Co., 1972-present.  Call Number:  JK271 B343.

J. Clarke Archer.  Atlas of American Politics, 1960-2000.  Washington, DC:  CQ Press, 2002.  Call Number:  G1201 F1 A8 2002.

Joint Center for Political Studies.  Black Elected Officials.  New York:  UNIPUB.  Call Number:  E185.615 N29.

John L. Moore.  Elections A to Z.  Washington, DC:  CQ Press, 2003.  Call Number:  JK1976 M57 2003.

Larry J. Sabato and Howard R. Ernst.  Encyclopedia of American Political Parties.  New York:  Facts of File, 2006.  Call Number:  JK2261 S218 2006.

Vital Statistics on American Politics.  Washington, DC:  CQ Press.  Call Number:  JK274 S74.

Mississippi Government in General:

Department Reports:  State of Mississippi.  1870-1965.  Biennial reports of the Attorney General, State Treasurer, and various other state departments and agencies.  Call Number:  J87 M7.

George H. Ethridge.  Mississippi Constitutions.  Jackson, MS:  Tucker Printing House, 1928.  Call Number:  JK4616 E8.

Report of the Secretary of State:  To the Legislature of Mississippi.  1878-1929.  Official register, later continued as Mississippi Blue Book.  Call Number:  J87 M74a.

Mississippi Blue Book.  [Jackson, MS:  Mississippi Secretary of State, 1929-1949].  Biennial statistical register of the state.  Call Number:  J87 M74a.

Mississippi Official and Statistical Register.  Jackson, MS:  Secretary of State, 1949-2008.  Call Number:  J87 M74a.

Mississippi State Government Publications.  Mississippi Library Commission, 1975-1985.  Index of Mississippi government documents.  Call Number:  Z1223.5 M7 M5.

Mississippi State Government Publications.  Mississippi Library Commission, 1985-present.  Index of Mississippi government documents.  Call Number:  Z1223.5 M7 M5.

Mississippi Statistical Abstract.  Mississippi State University, Mississippi Division of Research, 1970-present.  Call Number:  HC107 M7 M46.

Public Documents of the State of Mississippi.  Semiannual publication of the Mississippi Secretary of State, 1966-1975.  Call Number:  Z1223.5 M7 A11.

Mississippi Executive Branch:

Dunbar Rowland.  Mississippi Provincial Archives.  English Dominion.  Nashville, TN:  Brandon Printing Company, 1911.  Includes papers of West Florida governor George Johnstone (1763-1767).  Call Number:  F336 M59 v.1.

Dunbar Rowland.  The Mississippi Territorial Archives, 1798-18.  Nashville, TN:  Brandon Printing Company, 1905.  Executive journals of governors Winthrop Sargent and W.C.C. Claiborne.  Call Number:  F341 M62.

David G. Sansing and Carroll Waller.  A History of the Mississippi Governor's Mansion.  Jackson:  University Press of Mississippi, 1977.  Call Number:  F349 J13 S26.

Cecil L. Sumners.  The Governors of Mississippi.  Gretna, LA:  Pelican Publishing Company, 1980.  Call Number:  F340 S9.

University of Mississippi, Bureau of Governmental Research.  Inaugural Addresses of the Governors of Mississippi.  University, MS:  1980-1981.  Volume 1 spans 1890-1980; Volume 2 covers 1817-1890.  Call Number:  F341 I53.

Mississippi Legislative Branch:

Electric Power Associations of Mississippi.  Mississippi Legislative Session Roster.  1970-1996.  Call Number:  JK4630 E44.

Expenses and Appropriations of the Mississippi Legislature.  [Jackson, MS]:  Auditor of Public Accounts, 1910-1999.  Call Number:  JK4671 M5.

Joanne V. Hawks, M. Carolyn Ellis, and J. Byron Morris.  Women in the Mississippi Legislature (1924-1981).  Reprint from the Journal of Mississippi History (November 1981).  Call Number:  JK4666 H39 1981.

Laws of the State of Mississippi.  1823-present.  Call Number:  KFM6606.

Mississippi Code.  Annotated public statute laws, revised periodically through the years.  Call number for various versions begins KFM6630 (located in State Documents).

Mississippi Economic Council.  Legislative Action, Daily Report.  1972-1995.  Call Number:  KFM6620 M5.

[Mississippi Legislative Records, 1800-1867] [microform] Records of the States of the United States, a Microfilm Compilation, Prepared by the Library of Congress…  1799-1895.  38 microfilm reels.

Mississippi Legislature.  Hand Book:  Biographical Data of Members of Senate and House, Personnel of Standing Committees.  1928-1988.  Call Number:  JK4630 A24.

Mississippi Legislature.  Rules:  Joint Rules and Constitutional Provisions of the Mississippi Senate and House.  1953-1993.  Call Number:  JK4671 A17.

Mississippi Legislature.  House of Representatives.  Journal.  1817-present.  Call Number:  J87 M7.

Mississippi Legislature.  Senate.  Journal.  1817-present.  Call Number:  J87 M7.

Jacqueline P. Payne.  Women of the Mississippi Legislature.  Jackson, MS:  Mississippi Library Commission, 1980.  Call Number:  JK1010 M57.

A. Louise Mozee Raymond.  Publications of the Mississippi Legislature, 1789-1952.  M.A. Thesis, Atlanta University, 1963.  Call Number:  Z1223.5 M7 R3 1955.

John Ray Skates.  Mississippi's Old Capitol:  Biography of a Building.  Jackson:  Mississippi Department of Archives and History, 1990.  Call Number:  NA4412 S43 1990.

Mississippi Judicial Branch:

Frank E. Everett Jr.  Federal Judges in Mississippi.  1968.  Call Number:  F340 E9.

James George.  A Digest of the Reports of the Decisions of the Supreme Court of the High Court of Errors and Appeals of the State of Mississippi, from the Organization of the State, to the Present Time.  Philadelphia:  T. & J. Johnson and Co., 1872.  Call Number:  JK4683 D5 1872.

Bill Gurney.  Mississippi Courthouses, Then and Now.  Ripley, MS:  Old Timer Press, 1987.  Call Number:  NA4472 M7 G8 1987.

Estelle Stewart King.  Mississippi Court Records 1799-1835.  Beverly Hills, CA:  [1936].  Call Number:  F340 K56.

Meredith Lang.  Defender of the Faith:  The High Court of Mississippi.  Jackson:  University Press of Mississippi, 1977.  Call Number:  KFM7112 L36.

LexisNexis Academic.  Subscription database available to UM users which permits researchers to locate the full text cases by searching a citation, defendant, plaintiff, or keyword.  It also includes sections for searching federal case law or state case law, as well as areas of law by topic.

James D. Lynch.  The Bench and Bar of Mississippi.  New York:  E.J. Hale & Son, 1881.  Call Number:  F340 L98.

May Wilson McBee.  The Natchez Court Records, 1767-1805:  Abstracts of Early Records.  [Greenwood, MS:  M.W. McBee, 1953].  Call Number:  JK4684 M32 N3.

Monroe McClurg.  The Courts, the Bench and the Bar of Mississippi.  [Jackson, MS:  1902].  Call Number:  KFM7110 M33 1902.

Mississippi College Law Review (1978-present)

Mississippi Digest (1818-present).  Offers only headnotes for cases, but indexes permit searching by case, plaintiff, defendant, or by topic.

Mississippi Law Journal

Mississippi Law Week

Mississippi Lawyer

Mississippi Reports (1818-1966)

Mississippi Supreme Court.  Annual Report.  1983-present.  Call Number:  KFM7112 A8 M72.

Mississippi Supreme Court.  Cases Argued and Decided in the Supreme Court of Mississippi.  1852-1966.  Call Number:  KFM6645 A2.

Mississippi Supreme Court.  Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court of Mississippi.  Natchez:  Courier and Journal Office, 1834.  Call Number:  KFM6645 A19 1818b.

Mississippi Supreme Court.  Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Errors and Appeals for the State of Mississippi.  1843-1850.  Call Number:  KFM6645 A19 1843.

Mississippi Supreme Court.  Statistical Report.  1966-1982.  Call Number:  KFM7112 A8 M7.

Dunbar Rowland.  Courts, Judges, and Lawyers of Mississippi, 1798-1935.  Jackson, MS:  Mississippi Department of Archives & History, 1935.  Call Number:  JK4681 R6 v.1.

John Ray Skates.  A History of the Mississippi Supreme Court, 1817-1948.  Jackson, MS:  Mississippi Bar Foundation, 1973.  Call Number:  KFM7112 S43.

Southern Reporter.  Includes Mississippi court cases, including the state Supreme Court from 1877 to the present.  Indexes permit searching by case, plaintiff, defendant, or topic.

Marvin E. Sullivan.  A Table of All Mississippi Cases Which Have Ever Been Mentioned in the Opinions of the High Court of Errors and Appeals of the Supreme Court of Mississippi:  From the Organization of the State to the Present Time, Including all the Chancery Reports, and All the Law Reports Down to Volume 59 of the "Mississippi Reports"…  Chicago:  Callaghan & Co., 1883.  Call Number:  KFM6645.2 S84 1883.

Survey of Records in Mississippi Court Houses.  Jackson, MS:  Mississippi Genealogical Society, 1957.  Call Number:  F341 M5.


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