Sunday, November 16, 2008

Mississippi Digital Library

I am amazed at the number of cooperative projects underway around the country between major universities and state archives providing free access to images of original documents on line. The latest one I discovered is a cooperative project between the University of Southern Mississippi, Delta State University, the University of Mississippi, Tougaloo College, Jackson State University, and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. This one, called the Mississippi Digital Library, includes cemetery tombstone listings with obituaries, marriage listings, oral histories with leading citizens, college yearbooks and other documents. The site also features original images of many letters, including some from John Quincy Adams. One particular item I found quite interesting was the Jefferson Davis Soldier's Home dining hall record. This document includes daily entries listing the food served at each meal during the day and usually includes a brief note of daily activities such as reunions, deaths, visits, and other events. Mississippi Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans started The Jefferson Davis Soldier's Home for Confederate Civil War Veterans and their wives in 1902 on Jefferson Davis' estate, Beauvoir, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
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