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The Newspaper Collection consists of a variety of issues from multiple publications throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.



Oral history.; Interview conducted with G.O. Parker. Gary Otha Parker Jr. was born in Harperville, Mississippi, in Scott County in 1920. His father was a Southern Baptist minister; his mother a teacher. He went to Union School in Newton County up to the ninth grade. At the age of fourteen, Parkers family moved to Magee, Mississippi. He graduated from Magee High School, enrolled at Copiah-Lincoln Junior College, and then completed a year at the University of Southern Mississippi. Parker worked in the newspaper business in Collins after college. He volunteered to serve in the Marine Corps in August 1942 and was stationed overseas. Parker married in 1947 soon after returning. His wife, Etta Mae Kees Major, had married during the war and had a daughter, but her husband, a pilot, died in a plane crash in New Guinea. Gary and Etta Mae had three children, in addition to the daughter from her previous marriage. He returned to the newspaper industry after returning to the States, working at Simpson County News in Mendenhall, leasing the paper in 1946. Parker bought the Magee Courier in May 1948, which he owned until selling it in 1970. He then worked for five years at the employment service in Mendenhall. Parker also served as the president of a funeral business for eighteen years. Shortly after buying the Courier in 1948, Parker was elected mayor of Magee, a position he held for ten and a half years.


Oral history.; Interview conducted on August 17, 1977 with Mrs. Betty Carter at her home in Greenville, Mississippi. Carter was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended Newcomb College where she met her husband, Hodding Carter. Together they established two newspapers and purchased the third. In their first newspaper, The Courier, established in Hammond, Louisiana, the Carters were known for opposing Huey P. Long. Opposing Long led to the downfall of the Carters' first newspaper and their move out of Louisiana. Betty Carter served as the first advertising manager of their second newspaper, The Delta Star. The Carters eventually bought out the other local paper in Greenville, Mississippi to create the Delta Democrat Times. During the civil rights movement in the South, their paper became a voice of moderation in the South. This policy forced Carter and her husband to live under threats and in a state of tension for years.


This collection contains materials from Mississippi's first female Lieutenant Governor, Evelyn Gandy’s, personal and political life, speeches, women’s advancements, newspaper articles, Gandy family information, property information, films and tapes, photographs, memorabilia, and scrapbooks.

This collection consists of photographs and newspaper clippings relating to the Methodist Hospital of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and its School of Nursing. The collection also includes photographs, certificates, and other materials pertaining to the nursing career of Mrs. Pauline Elizabeth Garraway Conn.

The collection consists of newspaper articles, periodicals, bumper stickers, a photograph, and various personal memorabilia collected by A.I. and Fay Botnick from the 1960s to the 1990s, documenting Anti-Semitism and civil rights issues in Mississippi and Louisiana.

The William H. and Sallie J. Hardy Papers consists of original and duplicate correspondence, photographs, video tapes, newspaper clippings, scrapbook pages, and memorabilia from William H. and Sallie J. Hardy.

This collection consists of honors, awards, photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia concerning the life and charity of philanthropist Oseola McCarty.

The Daisy Harris Wade Papers collection consists of materials that document civil rights activities in Hattiesburg and Forrest County during the 1960s, including materials relating to the Forrest County Branch of the NAACP (ca. 1958-1968), the Forrest County Action Committee for 1967 and 1974, and newspaper clippings, publications, magazine articles, and other documents that pertain to civil rights leaders and civil rights issues in Mississippi, and elsewhere in the South.

The William Clarke Quantrill Research Collection consists of letters, notes, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, and official documents concerning Confederate Army Colonel Willliam Clarke Quantrill.

This collection consists of newspaper clippings, correspondence, and other materials, from the early 1960s to 2001, that document the life and career of Civil Rights activist Rabbi Dr. David Z. Ben-Ami.

The Ray M. Thompson Papers are comprised primarily of newspaper clippings, magazine articles, photographs, and the manuscript for a proposed book, most of which were generated between 1943 and 1972. The vast majority of articles were written by Mr. Thompson, but some were written by, or in collaboration with Thompson's wife, Sue.


From the Frobenius (Courtney L.) Vietnam Research Collection. Photograph of an unidentified Vietnamese woman with an over the shoulder pole and baskets on each end walking past a newspaper stand.

Transcript of a letter from Joseph and Nancy Ellin to their children, dated 5 July 1964.



From the M. James Stevens Collection. Newspaper clippings from an unknown newspaper detailing the history and buildings of the abandoned town of Rodney, Mississippi. Photographs by Hubert Worley.

From the Rose Garden Collection. A newspaper clipping from the Hattiesburg American titled "Rose Show Time,"

From the Rose Garden Collection. A newspaper clipping from the Hattiesburg American titled "In Miss Mississippi Pageant."

From the Rose Garden Collection. A newspaper clipping from the Hattiesburg American titled "Showing Roses: A Light Look at a Serious Game."

From the Rose Garden Collection. A newspaper clipping from the Hattiesburg American titled "Southern's Rose Garden is Praised."

From the Rose Garden Collection. A newspaper clipping from the Hattiesburg American titled "City's First Rose Trail, April 21."

From the Rose Garden Collection. A newspaper clipping from the Hattiesburg American titled "Everything's Coming Up ROSES."

From the Ezra Jack Keats Papers.; The three boxes in this series contain personal artifacts, memorabilia and papers from the early days of Ezra Jack Keats. Included are his baby shoes and hat, birth certificate, junior high school and high school mementos, newspaper clippings of his awards, Works Progress Administration documents, Veterans Administration correspondence, passports, immunization records, documents from his stay in Paris, business cards, resume, as well as miscellaneous receipts, notes, and membership cards. Newspaper clippings of Keats' awards and recognitions while in school.


From the AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection. Cartoon by Eldon Pletcher. A newspaper carrier sits in a chair before a table with a large crystal ball. The boy has a newspaper bag over his shoulder that is labeled, "The Times Picayune." He holds his hands over the crystal ball, which shows these messages: "Preparation for future positions of leadership...Thrift...Business know-how...Responsibility." Above the boy is the banner, "Today is national newspaper-boy day." The cartoon caption reads, "His future is self-determined."

From the Political Campaign Collection. Issue of Vardaman's Weekly, a newspaper edited by James K. Vardaman out of Jackson, Mississippi. Volume 12, No. 28. The headlining story is "Hoover's Answer Does Not Answer the American People's Questions."

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