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Collection Title: Political Campaign Collection

Collection Number: M408

Dates: ca. 1904 - 1959

Volume: .5 cu. ft.

Provenance: Materials in this collection were donated by various individuals between 1988 and 2004.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch :

Politics has been defined as the art and science of government, and as the profession devoted to governing. British historian and author Harold D. Laswell defined politics as, “Who gets what, when, and how.” Whatever the definition, the state of Mississippi has had a long, rich political history, with a liberal sprinkling of colorful politicians. For instance, Theodore G. Bilbo was a very interesting character, who served Mississippi as both governor and U.S. Senator. He and other politicians in the state tended to mount very unique campaigns that grabbed the people’s attention and held it.

Case File
Contents of the collection


Related Collections:

M2 Bilbo (Theodore G.) Papers

Scope and Content:

This collection consists of information on various politicians throughout Mississippi from approximately 1904 - 1959. The materials include biographical information of politicians and election-related materials (i.e. instructions for voting). The collection also contains campaign materials such as flyers, pamphlets, handout cards, and posters. There are also a variety of newspapers that feature campaign ads. Among the politicians whose campaign materials are featured in the collection are Theodore G. Bilbo, Ross Collins, Martin Sennett (Mike) Conner, Roland B. Wall, Stokes V. Robertson, and Wall Doxey. Of particular interest is a cartoon about Theodore Bilbo and Ross Collins that was distributed by the Wall Doxey senatorial campaign in 1940.


Political Campaign Collection
Box and Folder List

Box 1 (Oversize Materials)
Folder 1 Biographical Information on G. H. Alford (June 9, 1940)
Folder 2 Biographical Information on Roland B. Wall (ca. 1942)
Folder 3 Poem: “Here’s to Sennet Conner” (June 18, 1935)
Folder 4 Theodore G, Bilbo and Ross Collins Political Cartoon (ca. 1940)
Folder 5 Election Related Materials (ca. 1904-1939)
Folder 6 Campaign Handouts (ca. 1920s-1940)
Folder 7 Campaign Flyers (1938-1939)
Folder 8 Campaign Pamphlets (1938-1943; undated)
Folder 9 Campaign Posters (1931-1959; undated)
Folder 10 Newspaper: Vardaman’s Weekly (March 18, 1920 and Jan. 20, 1921)

Oversized Materials in Mapcase
Item 1 Newspaper: The Jackson Daily News (July 8, 1923)
Item 2 Newspaper: The Brandon News (May 16, 1927)
Item 3 Newspaper: The South Reporter (June 20, 1927)
Item 4 Newspaper: The Collins Commercial (June 22, 1927)
Item 5 Newspaper: The Brandon News (July 4, 1927)
Item 6 Newspaper: The Brandon News (July 11, 1927)
Item 7 Newspaper: The Brandon News (July 25, 1927)
Item 8 Newspaper: The Yazoo City Herald (July 29, 1927)
Item 9 Newspaper: The Brandon News (Aug. 8, 1927)
Item 10 Newspaper: The Jackson Daily News (Aug. 22, 1927)
Item 11 Newspaper: The Commercial Appeal (May 21, 1930)
Item 12 Newspaper: Political Advertisement for Charles Hamilton (July 1945)
Item 13 Newspaper: Political Advertisement for Ross A. Collins (undated)
Item 14 Newspaper: Political Advertisement for Stokes V. Robertson (undated


Accession Number: AM10-92                               

Given By: Reagan Grimsley        

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).Date of Receipt:                    July 22, 2010 

Extent: 1 item 

Inclusive Dates: circa 1964       

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

Plastic seat cushion used during 1964 Presidential Campaign to promote Goldwater for President. The Mississippi Republican Electors are listed by city. It also shows the number of Republican Electors nationwide by state.

Accession Number: AM15-14                               

Given By: Danielle Bishop          

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).Date of Receipt: September 4, 2014     

Extent: 2 items

Inclusive Dates: 2013 - 2014    

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

  1. Gene Taylor bumper sticker from U.S. Congress 2014 race
  2. Dave Ware door hanger from Hattiesburg Mayoral 2013 race

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