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Overview of Collection

Repository:  McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi

Creator: Hugh B. Wilson

Collection Number: M472

Title: Wilson (Hugh B.) Manuscript

Dates: 1978

Abstract: The collection consists of one eight-page manuscript titled History – Handsboro, Mississippi, which covers the history of Handsboro from 1840 to 1910.

Biographical/Historical Note

Hugh B. Wilson was born near Canton, Mississippi, on May 5, 1890, and grew up in Handsboro, Mississippi, from the age of thirteen.  After World War I, he moved to El Paso, TX, and worked until retirement for the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Handsboro, Mississippi, now part of present-day Gulfport, was one of the early logging towns in the state.  The sawmills near there were built on the banks of Bayou Bernard and were part of the Mississippi lumber boom in the mid-nineteenth century.  However, later in the century, railroads were built to other lumber sites, bypassing Handsboro and crippling its economic growth.  In 1966, Handsboro was annexed by the city of Gulfport.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains one eight-page typewritten manuscript, covering the history of Handsboro, Mississippi, from 1840 to 1910 using “memorandums, news clippings, legends by old timers and personal recollections of the author”. It contains a hand drawn map of Handsboro, Sneed Wilson’s home and the Masonic Lodge, plus an index of people, places and events.


Topics Covered

Handsboro (Gulfport, Miss.)

Gulfport (Miss.)--History.

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M120: Charles (Thomas C. and Ellen McRaven) Letters

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Administrative Information

Provenance: Donated by Hugh B. Wilson in March, 1978.

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

Preferred Citation Method:  Item, Title of collection, McCain Library & Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.

Processing Information:  Processed by Lauren White. 

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