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1. Overview of the Collection



McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi


Emma Lou Roberts

Collection Number


Collection Title

Roberts (Emma Lou) Papers


.25 cubic foot




1928 – 1982

Collection Status



Pamphlets and programs from various Hattiesburg area activities, certificates and correspondence from the Office of Price Administration, and war bonds and ration books.


2. Subjects

World War II Memorabilia – Mississippi – United States

Hattiesburg Activities Pamphlets and Programs – Mississippi – United States


3. Biographical/Historical Note

Harris Cleveland Jones, Jr. and his wife, Emma Liddel Jones, and their children, Harris Cleveland III and Emma Louise, lived at 111 Capitol Street in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Mr. Harris C. Jones was the supervisor of McGough Cake Shop on the corner of River and Buschman in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The McGough Bakeries was originally Mattingly’s Bakery; however, it was sold to McGough Bakeries of Birmingham, Alabama in 1939. Mr. Harris Cleveland Jones, Jr. lived from December 11, 1909 to January 23, 1946. Mrs. Emma Liddel Finney Jones lived from November 25, 1906 to September 10, 1993.

Emma Lou Roberts, the wife of Jim Roberts and Hattiesburg native, not only attended The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) for two years but also worked in the College of Liberal Arts as an administrative secretary for twenty-four years. She worked in a candy room in downtown Hattiesburg, Mississippi as her first job. She worked at Exxon before applying to USM. While at USM, she stated that the most unforgettable moment was to know four out of the six presidents and had the opportunity to work for three different deans. Mrs. Roberts said that “USM has expanded my mind and given me the confidence to trust myself.”


4. Scope and Content Note

The Papers of Emma Lou Roberts contain booklets, pamphlets, and programs from various concerts and activities in Hattiesburg, a letter to her mother and father, certificates and correspondences from the Office of Price Administration, war bonds and a sugar coupon, a ration book holder with the family’s ration books, and two articles from 1982. “The Colonial Wedding” program includes reference to Emma Louise Roberts, the donor. The names on the ration books are Emma Louise Jones, Emma L. Jones, Harris C. Jones Jr., Mrs. Harris C. Jones Jr., Emma Liddel Jones, Harris Cleveland Jones III, Harris Cleveland Jones, and Harris C. Jones III.

According to the Office of Price Administration papers, the Jones family rented a room at the 111 Capitol Street home to an R.W. Yost in 1942. The maximum legal rent for the room was twenty-five dollars a month. Another tenant signed a change of tenancy form on March 3, 1943. This tenant by the name of Mrs. V. J. Zebrowski was charged six dollars a week. According to the Landlord’s Copy, Mrs. Jones handled the paperwork for both renters.


5. Arrangement

The materials in the collection did not receive significant arrangement. It’s arranged by programs, booklets, handwritten letter, certificates and correspondence from the Office of Administration, war bonds and ration book holder, and articles.


6. Related Material

Related collections at the University of Southern Mississippi include:

  • M174 Newspaper Collection, 1811-1986
  • Force (Caroline) World War II Collection, ca. 1943-1965


7. Administrative Information



This collection was donated by Emma Lou Roberts

Use Restrictions

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Reproduction of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Provision of photocopies or digital reproductions does not constitute permission to publish, distribute, provide internet access to, or otherwise display images of materials in this collection. Copyright is retained by the lawful copyright holder, and it is the responsibility of the permission seeker to contact and secure permission from the copyright holder. Where copyright permission is not granted, images are only for use in private study subject to the Fair Use exceptions made in U.S. Copyright Law.

Access Restrictions

No Restrictions

Preferred Citation Method

In citing these materials, the following information should be included:

Item, title of collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid written by Shawna Guidry, February 18, 2015


Case File

Polk’s Hattiesburg City Directory 1944


8. Container List

Folder 1

“Colonial Wedding” Auspices Priscillian Missionary Society Court Street M.E. Church at S.T.C. Auditorium. (Friday, March 1, 1935)

Folder 2

The Concert Band of Hattiesburg High School Josef P. Oszusoik Conductor Presents Eleventh Anniversary Concert. (Thursday, May 4, 1944)

Folder 3

Victory Concert Front Street USO Auditorium Presented by Hattiesburg High School Symphonic Band. (Sunday, April 15, 1945)

Folder 4

Ever Since Eve. (Thursday April 4, 1946; Friday, April 5, 1946)

Folder 5

The Community Concert AssociationPresents Eleanor Steber Leading Soprano of the Metropolitan Opera Association James Quillian at the Piano. (1955-1956)

Folder 6

The Community Concert AssociationPresents Obernkirrhen Children’s Choir (“Schaumburger Maerchensaenger”) Edith Moeller, Conductor and James Benner at the Piano. (1956-1957)

Folder 7

The Community Concert Association Presents Rudolf Firkusny Pianist. (N.D.)

Folder 8

The Class of 1946 Hattiesburg High School Presents Peg O’ My Heart A Comedy in Three Acts by J. Hartley Manners. (Thursday, May 9, 1946; Friday, May 10, 1946)

Folder 9

First Annual Hattiesburg Lions International Doll and Toy Bowl Holmes Junior College Goodman, Mississippi vs. Copiah-Lincoln Junior College. (Friday, December 13, 1946)

Folder 10

Year Book and Directory Broad Street Methodist Church Corner Broad and Forth Streets Hattiesburg, Miss. (1928)

Folder 11

For Purvis Its…Gushers Galore! (September 1946)

Folder 12

Letter from Emma Lou to her mother and dad. ( December 4, 1944)

Folder 13

Certificates and correspondences from the Office of Price Administration:

a.       Certificate-Holder’s Part of Mileage-Rationing Program Certificate (June 10, 1944)

b.      United States of America Office of Price Administration Tire Certification (March 7, 1945)

c.       United States of America Office of Price Administration Certificate-Holder’s Part of Tire Certificate (March 7, 1945)

d.      United States of America Office of Price Administration Mileage Ration – Identification Folder Coupons “B” (March 7, 1945 and June 7, 1945)

e.       Envelope from the Office of Price Administration to H.C. Jones, Jr (March 7, 1945)

f.       United States of America Office of Price Administration Order Increasing Maximum Rent (July 29, 1944)

g.      United States of America Office of Price Administration Registration of Rental Dwellings Landlord’s Copy (Registration Received August 25, 1942)

h.      Office of Price Administration Report of Chance in Tenancy (March 3, 1943)

Folder 14

War Bonds Owned by H.C. Jones, Jr. (N.D.)

Folder 15

Read Before Using 5-Pound Home Canning Sugar Coupons (N.D.)

Folder 16

Ration Book Holder (Household) V (N.D.)

Folder 17

Jones Family Ration Books (May 5, 1942 and N.D.)

Folder 18

Frona Corbin Threadbender Extraordinaire by Jude Lupinetti (July 1982)

Folder 19

The Bent Chalice Memories of Hurricane Camille by Linda Kay (July 1982)


9.  Item List

Photograph Log

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10. Publication  Information



The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, Special Collections


Physical Address

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McCain Library & Archives

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Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5148

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Revision Date

Last revised: February 18, 2015


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