Sources of Biographical Information About Mississippians
This list focuses
upon sources which are unique for their coverage of the geographical area
of Mississippi and either contain biographical information, or may be
helpful in locating biographical information on Mississippians. Most sources
in this list are available in Special Collections located in McCain Library and Archives. However,
there are several which are located in Cook Library. Each listing contains
a library call number in brackets, such as [MISS J87 .M782].
Items prefaced with "Miss", "Spcol", and "Gen" are available for use
in the Cleanth Brooks Reading Room of the McCain Library. Items prefaced
with "Cook" are located in Cook Library. This is only a selected list.
Additional materials may be found in oral histories, the vertical file,
and in holdings of the University Archives and Historical Manuscripts
department. If information is sought on a contemporary individual who
specialized in a particular field or profession, the numerous biographical
dictionaries and who's whos published on these subjects should also be
and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi. 2 volumes. Chicago: Goodspeed
Publishing Co., 1891. Includes biographical information for many Mississippians
living prior to 1890. [GEN F 341 .B6 1978 Vol. 1 & 2] An index is
shelved separately [GEN F 341 .B61 Index] and an abstract was prepared
by Norman E. Gillis in 1961 [GEN F 341 .B61 Suppl]
and Genealogy Master Index. 2nd edition. Detroit: Gale Research,
1980. 8 volumes plus supplements. Index to more than 3,200,000 biographical
sketches in over 350 current and retrospective biographical dictionaries.
[COOK Z 5305 .U5 B56] Also available online at:
Three States; Notable Men of Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee. Memphis:
Commercial Appeal Publishing Co., 1914. Includes biographical sketches
of more than 250 notable men from the three state area prior to 1914.
Portraits are included for the majority of entries. [Miss F396 .B72]
Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations
From the State of Mississippi. 427 rolls of 16mm microfilm. Washington,
D.C.: National Archives, 1959. Microfilm copies of each soldiers' compiled
service records which may include information such as the individual's
muster roll, rosters, payroll, appointment books, hospital and prison
registers, inspection reports and at times, various other records. [Miss
Micro E 568 .U5x]. Use with the Index to Compiled Records of Confederate
Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the State of Mississippi.
45 rolls of 16mm microfilm. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1956.
[Miss Micro E568 .U5x].
Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812
in Organizations from the Territory of Mississippi. Number M678,
22 rolls of 16mm microfilm. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1967.
[Miss Micro E359.5 .M7 C65x] (See index by Dunbar Rowland below)
Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican
War in Organizations from the State of Mississippi. Number M863,
9 rolls of 16mm microfilm. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1971.
[Miss Micro E409.5 .M7 C65x] (See index by Dunbar Rowland below)
Thomas E. Who's Who in Mississippi. Jackson, MS: Tucker Printing
House, 1914. More than a hundred biographical sketches (most with
photographs) of notable Mississippians in 1914. Indexed. [Miss F340
D. The Story of Jackson; A History of the Capital of Mississippi,
1821-1951. 2 volumes, Jackson, MS: J.F. Hyer Publishing Company,
1953. Volume 2 contains more than 500 biographical sketches for men
and women who were "Builders of the Capital of Mississippi." A great
many of these are for people who were prominent [Miss F349 .J13
Oral History Program of the University of Southern Mississippi.
The Mississippi Oral History Program of the University of Southern Mississippi
records memories and views of events, personalities, and activities
in the history of Mississippi by interviewing people with knowledge
of these events. [Miss F341.5 M57x Vol.]
Clayton. Men of Spine in Mississippi. Gulfport, MS: The Dixie
Press, 1940. [Miss F340 R32] Rand includes only selected influential
men in the history of the state.
Dunbar. Biographical Guide to the Mississippi Hall of Fame. Jackson,
MS: Mississippi Department of Archives and History, 1935. [Miss F340
Dunbar. Encyclopedia of Mississippi History. Madison, WI: Selwyn
A. Brant, 1907. 4 volumes. Volumes 1 and 2 are arranged alphabetically
and entries include short biographical sketches of Mississippi-related
individuals. Volume 3 is entirely devoted to biographical sketches of
contemporary individuals as of 1907. Index of Volume 4 includes sketches
of Mississippians for whom special portraits had been executed in steel
(contents duplicate some of volume 3). This work was also published
under the title Mississippi. [Miss F339 .R88]
Dunbar. History of Mississippi; The Heart of the South. Chicago:
S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1925. 4 volumes. Volumes 1 and 2 are a narrative
history while volumes 3 and 4 contain biographical sketches. [Miss F341 .R86]
Dunbar. Roll of Mississippi Soldiers in the War of 1812 and the War
with Mexico, 1846-1848. Arranged by unit, this volume also includes
an alphabetical index [GEN E359.5 .M7 R68x]. Additional information
for these individuals may be available in the microfilm sets named above.
Ellis. Mississippians All. New Orleans: Pelican Press, 1968.
A brief sketch of eight Mississippians who have made an important contribution
to their country. [Miss F340 .S6]
A Biographical Encyclopedia of Southern People. New Orleans: Southern
Editors Assn., 1944, 1945. Coverage includes most of the southern states.
Published in 1944 and 1945. [Cook REF 208 .S6]
Vera Jacobs. Mississippi Portraiture. National Society Colonial
Dames of America in Mississippi and Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, 1987.
Three governors' portraits are included in this book. [Miss F340 .M6442x
Nesbit and Ethridge, George H. Mississippi, A History. Hopkinsville,
KY: The Historical Record Assn., 1940. 4 volumes. Volume 1 and part
of volume 2 contain a narrative history of the state, while volumes
2-4 contain biographical sketches. An index is at the back of volume
4. [Miss F341 .T39x]
Who in Louisiana and Mississippi. New Orleans: Times-Picayune,
1918. Several hundred biographical sketches arranged alphabetically.
[Miss F368 .W62]
include the "Vertical File" and the "Newspaper Index" (Hattiesburg
American and Jackson Clarion Ledger, 1963-1979), both available
in the Cleanth Brooks Reading Room. Also of help may be the many town
and county histories in both the Mississippiana and Genealogy Collections
and specific family histories in the Genealogy Collection.
in the Genealogy Collection is a "Surname Card File" which contains
citations for sources of information on families and individuals from
Mississippi and other states, and a "Surname Vertical File" which
contains non-catalogued materials such as copies of Bible records, military
records and various other records from Mississippi and other states.
Addresses of the Governors of Mississippi, 1817-1890. University,
Mississippi: Bureau of Governmental Research, 1981. [Miss F341 M57
Addresses of the Governors of Mississippi, 1890-1980. University,
Mississippi: Bureau of Governmental Research, 1981. [Miss F341 M57
Official and Statistical Register. Mississippi Secretary of State,
1904-present. Originally published by the Mississippi Department of
Archives and History (1904- 1924-28) it has been published by the
Secretary of State since the 1920's as an expanded form of their biannual
report. Sometimes called the "Blue Book" it has appeared at both two
and four year intervals at various times. During the period 1904-1924
they included biographical information for past Governors as well as
current governors, legislators, judges, and other state government officials.
The 1917 issue includes lists of all Mississippi legislators (1817-1917).
For the period 1928-1945 little biographical information appears in
the volumes. Since the 1945-49 issue, biographical data for legislators
and upper-level government officials has been included. [Miss J87 .M74a]
Year Book, edited by Munio Nichols, Gulfport, MS: The Tri-State
Builder, 1931. Includes biographical sketches of many of the men
and women who were "proven Builders of the state and its institutions,
as well as their home communities." Indexed. [Miss 976.2 M678]
Yearbook. Published by the Mississippi Development Board, 1927,
1928, 1930. Does not include biographical information, but does
include lists of numerous types of professional people (such as lawyers,
physicians, church leaders, etc.) as well as various types of businesses
and the location of their offices. Each category is arranged by county
and city. [Miss 976.2 M678]
Mississippi, 1936-40. Biloxi, MS: Southern Research Bureau and the
Biloxi News, 1936. A biographical directory of elected state
and local leaders for the period. [Miss JK4656 .O35]
Cecil L. The Governors of Mississippi. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing
Co., 1980. Biographical sketches of Mississippi leaders from the
French settlement in 1699 to 1980. [Miss F340 .S9]
of the Mississippi Legislature. Jackson, MS: Mississippi Library
Commission, 1980. Biographical information for the 43 women who
have served in the MississippiLegislature, 1922-1980. The information
is limited, but other sources are usually cited. [Miss JK1010 .M57
Judges and the Legal Profession
and Bar of Mississippi. Jackson, MS: Horace Evans, 1938. A pictorial
and biographical directory of prominent members of the Mississippi Bar
during the 1930's. Indexed by county. [Miss KF354 .M7 B46x]
Frank E., Jr. Federal Judges in Mississippi, 1818-1968. Includes
photographs of portraits and biographical sketches of federal judges
for Mississippi from 1818 to 1968. [Miss KF354 .M7 E94x 1968]
D. The Bench and Bar of Mississippi. New York: E.J. Hale and
Son, 1881. Includes biographical information for distinguished lawyers
and judges of Mississippi prior to 1881. Indexed. [Miss F340 L98]
Dunbar. Courts, Judges, and Lawyers of Mississippi, 1798-1935.
Jackson: Hederman Brothers, 1935. Contains brief biographies of judges
and some prominent lawyers in the state for the period.
Ray, Jr. A History of the Mississippi Supreme Court, 1817-1948.
Jackson, MS: Mississippi Bar Foundation, 1973. Contains biographical
sketches of Mississippi Supreme Court Judges for the period. [Miss KFM7112 .S53x]
Laney. A Popular History of the Baptists in Mississippi. Jackson,
MS: Baptist Press, 1930. Contains biographical sketches of the denominational
leadership for the period 1780-1930. Since the book lacks a table of
contents and is arranged by chapters and numbered paragraphs, the index
is the preferred point of access. [Miss BX6248 .M7 B6]
J.B. Methodism in the Mississippi Conference, 1846-1870. Jackson,
MS: Hawkins Foundation, Mississippi Conference Historical Society, 1939.
Continuation of John G. Jones' Methodism in Mississippi. Indexed
and includes short sketches about people involved in the church during
the period. [Miss BX8248 .M7 J63]
of Southern Baptists. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1958. 2 vols.
Entries arranged alphabetically and include some individuals from Mississippi
who were of importance in the church. [Miss BX6211 .E5]
Oliver, comp. Catholicity in Mississippi. Natchez, MS: Hopehaven
Press, 1939. A history of the Catholic Church in Mississippi through
the 1930's. Includes biographical sketches of bishops and other clergy
of the Diocese. Indexed. [Miss BX1415 .M7 G4]
The Mississippi Methodists 1799-1983: A Moral People "Born of Conviction."
Maverick Prints, 1984. Includes index. [Miss BX8248 M7 H65 1984]
G. A Complete History of Methodism as Connected with the Mississippi
Conference ... 1799-1845. Baton Rouge: Claitor's Book Store, 1966
reprint of Southern Methodist Publishing House, Nashville, 1887. Indexed
and includes personal information about people involved in the church
in Mississippi up to 1845. [Miss BX8248 .M7 J6 1966]
Methodism in the Mississippi Conference, 1870-1894. Jackson,
MS: Hawkins Foundation, Mississippi Conference Historical Society, 1951.
Continues the series begun by John G. Jones and J.B. Cain. [Miss
BX8248 .M7 J64]
J. Allen. Methodism in the Mississippi Conference, 1894-1919.
Jackson, MS: Hawkins Foundation, Mississippi Conference Historical Society,
1951. Continues the series begun of Jones, Cain, and Jones. Indexed.
[Miss BX8248 .M7 L56]
Richard Aubrey. A History of Mississippi Baptists, 1780-1970.
n.p.: Mississippi Convention Board, 1971. Not as much personal information
as Boyd's 1930 history, but it provides 40 more years of information.
[Miss BX6248 .M7 M25]
Glenn. A Guide to the Contents of the Mississippi United Methodist
Advocate, 1947-1974. Jackson, MS: Mississippi United Methodist Advocate,
1975. Subject index to this weekly newspaper for the period 1947-1974.
Includes listings for memorials, obituaries, and biographical sketches.
[Miss BX8201 .M5]
Other Specialized Sources
ed. Mississippi Writers: Reflections of Childhood and Youth.
Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1985. A three volume set,
a volume on fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Biographical information
is found at the end of each volume. [Miss PS558 .M7 M55 1985]
Joseph M. Flora, and Louis D. Rubin, Jr., eds. Southern Writers:
A Biographical Dictionary. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1979. Brief informative
alphabetical sketches of the lives of authors associated with the American
South. [Miss PS261 S59]
Weathersby. Mississippi Music and Musicians. Magnolia, MS: Prescott's
Printing, 1948. Contains biographical information of Mississippi personalities
in music, including educators and other professionals, composers, authors,
and officers of the Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs. [Miss ML200.7 .M7 C65x 1948]
Robert Fulton. Black Magnolias: A Brief History of the Afro-Mississippiana,
1865-1980. Shaker Heights, OH: Keeble Press, 1984. Concentrates
on the personalities and leaders of the Black experience during
this period. [Miss E185.93 .M6 H57 1984]
B., editor. Lives of Mississippi Authors, 1817-1967. Jackson,
MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1981. Biographical sketches for
approximately 1500 authors who lived and published between 1817-1967.
Criteria for inclusion is "anyone born in Mississippi or who spent a
significant portion of their life there, and who wrote or published
a work of at least thirty pages in length." [Miss PS266 .M7 L5]
William H. Mississippi Artists. Hattiesburg, MS: University of
Southern Mississippi, Bureau of Educational Research, 1977. Contains
biographical information for approximately 100 Mississippi artists.
[Miss N6530 .M7 P64]
Peggy Whitman, ed. Women Writers of the Contemporary South. Jackson,
MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1984. Three Mississippi writers
are included in this book of contemporary essays on southern women writers.
[Miss PS261 .W65 1984]
A. and Dwight, Margaret L. Mississippi Black History Makers.
Revised and enlarged edition. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi,
1984. Contains biographies for 166 Black history makers, which are organized
in ten thematic sections. [Miss E185.93 .M6 S48 1984]
Cleopatra D. The History of the Mississippi Teachers Association.
Jackson, MS: Mississippi Teacher Association, 1973. Chapters 6 and 7
contain information about the administrations of the association's presidents
and brief biographical sketches of well-known personalities. [Miss L13 .M73x T56]
Brown Blalock and Bishop, Eva Hunter. Mississippi's Black Women:
A Pictorial Story of Their Contributions to the State and Nation.
n.p.: Mississippi State Federation of Colored Women's Clubs, 1976. Contains
brief biographical sketches and illustrations of notable black women
of Mississippi. No index, quick reference difficult. [Miss E185.86