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The Local History Department was created in the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library in the 1970s and expanded upon in 1992 as a result of a donation from the Snowdoun Foundation. The Department is charged with the mission of documenting the history and culture of Columbus and Lowndes County.

The CLPL digital collection contains selections from archival collections located in the Billups-Garth Archives within the Local History Department.

Type of Institution: Public Library

Partner since: 2011

Website: http://www.lowndeslibrary.com/

Contact: Call (662) 329-5300


Explore Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Collections

Carl Brown Photographs (MS 457)
Carl Eugene Brown (1918-1998) owned a photography studio in Columbus, MS from the 1940s-1980s. He specialized in Portrait, Commercial, and Advertising Photography. The collection has over 20,000 negatives; only 1,570 negatives from the 1940s-50s are digitized. Visit: https://carlbrownphotos40s50s.wordpress.com.

Eugenia (Genie) R. Morgan Letters (MS 455)
Eugenia “Genie” R. Morgan (1873-1894) was born to John D. and Mary Couch Morgan in Columbus, MS. This collection of 79 letters were written primarily from Genie to her second cousin William Jemison Prowell, Jr. (1872-1950) in Birmingham, AL from 1889-1890. Many letters discuss their courtship. Originals and transcriptions.

Ezra Baker, Jr. Papers (MS 458)
Ezra Baker, Jr. (b. 1944) In 1972, Baker, along with fellow Stephen D. Lee High School teachers Frank Allen Yates, and Willie James Conard, sued the Columbus Municipal School District for wrongful termination and violating their Civil Rights. They won. This collection includes newspaper clippings, chronological list of events, and a photograph relating to the case.

Lowndes County Annuals

Lowndes County Postcards (MS 232)
This collection contains over 340 postcards of different businesses, schools, public buildings, homes, churches, events, and locations around Lowndes County, Mississippi. The postcards date from the 1890s to the 1990s. Both the front and the back of each postcard was scanned for inclusion in this digital collection.

Marion Stark Gaines Photographs (MS 323)
Marion Viola Stark Gaines (1850-1942) is Mississippi's earliest published female photographer. Working from both State Line, MS and Mobile, AL she captured not only her family, but rural life and minority communities as well. This collection showcases 15 of the over 300 of Gaines' prints and negatives dating from the 1890s-1910s.

Wylie Coleman Banks Scrapbook (MS 435)
Wylie Coleman Banks (1896-1963) was born in Eutaw, AL to Willis Alston and Jennie Dunlap Banks. The family later settled in Columbus, MS. In adulthood, Banks served in the US Marine Corps and practiced law. This collection includes a scrapbook, created by Banks in his childhood, containing images of his family, pets, and local community.

World War I Scrapbook COMING SOON
The Lowndes County in the World War (World War I) Scrapbook was created by the Bernard Romans Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1919. It covers 1917-1921 and contains many photographs, newspaper clippings, and letters of servicemen and women. The Scrapbook documents war activities both abroad and at home.


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