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The Singing River Genealogy-Local History Library is a special library with the Jackson-George Regional Library System. Our mission is to provide genealogical resources pertaining to the south-eastern United States, and to provide historical resources and information on the Jackson and George counties of Mississippi that will better inform and enrich the communities we serve.

The Singing River Genealogy-Local History Library would like to share materials in their collection that will offer patrons a look into the genealogical and historical background of Jackson and George counties. Collections such as the Jackson County School records, and the Joann Anderson Slides collection provide unique looks into the history of our communities.

Type of Institution: Public Library

Partner since: 2017

Website: http://www.jgrls.org/

Contact: Amanda Brooks abrooks@jgrls.org


Explore Singing River Genealogy-Local History Library Collections

Hurricane Camille Photographs (2017.16)
This collection is made up of 144 color 3x5 photographs taken to document the damage done by Hurricane Camille along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The photographs were taken over August 18 thru the 20, 1969 by William T. Randall. The photographs depict damage along the Mississippi coast, but are focused in Jackson County. Collection was originally stored in a binder, and at one point cataloged in the ILS and on the shelf. Due to unknown materials in the plastic holders, the photographs were removed from their original housing and rehoused in a size appropriate box with polyester sleeves. The photos were numbered in the order the donor had them in the original housing.

Ralph Bandy Letters (2017.8)
This collection contains 200 letters to and from Ralph Bandy of Gautier, Mississippi. The letters range in date from the start of Bandy's career in the Navy Reserves during World War II, 1944, and end after Bandy has returned home and is living on his own land, 1955. Besides Bandy, letters were written by his parents, step parents, sister, and friends. This collection is particularly interesting as it not only gives a first-hand account of Bandy's life in the military, but also a look into the home life of people during the WWII. Bandy's family consisted of many traveling carnival workers, and shows many of the hardships found on the home front.

Rex A Moore Photographs (2017.10)
Patrons are advised that this collection contains materials that depict segregation and racism.
This collection is comprised of 191 black and white, 8x10 photographs. Information donated with the collection states that the photographs depict the 50th anniversary celebrations of the International Paper Moss Point Mill, in Moss Point, Mississippi. A date of June 1948 gives a general time frame of the celebration. Due to segregation at the time and context clues from the photos, it is assumed that the celebration lasted for at least a few days as there are separate tours of the facilities for the white and black communities. Including separate picnics as well. Many photographs have duplicates associated with them in this collection. Photographs have photographer information stamped on the back and many have tag lines attached to the front giving a description of the image.


These materials are presented online for educational purposes only. Images may contain copyrighted material. Use of these materials on websites, in exhibits, or in publications requires the permission of Singing River Genealogy-Local History Library and/or the legal copyright holder. The user bears full responsibility for securing any and all appropriate permissions. Please contact Singing River Genealogy-Local History Library for further information.