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Pearl River South Singing Convention members at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church
Pearl River South Singing Convention members at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Tylertown, November, 1999. Photo by Patrick Snook. Part of the documentation in Mississippi's Local Legacies projects.

Mississippi

The collections of the American Folklife Center contain rich and varied materials from Mississippi that document the diversity of the state's folk traditions. Among its unique recordings are Choctaw Indian songs and texts from the 1930s; many hours of spirituals and blues music, including early interviews and musical performances by McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters) and Son House; music and religious services performed by inmates at the state penitentiary in Parchman in the 1930s; and African American children's games and songs from Brandon.

Collections

Finding Aid: View a complete list of our Mississippi collections.

Local Legacies: This project provides a "snapshot" of local culture as it was expressed in the year 2000. View Mississippi's Local Legacies projects.

Veterans History Project: Browse state collections from the Veterans History Project.

Songs of America: Browse an interactive state map for selected songs from the American Folklife Center’s collections, as well as songs from the Library’s Music Division and Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

Online Presentation: Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip; folksingers and folksongs documented during a three-month trip through the Southern United States. The collection includes material from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.

Concert Webcast

James "Super Chikan" Johnson & Richard Christman: Blues Guitar. Recorded May 23, 2006. [catalog record] [webcast and event flyer]

Additional Resources

Educational Resources: View a list of educational materials related to Mississippi from A Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources.

Folklife Resources: Find state folklife-related agencies, societies, archives, higher education programs, and more, in Folklife Sourcebook: A Directory of Folklife Resources in the United States.

Published Recordings: Negro Blues and Hollers 1941-42, Library of Congress AFS L59. [audiocassette]

Afro-American Folk Music from Tate and Panola Counties, Mississippi, Library of Congress AFS L67. [audiocassette]

 

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