Definition of a Document

All of Mississippi’s governors' Correspondence and Papers, Military Telegrams, Letters and Petitions, and Executive Journals from 1859-1882 are included in this comprehensive digital documentary edition. That includes nine administrations and eight governors (one served twice). In all cases but the executive journals, original documents are digitized to provide high-quality images for scholars and researchers. Because the Executive Journals are tightly bound, CWRGM currently plans to use digitized microfilm records for these official government records except for the final administration, John Marshall Stone, where the original EJ, never microfilmed, will be digitized. The only items eliminated from this otherwise comprehensive project are duplicate documents such as copies of letters and receipts that comprise an estimated one percent of the entire collection. These duplicates are tracked internally in the calendar indexes and maintained at MDAH.

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