Organization of Documents

CWRGM is organized by governors' administrations and respects their structure at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, which holds all original records. The editors organized the digital publication of these collections into distinct parts tied to major historical events or eras. "Part" is used rather than "series" to avoid confusion with how the collections are titled at MDAH. All documents belong to Records of the Office of the Governor (RG 27).

Part I: Pre-War: The John J. Pettus Papers, October 1859 - March 1861

Series 757: John J. Pettus Correspondence and Papers, 1859-1863

Summary: Incoming correspondence and other papers of John Jones Pettus, Governor of Mississippi from 1859-1863. Pettus also served as Governor for a short period of time in 1854; however, this series contains no papers from that first term. While the bulk of the materials are letters, the series also contains many petitions from citizens or soldiers, as well as a few state military officers' commissions, reports, court cases forwarded to the Governor, and other papers.

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Part II: The War Years: The John J. Pettus Papers, April 1861 - October 1863

Series 757: John J. Pettus Correspondence and Papers, 1859-1863

Summary: Incoming correspondence and other papers of John Jones Pettus, Governor of Mississippi from 1859-1863. Pettus also served as Governor for a short period of time in 1854; however, this series contains no papers from that first term. While the bulk of the materials are letters, the series also contains many petitions from citizens or soldiers, as well as a few state military officers' commissions, reports, court cases forwarded to the Governor, and other papers.

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Part III: The War Years: Telegrams, 1860-1863

Series 760: Pettus, Military Telegrams, 1860-1863
Series 762: Pettus, Incoming Telegrams, 1860-1863
Series 763: Pettus, Outgoing Telegrams, 1860-1863
Series 764: Pettus, Telegrams to Quartermaster General's Dept., 1861
Series 765: Pettus, Telegrams to Adjutant General’s Dept., 1861-1863
Series 766: Pettus, Accounts with South-Western Telegraph Company, 1860-1862

Part IV: Late War, Occupation and Early Reconstruction: The Charles Clark and William L. Sharkey Papers, October 1863 - October 1865

Series 767: Clark, Military Telegrams, 1863-1865
Series 768: Clark, Correspondence and Papers, 1863-1865

Summary: Incoming correspondence and other papers of Charles Clark, Governor of Mississippi from 1863-1865.)

Series 771: Sharkey, Letters and Petitions, 1865
Series 773: Sharkey, Orders for Ration Issue, 1865
Series 776: Sharkey, Correspondence and Papers, 1865

Summary: Incoming correspondence and other papers of William L. Sharkey, Governor of Mississippi in 1865.

Part V: Radical Reconstruction: The Humphreys and Ames Papers, October 1865 - March 1870

Series 779: Humphreys, Correspondence and Papers, 1865-1868

Summary: Correspondence, reports and requisitions from the administration of Benjamin G. Humphreys, who served as Mississippi.s first Reconstruction governor from 1865-1868. The correspondence is mostly official, with many letters from communities petitioning the governor to pardon individuals in the state penitentiary, as well as letters seeking letters of recommendation and appointments as state commissioners (who were empowered to administer oaths and take depositions and affidavits to be used in the commissioning state), requests for and acknowledgements of receipt of the Mississippi code sent to other states. state libraries, and copies of various military orders. Also included are reports from the Lunatic Asylum, State Penitentiary and State Geologist addressed to the governor, as well as a set of papers from Institute for the Blind pertaining to its efforts to reestablish itself after the Civil War and an investigation into the conduct of its wartime superintendent. The penitentiary report contains hand-drawn tables featuring limited descriptive statistics on the convict population in early 1866. Also present are requisitions (requests) from other, usually neighboring states, most frequently Louisiana and Alabama, to turn over convicted criminals known to be residing in Mississippi. Mississippi.

Series 784: Ames, Correspondence and Papers, 1868-1870

Summary: Incoming correspondence and other papers of Adelbert Ames, Governor of Mississippi from 1868-1870.

Part VI: Late Reconstruction & Emergence of Home Rule: The Alcorn, Powers, and Ames Papers, March 1870 - January 1876

Series 786: Alcorn, Correspondence and Papers, 1869-1871

Summary: This series contains correspondence and papers belonging and sent to/from James Lusk Alcorn from both before and during his term as Governor of Mississippi (1870-1871). The correspondence is organized by year and thereunder by month.

Series 794: Power, Correspondence and Papers, 1871-1874

Summary: Incoming correspondence and other papers of Ridgley C. Powers, Governor of Mississippi from 1871-1874.

Series 803: Ames, Correspondence and Papers, 1874-1876

Summary: Incoming correspondence and other papers of Adelbert Ames, Governor of Mississippi from 1874-1876.

Part VII: The End of Reconstruction: The Early Stone Papers, February 1876 - December 1877

Series 807: Stone, Correspondence and Papers, 1876-1882

Summary: Incoming correspondence and other papers of John Marshall Stone, Governor of Mississippi from 1876-1882.

Part VIII: Home Rule and the Jim Crow Era: The Stone Papers, 1877 - 1882

Series 807: Stone, Correspondence and Papers, 1876-1882

Summary: Incoming correspondence and other papers of John Marshall Stone, Governor of Mississippi from 1876-1882.

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