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STATE AND COUNTY BOUNDARIES
The Mississippi Historical Records Survey
The Mississippi Historical Records Survey
AUG 1 4 42
347 B7H5 1942 273613
WORK PROJECTS ADMINISTRATION
F. H. Drydon, Lcting Commissionor Floronco Korr, Assistant Commissioner Q. Edward Gatlin, Stato Administrator Joromo Sago, Diroctor, Service Division
Mississippi Departmont of brchivos and History
The Historical Records Survey was organized as a Nationwide project of the WPA to inventory State, county, and municipal records, early American imprints, church records, and manuscripts in colleam tions.
In Mississippi the Historical Records Survey has operated as a unit of the Statewide Records Project in the Service Division, and has been sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Archives and Hi story and some seventy county boards of suporvisors. The Survoy is boing discontinued in order that its personnel may be diverted to actipitios which have a direct and unqualified relation to the war ef® fort. However, this volume is being published since practically all data had been compiled for publication previous to the redirection of the activities of the project,
The preparation of inventories of county archivos by the Survey included the writing of a historical sketch of each county,'of administrative histories or essays which traced the development, analyzed the structure, and doscribed the functions in cach county of oach of its agencies, and of an essay on the governmental organization and rean ords systom, To undorstand adequatoly tho territorial background of oach county and in many instancos, thc poculiatities of a county's rocords, it was noccssary to institute a systematic soarch of all constitutions and Legislative Acts for all provisions rolating to State and county boundarios. In 1940 and 1941, A, C, Andorson and Edward Lindsey, project omploycos, working in the State Law Library and in tho Mississippi Departmont of Archives and History, listed many of the statute laws contained in both published and unpublishcel source materials, The typewritten copios of these laws were made available to the editorial staff of the project for use in preparing historical skotches and administrative historics and in verifying records d.om scriptions.
Historical Records Survey projects throughout the Nation were authorized to publish compilations of the State and county boundarý laws of the various states, and in 1941 a beginning was made toward preparing a publication of Mississippi laws collected by the Survey. Tho unavailability of editorial personnel provented the completion of the work at that time, In March 1942 all Historical Rocords Survoy field work was discontinuod, pormitting supervisory porsonnel to utilizo the remaining time for issuing publications which had reared completion and for which supplies and materials had boon purchased in 1941.
Andrew Brown, Assistant State Supervisor, edited the collocted data, supplemented the State boundary laws, preparod tho mops, and wrote the Introduction, Audio Patterson assistod in rovi owins tho county boundary laws, and togother with Nonabollo Goodwin, road proof on the original copy and on the stoncils, Mary Joe Tracy, Anna Dupuy, and Marjorie Whitloy typed the copy and cut the stencils.
Tho arrangomont of this source book follows that of the Louisiana Historical Records Survoy which was approved by the Washington offico of the Survey.
It is realized that the abstracts appearing in this volume are not inclusive. To give complete information on county boundaries.it would be necessary to include a compilation of the law concerning all court districts, Congressional districts, sixteenth section school lands, Chickasaw school fund lands, and the locating and changing of county sites. It is intended that this volume, in conformance with the general publication policy of the Survey, serve in a progressive bibliography open and subject to change, and that comments, corrections, and additions will make it possible at some future time, to compilo a comprehensivo, near-definitive edition of this work.
The Survey acknowledges with sincerc approciation, the assistanco given it in this undertaking by Mrs. Julia Starnes, State Librarian, and by Dr. William D. . McCain, Director of the Mississippi. Department of Archives and History, in making the published and unpublished sourco naterials in their custody available to the Survoy. John C. L. Androassen, Rogional Supervisor of the Historical Records Survey program, gave the Survey invaluable advice and criticism during his visits to its office, The cover was: printed as a co-sponsor's contribution by tho Ripley (Miss.); Southern Sentinel.
The general rogulations and procedures of the Service Division of the Work Projects Administration which are applicable to all projoct units in the 48 States, havo been followed in Mississippi. Tho WPA administrative officials have always given the Survey thoir cordial support and assistance.
The publications of the Survoy are distributod without cost to State and local public officials and libraries in Mississippi, and to a lini ted number of libraries and governmental agencies outside the State. A list of these publications appears on page 152 of this volune. Approximately 1,900 publications have been released by the Survoy throughout the Nation.