Mississippi History Day

National History Day is a nationwide competition that encourages middle and high school students to develop creative, original historical research based around an annual theme. The 2021 theme is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.

Students can participate in one of five categories, which are organized in two separate divisions, Junior Division (6–8 grade) and Senior Division (9–12 grade). The categories have individual and group options, with the exception of the paper category. Groups can have up to five members.

  • Paper (individual only)
  • Website (individual or group)
  • Performance (individual or group)
  • Exhibit (individual or group)
  • Documentary (individual or group)

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History serves as Mississippi History Day’s sponsor in conjunction with the University of Southern Mississippi.

For more information, please contact our state coordinator:

Al Wheat
Director of Education, MDAH

State Coordinator, Mississippi History Day

Additional Resources

One of the keys to a successful Mississippi History Day project is quality primary and secondary sources. We have compiled a list of sites with excellent sources for many subject areas below.

Mississippi History

A Bicentennial History of Mississippi
Delta State University Archives
Jackson State University Library
Mississippi Civil Rights Project
Mississippi Department of Archives and History Digital Archives
Mississippi Digital Library
Mississippi Encyclopedia
Mississippi Gulf Coast Museum of Historical Photography
Mississippi History Now
Mississippi History Through the Arts
Mississippi History Timeline
Mississippi State University Digital Collections
Mississippi University for Women’s Library
Mississippi: A Thread Through Time/
Ocean Springs Archives
Tougaloo College Archives
University of Mississippi Digital Collections
University of Southern Mississippi Digital Collections

United States History

Archives of Maryland Online
Brown University Center for Digital Scholarship
Chronicling America
Cornell University Making of America
C-SPAN Video Library
Freedmen and Southern Society Project
HarpWeek: Explore History
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Historical Voices
Library of Congress
Library of Congress American Memory
Maryland Historical Society Online Collections
Museum of the Moving Image
National Archives
National Historic Geographic Information System
PBS Africans in America
Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center
Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Southern Foodways Alliance Oral Histories
The Freedom Archives
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
UCSF Truth Tobacco Industry Documents
Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library
United States Bureau of Labor Statistics
United States Census Bureau
University of Houston Digital History
University of Michigan Making of America
University of North Carolina Documenting the American South
USDA Economic Research Service
Vanderbilt University Television News Archive

World History

BBC A History of the World
Fordham University Internet History Sourcebooks
Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies
George Mason University Other Women’s Voices
George Mason University World History Sources
International Slavery Museum
McMaster University Digital Collections
Slave Voyages
Understanding Slavery Initiative
United Nations Documents
University of Pittsburgh World Historical Dataverse


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