Local History Room hard at work cataloguing microfilm records

The Local History Room at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library is pleased to announce the completion of Phase One of a project to catalog the department’s microfilm. 

The project, set to be completed in two phases, will allow patrons the ability to search the library’s catalog for what records are available on microfilm.  Phase One focused primarily on the state and regional census records contained on over 580 rolls of film.  Some records also include conveyance records, will transcripts, deed records, and much more.  The records cover the 1790s up to the 1930s for various counties in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Phase Two will catalog a variety of microfilm that includes Lowndes County government records such as probate cases and general docket cases dating from 1820-1930s, voter registration books, and records of African American slaves brought into Lowndes County 1837-1845.  Some school records will also be included such as the Franklin Academy School Register covering 1883-1904. Also, the second phase will comprise of Lowndes County newspapers dating back to the 1830s, although not consecutively.

The catalog will show the title, date(s), publisher, size (either 16 mm or 32 mm), and call number of each microfilm roll. 

When the project is completed, over 1,380 rolls will be catalogued.

Archivist Mona K. Vance said “Cataloging the microfilm in the Local History Room is one more way the library is reaching out to patrons not just in Lowndes County, but all over the world. By accessing the library website, people are able to determine what microfilm we hold prior to coming to the building.”

Microfilm is a film on which printed materials are photographed on a reduced scale for easier storage.

To search the library’s catalog, visit www.lowndes.lib.ms.us and use the search box under “Library Catalog”.

For more information, contact Mona K. Vance at 662-329-5304 or at mvance@lowndes.lib.ms.us.

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