Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Collection Digitized at MDAH

The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Collection (PI/2010.0002) was recently digitized at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) in Jackson.

Series 2, Image 1176. Two unidentified people., 195-. Image located at MDAH

Series 2, Image 1176. Two unidentified people., 195-. Image located at MDAH

The collection, made up of two series, documents changes in Mississippi farm practices and land use from the late nineteenth through the early twenty-first centuries, as well as the institutional history of MFBF from its inception during the Great Depression. The collection also shows the effects of natural disasters on agriculture; health and safety issues (the polio vaccine, lifesaving and fire prevention techniques); visiting politicians, including several U.S. Presidents; and the evolving roles of women in society.

Series I consists of photographs documenting Mississippi farms and the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) from the 1850s through 2003 mounted on 1,456 boards with captions. The photographs are grouped into subject categories assigned by MFBF staff and include: beauty pageants, boards of directors, county agents, crops, conventions, farmers, meetings (county, state, local), natural disasters, politicians, staff, social functions, talent shows, women’s activities within the organization, and Southern Farm Bureau in its formative years. Images of the 1,432 cards that were scanned are available for browsing.

Series II of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) office consists of 2,032 photographs collected by the Public Affairs Office during the 1950s through the early 1960s, arranged in folders by county. The majority of the photographs are black and white and were taken by MFBF Public Affairs Office staff. Some were submitted to the home office by county bureaus. The images are of farms, farmers, farming activities, 4-H club activities, local MFBF directors and staff, and sponsored social events such as barbecues, beauty and talent contests, and festivals promoting farm products.

Series 2, Image 1180. "Lowndes County Co-op." Exterior view of building. 195-. Image located at MDAH.

Series 2, Image 1180. “Lowndes County Co-op.” Exterior view of building. 195-. Image located at MDAH.

In order to search for Lowndes County photographs, simply click on the link below and type either “Lowndes” or “Columbus” into the “Search for Keyword” box.

http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/series/mfb

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