Mississippi: Bibliography and Sources

Mississippi Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

John H. Long, Editor; Peggy Tuck Sinko, Associate Editor and Historical Compiler; Douglas Knox, Book Digitizing Director; Emily Kelley, Research Associate; Laura Rico-Beck, GIS Specialist and Digital Compiler; Peter Siczewicz, ArcIMS Interactive Map Designer; Robert Will, Cartographic Assistant

Copyright The Newberry Library 2007

Alabama. Acts of Alabama. Tuscaloosa et al., 1819–. Cited as Ala. Acts.

Alabama Supreme Court. Alabama Reports. 295 vols. 1841–1977. Reports of cases heard before the Supreme Court of Alabama. Cited as Ala. Rpts.

Alabama Territory. Acts of Alabama Territory. 1st and 2d sessions, January and November 1818. St. Stephens, Ala., 1818. Cited as Ala. Terr. Acts.

Brieger, James F., comp. Hometown Mississippi. 2nd ed. [Historical and Genealogical Association of Mississippi], 1980. A good guide to town and village place names.

Cappon, Lester J., Barbara Bartz Petchenik, and John Hamilton Long, eds. Atlas of Early American History: The Revolutionary Era, 1760–1790. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1976. Section on boundaries is thoroughly documented.

Cotterill, R. S. "National Land System in the South: 1803–1812." Mississippi Valley Historical Review 16 (1929–1930): 495–506.

Cox, Isaac Joslin. West Florida Controversy, 1798–1813: A Study in American Diplomacy. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1918.

Cross, Ralph D., and Robert W. Wales, eds. Atlas of Mississippi. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1974.

Davis, George B., et al. Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. 1891–1895. Reprinted as Official Military Atlas of the Civil War. New York: Fairfax Press, 1983. Coverage limited to areas of military activity during the Civil War, but affords accurate detail of landmarks and other geographic features before and after the war.

Dubester, Henry J. State Censuses: An Annotated Bibliography of Censuses of Population Taken after the Year 1790 by States and Territories of the United States. 1948. Reprint. New York: Burt Franklin, 1969. The standard guide for its subject.

Durham, Walter T. James Winchester, Tennessee Pioneer. Gallatin, Tenn: Sumner County Library Board, 1979.

Evans, W. A. "Mother Monroe: Boundaries Under Various Laws." Journal of Mississippi History 1 (1939): 235–240.

Filby, P. William, comp. American and British Genealogy and Heraldry. 2nd ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 1975.

Filby, P. William, comp. Bibliography of American County Histories. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985.

Free Press. Poplarville, Miss., April–May 1908. This newspaper carried reports of county line changes not found elsewhere.

Fuller, Hubert Bruce. Purchase of Florida: Its History and Diplomacy. Cleveland: Burrows Brothers Co., 1906.

Hamilton, Peter J. "Running Mississippi's South Line." Publications of the Mississippi Historical Society 2 (1899): 157–168.

Haynes, Robert V. "Disposal of Lands in the Mississippi Territory." Journal of Mississippi History 24 (1962): 226–252.

Hemphill, Marie M. Fevers, Floods, and Faith: A History of Sunflower County, Mississippi, 1844–1976. Indianola, Miss.: Hemphill, 1980.

Historical Records Survey, Louisiana. County-Parish Boundaries in Louisiana. New Orleans: Department of Archives, Louisiana State University, 1939.

Historical Records Survey, Mississippi. Humphreys County (Belzoni). Inventory of the County Archives of Mississippi, no. 27. Jackson: Mississippi Historical Records Survey, 1941. Cited as HRS Miss., Humphreys.

Historical Records Survey, Mississippi. Sargent's Code: A Collection of the Original Laws of the Mississippi Territory Enacted 1799–1800 by Governor Winthrop Sargent and the Territorial Judges. Jackson: Mississippi Historical Records Survey, 1939.

Historical Records Survey, Mississippi. State and County Boundaries of Mississippi. Preliminary ed. Jackson: Mississippi Historical Records Survey, 1942. A convenient and reliable collection of boundary descriptions excerpted from the laws; cited as HRS Miss., St. and Co.

Historical Records Survey, Mississippi. Walthall County (Tylertown). Preliminary ed. Inventory of the County Archives of Mississippi, no. 74. Jackson: Mississippi Historical Records Survey, 1942. Cited as HRS Miss., Walthall.

Kane, Joseph Nathan. American Counties: Origins of Names, Dates of Creation and Organization, Area, Population, Historical Data, and Published Sources. 3rd ed. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1972.

Louisiana. State of Louisiana: Acts of the Legislature. Baton Rouge, 1812–. Cited as La. Acts.

McClurg, Monroe. "State of Louisiana Versus the State of Mississippi.” Publications of the Mississippi Historical Society 8 (1904): 293–339.

MacDonald, Grace E., comp. Check-List of Session Laws. New York: H. W. Wilson Co., 1936. Complemented by Pollack (below), this guide lists all state session laws through 1935.

MacDonald, Grace E., comp. Check-List of Statutes of States of the United States of America, Including Revisions, Compilations, Digests, Codes and Indexes. Providence: Oxford Press, 1937. The most complete guide to state codes through 1937.

McLemore, Richard A. "Division of Mississippi Territory." Journal of Mississippi History 5 (1943): 79–82.

Madden, Robert R. "History of Grindstone Ford." Journal of Mississippi History 31 (1969): 28–39.

[“Map of the State of Louisiana, and Adjacent Countries.”] Frontispiece to Geographical Description of the State of Louisiana, the Southern Part of the State of Mississippi, and Territory of Alabama, 2d ed., by William Darby. New York, 1817.

Melish, John. Map of Mississippi. Philadelphia, 1819; improved to 1820. Very accurate for its time.

Mississippi. General Laws of Mississippi. Jackson, 1817–. Cited as Miss. Laws.

Mississippi. Mississippi Code Annotated. Indianapolis, 1892–. Cited as Miss. Code Ann.

Mississippi. Revised Code of the Statute Laws of the State of Mississippi. Jackson, 1857, 1871, 1880. Cited as Miss. Rev. Code.

Mississippi Maps, 1816–1873. Jackson: Mississippi Historical Society, 1969. A portfolio of reproductions of five very useful old maps; no supporting text or documentation.

Mississippi Secretary of State. Mississippi Official and Statistical Register, 1988–1992. Jackson, 1989.

Mississippi Territory. Acts of the General Assembly. 1st–9th assemblies, September, 1800–November, 1816. Natchez, 1800–1816. The session laws of Mississippi Territory.

Mississippi Territory. Statutes of the Mississippi Territory. Natchez, 1816. Compilation of this digest is often attributed to Edward Turner; cited as Miss. Terr. Stat.

Murphree, Dennis. History of Calhoun County, Mississippi. N.p., [1948.] Expanded version of History of Calhoun County, Mississippi, by J. S. Ryan and T. M. Murphree. Pittsboro, Miss.: Calhoun Monitor, 1904.

Orleans Territory. Acts of the Territory of Orleans. Legislative Council and 1st–3d legislatures, December 1804–January 1811. New Orleans, 1805–1811. The session laws of Orleans Territory. Cited as Orleans Terr. Acts.

Parry, Clive, ed. Consolidated Treaty Series. 231 vols. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana Publications, 1969–1981.

Paullin, Charles O. Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States. Edited by John K. Wright. Washington, D.C. and New York: Carnegie Institution of Washington and American Geographical Society of New York, 1932. Excellent section on international and interstate boundary disputes.

Phelps, Dawson A. "Robinson Road." Journal of Mississippi History 12 (1950): 153–161.

Pollack, Ervin H., comp. Supplement with Bibliographical Notes, Emendations, and Additions to the Check List of Session Laws, Compiled by Grace E. MacDonald. Preliminary ed. Boston: National Association of State Libraries, 1941. Fills gaps in MacDonald's 1935 compilation (above) to produce the most complete list of state session laws through 1935.

Press and Times. Hernando, Miss., May 1878. This newspaper carried reports of county line changes not found elsewhere.

Rabenhorst, Thomas D., and Carville V. Earle, eds. Historical U.S. County Outline Map Collection, 1840–1980. Baltimore: Department of Geography, University of Maryland (Baltimore County), 1984. A portfolio of redrawn federal maps; no supporting text or documentation.

Riley, Franklin L. "Demarcation of the Mississippi-Louisiana Boundary from the Mouth of Pearl River to the Gulf of Mexico." Publications of the Mississippi Historical Society 11 (1910): 61–74.

Riley, Franklin L. "Extinct Towns and Villages of Mississippi." Publications of the Mississippi Historical Society 5 (1902): 310–383.

Riley, Franklin L. "Location of the Boundaries of Mississippi." Publications of the Mississippi Historical Society 3 (1900): 167–184.

Rowland, Dunbar. History of Mississippi: The Heart of the South. 4 vols. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1925.

Rowland, Dunbar. Old Biloxi: The First Settlement in Mississippi. An Address Delivered at the Dedication of a Monument, Commemorating the Settlement of Old Biloxi and Fort Maurepas, April 8, 1920. Jackson: Hederman Bros., 1920.

Rowland, Dunbar, ed. Mississippi: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form. 4 vols. Atlanta: Southern Historical Publishing Association, 1907.

Rowland, Dunbar, ed. Mississippi Provincial Archives, 1763–1766: English Dominion. Nashville: Brandon Printing Co., 1911. Only volume published in a projected multi-volume series.

Rowland, Dunbar, ed. Mississippi Territorial Archives, 1798–1803. Nashville: Brandon Printing Co., 1905. Cited as Rowland, Miss. Terr. Arch.

Royce, Charles C., comp. "Indian Land Cessions in the United States." Part 2 of Eighteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology, 1896–1897. Washington, D.C., 1899. The standard authority in its field; state maps detail all Indian land-cession treaties with the federal government.

Saltillo History Committee. Life and Times of Saltillo. Fulton, Miss.: Itawamba County Times, 1979.

Sealock, Richard B., Margaret M. Sealock, and Margaret S. Powell. Bibliography of Place-Name Literature: United States and Canada. 3d ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 1982.

Searles, James M., and David Stratton. Map of the County of Issaquena, Mississippi, Compiled from the Original Surveys. New Orleans: Hugh Lewis, 1873.

Shortt, Adam, and Arthur G. Doughty, eds. Documents Relating to the Constitutional History of Canada. Vol. 1, 1759–1791. Canadian Archives, Sessional Paper no. 18. Ottawa, 1907. Contains full text of King George III's Proclamation of 1763, including boundary descriptions.

Sinko, Peggy Tuck. Atlas of Historical County Boundaries: Mississippi. Edited by John H. Long. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993. 96 counties, 250 pages, 431 maps.

Sinko, Peggy Tuck. Guide to Local and Family History at the Newberry Library. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 1987.

Skates, John Ray. Mississippi: A Bicentennial History. New York: W. W. Norton and Co., 1979.

Stephenson, Richard W., comp. Land Ownership Maps: A Checklist of Nineteenth Century United States County Maps in the Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1967. Most of the maps listed here have been reproduced on microfiche by the Library of Congress.

Swindler, William F., ed. Sources and Documents of United States Constitutions. 10 vols. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana Publications, 1973–1979. The most complete and up-to-date compilation for the states.

Tanner, Henry S. Louisiana and Mississippi [map]. Philadelphia, [c. 1820].

Tanner, Henry S. United States of America. Philadelphia, 1829. A useful map, despite its relative lack of detail.

Tennessee. Acts of the State of Tennessee. Nashville [et al.], 1796–1910.

Territorial Papers of the United States. Vols. 1–26 edited by Clarence E. Carter; vols. 27–28 edited by John P. Bloom. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1934–1975. Cited as Terr. Papers U.S.

Thorndale, William, and William Dollarhide. Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790–1920. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987. An atlas of well-designed county outline maps for each state, accompanied by a bibliography and an explanation of methodology.

Toulmin, Harry, comp. Digest of the Laws of the State of Alabama: Containing the Statutes and Resolutions in Force at the End of the General Assembly in January 1823. Cahawba, Ala., 1823.

Toulmin, Harry, ed. Statutes of the Mississippi Territory, Revised and Digested by the Authority of the General Assembly. Natchez, 1807.

United States. Statutes at Large of the United States of America, 1789–1873. 17 vols. Boston: Little, Brown, 1845–1874. Cited as U.S. Stat.

U.S. Census Bureau. “Significant Changes to Counties and County Equivalent Entities: 1970–Present.” http://www.census.gov/geo/www/tiger/ctychng.html.

U.S. Continental Congress. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789. Edited by Worthington C. Ford et al. 34 vols. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1904–1937.

U.S. General Land Office. "Diagram of the Surveying District South of Tennessee." In Annual Report of the Commissioner of the General Land Office. 29th Congress, 1st sess., 1845–1846. Senate Document 16. Serial 472.

U.S. National Park Service. Natchez Trace Parkway Survey. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1941. Also published in 76th Congress, 3d sess., 1940–1941. Senate Document 148. Serial 10450. Very useful modern survey of old roads and landmarks, many of which no longer exist.

Van Horne, John C. "Andrew Ellicott's Mission to Natchez (1796–1798)." Journal of Mississippi History 45 (1983): 160–185.

Van Zandt, Franklin K. Boundaries of the United States and the Several States. Geological Survey Professional Paper 909. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1976. The standard compilation for its subject.

Watkins, George, and Robert Watkins, eds. Digest of the Laws of the State of Georgia. Philadelphia, 1800.

Whitaker, Arthur Preston. Spanish-American Frontier: 1783–1795. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1927.

White, J. M. "Territorial Growth of Mississippi." Publications of the Mississippi Historical Society 2 (1899): 125–132.