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Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
Nash, Jere;
Taggart, Andy
Nash & Taggart Collection
Date [inclusive]
General Physical Description note
Modern Political Archives
The Nash & Taggart Collection consists of audio recordings of oral histories conducted by Jere Nash and Andy Taggart in the process of writing their book Mississippi Politics: The Struggle for Power, 1976-2006 and the subsequent edition  Mississippi Politics: The Struggle for Power, 1976-2008.

Prefered Citation

Nash & Taggart Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Biographical Note

A liberal, Jere Nash has worked on the campaigns for a number of Democratic candidates in the state of Mississippi. He has also served as director of Common Cause in Mississippi, executive director of Mississippi First, deputy state auditor, and chief of staff for Governor Ray Mabus.

A conservative, Andy Taggart practices law in Madison County and serves on the Madison County Board of Supervisors. He has also held the posts of executive director of the Mississippi Republican Party, chief of staff of Governor Kirk Fordice, and president/CEO of the Mississippi Technology Alliance.

Together, they have written a contemporary political history of the state that chronicles events and documents major transformations in the state and its power structure.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 84 recordings of interviews that authors Jere Nash and Andy Taggart conducted with 60 individuals in the process of conducting research for their book Mississippi Politics: The Struggle for Power, 1976-2006 (University Press of Mississippi, 2006) and a subsequent 2008 edition. It also includes transcripts prepared for the authors for 38 of the recordings (warning note: researchers should only use the transcripts as a guide since spelling errors and other inaccuracies are frequent).

Interviewees include governors, members of the U.S. Congress, state legislators, state officials, state party leaders, political candidates, staff members, lawyers, and lobbyists. The subject of discussions range from state political parties, national and state elections, individual politicians, educational reform, the state highway program, gambling, tort reform, and reapportionment.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries 2011

Access Restrictions

The Nash & Taggart Collection is open for research. Audio files and transcripts are available as a digital collection at

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.


The digital collection will expand in the future as time restrictions lapse on specific interviews.

Acquisition Information

The nonprofit corporation Mississippi History Project, Inc. donated the Nash & Taggart Collection to the University of Mississippi in 2009.

Processing Information

Digital Initiatives Librarian Jason Kovari converted the original .dss audio files into .wav files and .mp3 access copies. Political Papers Archivist Leigh McWhite reviewed the recordings to compile content descriptions.

The preservation of recordings in this collection is the result of a project supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Related Materials

Resources at the University of Mississippi

For other politically-related holdings at the Archives & Special Collections, see the Politics & Government subject guide.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Democratic Party (Miss.)
  • Mississippi. Governor
  • Mississippi. Legislature
  • Republican Party (Miss.)
  • United States. Congress


  • born digital
  • interviews
  • sound recordings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Mississippi -- Politics and government

Personal Name(s)

  • Ainsworth, John Ed
  • Allain, Bill
  • Anderson, Reuben V. (Reuben Vincent), 1942-
  • Barbour, Haley, 1947-
  • Bronstein, Alvin J.
  • Brown, Walter
  • Carmichael, Gil
  • Carter, Hodding
  • Carter, Rick
  • Clark Eric
  • Clark, Charles
  • Cochran, Thad
  • Connor, Peggy Jean
  • Cupit, Danny E.
  • Dantin, Maurice
  • Derian, Patricia M.
  • Dye, Brad
  • Edwards, Wayne
  • Endris, Glenn
  • Espy, Mike, 1953-
  • Evers, Charles, 1922-
  • Ford, Tim, 1951-
  • Gollott, Tommy
  • Gordon, Jack
  • Griffith, Lanny, 1951-
  • Guyot, Lawrence
  • Guyton, Steve
  • Holloman, John H., 1937-
  • Klumb, Charles
  • Langston, Joey
  • Leonard, Jerris (Jerris G.), 1931-2006
  • Levanway, Scott
  • Maxey, John
  • McKellar, Charles
  • McLemore, Leslie Burl
  • McMillen, Neil R., 1939-
  • Medlin, Buddy
  • Molpus, Dick
  • Montgomery, Bob
  • Moore, Mike
  • Mounger, William D.
  • Patterson, Steve
  • Pennebaker, John
  • Perry, Ed, 1942-
  • Pittman, Crymes G.
  • Powell, Billy
  • Reed, Clarke
  • Reed, Jack
  • Scruggs, Dickie
  • Spell, Bill
  • Triggs, Gene
  • Waggoner, Sam
  • Walls, Johnnie
  • Walman, Thomas H.
  • Watkins, David
  • Winter, William F.
  • Yerger, Wirt A.
  • Zucarro, Joe


  • Apportionment (Election law) –- Mississippi
  • Educational law and legislation
  • Gambling -– Law and legislation
  • Liability (Law) -- United States
  • Political campaigns -– Mississippi
  • Roads -- Mississippi
  • Torts -- United States

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Collection Inventory

Interview Subjects 

General note

The interviews and transcripts are available as a digital collection at The digital collection will provide more detailed information about the topics discussed in each interview.

John Ed Ainsworth 

Bill Allain 

Reuben V. Anderson 

Haley Barbour 

Alvin J. Bronstein 

Walter Brown 

Gil Carmichael 

Hodding Carter 

Rick Carter 

Charles Clark 

Eric Clark 

Thad Cochran 

Peggy Jean Connor 

David Crews 

Danny Cupit 

Maurice Dantin 

Patricia M. Derian 

Brad Dye 

Wayne Edwards 

Glenn Endris 

Mike Espy 

Charles Evers 

Tim Ford 

Tommy Gollott 

Jack Gordon 

Lanny Griffith 

Lawrence Guyot 

Steve Guyton 

John Holloman 

Charles Klumb 

Joey Langston 

Jerris Leonard 

Scott Levanway 

John Maxey 

Charles McKellar 

Leslie McLemore 

Neil McMillen 

Buddy Medlin 

Dick Molpus 

Bob Montgomery 

Mike Moore 

William D. Mounger 

Steve Patterson 

John Pennebaker 

Ed Perry 

Cyrmes G. Pittman 

Billy Powell 

Clarke Reed 

Jack Reed 

Richard Scruggs 

Bill Spell 

John Hampton Stennis 

Terrell Stubbs 

Gene Triggs 

Sam Waggoner 

Johnnie Walls 

Thomas H. Walman 

David Watkins 

William F. Winter 

Wirt A. Yerger 

Joe Zucarro 

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