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Finding aid for the Mississippi Highway Patrol Collection<br /> MUM00667<br />

Finding aid for the Mississippi Highway Patrol Collection


MUM00667

PURL

http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM00667/

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Summary Information

Repository
University of Mississippi Libraries
Creator
Mississippi Highway Patrol
Title
Mississippi Highway Patrol Collection
ID
MUM00667
Date
September-October 1962
Extent
0.417 Linear feet (1 box)
Location
Library Annex Cold Room (CPB 59)
Abstract
Photographs taken by William T. Miles and another (unknown) photographer working for the Mississippi Highway Patrol during
the events surrounding the integration of the University of Mississippi in September and October 1962.

Preferred Citation

Mississippi Highway Patrol Collection (MUM00667), Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University
of Mississippi

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Historical Note

After a tour of duty abroad in the U.S. Air Force, James Meredith returned to his home state determined to become the first
African American to attend the University of Mississippi. Meredith enrolled at Ole Miss only after a protracted court battle
and a campus riot on 30 September 1962, suppressed by federal troops. The night of violence ended with two dead bystanders,
206 wounded marshals and soldiers, and 200 arrested individuals.

Meredith officially enrolled in October 1962. Ostracized by his fellow students, Meredith once described himself as “the most
segregated Negro in the world,” and federal troops would remain on campus for over a year to ensure his safety. He received
his B.A. degree from the university in August 1963, and would later write about his experiences in the book
Three Years in Mississippi.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection of thirty-five images taken by William T. Miles and another (unknown) photographer working for the Mississippi
Highway Patrol show the events surrounding the enrollment of James Meredith, the first African American student at the University
of Mississippi. The photographs include images of earlier attempts to enroll Meredith stopped by Governor Ross Barnett and
Lieutenant Governor Paul Johnson, images of the riot that took place on campus including several shots at night, and images
of military personnel who were in Oxford and on campus after Meredith’s enrollment. All items are, 8″x10″ black and white
prints.

Images in folders 1-15 and 26-33 were taken by William T. Miles.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries 

Access Restrictions

The Mississippi Highway Patrol Collection is open for research. This collection is stored at an off-site facility. Researchers
interested in using this collection must contact
Archives and Special Collections at least two business days in advance of their planned visit.

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.

Additions

No further additions are expected to this collection.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by the Department of Archives and Special Collections through a dealer.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jennifer Aronson, April 2005. Finding aid encoded by Jason Kovari, August 2009. Finding aid revised
and updated by Kathryn Michaelis, December 2012.

Alternative Formats

These images have been digitized and are available in the Integration of the University of Mississippi Digital Collection.

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Related Materials

Resources at the University of Mississippi

Photograph Collection of Russell Barrett:
http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM00024/

Photograph Collection of William Wert Cooper, Jr. :
http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM00662/

William T. Miles Collection (MUM01782)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Marshals Service
  • University of Mississippi — Riot, 30 September 1962

Genre(s)

  • black-and-white photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Oxford (Miss.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Barnett, Ross R. (Ross Robert), 1898-1987
  • Johnson, Paul B., 1916-1985
  • Meredith, James, 1933-

Subject(s)

  • Civil Rights — Mississippi
  • College integration — Mississippi — Oxford

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Collection Inventory

 Folder 1 Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett, Lieutenant Governor Paul Johnson, and others walking on University of Mississippi campus
to stop James Meredith from enrolling, 1962 

 Folder 2 Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett with others including the Mississippi Highway Patrol walking on the University of Mississippi
campus to stop James Meredith from enrolling, September 1962 

 Folder 3 Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett with others including the Mississippi Highway Patrol walking out of an unidentified building
on the University of Mississippi campus, September 1962 

 Folder 4 Lieutenant Governor Paul Johnson riding in a car on his way to stop James Meredith from enrolling at the University of Mississippi,
September 1962 

 Folder 5 James Meredith riding in the back of a car on the way to enroll in the University of Mississippi, September 1962 

 Folder 6 James Meredith and Justice Department attorney John Doar riding in the back of a car on their way to attempt to enroll Meredith
in the University of Mississippi, 26 September 1962 

 Folder 7 James Meredith and Justice Department attorney John Doar on their way to attempt to enroll Meredith in the University of Mississippi,
26 September 1962 

 Folder 8 United States Marshall Joseph McShane meeting with Lieutenant Governor Paul Johnson to give him the papers ordering the admission
of James Meredith to the University of Mississippi, 26 September 1962 

 Folder 9 United States Marshall Joseph McShane and James Meredith meeting with Lieutenant Governor Paul Johnson to give him the papers
ordering the admission of James Meredith to the University of Mississippi, 26 September 1962. 

 Folder 10 Justice Department attorney John Doar’s head with his back to the camera talks with Lieutenant Governor Paul Johnson, while
attempting to order James Meredith’s admission to the University of Mississippi, 26 September 1962 

 Folder 11 Lieutenant Governor Paul Johnson being interviewed by the news media on the University of Mississippi after James Meredith
attempted to enroll at the University, 26 September 1962 

 Folder 12 Lieutenant Governor Paul Johnson on the University of Mississippi campus after James Meredith attempted to enroll at the University,
26 September 1962 

 Folder 13 Mississippi Highway Patrolmen standing watching events unfold surrounding James Meredith’s enrollment at the University of
Mississippi, 1962 

 Folder 14 Mississippi Highway Patrolmen lined up on the road during events surrounding James Meredith’s enrollment at the University
of Mississippi, 1962 

 Folder 15 Mississippi Highway Patrolmen hold back crowds gathering on the University of Mississippi campus, 30 September 1962 

 Folder 16 Crowds begin to gather outside the Lyceum Building on the University of Mississippi campus protected by United States Marshals,
30 September 1962 

 Folder 17 Crowds gather outside the Lyceum Building on the University of Mississippi protected by the United States Marshals, 30 September
1962 

 Folder 18 United States Marshals outside the Lyceum Building on the University of Mississippi campus, 30 September 1962 

 Folder 19 United States Marshals outside the Lyceum Building on the University of Mississippi campus, 30 September 1962 

 Folder 20 United States Marshals wearing gas masks, standing behind a tree on the University of Mississippi during the riot, 30 September
1962 

 Folder 21 United States Marshals wearing gas masks with tear gas in the air, University of Mississippi during the riot, 30 September
1962 

 Folder 22 United States Marshals wearing gas masks with tear gas in the air, University of Mississippi during the riot, 30 September
1962, 8”x10” black and white print 

 Folder 23 United States Marshals and military personnel standing outside the Lyceum in front of used tear gas canisters, 1 October 1962 

 Folder 24 United States Army and students running on the University of Mississippi campus, 1 October 1962 

 Folder 25 United States Army personnel wearing gas masks and being given tear gas on the University of Mississippi campus, September
or October, 1962 

 Folder 26 United States Army personnel standing in front of the Mississippi National Guard building in Oxford, Mississippi, 1962 

 Folder 27 United States Army personnel standing in front of the Mississippi National Guard building in Oxford, Mississippi, 1962 

 Folder 28 United States Army personnel outside their tents talking to reporters, 1962 

 Folder 29 United States Army personnel sitting by trucks, 1962 

 Folder 30 United States Army personnel unloading a truck, 1962 

 Folder 31 United States Army personnel practice in a field, 1962 

 Folder 32 United States Army personnel examining paperwork in a tent, 1962 

 Folder 33 United States Army personnel typing paperwork in a tent, 1962 

 Folder 34 Colonel T.B. Birdsong, commander of the Mississippi Highway Patrol sitting at a desk, 1962 

 Folder 35 Tear gas canister, 1962 

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