The Mississippi Encyclopedia is a collaborative project organized by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, in partnership with the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Mississippi Arts Commission, the University Press of Mississippi, and countless scholars and writers interested in Mississippi.
The volume will be published by the University Press of Mississippi.
The Mississippi Encyclopedia will be an interdisciplinary volume, based on historical study and including contributions on literature, art and architecture, music, folk life, religion, and a wide range of other themes. It will study both past and present, and will include every county in the state, extended essays on each of the state’s sub-regions, special concentration on the state’s writers, musicians, and artists, and full treatment of state and local politics. Consisting of one volume, it will use an A to Z format and include numerous illustrations.
To view a list of all topics explored in the Mississippi Encyclopedia, click here.
The goals of the Mississippi Encyclopedia are to be authoritative and scholarly, comprehensive, interesting, and relevant. Relying on 30 associate editors to suggest topics and contributors in their fields, the encyclopedia will reflect the diversity of the state’s regions and experiences, honor its creativity, and recognize both its problems and achievements. It should be attractive and useful for scholars, students, and a broad reading public.
Topic areas for organizing topics: Agriculture, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Civil Rights, Civil War, Contemporary Issues, Drama, Education, Environment, Ethnicity, Fiction, Folklife, Foodways, Geography, Industry and Industrial Workers, Law, Medicine, Music, Myths and Representations, Native Americans, Non-fiction, Poetry, Political History, Press, Religion, Social and Economic History, 1817-1890, Social and Economic History, 1890-1954, Sports, Women
Mississippi Encyclopedia Editorial Staff
Ted Ownby, Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi
Charles Reagan Wilson, Professor of History and Southern Studies University of Mississippi
Ann Abadie, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi
Managing Editor: Odie Lindsey
Civil War: Michael Ballard, University Archivist, Mitchell Library, Mississippi State University
Geography: Joby Bass, Geography, University of Southern Mississippi
Music: Michael Bertrand, History, Tennessee State University
Visual Arts: Patti Carr Black, Author/former director of the Old Capitol Museum, Jackson, MS
Social and Economic History, 1817-1890: Charles Bolton, History, University of North Carolina Greensboro
Politics and Political History: Bradley Bond, History, Northern Illinois University
Native Americans: Deborah Boykin, Tribal Archivist, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
Environment: Mikko Saiku, American Studies, Helsinki University (Finland) and Wiley Prewitt, Oxford, MS
Contemporary Issues: Mary Coleman, Political Science, Jackson State University
Poetry: Michael Dean, English, University of Mississippi
Foodways: John T. Edge, Southern Foodways Alliance, University of Mississippi
Industry and Industrial Workers: James Fickle, History, University of Memphis
Agriculture: Valerie Grim, African American Studies, Indiana University
Architecture: Robert Ivy, Architectural Record
Civil Rights: Robert Jenkins, History, Mississippi State University
Social and Economic History, 1890-1954: Connie Lester, History, University of Central Florida
Folklife: Larry Morrisey, Mississippi Arts Commission
Non-fiction Robert Phillips, English, Mississippi State University
Fiction: Noel Polk, English, Mississippi State University
Sports: Charles K. Ross, African American Studies and History, University of Mississippi
Education David Sansing, History, University of Mississippi
Women: Martha Swain, History, Mississippi State University
Press: Julius E. Thompson, (deceased) History, University of Missouri
Law: Christopher Waldrep, History, San Francisco State University
Myths and Representations: Trent Watts, American Studies, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Ethnicity: Clive Webb, Sussex University (UK)
Religion: Ted Ownby, Southern Studies and History, University of Mississippi
Medicine, Luke Lampton, Magnolia, MS
Drama: Kenneth Holditch, New Orleans, LA
Archaeology: Jay Johnson, Anthropology, University of Mississippi