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About this collection

The T.H. Smith Postal History Collection, held by the Manuscripts Division of Mississippi State University Libraries Special Collections Department, was assembled by Thomas H. Smith (1928-2012), an architect and dedicated amateur postal historian from Jackson, MS. The collection is primarily composed of postcards, letters, and other materials that document the history of the postal service in Mississippi from statehood through the late 20th century.

 

Items in the collection were primarily acquired based on postmarks, and special attention was given to “non-standard” post offices, such as railroads, state fairs, and battleships, as well as to postmarks that document the existence of towns and villages that no longer exist. Other highlights of the collection include holiday and special occasion postcards; letters and other documents sent to and from lawyers, their clients, and the courts; and letters from Mississippians serving with American armed forces.

 

The Postcard Tour Of Mississippi features over 300 postcards from the collection, dating from the early to mid-20th century, as well as a small number of letters, which document the changing landscape of Mississippi during that time.

 

For more information about the T.H. Smith Postal History Collection, please contact Mississippi State University Libraries Special Collections, at spec_coll@library.msstate.edu or 662 325 7679.

 
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