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James O. Eastland collection, 1930-1978

Author: James O Eastland
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Correspondence, documents, publications, photographs, scrapbooks, and recordings from the congressional office of U.S. Senator James O. Eastland of Mississippi. Also includes his personal correspondence, financial records, plantation records, and law firm files.
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Genre/Form: Archives
Named Person: Eastland family.; James O Eastland
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: James O Eastland
OCLC Number: 162147731
Language Note: Materials in English.
Notes: Materials Separated from the Resource: Curators removed numerous publications from the James O. Eastland Collection. Many of these volumes are now available in the main stacks of the J.D. Williams Library, the Government Documents depository, or the Archives & Special Collections. Further information on the books from the collection appears in File Series 1, Subseries 25: Book Inventory. Researchers can also conduct an author search in the University of Mississippi Libraries catalog for "Eastland, James O." and select the "Collector" option from the results to view records for all retained volumes. For preservation reasons, original recordings are stored in a climate-controlled facility. Researchers may access their digital counterparts in the Eastland Recordings Collection digital collection. Also for preservation reasons, original photographs are stored in a climate-controlled environment. The archives is currently digitizing these images and adding them to the Eastland Collection Photographs digital collection. This project should be completed by the end of 2015. For security reasons, the original correspondence of selected individuals (such as presidents or celebrities) resides in a VIP Restricted Access location. Photocopies of the originals and removal notification replace the original documents within the collection.
Location of resource: Library Annex
Processing Information: Because many scholars have expressed an interest in the Eastland papers over the years, the archives decided to make the collection available in installments as opposed to restricting access until the entire collection had undergone processing. The Political Archives staff took several months to clearly identify each box in the Eastland Collection and prepare an inventory of the folder contents. During this period, the Political Archivist also sorted thousands of loose publications (for a description of the process, see the introductory remarks for File Series 1, Subseries 25). Simply removing office supplies and publications whittled the size of the collection from an estimated 3,000 linear feet to approximately 1,800 linear feet. Once the staff achieved physical control over the content of the Eastland papers, it became clear that preserving the integrity of the current arrangement would only hinder accessibility for researchers. Not only was the office filing system altered numerous times during the senator's tenure, the filing itself was inconsistent and haphazard. In fact, many boxes simply contained loose documents and folders that possessed no chronological, topical, or functional coherence. Furthermore, constituent case files which tend to contain data of a private nature (such as medical records, service records, financial information, and identification numbers) were not completely isolated in clearly labeled boxes or folders but appeared in files throughout the collection. In 2005, the Political Archivist began sorting each file -- and more often than not each document -- into categories drawn from the professional literature on congressional papers management. However, the archivist preserved Eastland's existing filing system with regards to Campaign Records and Law Firm Files. In December 2006, the Modern Political Archives received a $1,000 Partners Grant from the University of Mississippi Provost's Office for a pilot project to restore and make digital access copies of several audio reel-to-reel recordings in the Eastland Collection. The laboratories of Cutting Corporation completed work on thirteen hours of recordings in February 2007. Leigh McWhite, Political Papers Archivist, directed the processing of File Series 1: Personal/Political. Joey Hammond, Senior Library Assistant, assisted with the massive undertaking as did the following student workers: Ryan Aber, Elizabeth Campbell, Joy Douglas, Rosland Holland, Brandon Lennep, Lynn Linnemeier, Sharee Pittman, and Rachel Smith. Work began on the project in August 2004. The on-line finding aid, prepared with the assistance of Chatham Ewing, Digital Initiatives Librarian, posted in June 2006. McWhite and Hammond completed processing File Series 2: Public Relations in May 2007 with the help of the following student workers: Elizabeth Campbell, Erika Carpenter, Rebecca Domm, Brandon Lennep, Rachael Smith, Casey Spradling, David Steele, and Maarten Zwiers. Greg Johnson, Blues Archivist, provided advice and technical assistance with Subseries 2: Audio Recordings while Shugana Campbell, Curator of Visual Collections, helped to compile the inventory for Subseries 3: Audiovisual Recordings. Ewing assisted with the necessary revisions for adding File Series 2 to the on-line finding aid. McWhite and Ellie Campbell, Senior Library Assistant, completed File Series 3: Constituent Files in March 2008 with the help of the following student workers: Erika Carpenter, Suzanne Farmer, Alyson Kennedy, Natoria Kennel-Foster, Brandon Lennep, Andrew Meadors, Andrew Mullins, Courtney Metz, Katrina Sims, Maggie Tate, and Chase Wynn. Digital Initiatives Librarian Jason Kovari posted revisions to the online finding aid. In 2010-2011, the archive received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to preserve and digitize all the recordings in the Modern Political Archives, including the audio and audiovisual recordings in the Eastland Collection. The digitization and preservation of recordings in this collection are 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. McWhite and Senior Library Assistants Stephanie McKnight and Tara Pawley completed File Series 4: Legislative Files, File Series 5: Office Files, and File Series 6: Memorabilia in October 2014. The following student workers assisted: John Drew Carter, Philip Cunningham, Christopher Fox, Harman Kaur, Michelle McAuley, Lennie Patterson, Tara Pawley, Benji Purvis, Katrina Sims, John Snyder, Sarah Stephens, Akellea Swingrum, Robbie Tinn, Audrey Uffner, and Jordan Youngblood. Digital Initiatives Librarian Susan Ivey and student worker Hannah Hultman updated and RAD-encoded the revised online finding aid.
Physical Description Note: The entire Eastland Collection consists of 1,040 boxes and occupies 1,571 linear feet.
Description: 1571.0 Linear feet 1571 linear feet (Annex A1-A12, B1-B16, B19-B24, C1-C6, C19-C24, D1-D6, D19-D24, E1-E6, E19-E24)
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Correspondence, documents, publications, photographs, scrapbooks, and recordings from the congressional office of U.S. Senator James O. Eastland of Mississippi. Also includes his personal correspondence, financial records, plantation records, and law firm files.

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