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William Arthur Winstead Papers

Identifier: M564

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of five scrapbooks that contained newspaper reports published during Winstead’s membership in the United States’ House of Representatives (boxes 1-5). Materials that have been removed from the scrapbooks (box 6) include photographs, proposed legislation, and correspondence. In box 7 are a bound copy of a debate on Civil Rights in 1956 and Winstead’s personal copy of Cannon’s Procedure. A plaque granted to Winstead’s wife in 1990 on the decommissioning of the USS McCloy is at the end of the collection (box 8).


  • Creation: 1935-1990


Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

William Arthur Winstead was born January 6, 1904 near Philadelphia, Neshoba County, Mississippi. After attending local schools, Clarke Memorial College, and the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), Winstead graduated from Mississippi Southern College in 1931. He was elected Superintendent of Education for Neshoba County in 1935 and served until 1942. He represented Mississippi’s Fifth District in the United States’ House of Representatives from 1943-1965. After his retirement from Congress, Winstead worked as Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Public Welfare from 1968-1971. He died March 14, 1995 and is buried at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Philadelphia, Mississippi.


3.50 Cubic Feet

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Form of Material

The William Arthur Winstead Papers include scrapbooks, newspaper reports, proposed legislation, and other miscellaneous records concerning Rep. William Arthur Winstead, who served in the United States’ House of Representatives from 1943-1965. This collection would be of particular interest to researchers studying twentieth-century political history, Mississippi politicians, University of Southern Mississippi alumnae, and the Civil Rights Movement.


The materials are arranged into three series. The first series includes photocopies of the scrapbooks that date from 1935-1963, the second contains materials removed from the scrapbooks such as proposed bills and photographs, and the third possesses miscellaneous items related to Winstead’s political career.


Given by Pamela A. Lott, 2002.

Existence and Location of Copies

For Digitized Materials from this collection, see: EXTERNAL DOCUMENTS link at bottom of page.

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M564, William Arthur Winstead Papers, Historical Manuscripts, Special Collections, The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries.

Photograph Log

M564-001 William Arthur Winstead, Headshot, Elected Superintendent of Education, Neshoba County, 1935; Reelected 1939 4 ¾ x 6 ¾ B/W ca. 1930s

M564-002 Members of House Military Affairs Committee on Tour of Central and South America 8 x 10 B/W 1943

M564-003 Members of House Military Affairs Committee on Inspection Tour of ETO Battlefronts 7 x 9 B/W 1944

M564-004 Members of the House Military Affairs Committee arrive at Washington National Airport Army Air Base after having completed an inspection tour of ETO Battlefronts. The committee was flown to and from the ETO in two C-54 “Skymasters” piloted by members of ATC’s “Brass Hat Squadron.” Left to Right: Representatives Rooney, New York; Colday, Texas; Thomas, New Jersey; Sparkman, Alabama; Fenton, Pennsylvania; Commissioner Pagan, Puerto Rico; Representatives Harness, Indiana; Shaffer, Michigan; Costello, California; Elston, Ohio; Delegate Farrington, Hawaii; Representatives Sheridan, Pennsylvania; Winstead, Mississippi; Davis, Tennessee; Brooks, Louisiana. Forefront: Capt. Eric W. Hill; Maj. C. C. Mitchell, Jr.; Maj. William F. Richmond; Col. C. J. Hauck, Jr., a war department representative; Maj. William F. Bonnell; Capt. Paul W. Mlinar. Standing on the stairs are the crew chiefs, radio operators, flight clerks and flight engineers. 8 x 10 B/W December 20, 1944

M564-005 Group sitting at table 5 x 7 B/W undated

M564-006 Opening campaign, Philadelphia, Mississippi 3 ½ x 4 ½ B/W 1950

M564-007 Opening campaign, Philadelphia, Mississippi, Winstead speaking at podium 3 ½ x 4 ½ B/W 1950
William Arthur Winstead Papers
Collection processed and finding aid written by Jonathan Puckett
08 November 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001