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Dr. James P. Smith Collection

Identifier: M605

Scope and Contents

The collection contains testimonies, articles, press releases, and documents on various aspects of Mississippi during the Hurricane Katrina disaster and the years of struggle for recovery on the Mississippi gulf coast. These materials were compiled by University of Southern Mississippi History Professor, James "Pat" Smith, in creating his book Hurricane Katrina: the Mississippi Story.


  • 2004-2012


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

James Patterson Smith is a Professor Emeritus of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, where he coordinated the history program at Gulf Park. He is the author of Hurricane Katrina – The Mississippi Story. This book is an account of Hurricane Katrina’s impact on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Dr. Smith's publications include Civic Virtue: Cato's Letters, the Founding Fathers, and the New Mississippi (1992) and articles in The Journal of Canadian Studies and the Journal of Negro History. With Dr. Gilbert Mason, he published Beaches, Blood, and Ballotts: A Black Doctor's Civil Rights Struggle (2000), the first monograph to make extensive use of the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission records. He received the Carter G. Woodson Prize for an article about race and political reform in the British West Indies. He served on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Humanities Council and coordinated the history program at Gulf Park.


4.5 Cubic Feet

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The materials in the collection were organized by subject, grouping items by organization when possible: testimonies, DVDs, etc.


Given By: James P. Smith on November 10, 2014.

Related Materials

Hurricane Katrina: the Mississippi story by James Patterson Smith. Jackson, Miss. : University Press of Mississippi, c2012. HV636 2005.M7 S65 2012 (Gulf Coast and McCain Libraries)

Retrenchment, reform and empire: Lord Kimberly and the Liberal imperial delimma, 1868-1874 by James Patterson Smith, 1984. Gulf Coast Library, Faculty Publications DA18 .S65 1984

An oral history with James Petterson Smith, 2009 February 19. McCain Library, Mississippiana F341.5 .M57 vol. 1045

M506 Gene Taylor Papers

Dr. James P. Smith Collection
Collection processed and finding aid written by Brandon Ball
March 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
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