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Fleet C. Burkett Papers

Identifier: M607

Scope and Contents

This collection contains an eight-page memoir writing by Burkett, his autobiography, newspapers, and a photograph of him in his dorm during his time at Mississippi Normal College. Included in his memoir is his account of clearing land at Mississippi Normal College and the change in student attire from then to now.


  • Creation: 1912
  • Creation: 1985
  • Creation: 1996


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

Fleet Cooper Burkett was born on March 23, 1891 in Bassfield, Mississippi to Norvell and Martha Burkett. He lived on a farm with his four brothers and four sisters. He attended the Mississippi Normal College in 1912. While there, he played on the baseball team, and played against Ty Cobb on the Detroit Lions team. He worked as a salesman at the Chevrolet Motor Company in Columbia, Mississippi. During World War II, he was the executive director of the War Rationing Board of Marion County. Along with this, he was the first president of the Columbia Lions Club in 1942. He also became the first president of the Marion County USM Alumni Association, while organizing the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Burkett passed away on March 3, 1996 in Columbia, Mississippi. He was the oldest living alumni from the original class of the Mississippi Normal College.


1 Folder

Language of Materials



The Fleet C. Burkett Papers contain letters, newspaper clippings, and photographs pertaining to Burkett’s time at Mississippi Normal College and after. He was the oldest living alumni from the original class of Mississippi Normal College in 1912. This collection would be of interest to those studying about the beginning of Mississippi Normal College and student life at Mississippi Normal College.


This collection consists of one folder.


Donated by Kathleen Thurman on October 1, 1997.


Fleet Cooper Burkett Life Story, e/person/tree/32609314/person/262001733944/facts?_phsrc =fXB76&_ phstart=successSource Accessed March 2, 2020.

Fleet C. Burkett Papers, M607, Historical Manuscripts, Special Collections, The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries.

Photograph Log

M607-0001 “(M.E.) Mattox and Burkett, Miss. Normal College, Hattiesburg, Miss.” 3 X 6 B&W ca. 1912 M607-0002 Negatives of photo M607-0001 Negatives B&W ca. 1912
Fleet C. Burkett Papers
Collection processed and finding aid written by Myra Grace Breland
March 9, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001