Petal Historical Collection
Scope and Contents
The collection contains a booklet published by the city of Petal about the town’s history and includes anecdotes, factoids, and images from the town’s founding to the time of the booklet’s publication, 1976. The title page reads “City of Petal Salutes the Bicentennial.”
A copy of the booklet can also be found in Special Collections, call number Miss F349.P43 C58 1976.
- Creation: 1976
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
The community of Petal, Mississippi, gained its unique name (no other state in the United States has a city with the same name) in 1904 when the daughter, Gladys Petal Polk, of its first postmaster, Irving A. Polk, died just before her second birthday and the town took on her namesake. In 1974, Petal was incorporated and became its own city independent of Hattiesburg.
1 Folder (1 item)
Language of Materials
The collection includes a “History of Petal” booklet, published March 1976 in honor of the Revolutionary War bicentennial.
Donated by Diane Ross on August 21, 2004.
- Petal Historical Collection
- Processed by Lauren White.
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository
118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001