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Victoria E. Bynum Papers

Identifier: M541

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, notes and interviews, conducted by Victoria E. Bynum and the materials were used for the book The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War by Victoria Bynum.


  • Creation: 1993-2000


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

Victoria E. Bynum received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from California State University, Chico in June 1979. Bynum then received a Master of Arts and Ph.D in history from University of California, San Diego in December 1987. Dr. Bynum’s research focuses on the relationships between gender, class and race in the South during the Civil War Era. Dr. Bynum is the author of three books, Unruly Women: The Politics of Social and Sexual Control in the Old South (1992), The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War (2001), and The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies (2010). In 2016, The Free State of Jones was made into a major motion picture based on Dr. Bynum’s book.

Dr. Bynum received the following awards, grants, and fellowships, San Diego Fellowship, University of California at San Diego (1979-1981), Dissertation Fellowship, University of California at San Diego (1982-1983), Lena Lake Forrest Fellowship, Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, Washington, D.C. (1984 -1985), Research Enhancements Grants, Office Sponsored Projects and Research from Texas State University (1992, 1995, 1996), Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for College Teachers and Independent Scholars (2000), Lawrence T. Jones III Research Fellowship (2003), Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship from Texas State University (2004, 2005), University Award for Excellence in Scholarship from Texas State University (2006), and Distinguished Educator Foundations of Excellent Award from Texas State University (2007).

Victoria Bynum began teaching at Texas State University at San Marcos in 1986 until her retirement in 2010, and has since become a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Texas State University.


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Language of Materials



Research materials used by historian in her book The Free State of Jones.


This collection is arranged alphabetically by the subject headings, and then the contents within the folders are arranged chronologically.


Donated by Victoria E. Bynum on September 11, 2001.

Related Materials

Related Collections held at the University of Southern Mississippi include:

• AM2000-17 – James D. Shows Civil War Letters

• M439 – Civil War History Collection

• AM01-113 – Jacob and Alexander Vanasdall/Vanasdale Civil War Letters

• M435 – Civil War Centennial Collection

• M256 – Hugh Carroll Dickson Civil War Letters

• M339 – Capt. John P. Worthing Civil War Letters

• M106 – Andrew J. Patrick Letter


The free state of Jones: Mississippi's longest civil war. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2001.

Notes from interviews conducted by Victoria E. Bynum for Mississippi's longest civil war: memory, community, and the "Free State of Jones."

Unruly women: the politics of social and sexual control in the old South. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1992.

The long shadow of the Civil War : southern dissent and its legacies. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2010.

Victoria E. Bynum Papers
Collection processed and finding aid written by Amanda Abulawi
April 23, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

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