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Hattiesburg American Photograph Collection

Identifier: M566

Scope and Contents

Photographs from the Hattiesburg American, a newspaper based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, that serves readers in Forrest, Lamar, and surrounding counties in south-central Mississippi.


  • 1969, circa 1972-1992


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 Hattiesburg American was founded in 1897 as a weekly newspaper, the Hattiesburg Progress. In 1907, the Hattiesburg Progress was acquired by The Hattiesburg Daily News. When the U.S. entered World War I in 1917, the newspaper was renamed the Hattiesburg American.

The Hattiesburg American was purchased by the Harmon family in the 1920s and was sold to the Hederman family in 1960. Gannett acquired the newspaper in 1982.

In 2009, publication of the Hattiesburg American was moved to Gannett's Clarion-Ledger facility in Jackson, Mississippi. In 2010, Gannett announced its intention to sell the 38,000 square foot building which housed the Hattiesburg American operations at 825 North Main Street. In June 2014, the Hattiesburg American staff announced they would vacate the Main Street location and move their offices to 4200 Mamie Street in midtown Hattiesburg.

In 2017, Nathan Edwards, President of the Hattiesburg American, announced that the Hattiesburg American would stop its seven-days-a-week print production and publish on three days a week (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday), beginning April 5, 2017.


13.75 Cubic Feet (5002 Images)

Language of Materials



Original photographs published in the Hattiesburg American.


The collection was processed in the original order in which it was received.


Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Steadman in 1990 and John Cox in 2014.

Related Materials

M246, Hattiesburg Historical Photographs

UNPROCESSED M445, Mary Ann Wells Photographs and Papers

M602, Jeff Balfour Collection

Copies of the USM dissertation A History of the Hattiesburg American written by Patt Foster Roberson in 1985 are available in the McCain and (microform) Cook Libraries, call number Diss R638h. For online version, see EXTERNAL DOCUMENTS below.

Copies of the Hattiesburg American are available in the (microform) Cook Library, call number AN2.H38 A44.

Closed & unprocessed AM11-50, Hattiesburg American Newspaper Colleciton


• Case File

• Contents from the collection

Hattiesburg American Photograph Collection
Processed by Camilo Aramburo Jaramillo and Carla Carlson
May 17, 2021
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001