Extensive collections of biographical material are at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, University of Mississippi, and University of Southern Mississippi. There is no major statewide biographical index or major manuscript collection. You may wish to search the biographical sections of statewide, regional, and county histories. Representative biographical encyclopedias for Mississippi are:
- Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi. Two Volumes. in four. Chicago, Ill.: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1891. FHL Book 976.2 D3b; Film 845437 items 2,-39.) An index to the 25,000 names in this work is also available at the Family History Library and is on the microfilm with the book. For an abstract of this book see Norman E. Gillis, Genealogical Abstract of Biographical Section. Alphabetical Arrangement A-Z (of) Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi n.p.: 1962. FHL Book 976.2 D38b.
- Rowland, Dunbar. Mississippi. Four Volumes. 1907. Reprint, Spartanburg, S.C.: The Reprint Co., 1976. FHL Book 976.2 H2m; Fiche 6051432; Film 1421829 items 4-7. Volumes 3 and 4 are biographical. Available online through the FHLC link.