A sixteen inch box with thirteen folders holds the James K. Vardaman Collection, which contains broadsides, publications, two scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings ranging from 1918 to 1937. The newspaper clippings that range from 1918 to 1937 reference or quote Vardaman. The newspaper clippings that range from 1920 to 1930 involve Mississippi politics but do not necessarily reference Vardaman. The collection follows a chronological order that begins with Vardaman's inaugural address and ends with the last years of his life. There are thirteen folders, but the largest scrapbook rests outside of the folders. This scrapbook is restricted due to its brittleness and fragility. Many of the newspaper clippings have been photocopied and placed in a separate folder in order to preserve the clippings. An original folder contained newspaper clippings labeled as "miscellaneous," but those have been labeled as newspaper clippings about Mississippi politics. Both original and photocopied newspaper clippings have been sorted in a chronological order as well. The organization and preservation of the collection took one history graduate student approximately two weeks to complete. Mrs. Milton E. Bacon of Scobey, MS, niece of James K. Vardaman, donated the James K. Vardaman collection in 1969. According to her correspondences with the library, the materials mainly contain newspaper clippings because Vardaman did not keep a diary or write many letters. An initial inventory was taken of the collection. A new inventory was taken of the collection in 2015. Included was a photocopied version of "A Great Man has Fallen" from the Magnolia Gazette June 3, 1930 that was not noted in the initial inventory. Additionally, included was a photocopied version of Vardaman's Weekly volume 14 number 48 September 7, 1922 that was not noted in the initial inventory.
Finding aid for the James K. Vardaman collection.
Mississippi State University Libraries
Mississippi State University Libraries, "Vardaman, James K. Collection" (2021). CPRC Finding Aids. 18.