Date Created

November 2020

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Finding aid for the Russell C. Davis papers.


Correspondence, minutes, speeches, reports, and other documents concerning Russell C. Davis' terms as mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, his terms as Representative from Hinds County in the Mississippi Legislature, his campaigns for political office, and various community activities. The majority of the collection relate to his years as mayor, a period of much growth and many changes in Jackson. During the Davis administration the Jackson city government consisted of the mayor and two city commissioners, who were Ed Cates (1969-1973), Tom Kelly (1969-1977), and Doug Shanks (1973-1977). In addition to the daily administration of Jackson, the papers also concern relief efforts to aid the victims of Hurricane Camille, the activities of the Republic of New Africa, and the riots at Jackson State College (now JSU) that killed two students and injured 12 others. Among notable correspondents are Ross Barnett, Jimmy Carter, Thad Cochran, J.P. Coleman, James Eastland, Dwight Eisenhower, Cliff Finch, Gerald Ford, Evelyn Gandy, Paul B. Johnson, Jr., Trent Lott, G. V. Montgomery, Richard Nixon, John C. Stennis, George C. Wallace, and John Bell Williams.


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