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Collection Title: Balfour (Jeff) Collection

Press Release:

HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS DONATED TO USM
June 17, 1996

Mr. Jeff Balfour of Purvis has donated to the department of Manuscripts and Archives in the McCain Library and Archives of the USM University Libraries a large collection of photographs and slides which he has taken over the past thirty years of people, places, and activities in many localities throughout the state of Mississippi.

The collection records many images of rural activities which are no longer generally practiced, such as using ox teams to drag cut timber through pine forests, plowing with mule teams, killing hogs in the autumn, and making syrup. Especially well documented are the many activities on the Vick Anderson farm near Brooklyn.

There are also photographs and slides of Parchman Penitentiary prisoners working with horse-drawn plows, workboats on the Mississippi River, and buildings and street scenes in towns such as Abbeville, Bay Springs, Enterprise, Lamar, Paulding, and Ramsey Springs. Mississippi railroads are also well represented.

Photographs of Hattiesburg in the 1950's include several views of the downtown area, the Dixie Pines Products Company buildings, and the USM campus, including the Dixie Darlings performing at the half-time of a night football game.

Mr. Balfour, an excellent cameraman, kept his camera loaded in his truck and took photographs wherever he went. The collection includes negatives, positive prints, regular 2"x2" slides, larger slides made with a Hasselblad camera, and picture postcards.


Accession Number: AM 96-25

Inclusive Dates: 1930s-1970s

Volume: 1 cu.ft.

Given By: Donated by Mr. Jeff Balfour.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Photographs, memoirs, and miscellaneous materials documenting life in Mississippi:

  1. Photographs and slides taken by Mr. Jeff Balfour of people, places, and activities throughout the state of Mississippi: ox teams, mule teams, hog-killing, syrup-making, Parchman Pententiary inmates, workboats on the Mississippi River, street scenes in Abbevile, Bay Springs, Enterprise, Paulding, Hattiesburg, and Ramsey Springs. Many of the images were taken on the Vick Anderson farm near Brooklyn.
  2. Mr. Balfour's handwritten memoirs entitled "Reminiscences: Lamar, Miss. in the 1930s and 1940s as I Knew It" and "This I Remember: Tales and Memories of Old Lamar".
  3. Four bus schedules from the 1970s.

Accession Number: AM 96-48

Volume: 1 item

Given By: Donated by Mr. Jeff Balfour.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Mr. Jeff Balfour's handwritten history of Alcorn County Agricultural High School in Kossuth, Mississippi, which Mr. Balfour attended from 1937 to 1939. It includes his description of the school and the town of Kossuth as he remembered them in 1996.


Accession Number: AM 96-61

Inclusive Dates: early 20th century

Volume: 27 items

Given By: Donated by Mr. Jeff Balfour.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Twenty-seven prints made from original photographs loaned by Mr. Jeff Balfour. The photographs depict sites in Benton County, Mississippi in the early 20th century. Many of the images are of family members.


Accession Number: AM 97-10

Inclusive Dates: early 20th century

Volume: 1950s

Given By: Donated by Mr. Jeff Balfour.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Photograph of a case of artifacts at the Old Spanish Fort Museum in Pascagoula, Mississippi in the 1950s.


Accession Number: AM 97-21

Inclusive Dates: 1997

Volume: 36 images

Given By: Donated by Mr. Jeff Balfour.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Photographs of old houses in Pearl River County, Mississippi taken by Mr. Balfour.


Accession Number: AM 97-31

Inclusive Dates:

Volume: 68 images

Given By: Donated by Mr. Jeff Balfour.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

The accession includes:

  1. Fifty-four photographs of Balfour family members in Benton County, Mississippi taken in the first half of the 20th century and made from negatives loaned by Mr. Balfour.
  2. Fourteen photographs of the Alabama Capitol building in Montgomery; the Holmes House in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Charlais cattle in Lamar County, Mississippi; and the Southern Railroad train.
  3. Several brochures of Mississippi tourist attractions.

Accession Number: AM 97-49

Inclusive Dates: 1930s-1940s

Volume: 18 images

Given By: Donated by Mr. Jeff Balfour.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Eighteen prints made from negatives loaned by Mr. Balfour of scenes in Old Lamar, Mississippi during the 1930s and 1940s.


Accession Number: AM 97-56

Inclusive Dates: 1950s

Volume: 30 images

Given By: Donated by Mr. Jeff Balfour.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

The accession includes:

  1. Twenty-nine prints made from slides taken by Mr. Balfour of the Pontiac Eastern (later Amerada Hess) Oil Refinery at Purvis, Mississippi.
  2. List of Pontiac Easter employees made by Mr. Balfour from memory.

Accession Number: AM 98-48

Inclusive Dates: 1930s

Volume: 1 item

Given By: Donated by Mr. Jeff Balfour.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Mr. Balfour's handwritten memoir entitled "Ashland, Mississippi: Benton County Depression Era Court House Town" about his recollections of Ashland in the 1930s.


Accession Number: AM 98-63

Inclusive Dates: 1872-1873

Volume: 1 item

Given By: Donated by Mr. Jeff Balfour.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Typescript of the divorce proceedings of Elizabeth V. Balfour and John Balfour in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The complaint was filed September 3, 1872 and the divorce was granted April 17, 1873.

Related Collections:

Jeff Balfour Oral History Interview, vol. 697. A copy of the transcript is available in the McCain Library, call number F341.5 .M57.


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