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Collection Title: Hinton (Margaret Thatch) Collection

Collection Number: M419

Dates: 1922-1930

Volume: .70 cu. ft.

Provenance: This collection was donated by Margaret Thatch Hinton in 1996 and 1998.

Restrictions: Available for research use by the serious student and scholar.

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

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Margaret Alice Thatch was born in 1908 in Perry County, Mississippi. Shortly after her birth, Forrest County was formed from the western part of Perry County, which included the area in which Margaret was born. As an infant, she literally went to sleep in one county and woke up in another, without even moving. She was a 1929 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi (then State Teachers College), where she played French horn in the marching band. She married John Durwood Hinton, and they had two sons: John Durwood Hinton, Jr. and Thomas Monroe Hinton. In 1956 she received a master's degree from USM (then Mississippi Southern College), and for a number of years, she taught in the Petal (Mississippi) Public School District.

During the years of 1927 and 1928, Margaret Thatch toured with the State Teachers College Band on the “Know Mississippi Better” train. The train was the product of a mass meeting of Mississippi citizens called by Gov. Henry L. Whitfield in 1925. At the meeting, a committee was formed to conceptualize a plan for promoting the resources of the State of Mississippi, and Lt. Gov. Dennis Murphree was elected chairman. The result was a special train assembled to travel throughout the United States and into parts of Canada and Mexico, carrying Mississippi products, entertainers, dignitaries, and other spokespersons. The train ran every summer from 1925 until 1948, except during World War II. It traveled from ten days to two weeks, stopping at most every depot and meeting the citizens of the towns. One of the train cars was filled with Mississippi produce and manufactured goods to display for the other states. The mayor of each town in which the train stopped, as well as the governor of each state, was given a Mississippi-grown watermelon.


Bond, Willard F. I Had a Friend. Kansas City: E. L. Mendenhall. 1958.
Contents of the Collection.
McCann, Nita. "Citizens Mark County's 90th Birthday," Hattiesburg American,
7 January 1998, 7(A).

Scope and Content:

This collection consists almost exclusively of materials that document the college career of Margaret Thatch Hinton, a majority of which relate to the "Know Mississippi Better" tour train. Exceptions are a 1922 Colorado Agricultural College Bulletin and some picture story cards found in boxes of cereal. The collection is divided into four brief series:

Series I – Brochures:

This series is comprised of travel brochures from some of the states visited by the “Know Mississippi Better” tour train. Also included are brochures from British Columbia, Canada.

Series II – Know Mississippi Better Train:

This series consists of materials pertaining to the Know Mississippi Better Train, including correspondence, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, postcards, and items of memorabilia. Of particular interest is a set of photographs taken during the train's 1927 and 1928 tours.

Series III - State Teachers College:

This series contains band programs, news clippings, photographs, and a yearbook relating to State Teachers College. The photographs in this series were taken during a camping trip on Black Creek, near Hattiesburg, Mississippi in Spring 1929. Participants were members of the Home Management Group at State Teachers College.

Series III – Miscellany:

In this series are a bulletin from Colorado Agricultural College and several picture story cards for children from packages of shredded wheat cereal.

This collection should be of interest to researchers of the Know Mississippi Better Train, or the history of The University of Southern Mississippi.

Other Finding Aids:

Box and Folder List
Photograph Log

Hinton, Margaret Thatch
Box and Folder List

Series I: Brochures

Box 1    
  Folder 1 Arizona Brochures
  Folder 2 British Columbia Brochures
  Folder 3 California Brochures
  Folder 4 Colorado Brochures
  Folder 5 Idaho Brochures
  Folder 6 Louisiana Brochures
  Folder 7 Minnesota Brochures
  Folder 8 Mississippi Brochures
  Folder 9 Texas Brochures
  Folder 10 Washington Brochures

Series II: Know Mississippi Better Train

Box 1    
  Folder 11
Know Mississippi Better Train: Correspondence (1927-1928)
  Folder 12 Know Mississippi Better Train: History, Itineraries & Personnel (1927-1928)
  Folder 13 Know Mississippi Better Train: Lapel Pins (1927-1928)
  Folder 14 Know Mississippi Better Train: Laundry Ticket (Sept. 1, 1927)
  Folder 15 Know Mississippi Better Train: Memorabilia (ca. 1927-1928)
  Folder 16 Know Mississippi Better Train: Menus (1927-1928)
  Folder 17 Know Mississippi Better Train: Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad Passenger Train Time Tables (1928)
  Folder 18 Know Mississippi Better Train: Newsletter, Mississippi A' Roll (1927)
  Folder 19 Know Mississippi Better Train: Newsletter, Mississippi A' Roll (1928; undated)
  Folder 20 Know Mississippi Better Train: Newspaper Clippings
  Folder 21 Know Mississippi Better Train: Northern Pacific Railway Note Cards and Leaflet (ca. 1927-1928)
  Folder 22 Know Mississippi Better Train: Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (August 28, 1927)
  Folder 23 Know Mississippi Better Train: Photographs (1927-1928)
  Folder 24 Know Mississippi Better Train: Photographic Negatives
Box 2    
  Folder 1 Know Mississippi Better Train: Postcards (ca. 1927-1928)
  Folder 2 Know Mississippi Better Train: Stationery (1927-1928)
  Folder 3 Know Mississippi Better Train: Stickers from Various Hotels (ca. 1927-1928)
  Folder 4 Know Mississippi Better Train: Tour of Chicago (Aug. 8, 1928)


Series III: State Teachers College

Box 2    
  Folder 5 State Teachers College: Band Programs (1928; undated)
  Folder 6 State Teachers College: Neshoba County Fair Program
(July 25 - 29, 1927)
  Folder 7 State Teachers College: Newspaper Clippings (1929-1930)
  Folder 8 State Teachers College: Photographs of Camping Trip on Black Creek (Spring 1929)
  Folder 9 State Teachers College: Yearbook, Neka Camon (1927)


Series IV: Miscellany

Box 2    
  Folder 10 Miscellany: Colorado Agricultural College Bulletin (1922)
  Folder 11 Miscellany: Picture Story Cards for Children (undated)



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