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Established in 1927 by Arthur P. Hudson, the Mississippi Folklore Register was the peer-reviewed journal of the Mississippi Folklore Society. The journal was produced off-and-on until the early 1990s under a series of editors at the University of Southern Mississippi, and then under former state folklorist Tom Rankin, who brought it with him to the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. There, it was transformed into a publication at the intersections of an academic journal and a cultural magazine, engaging a broader readership and an emergent set of contributors under the newer Mississippi Folklife moniker, until it went out of print in 1999.

We are now working to make archival print issues of the publication increasingly accessible. Below, find the first phase of the Mississippi Folklife Digitization Project, spanning the publication’s tenure at UM. 

Volume 28, No. 1, Winter/Spring 1995

Volume 28, No. 1, Winter/Spring 1995

  • Published: May 1995
  • I. Culture and Identity in the Biloxi Seafood Industry by Aimee Schmidt

    II. Blind Jim Ivy and Ole Miss 1896-1955 by Anthony James

    III. Historical Sign by Ted Olson

    IV. Transformation of Fox Hunting in Mississippi by Wiley Charles Prewitt, Jr.

    V. Hamp was My Mule by Benny R. Walls

    VI. The Persistence of Children's Gamesongs in North Mississippi by Abbott L. Ferriss

Volume 28, No. 2, Summer/Fall 1995

Volume 28, No. 2, Summer/Fall 1995

  • Published: November 1995
  • Features:

    I. Culture and Identity in the Biloxi Seafood Industry-by Aimee Schmidt

    II. Mule Racing in the Mississippi Delta-by Karen Glynn

    III. Fighting Cocks, Ritual Betting, and Wagering Skill in South Louisiana-by Jon Donlon

    IV. Snapshots of Hunters in the Last Mississippi Delta Wilderness-by Alan Huffman

    V. Mexican Farm Workers in the Mississippi Delta, 1939-1940-Introduction by Tom Rankin


    Shim by Reuben Davis

    Whispering Pines by Birney Imes

    Delta Time by Ken Light

Volume 29, No. 1, Summer/Fall 1996

Volume 29, No. 1, Summer/Fall 1996

  • Published: August 1996
  • I. Tula, Mississippi and the Mississippi Dogtrot-by Jennifer Bryant

    II. All the Time: Art, Rap, Writing, and Joking in Today’s Mississippi Delta-by Ari Frede

    III. Reviews: Flatheads and Spooney: Fishing for a Living in the Ohio River Valley (Lund)-by Wiley Prewitt, Holding On: Dreamers, Visionaries, Eccentrics, and Other American Heroes (Bay)-by Wesley Loy, Earl’s Art Shop: Building Art with Earl Simmons (Young and Young)-byAimee Schmidt

    IV. Voices of Ethnic Diversity in Mississippi – The Mississippi Oral History Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi-by Charles Bolton, Shana Walton, and Homer Hill

Volume 29, No. 2, Winter/Spring 1997

Volume 29, No. 2, Winter/Spring 1997

  • Published: May 1997
  • *America Eats

    I. Traditional Mississippi Recipes-by Eudora Welty

    II. Political BBQ-by Kate C. Hubbard

    III. The South Eats: Fish Fries of the Mississippi Gulf Coast-by Clarence Kerns

    IV. Delta Council Annual Meeting-by John T. Edge

    V. Ed and Edna Scott’s Catfish-by John T. Edge

    VI. Fish Fry on the Levee

    VII. Social Gatherings Itawamba County-by Fletcher Stokes

    VIII. All Day Singing

    IX. Family Reunions and Sunday Dinner

    X. Field Peas and Sowbelly

    XI. Possum and Pomegranate-by Kate C. Hubbard

    The Folk Poetry of Long Names-by Abbott L. Ferriss

    Book Reviews

    I. America Eats-by Nelson Algren

    II. Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country-by Lolis Eric Elie

    III. Pigsfoot Jelly and Persimmon Beer: Foodways from the Virginia Writer’s Project- Edited by Charles L. Perdue, Jr.

    IV. Classic Southern Cooking-by Damon Lee Fowler

    V. North Carolina Barbecue: Flavored by Time-by Bob Garner

    Food Letter Reviews

Volume 30, No. 1 and 2, 1998

Volume 30, No. 1 and 2, 1998

  • Published: May 1998
  • Piney Woods Folklife

    Introduction to Pine Hills Scholars Project-by Carolyn Ware

    Section 1

    I. A Brief History of Mississippi’s Pine Hills-by Charles Bolton

    II. “Been Driving an Ox Team Through the Pines”-by Jerame Cramer

    III. Sawmill Tradition Bearers-by John Miller

    IV. Continuity, Creativity and Symbolism: Fold Gardening in South Mississippi-by Jennifer Abraham

    V. Music in Mississippi’s Pine Hills-by Deborah Boykin

    VI. Folk Medicine in Mississippi’s Pine Hills-byAndrea Abrams

    VII. Lott Town Road: Folk Architecture in a Piney Woods Community-by Irmgard Wolfe

    VIII. Living with a Balance of Catfish-by Valerie Wells

    Section 2

    I. People of Piney Woods-by Carolyn Ware

Volume 31, No. 1, Fall 1998

Volume 31, No. 1, Fall 1998

  • Published: October 1998
  • Folklife and the Civil Rights Movement

    I. Dangerous Memories: The Legacy of the Providence Cooperative Farm-by Kerry Taylor

    II.  “You Do Not Own What You Cannot Control”: An Interview with Activist and Folklorist Worth Long-byMolly McGehee

    III. “Coming Back at You”: Challenging White Supremacy in Port Gibson, Mississippi-by Emilye Crosby

    IV.  “Cooking, Tending the Garden, and Being a Good Hostess”: A Domestic History of White Women’s Opposition to the Freedom Movement in Mississippi-by Lauren F. Winner

    V. The Christian Conscience of Jim Crow: White Protestant Ministers and the Mississippi Citizens’ Councils, 1954-1964-by Joseph Crespino

    VI. Singing a New Song: The Foundation of the Black Student Union Choir at the University of Mississippi-by Peter Slade


    I. Defining the Folk: “We’ll Never Turn Back”-a film by the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, 1963-Reviewed by Ted Ownby

    II. Re-reading a Classic: Hortense Powder Maker’s After Freedom: A Cultural Study in the Deep South-Reviewed by Todd Moye

    III. Reviews of books by Cheryl Lynn Greenberg, Brian Ward, Endesha Ida Mae Holland, Robert Cantwell, and Will Campbell

Volume 31, No. 2, Spring 1999

Volume 31, No. 2, Spring 1999

  • Published: March 1999
  • Vernacular Architecture in Mississippi

    I. The View from the Porch: Households and Community Change in Rural Mississippi-by Susan Ditto

    II. “I can sit right here, think a thousand miles away…”: Revealing the Blues in the Spaces of Jukejoints-by Jennifer Nardone

    III. Peculiar Institutions: Mammy’s Cupboard and the Natchez Pilgrimage-by Lori Robbins

    IV. Unexpected Gifts: Notes on Mississippi Photographs-by Nils Gore

    V. Reverend H. D. Dennis and his Church in Vicksburg-by Chris Thompson and Chad Chisoln, with Help from Dorothy-Dean Thomas

    VI. Reviews: An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion, (1939)-Reviewed by David Wharton

    VII. Reviews of Books by Karekin Goekjian and Robert Peacock, Townsend Davis, Rod Davis, Steve Yarbrough

Volume 32, No. 1, Fall 1999

Volume 32, No. 1, Fall 1999

  • Published: November 1999
  • I. A Conversation with a Dirt Eater-by Dennis Frate

    II. First Monday Sale and Trade Days in Ripley-by David Wharton

    III. Arthur Palmer Hudson – Mississippi Folklorist-by Bonnie J. Krause

    IV. Charles Thomas Smith – A Mississippi Fiddler-by Norman Mellin

    VI. The Ingenuity of Delta Boys in the “Twenties-by Abbot L. Ferris


    I. Re-Reading a Classic

    Twelve Million Black Voices: A Folk History-by Richard Wright, with photo-direction by Edwin Rosskam and a new preface by David Bradley (1941, reprinted 2000)-Reviewed by Ted Ownby

    II. Review of Books by Maude Schuyler Clay, Charles Joyner, Robert Cochran, and Henry Wieneck