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.