Monday, October 31, 2011

Hinds Community College Utica Campus Historic Photos Archived on Digital Site

UTICA – Hinds Community College has begun participation in the MS Digital Library cooperative with a collection of 22 photographs depicting the history of the Utica Campus, particularly in its early days as Utica Normal & Industrial Institute and Utica Junior College.

Because of its beginnings and historical significance as a historically black institution, the Utica Campus is designated as a federal HBCU.

The copyrighted materials, meant to be for educational purposes, can be found at

The Mississippi Digital Library is the cooperative digital library program for the state. Its ultimate aim is to provide access to primary source materials covering a wide range of subject areas from Mississippi museums, archives, libraries and historical societies.

Mary Beth Applin, Dean of Learning Resources, said the next project is digitizing historical Hi-Stepper photos housed in Bee Hall for upload to the site. She expects that process to take several months with possible completion in the spring. That collection has dozens of photos.

“The Mississippi Digital Library houses a tremendous collection of materials representing our state’s history.  Having our photos displayed with this collection is a great opportunity for people all over to be introduced to the rich history of Hinds and specifically to the rich history of Hinds’ Utica Campus, which is designated as a historically black institution,” Applin said.

Some other collections already housed through the MDL include Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis home; the Katrina Research Center, MSU’s Ulysses S. Grant papers and the USM Civil Rights Collection.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled more than 13,000 credit students in fall 2011. To learn more, visit or call 1.800.HindsCC.

Cathy Hayden
Public Relations director
Staff adviser, The Hindsonian
Student Union Building, Suite 210
Raymond Campus
P.O. Box 1100
Raymond, Miss. 39154
Office: 601.857.3322
FAX: 601.857.3495

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