The Local History Department was created in the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library in the 1970s and expanded upon in 1992 as a result of a donation from the Snowdoun Foundation. The Department is charged with the mission of documenting the history and culture of Columbus and Lowndes County.
The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library digital collection contains selections from archival collections located in the Billups-Garth Archives within the Local History Department.
These materials are presented online for educational purposes only. Images may contain copyrighted material. Use of these materials on websites, in exhibits, or in publications requires the permission of Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and/or the legal copyright holder. The user bears full responsibility for securing any and all appropriate permissions. Please contact The Local History Department at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library for further information.
This collection contains over 270 postcards of different businesses, schools, public buildings, homes, churches, events, and locations around Lowndes County, Mississippi. The postcards date from the 1890s to the 1990s. Both the front and the back of each postcard was scanned for inclusion in this digital collection.
Marion Viola Stark Gaines (1850-1942) is one of Mississippi’s earliest published female photographers. Gaines was born in Columbus, Mississippi, but grew up in Mobile, Alabama. After marrying Captain Abner Strother Gaines in 1879, she moved to Peachwood Plantation in State Line, Mississippi. Her photographs capture the flora, fauna, and people of both State Line as well as Mobile. Many of her images are of her three children: George, Viola, and Edmond. She also captured local African Americans as well as Native Americans. Gaines not only exhibited her work, but also published several of her images in popular contemporary magazines such as Photo-Era and Ladies Home Journal. The collection includes over 300 of Gaines’ prints and negatives dating from the 1890s-1910s in addition to family papers and photographs.
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