Research and Collections

The Historic Natchez Foundationā€™s archival collections focus on the history, architecture, and decorative arts of Natchez.

The Foundation holds and manages the historic Adams County Courthouse records, which include the 1845 marriage certificate of Varina Howell and Jefferson Davis; an 1833 note bearing the signature of Jim Bowie of Alamo fame; and an 1821 handbill advertising a reward for a runaway Natchez slave. Other collections include historic photographs; the 20th-century collection of Natchez photographer Mabel Lane; research files on Natchez history; site files on buildings; and a small research library. The Foundation needs financial support to assist the hundreds of researchers who contact and visit the office each year and realize a long-term goal of transforming the Natchez Institute into a museum and archival center.

Visit Our Collection

To schedule a time to visit our collection for research, contact our curator, Nicole Harris. She can be reached by calling (601) 442-2500, by email at, or by filling out the form below.


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