1927 Flood Photograph Collection PI/1992.0002

The Mississippi River flood of 1927 inundated roughly 27,000 square miles of land and displaced some 700,000 persons. Property damage was estimated at $400 million, and 246 people died in the flood waters. Particularly hard hit by the disaster was the Mississippi Delta region. The 124 photographs in this collection were taken by the flood committee of the Illinois Central Railroad Company in April, May, and October of 1927. Arranged geographically, north to south, the images document flood damage along the route of the Illinois Central Railroad from Memphis, Tennessee, to Delhi, Louisiana. The collection also includes one map of the Illinois Central Railroad throughout the flooded area.

Collection Description General & Tech Data Catalog Record

Image Arrangement and Numbering

The photographs were arranged geographically, north to south, in a binder when donated to MDAH in 1992. The Image and Sound curator removed the photographs from the binder and sleeved and numbered them, following the original arrangement. The "Browse Collection" option displays the scans of the photographs in their original order.

Technical Details

Original Scans: The original scans of the Mississippi River Flood of 1927 Collection were made February and March 2008, according to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Board of Trustees' approved imaging procedures, following ANSI/AIIM recommended practice. The images were scanned as uncompressed, 24-bit RGB TIFFs at 600 pixels per inch.

Conversion: For Web display, the original scans of the Mississippi River Flood of 1927 Collection were converted to JPEG tile sets.


There are no known restrictions on use of images within the Mississippi River Flood of 1927 Collection. MDAH asks that each image used in a presentation, display, or publication be accompanied by the following credit statement:

 Credit: Courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Publicity and Privacy Rights

MDAH alerts the user to the issue of publicity and privacy rights of subjects represented in these scans. Distinct from copyright, which concerns the owner of the intellectual content, publicity and/or privacy rights apply to individuals who did not sign a contract or release form giving the creator the legal right to use his/her likeness or personal information. Publicity and privacy rights also differ from copyright in that there are not exemptions for Fair Use or educational purposes. These rights are not regulated by federal law but by state statute and common law. When using images from this collection it is the patron's responsibility to determine whether privacy and publicity rights issues may exist and consider the mitigating factors.

Copy Availability

High-resolution TIFFs of the images may be purchased from MDAH. The MDAH Public Order procedure and fee schedule apply. Consult the Photoreproduction and Digital Imaging policy or contact MDAH Reference Staff for order options as well as information on how to obtain and complete the necessary Public Order forms: (601) 576 6876 or refdesk@mdah.ms.gov