Hurricane Katrina Photographs PI/2005.0024

On August 29, 2005, Katrina made landfall on the Mississippi-Louisiana state line as a strong category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 125mph and minimum central pressure the third lowest on record (920mb). Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, and Long Beach, Mississippi bore the brunt of Katrina's force, though central Gulf Coast cities such as Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, and Pascagoula, Mississippi, and New Orleans, Louisiana, received significant damage. It had diminished only to a cat. 1 hurricane (wind speeds of 75mph or greater) when it reached central Mississippi later that day.

The collection consists of 103 color photographs taken by MDAH Graphic Records Curator Jeff Rogers that document Hurricane Katrina's destructive path through the Mississippi Gulf Coast and central Mississippi. Photographs show damage to civic, commercial, religious, and residential structures between August 29 and September 27, 2005.

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Collection Description

The Hurricane Katrina Photographs collection consists of 103 color negatives and prints donated to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History by Graphic Records Curator Jeff Rogers. A native of Florida, Rogers grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast at Moss Point. Because of his knowledge of the region, he was asked to escort disaster recovery and assessment teams and national and regional archivists to the disaster area.

Rogers began documenting Hurricane Katrina as the storm moved through central Mississippi on August 29, 2005. He used Fuji and Kodak 35mm disposable cameras to capture color photographs of the damage to the central Mississippi area immediately following the hurricane, and to the Mississippi Gulf Coast region in the following days and weeks, when Rogers acted as escort and guide to the recovery teams and archivists.

Image Description

Captions were provided by Jeff Rogers. Images may be accessed through keyword search on the Web site and by subject headings through the MDAH online catalog.


MDAH acquired the Hurricane Katrina Photographs collection from Jeff Rogers on October 5, 2010. The MDAH Archives and Records Services Division's Image and Sound section scanned the photographs in August 2010, creating preservation-quality TIFF images. These were then converted to Web-friendly JPEG images by the Electronic Archives section and made available online within the MDAH Electronic Archives Graphic User Interface.