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.

Collection Description General & Tech Data Catalog Record

Image Arrangement and Numbering

The photographic curator (and donor), Jeff Rogers, maintained the original, chronological, order of the photographs when he numbered the prints.

Technical Details

Digital Photographs: The original scans of the Hurricane Katrina Photographs were made by the Image & Sound Section staff in August 2010, 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 TIFF files at 600 pixels per inch.

Conversion: For Web display, the original scans of the Hurricane Katrina Photographs were converted to JPEG images in August 2010.


All copyright and intellectual property rights to the Hurricane Katrina Photographs were donated by Jeff Rogers to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. 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