Randazzo (Randy) Collection PI/2015.0023

The Randy Randazzo Collection of photonegatives, postcards, ephemera, and photographic prints provides a rare look at life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and South Mississippi from the turn of the twentieth century into the 1970's. A ninth-generation Biloxian working as an information technology professional in Maryland, Randy Randazzo began his acquisitions with a set of antique postcards of Biloxi and Pass Christian discovered while Christmas shopping in 1992. After twenty years of visiting postcard conventions, Mr. Randazzo decided to donate his memorabilia to MDAH when he realized he was having a difficult time finding postcards he did not already own. Images can be accessed through keyword search or by browsing within each series.

Collection Description General & Tech Data

Image Arrangement and Numbering

The photographic curator arranged the materials in the Randy Randazzo Collection into series and numbered the materials within each series in the order in which they were received from Mr. Randazzo.

Technical Details

Digital Photographs: The original scans of the Randy Randazzo Collection were made by the Reformatting Section staff in 2015-2018, according to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Board of Trustees' approved imaging procedures, following ANSI/AIIM recommended practice. The postcards were scanned as uncompressed, 24-bit RGB TIFF files at 600 pixels per inch. The negatives were scanned as uncompressed, 8-bit Grayscale TIFF files enlarged to roughly 3500 x 5500 pixels. Duplicates were not scanned.

Conversion: The Electronic Archives staff converted the TIFF files to Zoomify JPEG tile sets for Internet access in 2016-2019.


All copyright interests held by Randy Randazzo were transferred to MDAH upon donation of the collection; images from postcards are in the public domain. 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.