The collection consists entirely of the typed minutes of the Mississippi State Textbook Rating and Purchasing Board (1940-46), the Mississippi State Textbook Purchasing Board (1946-1981), and the Mississippi State Textbook Procurement Commission (1981-1987). Occasionally letters and other documents appear in the record.
The Mississippi Legislature created the Mississippi State Textbook Purchasing Board in 1940 "to select, purchase, and distribute textbooks for the eight elementary grades." Two years later, lawmakers added high schools to the program.
In addition to details of the board meetings, the minutes also include lists of approved textbook titles and publishers in each grade. Consequently, the minutes offer researchers insights into the decision making process as well as details regarding instruction material available in the state's classrooms.
The Mississippi State Textbook Purchasing Board Minutes Collection finding aid provides further background on both the board and the collection. For other education collections at the University of Mississippi, see the Education Subject Guide.
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