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William F. Winter Archives and History Building

Founded in 1902, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History is the second-oldest state department of archives and history in the United States. Through a joint-venture of Eley Associates Architects, CDFL, and Dale Partners (ECD), the William F. Winter Archives and History Building was designed to become the home of the state archival collection, associated staff and the administrating staff for the Department of Archives and History.

The structure is built into an existing bluff in Jackson, Mississippi’s downtown area next to three prominent structures – the War Memorial Building, the Mississippi Old Capitol Building, and the Charlotte Capers Building. The simplified Art Deco limestone exterior blends with its historic neighbors with an aura of dignified gravitas.

Public access is accommodated on the street-grade third floor, with the public library and reading rooms located directly off the lobby of the building’s main entrance. Patrons may utilize the reference librarian’s desk, the microfilm reading room, and the spacious archival reading room where each table is equipped with electrical and computer outlets to accommodate laptop computer users.

Built directly into the hillside, the first and second floors were created using dust-free building materials that emit no VOCs. Due to the delicate nature of the materials housed in this facility, elaborate desiccant wheel HVAC and energy management systems were employed. The fourth and fifth floors house archival workspaces, a boardroom, main administrative offices and the employee lounge.

CDFL provided production, interior architecture, project management services, space planning, architectural interiors, and furnishings – including custom designed furniture and light fixtures.

Joint Venture with ECD Architects

+ is a dynamic team working together

robertRob Farr, Principal in Charge / Architect
jesseJesse Browning, Electrical Engineer
Project Architect
“It gives us the opportunity, the space and the incentive to redouble our efforts at collecting archival materials in Mississippi, particularly for those groups of people who have been under-represented in the past,”

– Hank Holmes, director of MDAH’s Archives and Library Division

associated awards


AIA/Mississippi Honor Citation, Joint Venture with ECD Architects

by the numbers


Square footage of the A&H Building


Square footage of specially conditioned archival storage area


Number of reference books in the public library


Rolls of microfilm available for public research


Number of persons the library and research areas can accommodate