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Baskin Family Papers

Identifier: MSS-22

Scope and Contents

The Baskin family papers are organized into four series: Correspondence, Financial and Legal Records, Miscellaneous, and Visual Materials.

Correspondence includes letters between Baskin family and friends from 1869 to 1948, with the bulk dating from 1896 to 1940.

Financial and Legal Records, 1869-1948 and undated, include bills, tax records, and deeds of trust.

The Miscellaneous series consists of published and ephemeral materials collected by the family, including: news clippings (1924-1925 and undated); Ku Klux Klan propaganda (1920-1922); World War II ration books (undated); Where the War Money Went (circa 1919); political speeches, pamphlets, and campaign materials (1911-1919 and undated); advertisements, circular letters, and coupons from creameries, general stores, and other businesses (1893-1943 and undated); religious materials such as offering cards and reports (1941-1943 and undated); agricultural bulletins, pamphlets, and other documents, many related to dairy farming (1890-1944 and undated); medical prescriptions, letters, and advertisements (1901-1943 and undated); miscellaneous notepads and calendars (1901-1916 and undated); and educational materials which include schoolwork, bulletins, grade reports, a French Camp booklet, and a 1913 issue of ‘Our Little Folks’ (1910-1936 and undated).

Visual Materials include postcards sent as correspondence, as well as a group of souvenir postcards from San Angelo, Texas (postmarked 1931). Photographs on the postcards include a squad drill at Camp Pike in Little Rock, Arkansas (1918); a depot in West, Mississippi (1909); a depot in Burdette, Mississippi (1927); and the Grand Boulevard in Greenwood, Mississippi (1948). Other postcards feature miscellaneous artwork, including holiday postcards and “A bunch of daisies,” a caricature of four African-American girls or women (undated).


  • 1869 - 1948


Access Restrictions

Open to all researchers.

Use Restrictions

Any requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce materials from this collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian for Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Mississippi State University as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical Information

Robert Ren Baskin (1854-1911) and Rebecca Jane Simpson Baskin (1863-1962) were married in Carroll County, Mississippi, on March 1, 1882. Their children were Sallie A. Baskin (1882-1941), Maud Baskin (1889-1914), Hattie Baskin Cable (1899-1995), Eva Baskin Divine (b. 1905), and Robert N. Baskin (1907-1990). The Baskin family lived and farmed in Vaiden, Mississippi. Robert Ren Baskin died in Blackmonton, Mississippi.


1 Cubic Feet (: 1 record carton, 1 SMO folder, 1 OS folder, 1 VMP folder, artifact)

Language of Materials



Series 1. Correspondence -Box 1

Series 2. Financial and Legal Records -Box 1; Small Oversize Manuscripts Box 17

Series 3. Miscellaneous -Box 1; Small Oversize Manuscripts Box 17; Oversize Manuscripts Box 9; Artifacts Box 3

Series 4. Visual Materials -Visual Materials: Photographs Box 3


James L. Whitehead, Jr., Winona, Mississippi, May 25, 1966.


Baskin Family Papers
DeeDee Baldwin
May 2010
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts Repository