Heritage Room & Collection

About the Heritage Room & Collection

Our Mission

To preserve the print, photographic, digital and video records of local and state history, including genealogy, and make them available in the Library for research and duplication.


Our beautiful local history room is a part of the original Library founded and financed by Vicksburg resident and Ladies Library Auxiliary member, Fanny Bair. The Library opened in November of 1902. In this room you will find local obituaries, marriage records, census records, directories, photographs, tombstone inscriptions, biographical information about local pioneers, important members and families of the community, as well as Civil War records, plat maps, and atlases dating back to the 1850s.

The room also contains Vicksburg High School yearbooks dating back to 1946 as well as bound volumes and microfilm of The Commercial Express newspaper dating back to 1879. To ensure the aid of our librarian, you may call ahead for an appointment. You may schedule an appointment for the Heritage Room by calling 269-649-1648.

Rules for Heritage Room Use

Researchers may use the room and the resources in it after signing in at the circulation desk. Users must have either a Vicksburg District Library card or a valid state-issued driver’s license or ID to use the room. We offer 5 free copies of materials in the room and they are $.10 per page after the complimentary copies.

If you make a request for Genealogical / Local History research by our librarian there may be a fee. Less than 15 minutes and up to 5 copies is free of charge. More than 15 minutes has a fee of $10.00 per hour with a $10 minimum. Copies after the 5 complimentary are $.10 per page. Postage will be added if sent through the mail.

Questions or requests may be made by calling 269-649-1648 or by e-mailing info@vicksburglibrary.org.