Hurricane Camille: A Photographic Record - Inventory


Hurricane Camille: A Photographic Record - Inventory


This collection is made up of 144 color 3x5 photographs taken to document the damage done by Hurricane Camille along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The photographs were taken over August 18 thru the 20, 1969 by William T. Randall. The photographs depict damage along the Mississippi coast, but are focused in Jackson County.
Collection was originally stored in a binder, and at one point cataloged in the ILS and on the shelf. Due to unknown materials in the plastic holders, the photographs were removed from their original housing and rehoused in a size appropriate box with polyester sleeves. The photos were numbered in the order the donor had them in the original housing.
The Mississippi Jackson County Board of Supervisors during Hurricane Camille in 1969 were: Lum R. Cumbest- District 1 Supervisor; Edward A. Khayat- District 2 Supervisor; J.C. May- District 3 Supervisor; William T. Roberts- District 4 Supervisor; and Olin H. Davis- District 5 Supervisor. These Supervisors were elected in 1967 to serve from 1968-1971. The Board of Supervisors are elected ever four years by Jackson County citizens, and are tasked with managing the government of Jackson County, including special districts. Some of the board's duties include: the annual budget; establishing property tax rate; and setting goals and policies in order to help the county to develop.
Hurricane Camille was only the second known category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the United States at the time, and one of three to-date.
Camille made landfall late in the day on August 17, 1969 near Waveland, Hancock county, Mississippi. Due to the storm destroying all wind-recording instruments along the Mississippi Coast, there is no record of its actual maximum strength. Pass Christian, Harrison county, Mississippi was dealt a blow with a 24.6 foot storm tide. Camille crossed the southern United States and regained Tropical Storm strength near Virginia. In total, Hurricane Camille cause about $1.421 billion in damage and 256 deaths. 143 of these deaths occurring on the Gulf Coast.


Jackson County (Miss.) Board of Supervisors


1969 August 18-20


Biloxi (Miss.)
Harrison County )Miss.)
Jackson County (Miss.)
Mississippi Gulf Coast (Miss.)
Jackson County (Miss.) Board of Supervisors
Jackson County (Miss.) Supervisors, Board of
Biloxi (Miss.)--History
Biloxi (Miss.)--Pictorial works
Camille, Hurricane, 1969
Episcopal Church of the Redeemer (Biloxi, Miss.)
Harrison County (Miss.)--History
Hurricane Camille, 1969
Hurricane damage--Gulf coast (U.S.)--Evaluation
Hurricane damage--Gulf states
Hurricanes--Gulf coast (U.S.)--History--21st century
Hurricanes--Gulf states--Pictorial works
Hurricanes--Mississippi--Gulf Coast
Hurricanes--Pictorial works
Jackson County (Miss.)--History--Pictorial works
Mississippi--Harrison county
Mississippi--Jackson county


Color photographs


1 box


Singing River Genealogy-Local History Library


Randall, William T.


Is Part Of

The Hurricane Camille: A Photographic Record Collection was digitized by the Mississippi Digital Library during a Knight Grant. The digital surrogates can be viewed at:


MS-Jackson Co-Board of Supervisors
MS-Jackson Co-Hurricanes -General
MS-Jackson Co-Hurricanes-Gulf Coast
MS-Jackson Co-Hurricanes-Camille Aug 1969 (3 folders)


144 photographs

Accrual Method



Donation sticker in front of original storage states donation of photographs came from the Jackson County Board of Supervisors and the photographer was William (Bill) T. Randall- Chief Deputy & I.D. officer, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department- Pascagoula, MS. Collection was previously cataloged in the ILS and shelved. Items were found in a photograph drawer in July 2017.

Rights Holder

Randall, William T.

Collection Tree

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