AIA|Mississippi has a great history of producing magazines in the architectural industry. The first series spanned from March 1963 through March 1965. The second began in the Winter of 1970, the year prior to our first independent state convention.
There’s a great blog you should subscribe to, Preservation in Mississippi, authored by our friend Jennifer Baughn from the Department of Archives and History. She has meticulously scanned and loaded PDFs of the issues spanning from March 1963 through March 1965. Follow that rabbit trail here…
Michael Fazio, Professor Emeritus, Architecture, Mississippi State University, is arguably the expert on the subject in our state. He shared with me a bit about the history of the publication and directed me to the library to find the bound versions of the second iteration of the publication beginning in the Winter of 1970.
New to AIA but warmly welcomed by administration in the Washington, D.C. headquarters, I was delighted to run across the following letter from its editor at the time, Robert A. Ivy, FAIA, who is now the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects. Prior to AIA, he was Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record and helped the publication garner numerous industry awards. The fact that his letter challenges the profession to improve Mississippi’s schools and drops the name of Governor William Winter lights me on fire. I hope it does you, too.
Meanwhile, if you’re ready to part with printed copies, please consider donating them to us. I’ve not completely excavated our storage closet but haven’t run across them yet.