Electronic messages are not specifically addressed by the Mississippi Public Records Act. However, it is generally accepted that such messages fall within the definition of public record contained in Miss. Code Ann. § 26-61-3(b) (public records include “books, records, papers … and any other documentary materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics …”).

In terms of retention, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History advises that electronic messages and records are subject to the same retention guidelines as those applicable to paper records.