Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System)

Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System) The Archives Department of the Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham, Alabama Established in 1975, the Department of Archives and Manuscripts is located in the Linn-Henley Research Library, a part of the Birmingham Public Library system.

The department collects government records, business records, maps, photographs, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, and other primary material documenting the history and development of Birmingham, Jefferson County and the surrounding area of Alabama known as the Birmingham District. The Archives collects material statewide relating to the Episcopal Church in Alabama, the Civil Rights Movement in Alaba

The department collects government records, business records, maps, photographs, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, and other primary material documenting the history and development of Birmingham, Jefferson County and the surrounding area of Alabama known as the Birmingham District. The Archives collects material statewide relating to the Episcopal Church in Alabama, the Civil Rights Movement in Alaba

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What kind of Big Cat do you think this is? Post in the comments!
09/22/2021

What kind of Big Cat do you think this is? Post in the comments!

What kind of Big Cat do you think this is? Post in the comments!

On September 2 1945 WWII ended and two weeks later was Rosh Hashanah. This year September 8th is the Jewish holiday of R...
09/15/2021

On September 2 1945 WWII ended and two weeks later was Rosh Hashanah. This year September 8th is the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the start of the new year of the Hebrew Calendar. To memorialize these two events we at the Birmingham Archives decided to share a letter from a soldier, Walter Nathan, to Rabbi Milton Grafman who served at the Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham Al.

Great Resources upstairs in our Southern History Department!
09/17/2020

Great Resources upstairs in our Southern History Department!

Demand continues to grow for local newspaper articles and obituaries! Did you know that many years of the Birmingham News are only available on microfilm? Birmingham Public Library has the Birmingham News all the way back to 1894!

As the new baseball season gears up, check out the Birmingham Baseball online collection http://www.bplonline.org/progra...
07/15/2020
Birmingham Public Library - Baseball in Birmingham

As the new baseball season gears up, check out the Birmingham Baseball online collection http://www.bplonline.org/programs/ReadItForward/Baseball.aspx

Birmingham boasts a rich and historical relationship with America's favorite past time. From the celebrated--and oldest-- baseball field in the United States to a little league world series championship to award-winning baseball players and minor league teams, Birmingham is poised to reestablish its...

Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System)
06/12/2020

Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System)

BPL Archives is proud to be a part of this innovative projecthttp://blog.archive.org/2020/03/10/community-webs-receives-...
05/29/2020
"Community Webs" Receives Additional Funding to Further Public Library Local History Web Collecting - Internet Archive Blogs

BPL Archives is proud to be a part of this innovative project

http://blog.archive.org/2020/03/10/community-webs-receives-additional-funding-to-further-public-library-local-history-web-collecting/

In 2017, our Archive-It service was awarded funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the 2-year project “Community Webs: Empowering Public Librarians to Create Community History Web Archives.” The program has been providing training and technical infrastructure for a ...

Alabama Department of Archives and History has a great tutorial on how to transcribe original documents!
05/29/2020

Alabama Department of Archives and History has a great tutorial on how to transcribe original documents!

Interested in learning how to transcribe original documents and manuscripts? Our reference archivist, Kayla Scott, provides a great tutorial for beginners in our latest online workshop. Click here to view - https://youtu.be/ZRMGztluZco

We always need virtual volunteers to help with our online transcription projects! Anyone with an internet connection can participate. Visit www.fromthepage.com/adah to jump in.

#AlabamaHistoryAtHome #AlabamaHistory

Another fantastic Archives Department photo!
04/30/2020

Another fantastic Archives Department photo!

Until we can all be together again, please enjoy these images of the #AlabamaAtHome.

Today we offer an unsurpassable look at #TheAlabamaThenAndNow — with a view of our original 1927 “mustache marquee” and the new installation that it inspired!

#altheatre #mightywurlitzer #alabamaathome #gravenandmayger #alabama1927 #instagrambham #cinematreasures #treasureisland #mustache #marquee #mustachemarquee #jackiecooper

Topped by swooping curlicues, the original marquee had an illuminated display that featured backlit white letters on a black background, to give the appearance of letters on a chalkboard. By 1934, when this picture was taken, the marquee had been updated for the use of metal letters on a background of white milk glass, backlit by incandescent bulbs. Photo courtesy of the Birmingham Public Library Archives.

The 2020 marquee will feature LED lighting and large digital displays. The design, fabrication and installation is by our friends at Fravert, Birmingham-based specialists in architectural signage. Photo by Andy Fox, Alabama Theatre Organ Society (ATOS).

Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System)
04/30/2020

Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System)

As we all stay home and bake, let's try to preserve our favorite recipes! Here are some tips and tricks from the Nationa...
04/30/2020
Preserving Family Recipes

As we all stay home and bake, let's try to preserve our favorite recipes! Here are some tips and tricks from the National Archives.

https://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2016/fall/family-archives-recipes

Fall 2016, Vol. 48, no. 3 | Your Family Archives By Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler Some of the most treasured items that are passed along in a family are recipes: Grandma’s apple pie or Dad’s special barbecue sauce. They evoke wonderful memories and keep traditions alive. Nowadays, recipes are easily fo...

Happy Halloween from the Archives!
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween from the Archives!

04/10/2019
Jim Baggett: Alabama's 2019 Eminent Librarian

Jim Baggett: Alabama's 2019 Eminent Librarian

Birmingham Public Library's librarian and archivist, Jim Baggett received the Alabama Library Association's 2019 Eminent Librarian Award. This is his accepta...

Invisible Histories Project
04/04/2019

Invisible Histories Project

A letter from The Gay Student Union Tuscaloosa from June 4, 1983.

Housed at the Birmingham Public Library.

#alabama #universityofalabama #tuscaloosa #history #archives #lgbt #lgbtq #q***r #q***rsouth

03/12/2019
theSkimm

Our photo of Mary Anderson was used in this tribute to female inventors for theSkimm women's month tribute.

Turns out the idea for Monopoly was stolen from a woman. Watch for more things you can thank female inventors for. This week for Women's History Month we'll be highlighting women who have helped pave the way for future generations of businesswomen and entrepreneurs.

Happy new year from Oscar and all of us at the Archives Department!
12/31/2018

Happy new year from Oscar and all of us at the Archives Department!

Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System)
12/31/2018

Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System)

Interesting and relevant lecture alert!
01/23/2018

Interesting and relevant lecture alert!

10/17/2017
10/05/2017

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Archives will be delaying our reopening to the public until further notice. We appreciate your patience during construction. We will be updating here and on our webpage.

New treasures come to the Archives every week. This week long-time Birmingham activist and radio personality Bob Friedma...
10/04/2017

New treasures come to the Archives every week. This week long-time Birmingham activist and radio personality Bob Friedman donated this photo of Birmingham's first Gay Pride Parade, June 25, 1989. Both of Birmingham's daily newspapers (back when such a thing existed) covered the event. Bob is on the far right. In the center, wearing a white hat, is the late author and activist Petric "Pete" Smith. Can you identify any of the other people in the photo? And do you have photos, flyers, posters or your memories of this and other Gay Pride Parades that you would like to share with the Archives? If so contact Catherine Champion at [email protected] or Jim Baggett at [email protected].

Discovering treasures. Uncovering lost secrets. Leave your pens (and gloves) at the door!
09/25/2017
Keepers of the Secrets | Village Voice

Discovering treasures. Uncovering lost secrets. Leave your pens (and gloves) at the door!

I was told that the most interesting man in the world works in the archives division of the New York Public Library, and so I...

09/21/2017

The Archives will be closed to the public for two weeks beginning Monday, September 25, 2017. The City is installing new heating and cooling systems, and the installation process will be very disruptive. If they finish sooner, we will open sooner. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

-Archives Staff

Check out our newest database!
08/14/2017
Alabama Decorative Arts Survey Database

Check out our newest database!

by Jim Baggett, Archives Department, Central Library A Project of the Birmingham Public Library Archives The Alabama Decorative Arts Sur...

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