Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System)

Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System)

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Listen into Dr. Teneasha Washington and me discuss maternal and infant health, women in the workforce, and how HB 1 (Alabama Pregnant Workers Act) can move our great state forward in this virtual program. Thank you Catherine Champion, Birmingham Public Library, and Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System)
Hi, I have in my possession documents from the collection of Catherine Greene Browne who researched Avondale extensively and wrote a book about its history. Catherine died recently and her research and historic documents were given to Friends of Avondale Park by her daughter. Two of our board members have gone through these and have them ready to donate to the Archives - where we think they belong - but despite repeated requests to the department we have never gotten a reply from the department about whether they can be delivered to BPL Archives. Sure would like an answer from someone. Even if it is that you do not want them - we can go from there. Thank you.
Bill Costen, first and only African American hot air balloon "Master" in the world to be featured in documentary film "Balloon Man" - https://www.facebook.com/BalloonManMovie
Looking for any information about a plane crash near Route 1, Pinson, AL around 1952. It happened near the Masseyline Community.
Have you been keeping a lockdown diary? Recording interviews with family whilst in lockdown? Or are you thinking or writing something about your experience? Let us know about your lockdown journals!

You may also be interested in Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System) who are encouraging Brummies to document their experience of Covid-19 lockdown for future generations.

https://theironroom.wordpress.com/2020/05/11/documenting-the-second-citys-lockdown/

#lockdown #archives #heritage #livinghistory
Would you have any articles from the Sunday Mercury around the 1950's? My Great Grandfather Charlie Willis wrote the pigeon column and I was wondering if any articles existed.
My Grandad would go up to pigeons in the Cathedral square and ask "Do you know Charlie Willis?" He had a wonderful sense of humour.

Any help would be appreciated.

Regards,
Andrew
It's all in the details!

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

Operating as usual

BPL's Catherine Champion wins ALA Rainbow Round Table's Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence 05/25/2022

BPL's Catherine Champion wins ALA Rainbow Round Table's Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence

Congratulations to our Assistant Archivist!

BPL's Catherine Champion wins ALA Rainbow Round Table's Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence Catherine Oseas Champion is BPL's assistant archivist. Catherine Oseas Champion, the Birmingham Public Library 's assistant archivist, has ...

Learn more about HB1—Pregnant Workers Fairness Act this Sunday, Feb 27, with the BPL 02/22/2022

Learn more about HB1—Pregnant Workers Fairness Act this Sunday, Feb 27, with the BPL

https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/02/learn-more-about-hb1pregnant-workers.html

Learn more about HB1—Pregnant Workers Fairness Act this Sunday, Feb 27, with the BPL Join us for a discussion on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Flyer by Lisa Mitchell. In January of 2022, the Archives and Manuscripts Dep...

02/01/2022

To begin the month, we wanted to share our 19th annual "Begin the Day" program from January 18.

Dr. Teneasha Washington joined us virtually to discuss Black Maternal Health in Alabama and nationwide.

BPL's 2022 MLK Memorial Lecture to Discuss black Maternal Health 01/11/2022

BPL's 2022 MLK Memorial Lecture to Discuss black Maternal Health

https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/bpls-2022-mlk-memorial-lecture-to.html

BPL's 2022 MLK Memorial Lecture to Discuss black Maternal Health Birmingham, Ala. - Join us virtually on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, as the Birmingham Public Library presents its 19th Annual Martin Luther K...

12/31/2021

Happy New Year from the Archives Department!

Photos from Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System)'s post 12/22/2021

Happy Holidays from the Birmingham Public Library Archives!

We would love it if you would share your holiday memories with us. If you have holiday photos from Kwanzaa, Eid, Yule or other observances year-round, and want to preserve them in the Archives, you can send a digital copy to [email protected]! Physical copies can be sent to:

Archives Department
Birmingham Public Library
2100 Park Place
Birmingham, AL 35203

11/25/2021

Happy Thanksgiving from the BPL Archives!

(Thanksgiving dinner 1918 at the School for Cooks and Bakers, Camp Sheridan, Ala.)

Photos from Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System)'s post 11/11/2021

Honoring those who have served. Happy Veteran's Day.

(Photos taken from 1971 Birmingham, AL Veteran's Day Parade)

Timeline photos 11/02/2021

Come visit our partners at Invisible Histories Project! They will have scanners there if you aren't ready to part with your photos!

Help IHP Save Our History! Sunday, Nov. 7 from 1-4 pm, we'll be set up at Beloved Community Church in Birmingham for you to bring your queer history. For more information including the types of materials wanted, check out the event linked below.
https://bit.ly/GuerillaArchiving

10/27/2021

Race, Crime, and Policing in the Jim Crow South

In case you missed it last night, here is the recording of our discussion with Brandon Jett about his book Race, Crime, and Policing in the Jim Crow South.

10/08/2021

Found some pocket instamatic film.

09/29/2021

In 1992 Karma Ibsen, J. L. Lowe, and Sammy Lowe conceived a jazz musical based on the early life of Erskine Hawkins. The title of the Musical is "Tuxedo Junction" taken from the song of the same name written by Hawkins. The Musical captures the vibrant cultural life of the Tuxedo Junction. The musical features many songs written by Sammy Lowe, another prominent Birmingham musician and Hawkins. The Musical along with other papers can be found in the J. L. Lowe collection at the BPL Archive.

09/29/2021

The Mascot

Greetings Avid followers of the BPL Archives! Last week we posted a photo of a big cat and asked what kind of cat you thought it could be. It is listed as a panther under our general photo collection and is the same cat that Birmingham Southern used as a mascot. For the full story check the link below to Birmingham Southern: https://www.bsc.edu/bsc-folklore/material/mascot.html

The Mascot In 1924, Birmingham-Southern purchased an authentic stuffed panther from a scientific organization. Proud of their new icon, the team captain, “Red” Farr, even posed for his photograph in front of it.

09/22/2021

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

Photos from Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System)'s post 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.

Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System) updated their business hours. 06/07/2021

Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System) updated their business hours.

Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System) updated their business hours.

Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System) updated their website address. 06/07/2021

Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System) updated their website address.

Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System) updated their website address.

Resources on Preserving Family Papers, Books, Photos & More 05/03/2021

Resources on Preserving Family Papers, Books, Photos & More

Resources on Preserving Family Papers, Books, Photos & More By Catherine Oseas | BPL Archives Department The Birmingham Public Library Archives Department shares tips on preserving materials. When ...

Doing Spring Cleaning? BPL Archives Department Tips on Preserving Old Photos 04/28/2021

Doing Spring Cleaning? BPL Archives Department Tips on Preserving Old Photos

Doing Spring Cleaning? BPL Archives Department Tips on Preserving Old Photos Photo of George P. Collins Photo from 1893 Alabama-Auburn football game. By Don Veasey| Curator of Photographs, BPL Archives Department N...

01/19/2021

Eighteenth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture: “A Reckoning With Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy”

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!

bplolinenews.blogspot.com 09/01/2020

Birmingham Public Library Archives Houses Depression-Era WPA Educational Dolls

bplolinenews.blogspot.com By Catherine Oseas | Archives Department , Central Library In 1929 the stock market had crashed and was by many accounts considered to be on...

bplonline.org 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

bplonline.org 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...

06/12/2020

Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System)

blog.archive.org 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/

blog.archive.org 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 ...

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.

archives.gov 05/15/2020

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is Jewish American Heritage month! BPL Archives has many sources to explore the Jewish Community in Birmingham!

https://www.archives.gov/news/topics/jewish-american-heritage

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yellowhammernews.com 05/08/2020

Alabama [email protected] is an online window into state’s past and more

Explore Alabama History from the comfort of your own home! Check out photos, recipes, and more!

https://yellowhammernews.com/alabama-historyhome-is-an-online-window-into-states-past-and-more/?fbclid=IwAR33OAgQ4p4_fmg3_ihw2hQUZvigx87uW4DBIW2cmS6LmMXY3cklANeIuRA

yellowhammernews.com Have you ever wondered what Alabamians’ recipes looked like during World War I or wanted to see what houses looked like in your community

04/30/2020

Another fantastic Archives Department photo!

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

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



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).

bplonline.org 04/30/2020

BPL Gone With The Wind: Digitial Collections

Check out the Digital Exhibit of Gone with the Wind. Brought to you by the BPL Archives Department.

http://www.bplonline.org/resources/exhibits/GWTW/default.aspx

bplonline.org

04/30/2020

Archives Department (Birmingham Public Library System)

archives.gov 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

archives.gov 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...

bplolinenews.blogspot.com 04/30/2020

What to Expect When You Are Going to an Archives

Our Assistant Archivist, Catherine Oseas Champion, helps you through your first Archives visit in this blog post.

https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2020/04/what-to-expect-when-you-are-going-to.html

bplolinenews.blogspot.com Catherine Oseas Champion | Archives and Manuscripts Department , Central Library As an archivist, people ask me quite often a. what t...

04/30/2020

Now is your chance! Color in one of our most popular photos and send it in for us!

https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2020/04/coloringbham.html

10/31/2019

Happy Halloween from the Archives!

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2100 Park Pl
Birmingham, AL
35203

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2100 Park Pl
Birmingham, 35203

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Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
2200 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd
Birmingham, 35203

Sheriff Mark Pettway Jefferson County Alabama

Jefferson County Council on Aging Jefferson County Council on Aging
3712 4th Ave S
Birmingham, 35222

The Jefferson County Council on Aging is a non-profit agency providing services and programs for the elderly in Jefferson County, Alabama.

Lawson State Community College Radio & TV Production Department Lawson State Community College Radio & TV Production Department
Birmingham Main Campus 3060 Wilson Rd
Birmingham, 35221

The Radio & TV Production program at Lawson State encompasses the study of broadcast production, production management, and critical studies of film/video. When students leave the program they will be skilled at shooting and editing video and beyond.

Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham
2 20th St N, Ste 1200
Birmingham, 35203

Working to improve transportation, community development, and economic development in the heart of Alabama. www.rpcgb.org

U.S Army Medical Recruiting Station -Birmingham U.S Army Medical Recruiting Station -Birmingham
Birmingham

This is the official page of the Birmingham Medical Recruiting Station. Please do not post

Birmingham VA Medical Center Birmingham VA Medical Center
700 19th St S
Birmingham, 35233

The Birmingham VA Health Care System provides for the health care needs of Veterans in the greater Birmingham area and it's surrounding communities. For more details about our services visit our website at http://www.birmingham.va.gov.

Deployment Support Command HHC Deployment Support Command HHC
205 West Oxmoor Road
Birmingham, 35209

Deployment Support Command Of Birmingham AL

Dr. Richard C. Shelton MD Dr. Richard C. Shelton MD
1026 Sparks Center,
Birmingham, 35233

I HAVE HAD MORE THAN 120 FUNDED RESEARCH STUDIES FROM THE N.I.H, OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, FOUNDATIONS

City of Birmingham, Division of Social Justice and Racial Equity City of Birmingham, Division of Social Justice and Racial Equity
710 North 20th Street
Birmingham, 35203

The official page for the City of Birmingham, Office of Social Justice and Racial Equity.

Black Alabamians for Education Black Alabamians for Education
1116 20th Street South Suite #403
Birmingham, 35205

K-12 Parent Educational Advocacy Organization for Black Alabamians

Birmingham Land Bank Authority Birmingham Land Bank Authority
710 North 20th Street
Birmingham, 35203

The Birmingham Land Bank Authority stands ready, willing, and able to help facilitate the return of