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
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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 Join us for a discussion on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Flyer by Lisa Mitchell. In January of 2022, the Archives and Manuscripts Dep...
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 Birmingham, Ala. - Join us virtually on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, as the Birmingham Public Library presents its 19th Annual Martin Luther K...
Happy New Year from the Archives Department!
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:
Birmingham Public Library
2100 Park Place
Birmingham, AL 35203
Happy Thanksgiving from the BPL Archives!
(Thanksgiving dinner 1918 at the School for Cooks and Bakers, Camp Sheridan, Ala.)
Honoring those who have served. Happy Veteran's Day.
(Photos taken from 1971 Birmingham, AL Veteran's Day Parade)
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.
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.
Found some pocket instamatic film.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 Photo of George P. Collins Photo from 1893 Alabama-Auburn football game. By Don Veasey| Curator of Photographs, BPL Archives Department N...
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 By Catherine Oseas | Archives Department , Central Library In 1929 the stock market had crashed and was by many accounts considered to be on...
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...
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BPL Archives is proud to be a part of this innovative project
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 ...
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.
May is Jewish American Heritage month! BPL Archives has many sources to explore the Jewish Community in Birmingham!
Explore Alabama History from the comfort of your own home! Check out photos, recipes, and more!
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
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).
Check out the Digital Exhibit of Gone with the Wind. Brought to you by the BPL Archives Department.
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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.
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...
Our Assistant Archivist, Catherine Oseas Champion, helps you through your first Archives visit in this blog post.
bplolinenews.blogspot.com Catherine Oseas Champion | Archives and Manuscripts Department , Central Library As an archivist, people ask me quite often a. what t...
Now is your chance! Color in one of our most popular photos and send it in for us!
Happy Halloween from the Archives!
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