Birmingham Public Library
2100 Park Place
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
http://www.bplonline.org
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About

Established in 1976, the Department of Archives and Manuscripts 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 Alabama, Jewish history and life in Alabama, and the Environmental Movement in Alabama. The department’s holdings include the papers of government officials, businesses and business people, civil rights activists, environmentalists, churches and synagogues, civic groups and study clubs, clergy, artists, writers, musicians, educators, athletes and homemakers.

Serving as the archives for the City of Birmingham, the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama and numerous organizations and institutions, the collection contains more than 30,000,000 documents and 500,000 photographs.

The collection is open to the public and draws thousands of researchers each year from throughout the Birmingham area, the United States and around the world. These researchers include local people investigating the history of houses and buildings; university students researching class papers, theses, and dissertations; scholars researching articles, books and museum exhibitions; and film makers working on documentaries and other motion picture productions. More than 400 books have been published using the Archives’ collections, including five recipients of the Pulitzer Prize. Documentary films and television series researched in the Archives have appeared on most major television networks and include recipients of the Academy Award, the Peabody and the Emmy.

Hours
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-6 9-6 9-6 9-6 9-6 --* --*
Weekend access

*The Archive Department is open the second weekend of each month. The hours are Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 2-6.

Some archival collections are available on microfilm. If you wish to conduct research on weekends you may use microfilm collections in the library's Microforms Room, open Saturday, 9:00-6:00 and Sunday, 2:00-6:00.

You must contact the Archives Department in advance (Monday-Friday) to verify that the material you want is available on film and to have the film transported to the Microforms Room.

Contact

2100 Park Place
Birmingham, Alabama 35203-2744
(205) 226-3630

Directions
  • I-59/20 to 22nd Street Exit.
  • Travel South to Park Place & turn right.
  • Library on right.
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