Archives & Manuscripts - Guide to the Collections
The collections of the Birmingham Public Library Archives contain more than 400,000 photographs and 30,000,000 documents, including government records, business records, maps, letters, diaries, scrapbooks and architectural drawings.
Women's History: Organizations, Clubs and Research Collections
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The Collections
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Alabama Citizens for the Equal Rights Amendment
Records, 1971-1981
This collection contains correspondence, minutes of meetings, publications, by-laws and financial statements.
Size : 1½ linear foot (1 box)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Alabama Commission on the Observation of International Women's Year
Report submitted by the Alabama International Women’s Year Committee to the National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year.
Size : ½ linear foot (1 box)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Alabama Equal Suffrage Association
Scrapbook, 1914-1918
Newspaper clippings relating to the suffrage movement in Alabama.
Size : 1 reel microfilm
Collection Guide Available : No
Alabama Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs
Records, 1919-1981
The Alabama Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs was founded in 1919 at a meeting in Birmingham by representatives of women’s clubs from Birmingham, Anniston, Mobile and Montgomery. The organization’s member clubs encouraged vocational training and education for women, supported legislation such as national unemployment insurance, encouraged female participation in politics and women running for political office, and supported women in business. During World War II, clubs offered first aid classes and sponsored programs for victory gardens, blood drives and other home front efforts. This collection contains minutes of meetings, membership records, histories, publications, files on scholarships offered by the organization and presidential files.
Size : 18 boxes
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Alabama Women's Anti-Ratification League
Scrapbook, 1919-1920
Newspaper clippings relating to efforts opposing women’s suffrage in Alabama.
Size : 1 reel microfilm
Collection Guide Available : No
Alabama Women's Political Caucus
Records, 1972-1981
By-laws, correspondence, conventional materials, newsletters, minutes of meetings, membership lists, subject files and a scrapbook relating to efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
Size : 1 linear foot (1 box)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Alabama Writer's Conclave
Records and Publications, 1923-1975
The Alabama Writer's Conclave was founded in 1923 at Alabama College in Montevallo as a women's club, but it quickly opened the membership to include men and "all people in Alabama interested in writing." By 1930 the Conclave was composed of Alabama historians, playwrights, fiction writers, poets, and newspaper writers. The purpose of the conclave is to promote fellowship, to provide an opportunity for improvement of craft, and to support Alabama writers. The Conclave meets for four days every summer, usually at the University of Montevallo, although the conference has been held at Samford University and, during the years of the Second World War, at the Birmingham Public Library. In 1931 the Alabama State Legislature created the honorary office of Poet Laureate of Alabama. Poet laureates are designated by the Alabama Writer's Conclave. The collection is largely comprised of Conclave programs from 1923 to 1975 with some missing. Also included are a brief history of the AWC and other literary clubs in Alabama, the constitution and by-laws of the AWC, a roster of members, and a bulletin from 1962.
Size : 1 box
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Amaranth Club of Birmingham, Alabama
Records, 1898-1977
Established in 1897, The Amaranth Club is a women’s study club created, in the words of the group’s constitution, “to encourage intellectual development and to strengthen individual effort by organization.” The club’s meetings, generally held monthly from spring to autumn, feature speakers and group discussions on topics such as literature, history, travel, current events and the arts. The collection contains the club’s constitution, minutes of meetings, roster of charter members, yearbooks, correspondence, a biographical tribute to club president Nellie Kimball Murdoch (an Alabama suffragist and child welfare advocate) and material relating to the club’s centennial celebration.
Size : 3 linear feet (2 boxes)
Collection Guide Available : Yes (online)
American Association of University Women, Birmingham Branch
Papers, 1907-1982
The American Association of University Women is a national organization advocating equality for women through research, scholarships and other means. This collection contains minutes of meetings, financial files, subject files, presidential files and scrapbooks relating to the Birmingham Branch.
Size : 11¼ linear feet, 17 flat boxes, 20 volumes,
Collection Guide Available : Yes
American Society of Women Accountants (A)
Records - Birmingham Chapter #47, 1967-1983
Size : 3 linear feet, (25 linear feet offsite)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Argus Club
Records, 1934-1980
The Argus Club was formed in 1928 by ten Birmingham women who decided to turn their sewing club into a literary club. The collection contains two brief histories of the club, minutes of meetings, and yearbooks.
Size : ½ linear foot (1 box)
Collection Guide Available : Yes (online)
Armantine Club
Records, 1949-1986
The Armantine Club is a women’s study and social club founded in Birmingham in 1931 as the Junior Arcadia Study Club. According to the group’s constitution, the “object of the club shall be cultural development of the members including a wider knowledge of literature.” The collection contains yearbooks, correspondence, newspaper clippings relating to the club and individual members, photographs and three scrapbooks.
Size : 3 linear feet (2 boxes)
Collection Guide Available : No
Belvedere Study Club
Records, 1949-1986
The Belvedere Study Club is a women’s club established in Birmingham in 1948. Its members hold meetings to discuss literature and other topics and engage in philanthropic activities. The collection contains minutes of meetings, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, yearbooks and correspondence.
Size : 2½ linear feet (4 boxes)
Collection Guide Available : No
Brotherhood of Firemen, Locomotive and Engineermen, Ladies Society
Papers, 1941-1967
This collection contains correspondence, membership records, financial records, annual reports, a constitution and ritual handbook and other material relating to the activities of the Society.
Size : 1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Bud N' Bloom Garden Club
Scrapbooks, 1954-1994
These scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings and other material documenting the activities of the club.
Size : 5 linear feet (8 boxes)
Collection Guide Available : No
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