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.
Antebellum Alabama
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The Collections
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Alabama Illustrated Project
Engravings from 19th Century Newspapers, 1853-1895
This collection contains illustrations of Alabama from five 19th century newspapers: Harper’s Weekly, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, Ballou’s Pictorial, Gleason’s Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion and The Illustrated London News. The illustrations show scenes from throughout the state (especially Montgomery, Mobile and Birmingham) and include cityscapes, landscapes, industrial development, portraits and Civil War combat.
Size : 2 linear feet (2 flat boxes) (43 engravings)
Collection Guide Available : No
Anderson, L.H.
Correspondence, 1851-1859
L. H. Anderson was a physician who lived in Sumter County, Alabama. This collection contains ten letters written by Anderson to John Quinn, apparently an attorney who lived in Virginia. The letters deal primarily with business and legal matters.
Size : ¼ linear foot (1 box)
Collection Guide Available : Yes (online)
Ante Bellum Collection
Miscellaneous Documents, 1820-1859
This collection includes slave receipts, diaries, land sales and other documents collected by the library staff. The documents primarily relate to Alabama and Jefferson County.
Size : 2 linear feet (1 box)
Collection Guide Available : Yes (online)
Bradley, Lawrence B.
These papers detail the activities on a cotton plantation in Lowndes County, Alabama and include financial records, land grants, receipts for the purchases of slaves and material relating to cotton prices and other commodities at the end of the Civil War.
Size : 1 reel microfilm
Collection Guide Available : No
Cedar Grove Plantation
Papers, 1833-1964
This collection contains personal and business correspondence and other material relating to the Walker and allied families associated with Cedar Grove Plantation in Marengo County, Alabama.
Size : 2 reels microfilm
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Faunsdale Plantation
Papers, 1840-1970
In 1843 Thomas A. Harrison, a native of Virginia, traveled to Alabama accompanied by a party of slaves, and purchased the property in Marengo County that became Faunsdale Plantation. Harrison later sent for his new wife, Louisa Collins Harrison, a native of North Carolina. In 1844 the Harrisons had their only child, Louise Collins Harrison. Thomas A. Harrison died in 1857. Louisa managed Faunsdale and her late husband's estate until 1863 when she married William A. Stickney, a priest in the Protestant Episcopal Church and a native of Alabama. Stickney served in several parishes and ministered to the slaves and later freedmen at Faunsdale. Louisa died in 1896, William in 1907. The plantation remains in the family today. The collection contains extensive correspondence, diaries, photographs, financial records, slave records (including births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and harvest records) and other material documenting several generations of the family.
Size : 56 boxes
Collection Guide Available : Yes (online)
Monterey Academy
Day Book, 1856-1859
This private academy day book contains rules, course of study and student attendance records.
Size : 1 volume
Collection Guide Available : No
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