Birmingham Public Library
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Birmingham, Alabama 35203
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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.
Education
The Collections
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Adler, Bertha Marx
Scrapbook, 1888-1889
AR373
Bertha Marx Adler was the daughter of Birmingham merchant Samuel Marx, one of the founders of Temple Emanu-El. In 1892 she married Samuel M. Adler, a Birmingham businessman and investor. This scrapbook is an atlas that Bertha Marx, then a young woman, converted to a scrapbook by pasting items over the pages. The scrapbook primarily contains programs from Birmingham theater productions, but also contains a few programs from Birmingham High School and an order of service from the 1889 dedication of Temple Emanu-El.
Size : 1 flat box
Collection Guide Available : No
Adler, Jeane
Scrapbook, 1912
AR486
Jeanne Adler was the daughter of Samuel and Bertha Marx Adler and resided on Highland Avenue in Birmingham. This scrapbook, entitled “The Girl Graduate: Her Own Book,” contains clippings, photographs, notes from classmates and other memorabilia relating to Adler’s senior year at Birmingham High School.
Size : 1 volume
Collection Guide Available : No
Alley School PTA
Scrapbooks, 1960-1962
AR677
Alley School was an elementary school located on Birmingham’s Southside. These two scrapbooks contain photographs, newspaper clippings, lists of officers and memorabilia relating to the activities of the PTA.
Size : 2 volumes
Collection Guide Available : No
Anselmo-Antonio, Carmella
Papers
AR737
Born in Sicily, Carmella Anselmo Antonio immigrated to Birmingham in 1921 where she taught in the public schools and taught English language and citizenship classes to other immigrants. She worked at the Bechtel-McCone aircraft facility in Birmingham during World War II. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, clippings and other material relating to her life and her students.
Size : 2 boxes
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Avondale School PTA
"Avondale School History to 1935"
AR1650
Size : ¼ linear foot (1 box)
Collection Guide Available : No
Avondale School PTA
Scrapbook, 1931-1934
AR1223
Size : 1 volume
Collection Guide Available : No
Bass, Helen
Papers, 1937-1942 and 1967-1971
AR1535
This collection contains the personal papers, primarily correspondence, of the Bass family of Birmingham. Most of the papers are letters to and from Mrs. Fred Bass, Sr., her son Fred Bass Jr., and her daughter Helen Bass, for whom the collection is named. The bulk of correspondence dates from the late 1930s and early 1940s the years in which Fred Bass, Jr. attended the Marion Military Institute. The letters to and from Fred Bass, Jr. capture the cares and worries of a boy in the 1930s hoping for a career in the military. There are a few mentions of the oncoming war in the correspondence including a few jokes about Hitler. The collection also contains letters to Helen from her nephew, Fred. These letters revolve around Fred being drafted into the army and sent to Vietnam. While in Vietnam, he served as a detention officer in a POW camp, and in his letters, he gives descriptions of his surroundings.
Size : 2 boxes
Collection Guide Available : No
Birmingham Council of Parents and Teachers
Scrapbook, 1939-1940
AR1224
Size : 1 volume
Collection Guide Available : No
Birmingham School of the Bible
Records, 1933-1942
AR1231
Birmingham School of the Bible, an interdenominational fundamentalist institution, was in 1934. Originally the school offered classes two nights per week. In 1943 the name was changed to Southeastern Bible School and the institution offered a three-year college level program. After the school developed into a four-year institution the name was changed to Southeastern Bible College in 1952. This collection contains correspondence, minutes of meetings, and other material documenting the school's founding and early years of operation.
Size : ¼ linear foot (1 box)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Birmingham Teachers' Club
Records, 1950-1980
AR239
Incorporation papers, constitution and by-laws, minutes of meetings for 1950 to 1980, financial reports for 1955 to 1977, documents relating to the appraisal and sale of the club-sponsored retirement home, and photographs.
Size : 1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Birmingham, Ala. Board of Education
Art Education Materials, 1945-1948 and 1978
AR363
Correspondence of the Scholastic Art Awards Program and the Arts Placement Committee, along with publicity materials and an assortment of pamphlets and magazines.
Size : 1½ linear feet (1 box)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Birmingham, Ala. Board of Education
Birmingham Public Schools Directory, 1920-1924, 1953-1981
AR1811
This collection contains directories published by the Birmingham, Alabama Board of Education for the years 1920 to 1924 and 1950 to 1981. The directories list teachers by name, giving addresses and schools where each teacher is employed; names of officers and department heads in the school system; principals and department heads at each school; and school calendars. For the years 1920 through 1965 white and Negro schools are listed separately.
Size : 1¼ linear feet (4 boxes)
Collection Guide Available : Yes (online)
Birmingham, Ala. Board of Education
Minutes, 1884-1990
AR506
Minutes record the actions of the Board.
Size : 4 reels microfilm
Collection Guide Available : No
Birmingham, Ala. Board of Education
Photographs, circa 1920s
AR1078
Photographs showing students and teachers in classrooms, libraries, playgrounds, shops, lunchrooms and other areas of Birmingham city schools while classes are in session. The collection includes images from white and African American schools.
Size : 330 photographs
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Birmingham, Ala. Board of Education
Superintendent's Scrapbook, 1898-1901
AR516
This scrapbook, apparently kept by superintendent John Herbert Phillips, contains newspaper clippings and typed documents relating to the work of the Birmingham Board of Education.
Size : 1 box
Collection Guide Available : No
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