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.
The Collections
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Barber, Amzi G. and Clint D. Bishop
Papers, 1940-1955
AR374
Office files of the Executive Secretary and Special Council to W. Cooper Green, president of the Birmingham city commission and mayor. The bulk of the material relates to the development and expansion of the Birmingham Municipal Airport.
Size : 7 boxes
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Barrett, N. A.
Scrapbooks, 1917-1921
AR301
Barrett, a Birmingham Physician, served one term as president of the Birmingham city commission. The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings relating to Barrett and Birmingham city government for the period November 6, 1917 to November 7, 1921.
Size : 1 reel microfilm
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
Beckwith, Charles Minnegrode
Papers, 1903-1928
AR1046
Charles Minnegrode Beckwith served as the fourth Episcopal Bishop of Alabama. He had previously been dean of St. Luke’s Cathedral in Atlanta and a missionary priest in the Diocese of Texas. Beckwith instituted Alabama’s first Episcopal college chaplaincy at Auburn University and expanded the church’s outreach to the deaf. Considered by many to be authoritarian, Beckwith often clashed with clergy and lay members of the diocese. He died in 1928. This collection contains correspondence relating to parishes in the diocese as well as some personal papers and publications.
Size : 4 boxes
Collection Guide Available : No
Belden, Alvin Ernest
Diary, 1918-1919
AR435
The handwritten World War I diary of First Lt. Belden covers the period June 28, 1918 to June 25, 1919. He describes his experiences while serving in France.
Size : 1 flat box
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Belvedere Study Club
Records, 1949-1986
AR1710
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
Bethea, Jack
Papers, 1927 and undated
AR1756
Jack Bethea was a Birmingham novelist and editor of the Birmingham Post newspaper. Bethea was born in Birmingham in 1892. He worked as a reporter for the Birmingham Age-Herald and as city editor for the Birmingham Ledger before joining the Post when the paper was established in 1921. Bethea was the author of four novels: Bed Rock (1924), The Deep Seam (1925), Honor Bound (1926) and Silver Fleece (1927). Much of his fiction was set in the industrial communities around Birmingham. Bethea committed suicide by hanging himself in a Birmingham hotel room in 1928. This collection contains a partial typescript for Bed Rock and a more complete typescript for Deep Seam. Both typescripts show the author’s handwritten corrections.
Size : 1 box
Collection Guide Available : No
Big Warrior Coal Company
Minute Book, 1919-1922 and 1926
AR1317
Size : 1 volume
Collection Guide Available : No
Birmingfind Papers
Papers and Related Materials
AR809
Birmingfind was a project funded in the 1980s by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to collect historical information on Birmingham ethnic groups and neighborhoods. This collection includes oral history interviews, clippings, publications, census data and other material relating to Birmingham’s Lebanese, Greek, Italian, African American, and Jewish communities and the neighborhoods of Brookside, West End, Wylam, Woodlawn, North Birmingham and Ensley. The project also published a series of booklets on the histories of ethnic groups and neighborhoods.
Size : 4 boxes
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Birmingfind Photos
Ethnic and Community Photographs
AR829
Birmingfind was a project funded in the 1980s by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to collect historical information on Birmingham ethnic groups and neighborhoods. This collection contains photographs showing individuals, families, businesses, churches, school groups and other subjects from Birmingham’s Lebanese, Greek, Italian, African American, and Jewish communities and the neighborhoods of Brookside, West End, Wylam, Woodlawn, North Birmingham and Ensley.
Size : 2 linear feet (6 boxes) (666 photographs)
Collection Guide Available : No
Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce
Sports Files, 1974-1996
AR1486
Newspaper clippings, correspondence, publications and other material relating to various sporting events held in the Birmingham area, including professional baseball, football and hockey; college football; Olympic sports; golf; high school sports; horse racing.
Size : 5½ linear feet (6 boxes)
Collection Guide Available : No
Birmingham Baseball
Photographs
AR1436
Photographs of players and games, primarily from the Birmingham Black Barons and the Birmingham industrial leagues. Many of these images come from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Memphis-Shelby County Public Library, and permission from those institutions is required to copy or publish the images. Additional baseball photographs are available in the Archives’ collections Photographs: General Collection (AR 1556) and Lorenzo “Piper” David Photographs (AR 1700).
Size : 36 photographs
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Birmingham Civic Symphony
Scrapbooks and Programs, 1925-1959
AR1058
This collection contains three scrapbooks of newspaper clippings for the period 1925 to1958 and programs from performances from the period 1932 to 1959.
Size : 1¼ linear feet (4 boxes)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Birmingham Conservatory of Music
Scrapbooks, 1912-1960
AR940
Clippings and other material documenting the history of the conservatory, now a part of the Birmingham-Southern College Department of Fine Arts.
Size : ½ linear foot (1 flat boxes)
Collection Guide Available : No
Birmingham Council of Parents and Teachers
Scrapbook, 1939-1940
AR1224
Size : 1 volume
Collection Guide Available : No
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