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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Daily, Quincy Eugene
World War I Correspondence and Memorabilia, 1917-1919
Quincy Eugene Daily was born in Blount County, Alabama in 1895. He worked as a laborer alongside his father at a farm before he registered for service in the U.S. army in early 1917. Daily served in the 129th Field Artillery, 60th F.A. Brigade, 35th Division of the American Expeditionary Forces, where he saw combat mainly in France. His unit participated in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, the largest in which American forces were involved during World War I. The 129th, which also included future president, Harry Truman, played a major role in the campaign. Daily seemingly finished his tour of duty in late 1919, but unfortunately, there is no correspondence that gives insight into his life after the war. At some point, however, Daily moved to Florida. He died there in Panama City on April 5, 1990 at the age of 95. This collection contains letters, photos, and memorabilia from the Daily family but mainly from Quincy Eugene Daily detailing his experiences training for and fighting in World War I.
Size : 1¼ linear foot (2 boxes)
Collection Guide Available : No
Dallas County, Ala., Sheriff's Department
Surveillance Tapes, 1965
During the 1965 voter registration drive in Selma, Alabama, the sheriff’s department recorded one or more of the civil rights mass meetings held at Selma churches. The recording device was discovered by movement participants but was not removed. This collection contains nine audio recordings made by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department of one or more mass meetings, a press conference with Malcolm X and a reporter describing a protest march and mass arrest. In 1988, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department loaned the original tapes to the Birmingham Public Library for copying. The original tapes were returned to the sheriff’s department after copies were made.
Size : 9 audio recordings
Collection Guide Available : No
Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America
Size : ½ linear foot (1 flat box)
Collection Guide Available : No
Daughters of the American Colonists. Alabama. Society
Scrapbooks, 1970-1985
These scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings, programs and photographs.
Size : 9 boxes
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Daughters of the American Revolution
Scrapbook 50th Continental Congress, April, 1941
This scrapbook contains newspaper clippings.
Size : 1 reel microfilm
Collection Guide Available : No
Daughters of the American Revolution
Yearbooks (Various Chapters)
Size : ¼ linear foot (1 box)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Daughters of the American Revolution, Alabama. Society, Programs
Programs, 1964-1984
Size : ¼ linear foot (1 box)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Daughters of the American Revolution, National Society
Records - Continental Congress, 1949-1961
This collection contains primarily convention programs and some newspaper clippings.
Size : ¼ linear foot (1 box)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Daughters of the American Revolution. Old Elyton Chapter
Records, 1913-1954
These records include membership certificates for the year 1925, minutes of meetings for 1913 to 1949, a chapter history written in 1954 and yearbooks.
Size : 1½ linear feet, 1 flat box
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Davis, Lorenzo "Piper"
Lorenzo “Piper” Davis was born in the coal mining community of Piper, near Birmingham, in 1917. Davis played baseball in Birmingham’s industrial leagues and joined the Birmingham Black Barons in 1942. He became manager of the Black Barons in 1948 and later played for various minor league teams. He worked as a scout for the Detroit Tigers and other teams until his retirement in 1986. In 1993, “Piper” Davis was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. This collection contains photographs collected by Davis of himself and other athletes, including Willie Mays, Leroy “Satchel” Paige and Charlie Pride.
Size : ¼ linear foot (1 box) (29 photographs)
Collection Guide Available : No
Democratic National Committee, Women's Committee
Manuscript: “Thumbnail Sketches of Women You Hear About in the New Deal,” 1934
Size : 1 box
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Democratic Party of Alabama
State Democratic Executive Committee Papers
Size : 2 boxes
Collection Guide Available : Yes (online)
Dowe, Dan
Documents Relating to the Integration of the Macon County, Alabama Public Schools, 1964-1966
Dan Dowe, a reporter for the Birmingham News, gathered this collection of court records, guidelines and other material relating to the desegregation of public schools in Macon County, Alabama.
Size : 1 box
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Duffee, Mary Gordon
Manuscripts, circa mid-1880s and 1920
Mary Gordon Duffee's father, Matthew Duffee was born in Ireland and immigrated to Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1823. In Tuscaloosa he operated a popular tavern, and he later bought a resort hotel at Blount Springs. Mary Duffee was born in Alabama in 1840 and spent many summers with her family at the resort. It was the journey to and from Blount Springs that inspired Duffee's best-known work, Sketches of Alabama, which originally appeared as fifty-nine articles in the Birmingham Weekly Iron Age in 1886 and 1887. She also contributed articles to several out-of-state newspapers, wrote guide books, advertising copy, and poetry. She died in 1920. This collection contains typescripts of some of Mary Gordon Duffee's Iron Age columns "Sketches of Alabama," manuscripts of seven of Duffee's poems, a typed biographical sketch of Duffee, undated, and Duffee's obituary from the Birmingham Age-Herald.
Size : ¼ linear foot (1 box)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Dunn, R. E.
Civil War Diary and Company D Log Book, 1862-1864
Dunn served in Company D, First Virginia Infantry Regiment. This collection contains a diary and log book, a letter from Dunn to his sister and other material.
Size : ¼ linear foot (1 box)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
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