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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Independent Presbyterian Church
Papers, 1915-1986
Independent Presbyterian Church was established in 1915 by a group who left Birmingham’s South Highland Presbyterian Church to follow the Rev. Henry Edmonds, who had been dismissed from South Highlands following a theological dispute. The new congregation met at the synagogue Temple Emanu-El until their present church building was completed in 1926. Independent Presbyterian instituted a number of social service programs, including the Children’s Fresh Air Farm which opened in 1926. A 1996 fire destroyed all of the church’s buildings except for the sanctuary and the facility was rebuilt. The church had placed it’s records in the Archives of the Birmingham Public Library more than a decade before the fire, and so the church’s archives was spared. Today, Independent Presbyterian has more than 2,500 members. The collection includes minutes of the Session and Board of Deacons, correspondence, sermons, bulletins and other publications, financial records, membership records, scrapbooks and histories of the church.
Size : 30 boxes
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Industrial and Ordinary Insurance Agents Union#24177
Charter, 1947
Size : 1 flat box
Collection Guide Available : No
Inglenook, Ala. Town Council
Ordinances and Minutes, 1913-1927
Minutes of the Inglenook, Alabama Town Council and ordinances passed by the council for the period May 26, 1913 to July 18, 1916, August 1, 1916 to February 5, 1924, and April 1, 1924 to May 17, 1927. Inglenook was annexed into the City of Birmingham.
Size : 2½ reels microfilm
Collection Guide Available : No
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Local #253
Records, 1933-1967
This collection includes an incomplete set of minutes books for the period 1933 to 1967, receipt books, a daybook and other material.
Size : 1 box
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Iron Workers and Shopmen’s Local Union #539
Records, 1940-1966
These membership records include information on individual members and payments of dues.
Size : 1 flat box
Collection Guide Available : Yes
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