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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Labor Unions in Alabama
Scrapbooks, 1920-1971
These scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings relating to labor unions and labor activities in Alabama.
Size : 1 reel microfilm
Collection Guide Available : No
Lackey, Leila
Scrapbook, 1914-1916
A resident of the Avondale neighborhood, Leila Lackey was a 1916 graduate of Birmingham’s Central High School. This “School Friendship Book” contains notes from classmates, invitations and other correspondence, photographs and memorabilia relating to Lackey’s time in high school.
Size : ½ linear foot (1 flat box)
Collection Guide Available : No
Lakeview Hotel
Records, 1887-1888
The Lakeview Hotel was a lake resort located on the site that is now the Highland Park Golf Course. It offered visitors a hotel that was removed from the smoke and heat of downtown Birmingham, dance pavilions and boat rides. This collection contains a guest register, time book, day book and cash book.
Size : 4 flat boxes
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Lakeview School
Manuscript, 1901-1958
This typescript history of Lakeview School was produced by the Research Department of the Birmingham Board of Education.
Size : 1 reel microfilm
Collection Guide Available : No
League of American Pen Women. Birmingham Branch
Records, 1936-1980
This collection contains organizational files, yearbooks, correspondence and other records.
Size : 1 linear foot (1 box)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
League of Woman Voters of Greater Birmingham, Alabama
Assorted Correspondence, 1921-1932, 1937, 1939, 1946-1950
Size : 1 reel microfilm
Collection Guide Available : No
League of Woman Voters of Greater Birmingham., Alabama
Records, 1952-1976
This collection includes by-laws, annual reports, correspondence, minutes of meetings, membership lists, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, posters, scrapbooks and financial reports. The collection includes material relating to a Citizens’ Conference on the Alabama Constitution and efforts to repeal the poll tax.
Size : 18½ linear feet (9 boxes)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
LeGrand, Duard
Papers, 1936 and 1968-1979
Size : 2 boxes
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Letitia Club
Records, 1942-1974
This collection contains minutes of meetings, treasurer’s reports and club history scrapbooks.
Size : 2 boxes
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Lincoln School
"The Story of Birmingham" Scrapbook, 1940-1941
This scrapbook was compiled by “Lincoln School Library Pupils” in 1940 and “revised” in 1941 and contains clippings of a series of Birmingham Post newspaper articles entitled “The Story of Birmingham” by Elberta Taylor. The articles discuss various well-known events and people in the city’s history, and the students have added hand-written lessons relating to the articles.
Size : 1 linear foot (1 box)
Collection Guide Available : No
Little Theater
Photographs and Programs of Productions, 1927-1942
Size : 2 boxes
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Autograph Book, 1886-1890
This typical late 19th century autograph book was the property of a young woman identified only as “Lizzie.” The book contains autographs and comments from friends of Lizzie, who may have lived in Birmingham or Talladega, Alabama.
Size : 1 volume
Collection Guide Available : No
London, Edith Ward and Family
Papers, 1881-1961
Born in Birmingham in 1881, Edith Ward London was the daughter of Thomas Ward, an early Birmingham industrialist. London was an avid reader and writer, and in her papers she chronicles her childhood, family life, her poor health, social activities, literary aspirations, religious beliefs, her travels in the United States and abroad, her opinions on literature and the events of her day. Edith Ward grew up near the Birmingham Rolling Mill where her father was a manager. After marrying John London in 1901, Edith resided briefly in Ensley, but most of her life was spent in the Southside neighborhood of Birmingham. The Londons had one child, John London III (Jack). In addition to pursuing her interest in writing, Edith was a member of the Nineteenth Century Club, the Birmingham Camera Club and the Birmingham Amateur Movie Association, for which she wrote movie scripts. She was an active, and sometimes questioning, member of St. Mary’s-on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church. Edith London died in Birmingham in 1933. In addition to correspondence this collection includes examples of Edith Ward London’s poetry, short stories, religious writings, essays, and scrapbooks. The scrapbooks are typical of the kind kept by women in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and include photographs, clippings, dance cards, calling cards, poetry, pencil drawings, dried flowers, letters, and greeting cards. The collection also includes material relating to Edith’s husband and son, including correspondence, newspaper clippings, educational records, photographs, and material relating to the Birmingham Amateur Movie Association. The two volumes of Edith’s diaries included in this collection are extensive typed excerpts that provide a detailed chronicle of the life of an upper middle class girl and woman. The location of the original diaries is not known. The bulk of the material in this collection covers the 1880s to the 1930s.
Size : 4 linear feet, 1 reel, 9 flat boxes
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Loulie Compton Seminary
Records, 1900-1943
The Loulie Compton Seminary was a Birmingham private school. The records include annual catalogs of classes for the period 1909 to 1924; Seminary Blue Books, the school’s literary publication, for 1905 to 1908; yearbooks for 1921 to 1928; student grade reports for 1900 to 1943; and miscellaneous report cards, commencement programs, alumni luncheon programs and class plays.
Size : 9 boxes
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Loveman's Department Store
Miscellaneous Business Records
This collection includes manuscript histories of this downtown Birmingham department store, assorted business papers, photographs and scrapbooks. Among the photographs are images of civil rights protestors picketing the store in the early 1960s.
Size : 1 foot, 4 flat boxes
Collection Guide Available : Yes
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