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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Mabel Mining Company
Ledger, 1903-1906
This ledger records the company’s accounts.
Size : 1 flat box
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Manis, Andrew M.
Oral History Interviews, 1987-1989
Andrew M. Manis has served as Assistant Professor of History at Macon State College in Macon, Georgia, and the Religion and Southern Studies editor for Mercer University Press. He is author of the books Southern Civil Religions in Conflict: Black and White Baptists and Civil Rights, 1947-1957 and A Fire You Can't Put Out: The Civil Rights Life of Birmingham's Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth. This collection contains tapes and transcripts for 33 oral history interviews conducted by Andrew M. Manis as part of the research for his book A Fire You Can’t Put Out. The interviews relate to the Civil Rights Movement generally and to the life and career of Birmingham civil rights activist Fred L. Shuttlesworth.
Size : ⅔, ¼ linear feet (3 boxes), 5 small boxes
Collection Guide Available : No
Manly, Basil and R. Fuller Manly
Correspondence, 1861-1867
These letters report news of the interest to this family and news of the Civil War.
Size : ¼ linear foot (1 box)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Marshall, Burke
Files on Civil Rights in Alabama, 1961-1963
A 1951 graduate of Yale Law School, Burke Marshall served as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the United States Department of Justice from 1961 to 1965. In this capacity he was involved in, and present during, a number of racial crises in Alabama including the 1963 demonstrations in Birmingham and the desegregation of the University of Alabama. This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, notes, FBI reports, newspaper clippings, and other material generated by or collected by Burke Marshall during his service as U. S. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.
Size : 1½ linear feet (3 boxes)
Collection Guide Available : Yes (online)
Marshall, Daisy E.
Autograph Album, 1884-1885
At the time that this autograph album was compiled Daisy E. Marshall was a resident of Birmingham, Alabama. She resided at 2412 First Avenue, North with J. B. Marshall, who worked in the lumber trade. Marshall is listed in the Birmingham city directory as "Miss Daisy Marshall." The autograph album is typical of the type kept by men and women in the nineteenth century. The album contains poems and notes of affection written by friends and friends' signatures.
Size : 1 volume
Collection Guide Available : No
Martin, Fred R.
Scrapbooks on Americana
These scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings, photographs and memorabilia on a wide variety of topics, especially Alabama, the South and the Civil War.
Size : 4¼ linear feet (34 volumes)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Martin, Hugh, Jr.
Scrapbook, 1938-1955
Hugh Martin was a nationally known singer, composer and arranger. This scrapbook chronicles his career on Broadway and in Hollywood.
Size : 1 box
Collection Guide Available : No
Matheon Club
Records, 1928-1983
This collection contains minutes of meetings, club yearbooks and a small amount of correspondence relating to the activities of this Birmingham women’s literary club.
Size : ¾ linear foot, 1 flat box
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Matheon Club (B) Records
Records, 1956-1993
Size : ⅓ linear foot (1 box)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
Matthews, Martha Franklin
Papers, 1900-1987
This collection contains photographs, correspondence, and an assortment of papers of Martha Matthews. The collection primarily consists of letters from Martha’s mother: Addie Norton Matthews. Very few letters from Martha to her mother are contained within this collection. There is a scrapbook and loose collection of Martha’s photographs of American soldiers engaging in “R&R” in Germany and other locations in western Europe after the war.
Size : 6 linear feet (4 boxes)
Collection Guide Available : Yes (online)
May, Elizabeth Ann
Papers, 1935-1949
These papers contain brochures, correspondence, subject files, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks and photographs relating to May’s activities while President of the Birmingham Business and Professional Women’s Club. The collection also contains newspaper clippings, correspondence and other material relating to the 1948 demonstration of Alabama’s first television broadcast; National Business Women’s Week and Woman of the Year for Birmingham; the cancellation of the Freedom Train stop in Birmingham due to controversies over racial segregation; the March of Dimes campaign in Birmingham; and clippings on the role of women on the home front during World War II.
Size : 1 box
Collection Guide Available : Yes
McAdory High School PTA
Scrapbooks, 1948-1950, 1956-1961, 1964-1966
These scrapbooks contains newspaper clippings, photographs, programs, art work and other material documenting the activities of the PTA and students at this western Jefferson County school.
Size : 2 flat boxes (7 volumes)
Collection Guide Available : Yes
McAdory, I. W.
I. W. McAdory served as an officer in the 28th Alabama Regiment of the Confederate army. This collection contains primarily muster rolls for that unit and the 24th Alabama Regiment.
Size : 1 box
Collection Guide Available : Yes
McCorvey, Netta Tutwiler
Papers on Julia Tutwiler
This collection contains documentation on the life and career of Alabama activist Julia Tutwiler. The material was collected by Netta McCorvey, Tutwiler’s sister, and Birmingham-Southern College professor Eoline Wallace Moore, author of the 1934 biography Julia Tutwiler, Teacher.
Size : 1 box
Collection Guide Available : Yes
McDowell, William George
Papers, 1906-1938
William George McDowell served as the fifth Episcopal Bishop of Alabama. Born in 1882 in Lexington, Kentucky, McDowell was a graduate of Washington and Lee University and Virginia Theological Seminary. He served as rector of two parishes in Virginia and rector of Church of the Holy Innocents in Auburn, Alabama before being elected Bishop-Coadjutor in 1922. McDowell became Bishop of the diocese in 1928. He died March 20, 1938 in Mobile. The papers include correspondence relating to McDowell’s service as Episcopal Bishop of Alabama, a journal kept by McDowell for the years 1909-1918, photographs, newspaper clippings and a scrapbook of clippings about McDowell’s life and career.
Size : ¼ linear foot and one flat box
Collection Guide Available : Yes (online)
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