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In 2017, the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) presented a...
02/20/2024

In 2017, the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) presented an collaborative exhibition called 𝘚𝘦𝘸𝘯 𝘛𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳: 𝘛𝘸𝘰 𝘊𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘈𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘮𝘢 𝘘𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘵𝘴. The exhibition featured examples of -made quilts from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries drawn from the extraordinary collections of the ADAH and MMFA.

Today, we are pleased to debut a newly redesigned digital exhibition featuring the quilts of 𝘚𝘦𝘸𝘯 𝘛𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 and a wealth of additional content about our state’s rich quilting traditions. Begin exploring through the link below.

An exhibit from the Alabama Department of Archives and History and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

The ADAH will be closed today, February 19, for the state holiday observing the birthdays of George Washington and Thoma...
02/19/2024

The ADAH will be closed today, February 19, for the state holiday observing the birthdays of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. We will resume our regular hours of operation tomorrow.

Remember, you can explore our digital collections any time at https://digital.archives.alabama.gov

02/15/2024

Gorham Bird will discuss the new ADAH temporary exhibit History Lives On: Preserving Alabama's Rosenwald Schools created by the ADAH and Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design & Construction.

The exhibit details the history and legacy of Rosenwald Schools, from the program’s Tuskegee-based roots to community-driven efforts during segregation to build and sustain the schools, and to ongoing work to preserve the remaining structures. The exhibit is the result of a partnership between the ADAH and Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design & Construction. It grew from Auburn’s recent work to document and digitally preserve some of Alabama’s extant Rosenwald Schools. .

Food for Thought 2024 is sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Alliance and the Friends of the Alabama Archives.

02/14/2024

Let's show our educators some on Valentine's Day! ♥️

Applications are still open for our Summer 2024 Alabama History Institutes! These 3-day workshops blend classroom training with hands-on experiences at local museums and historic sites. Teachers will receive professional development credit and a stipend. 🍎🎓

The deadline to apply is March 8, 2024. Check the schedule and apply online: https://archives.alabama.gov/teach-learn/professional-development/upcoming-institutes.aspx

A field trip to Montgomery would not be complete without a visit to the Museum of Alabama at the Archives. Last year mor...
02/14/2024

A field trip to Montgomery would not be complete without a visit to the Museum of Alabama at the Archives. Last year more than 19,000 K-12 visitors explored and engaged with in our exhibit galleries.

Teachers said:

“We love how well this exhibit matches our standards and curriculum. It felt like we were able to walk through the history we have learned all year!”

“Our guide was incredible. He was very knowledgeable and attentive to our students’ questions. The way he presented our state history was perfect for our group.”

“Very engaging! Everything was explained in a great way for this age of students to understand.”

To learn more about K-12 field trips to the Archives, visit https://archives.alabama.gov/visit/tours/groups.aspx

Have you sent all your Valentines yet? 💝This WWI-era correspondence documents the courtship and early marriage of Willia...
02/14/2024

Have you sent all your Valentines yet? 💝

This WWI-era correspondence documents the courtship and early marriage of William Copeland Dubose and Annie Mae Jones DuBose, who wrote hundreds of letters between 1914 and 1921. The couple met as students at the Troy State Normal School, and their letters reflect their shared love of learning and teaching. In their earliest letters, they discussed college life, the state teacher’s exam, and their activities over Christmas break.

They were soon separated when William was drafted during World War I, but distance only intensified their correspondence. William wrote dozens of letters while he completed military training and served as a Private at Base Hospital 43 in Blois, France. Through lonely nights, William confessed his deepest doubts and took heart from Annie Mae’s encouraging letters. On January 4, 1918, as he waited to receive his classification, he wrote, “I’d give anything if I could look at the future as you do. …I used to believe that I had a bright future in my state, but now I don’t believe I’ll ever reach that future and the war has tarnished every ambition, every hope.”

William survived the war and returned to Alabama and his beloved Annie Mae. On June 23, 1920, they were married. At their wedding, William had the chance to repay the encouragement that Annie Mae had provided during the war. In her last letter before the wedding, she wrote, “Store up all the courage you can. You’ll need it – to support me!” With equal measures of love and courage, they supported each other through the 50 years of marriage that followed. Both remained passionate about education, and they continued to teach at schools in Montgomery and Brewton until their retirement in the mid-1960s.

The Dubose collection, with its confidences, encouragement, and humor, has been digitized and is available here: https://digital.archives.alabama.gov/digital/collection/photo!voices!maps!peppler!amg!robinson!p17217coll1!records!wsfa!folk!wpa-religion!incarceration!voter1867!voter!constitutions!supreme_court!executive!cwrg!cwnp!cw_flags!regiments!p17217coll3!goldstar!p17217coll16!museum!wpa!adah_pubs!reorg/search/searchterm/annie%20mae%20dubose

In 1918, nineteen-year-old Mamie moved from Attalla in Etowah County to Washington, D.C., to work for the Bureau of War ...
02/14/2024

In 1918, nineteen-year-old Mamie moved from Attalla in Etowah County to Washington, D.C., to work for the Bureau of War Risk Insurance within the U.S. Treasury Department. While living in Washington, she visited many tourist sites, including the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument. Venturing outside the city, Mamie and her friends traveled to see the Great Falls of the Potomac River and Camp A. A. Humphreys (now Fort Belvoir). Mamie documented her adventures in photograph albums filled with images of her friends and the places she visited. They are accessible online at: https://digital.archives.alabama.gov/digital/collection/photo/id/43932/rec/1

Happy  ! Did you know that ‪our state‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ is home to America's first ‪‎Mardi Gras ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬celebratio...
02/13/2024

Happy ! Did you know that ‪our state‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ is home to America's first ‪‎Mardi Gras ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬celebration? Mardi Gras first came to what is now with the early French explorers, who were led by Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville. He recorded the first observance of Mardi Gras in Mobile in his journal in 1699. Men in the camp marked the occasion with feasts, dancing, and a night of masked revelry. The annual celebrations of the festival continued as control of the city passed from the French to the British and the Spanish and finally to the United States in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Today, Mardi Gras celebrations remain an important part of Alabama's Gulf Coast culture. Read more in this Encyclopedia of Alabama article http://bit.ly/17efPLa

In celebration of ‪ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬, check out these photos from our collection of Mobile Mardi Gras parades from the past.

Alabama's award-winning, Smithsonian-quality state history museum is located inside the Alabama Department of Archives a...
02/12/2024

Alabama's award-winning, Smithsonian-quality state history museum is located inside the Alabama Department of Archives and History. At the Museum of Alabama you can explore Alabama's story through artifacts, immersive audiovisual programs, and beautiful scenic elements. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 to 4:30. Admission is always free.

Learn more and plan your visit at https://archives.alabama.gov/visit/.

Last Saturday was an absolute blast at our Black History Month event! 🎉We welcomed more than 200 visitors who enjoyed a ...
02/12/2024

Last Saturday was an absolute blast at our Black History Month event! 🎉

We welcomed more than 200 visitors who enjoyed a museum scavenger hunt, crafts, book readings and a fascinating panel discussion highlighting the contributions of Black Alabamians to the arts throughout history. Thank you to all of our wonderful community partners and vendors Can A Brotha Get A Slice 🍕 & JoZettie's Cupcakes🧁, and everyone who stopped by! We can't wait for next year.

◼️Community Partners:
League of Women Voters of Montgomery
Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Thread My Needle Quilters
Freedom Rides Museum
Old Alabama Town/LMF
Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University

02/09/2024

The weekend is almost here and we hope to see you tomorrow at the Archives for African Americans and the Arts: A Black History Month Event. This family-friendly event will highlight stories of Black Alabamians and their contributions to the arts throughout history. Admission is FREE. Watch this video to learn more!

https://archives.alabama.gov/EventView.aspx?id=88

Because we believe that the more accessible the history of Alabama is, the more useful it can be, the Archives devotes a...
02/08/2024

Because we believe that the more accessible the history of Alabama is, the more useful it can be, the Archives devotes a whole team of staff and volunteers to the process of digitizing its collections and making them available online. This team scans documents and photographs, uploads them to our digital database, transcribes text, and populates each online item with metadata so it can be more easily found by researchers, genealogists, educators, and all students of Alabama history.

One ongoing project that will take years for this team to complete is the digitization of photos, negatives, and negative sleeves from the Alabama Media Group (AMG) Collection. Learn more this about the AMG Collection and our digitization process with one of our very first Archives/Five videos!

See it on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/DdPgXN2Iauo?si=-ZhswZQbwSJ3MXRB

Explore the newest batch of 445 digitized Alabama Media Group Images here: https://digital.archives.alabama.gov/digital/collection/amg/search/searchterm/AMG_negatives_0042/field/upload/mode/exact/conn/and

The Alabama Department of Archives and History makes thousands of digitized records and photographs, along with hundreds...
02/08/2024

The Alabama Department of Archives and History makes thousands of digitized records and photographs, along with hundreds of hours of audiovisual materials, available to anyone with an Internet connection.

Explore our digital collections here digital.archives.alabama.gov/

What beautiful music echoed through our building last Saturday! We were honored to host the 2024 Rotunda Singing, a full...
02/07/2024

What beautiful music echoed through our building last Saturday! We were honored to host the 2024 Rotunda Singing, a full day of singing from four oblong shape-note hymnals in use in Alabama, in our main lobby. The all-day singing, organized by the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture and the Alabama Folklife Association, celebrated its 20th year at the ADAH this year. Voices from across Alabama and neighboring states joined in powerful, a ca****la, 4-part harmony in this vibrant Alabama musical tradition. Can’t wait for next year!

Many thanks to Annemarie Anderson at the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture for the photos!

On June 11, 1864, the CSS 𝘈𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘮𝘢 docked in Cherbourg, France. For nearly two years, the Confederate vessel under the co...
02/07/2024

On June 11, 1864, the CSS 𝘈𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘮𝘢 docked in Cherbourg, France. For nearly two years, the Confederate vessel under the command of Raphael Semmes (pictured) had conducted successful commerce raids, capturing and plundering more than 60 Union ships. The vessel was badly worn and in need of extensive repairs. At anchor off the Cherbourg shore was the USS 𝘒𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘦 captained by John W. Winslow. The Union vessel had pursued the 𝘈𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘮𝘢 through the Atlantic. Unable to secure needed repairs, Semmes elected to engage the larger 𝘒𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘦 in battle, hoping to damage the vessel enough so that the 𝘈𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘮𝘢 could escape. On June 19, 1864, they dueled for nearly two hours, circling each other seven times to try and gain an advantage. The superior guns of the 𝘒𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘦 scored several hits below the waterline of the Confederate vessel. The 𝘈𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘮𝘢 sank off the French coast.

Twenty-eight 𝘈𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘮𝘢 crewmen were killed during the battle; another 68 were captured by the 𝘒𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘦. The remainder of the Confederate crew, including Semmes, were rescued by neutral vessels that had gathered to watch the engagement.

A. G. Bartelli, Semmes’ steward, saved the 𝘈𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘮𝘢'𝘴 logbook shortly before the ship sank. The steward gave up his spot on a lifeboat to retrieve the logbook and other documents from the captain’s cabin. Bartelli drowned shortly thereafter. Semmes then entrusted the documents to two volunteers, who kept them in their shirts as they swam from the sinking ship. Neutral vessels rescued both men, who later returned the documents to Semmes.

Nearly fifty years later, Semmes’ daughter, Electra Semmes Colston, donated the logbook to the Alabama Department of Archives and History where it has been digitized and made available online.

You can view the pages of logbook in our digital collections here - https://digital.archives.alabama.gov/digital/collection/voices/id/16526/rec/2

02/06/2024

To know our state’s story means to understand who we are. To tell the story of Alabama, you have to tell the story of its people.

This is the work of the Alabama Department of Archives & History.

Our stories live here.

The ADAH collects records and artifacts that document the stories and experiences of Alabamians throughout history. Thes...
02/06/2024

The ADAH collects records and artifacts that document the stories and experiences of Alabamians throughout history. These materials become part of the ADAH's permanent collections and belong to the citizens of our state.

Learn more about our work in our new FY23 Annual Report - http://tinyurl.com/ADAHAnnualReportFY23

Weather has the power to upend history, to change the stories of families, communities, and our state in an instant. Whe...
02/06/2024

Weather has the power to upend history, to change the stories of families, communities, and our state in an instant.

When severe weather threatens, Alabamians in north-central Alabama rely on meteorologist James Spann for live storm coverage. Spann has served as the chief meteorologist at Birmingham's ABC 33/40 since 1996, providing a reassuring presence on Alabama’s worst weather days. When potentially dangerous weather is on the horizon, Spann often appears on-air without a suit jacket in his now-iconic suspenders, giving an unspoken cue to viewers to pay attention to what is happening outside their windows.

On April 27, 2011, sixty-two tornadoes touched down in Alabama, and 252 people lost their lives. During the devastating tornado outbreak, Spann provided more than eight hours of live television coverage. His calm but stern warnings to take cover likely saved countless lives.

Spann donated the suspenders he wore that day to the Alabama Department of Archives and History, along with a tie he has worn frequently on the air. They are now part of our permanent collections.



The ADAH is pleased to share its Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Report, detailing the services of the agency to the people of o...
02/05/2024

The ADAH is pleased to share its Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Report, detailing the services of the agency to the people of our state. In its pages you can learn more about how we collect and preserve Alabama’s history and make it available to all Alabamians. We invite you to visit us in person or online soon to find your story.

View the report here - http://tinyurl.com/ADAHAnnualReportFY23

The home of Alabama history since 1901, the Archives exists to collect and preserve the historical records and artifacts...
02/05/2024

The home of Alabama history since 1901, the Archives exists to collect and preserve the historical records and artifacts of the people of Alabama, and to use that material in sharing their stories.

Here, the pieces of Alabama’s story are stitched together to help us better understand where we came from…and where we’re going.



www.archives.alabama.gov

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02/05/2024

Join Erica Eaves online as she discusses the wealth of information that can be located through the Freedmen’s Bank records. Also learn of other academic resources that can shed light on what their lives were like through various historical milestones.

Join ADAH Digital Assets Archivist Justin Rudder as he discusses the importance of the 1867 Voter Registration books and...
02/01/2024

Join ADAH Digital Assets Archivist Justin Rudder as he discusses the importance of the 1867 Voter Registration books and the critical role digital scanning plays in preserving Alabama history. Rudder explains the history of the books as well as the importance they play in rediscovering lost genealogical information.

Join ADAH Digital Assets Archivist Justin Rudder as he discusses the importance of the 1867 Voter Registration books and the critical role digital scanning p...

Are you a student interested in a career in archives or museums? The Archives is accepting applications from undergradua...
01/31/2024

Are you a student interested in a career in archives or museums? The Archives is accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students for our summer 2024 internship program! All of our internships are paid, and interns may be able to obtain academic credit. 🏛️⭐📚

Apply by March 1 here: https://archives.alabama.gov/about/internships.aspx

Thanks WSFA-TV for spotlighting our agency's ongoing work to collect, preserve, and share  . We invite all Alabamians to...
01/29/2024

Thanks WSFA-TV for spotlighting our agency's ongoing work to collect, preserve, and share . We invite all Alabamians to visit us in Montgomery. Learn more about the ADAH's resources, programs, and award-winning Museum of Alabama at archives.alabama.gov.

The Alabama Department of Archives and History is like a walk back in time to see the people, items and events that make Alabama what it is today.

Save the date! 📅 Let the countdown begin as we prepare for the return of the Rotunda Singing on Saturday, February 3, 20...
01/25/2024

Save the date! 📅 Let the countdown begin as we prepare for the return of the Rotunda Singing on Saturday, February 3, 2024 – one of our favorite annual events!🎶

Come and experience the power and beauty of four-part, a ca****la shape-note singing at the 2024 Rotunda Singing—a vibrant Alabama musical tradition. We'll sing from four oblong shape-note hymnals in use in Alabama: The Sacred Harp (1991 Edition); The Sacred Harp (Cooper revision); The Christian Harmony; and The Colored Sacred Harp.

Presented by the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture and the Alabama Folklife Association on Saturday, February 3 from 9am until 3pm at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery.

Contact [email protected] for more information.

Calling all   students!📚🌟 The Friends of the Alabama Archives is sponsoring two $1,000 Student Research Fellowships in 2...
01/24/2024

Calling all students!📚🌟 The Friends of the Alabama Archives is sponsoring two $1,000 Student Research Fellowships in 2024. Senior-level or graduate students at an Alabama college or university, or Alabama residents enrolled in an out-of-state institution, are invited to apply. The fellowships are intended to offset expenses incurred by students conducting research using the collections of the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH). A committee of the Friends Board of Directors will review applications and make awards based on evaluations of project significance and work plan feasibility. Application deadline is March 1, 2024, with distribution of funds in April 2024.

Since 1982, the Friends of the Alabama Archives has provided vital support to the Alabama Department of Archives and History. By funding renovations, public programming, conservation projects, equipment purchases, and more, the Friends organization supports the Archives’ mission to collect, preserve, and share the history of Alabama.

Learn more and apply here: https://bit.ly/3UcDjLV

01/18/2024

Dan T. Carter will launch the 2024 slate of Food for Thought programs by discussing the double life of Asa Carter. Born in Anniston in 1925, Asa Carter was a political adviser to George Wallace during the 1962 gubernatorial campaign and was an author of Wallace’s first inauguration speech. Carter disappeared from Alabama in 1972 and assumed a new identity in Abilene, Texas, as a Cherokee American novelist. Using the name “Forrest" Carter, he published three successful Western novels, including The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales, the basis of a widely acclaimed 1976 Clint Eastwood film. His last book, The Education of Little Tree, became a posthumous bestseller.

01/18/2024

Calling all Alabama K-12 educators! 📚 Applications are NOW open for our Summer 2024 Alabama History Institutes. Apply today to join your peers at nine immersive workshops across the state in June. These 3-day workshops blend classroom training with hands-on experiences at local museums and historic sites. Teachers will receive professional development credit and a stipend. 🍎🎓 Hurry, space is limited! The deadline to apply is March 8, 2024. Check the schedule and apply online: https://archives.alabama.gov/teach-learn/professional-development/upcoming-institutes.aspx

Alabama History Institutes are immersive professional development workshops in history and civics for K-12 public, private, and homeschool educators. Each workshop will incorporate intensive classroom training using primary sources with hands-on experiences at local museums, parks, and historic sites. Participants receive a stipend and professional development credits.

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624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL
36130

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday 8:30am - 4:30pm

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(334) 242-4364

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