Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The New Deal in Jefferson County, Alabama

If you have viewed Birmingham from atop Vulcan, cheered for the Hueytown Golden Gophers at the Gilmore-Vines stadium, or admired East Lake library's mural, then you have experienced one of the legacies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal.

If you have a New Deal story or memory to share, or a comment to make, add it in the comments below.

For more information about the New Deal in Jefferson County, go to

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Shiloh Baptist Church Stampede 1902

Shiloh Baptist ChurchNow available online:

Trumpet blast: an interview with witnesses and the National Baptist Convention after more that one hundred persons had died in a stampede caused by a false alarm of fire during an evening session of the National Baptist Convention in Shiloh Baptist Church, southeast corner Nineteenth Street and Avenue G, Birmingham, Ala., September 19, 1902

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Community Foundation Celebrates 50 Years

The Archives Department of the Birmingham Public Library was honored to take part in the celebration of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham's 50th anniversary. Photos provided by the Archives were included in a fast-paced and uplifting video created by filmmaker Mark Hendren for the celebration. Check out the Foundation's blog to read more about the event and the video.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Birmingham Education 1921-1931

West Acipco School Primary ClassReport of Progress, Birmingham Public Schools: September 1, 1921 to August 31, 1931, a book published by the Birmingham Board of Education in 1931, is now available online. Coverage includes the administration, class instruction, school property, statistics, a school census, and finance.

One of the most interesting features of this publication is the numerous photographs of the school buildings, classrooms and students. Take a peek inside.

1911 Birmingham High School Yearbook

Birmingham High School's womens basketball team
Recently added to the Birmingham Public Library's Digital Collections database is Birmingham High School's 1911 yearbook, The Mirror.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Woodward family newspaper articles added

Rick Woodward
Newspaper articles about the Woodward family, one of Birmingham's most prominent families, have been added to the BPL Digital Collections database. The Woodwards founded the Woodward Iron Company and were involved in several other companies and philanthropic endeavors. The best known of the Woodward family members, Rick Woodward, was the owner of the Birmingham Barons from 1909 to 1936 and Rickwood Field was named in his honor.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009