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Perspective Map of Montgomery, State Capital of Alabama. H. Wellge, sk. Beck & Pauli Lith. Co.
Perspective Map of Montgomery, State Capital of Alabama. H. Wellge, sk. Beck & Pauli Lith. Co.
1 map, 1887.
Milwaukee, Henry Wellge & Co.
Geography & Map Division.
Call Number:
G3974.M6A3 1887.W4

African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907

The Daniel A. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900. Search the bibliographic records and the full-text option to find items related to Alabama.

Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress

The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress consist of approximately 20,000 documents which include incoming and outgoing correspondence and enclosures, drafts of speeches, and notes and printed material.

American Landscape and Architectural Design, 1850-1920: A Study Collection from the Harvard Graduate School of Design

This collection of approximately 2,800 lantern slides represents an historical view of American buildings and landscapes built during the period 1850-1920. Search the bibliographic records using the search term Alabama to locate six items for Alabama.

American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940

These life histories were written by staff of the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers' Project for the U.S. Works Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA) from 1936-40. The collection contains thirty-three titles for Alabama.

American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920

This collection comprises 253 published narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the United States and their observations and opinions about American peoples, places, and society from about 1750 to 1920. Search the full-text option to locate items pertaining to Alabama, including Alabama --volume 2 from Our Whole Country.

An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

The Printed Ephemera Collection at the Library of Congress is a rich repository of Americana. In total, the collection comprises 28,000 primary source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompassing key events and eras in American history. Browse by geographic location of printing to locate twenty-one items printed in Alabama.

American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States

The site contains a slightly expanded and fully searchable version of the print publication American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2001). The guide has been redesigned for online use, with added illustrations and links to existing digitized material located throughout the Library of Congress Web site. Search the collection on Alabama to locate six items.

Baseball Cards, 1887-1914

This collection presents 2,100 early baseball cards dating from 1887 to 1914. Browse by city to locate baseball cards for baseball players from Mobile and Montgomery.

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938

The collection contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. Browse by state to locate slave narratives for Alabama.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

The collection consists of a linked set of published congressional records of the United States of America from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875.

Daguerreotype Collection

This collection consists of approximately 700 photographs dating from 1839 to 1864. Portrait daguerreotypes produced by the Mathew Brady studio make up the major portion of the collection. The collection includes four daguerreotype portraits of congressmen from Alabama.

Detroit Publishing Company

This collection of photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company Collection includes over 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints, mostly of the eastern United States. Browse the collection by place to locate images of Alabama.

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920

This collection documents the historical formation and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage. Search the full-text option to locate items related to Alabama, including an Address by Braxton Bragg Comer Governor of Alabama.

Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives

The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection are among the most famous documentary photographs ever produced. Created by a group of U.S. government photographers, the images show Americans in every part of the nation. This collection contains more than one hundred black-and-white photographs for Alabama.

Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs

Photographers working for the U.S. government's Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) between 1939 and 1944 made approximately 1,600 color photographs that depict life in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. This collections contains seventeen color photographs of Alabama.

Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed Collection

This multi-format ethnographic field collection of traditional fiddle tunes is performed by Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia. Recorded by folklorist Alan Jabbour in 1966-67, when Reed was more than eighty years old, the tunes represent the music and evoke the history and spirit of Virginia's Appalachian frontier.

From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909

This collection consists of 397 pamphlets, published from 1824 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics.

Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey

The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies. Browse by geographic location to locate items for Alabama.

Map Collections

The Geography & Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which this collection represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form. The collection is organized according to seven major categories: Cities and Towns, Conservation and Environment, Cultural Landscapes, Discovery and Exploration, General Maps, Military Battles and Campaigns, and Transportation and Communication. Browse the geographic location index to locate maps of Alabama.

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1820-1860 & 1870-1885

This collection consists of over 62,000 pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the nineteenth century. Included are popular songs, operatic arias, piano music, sacred music and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra.

"Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943

This collection consists of approximately 100 sound recordings, primarily blues and gospel songs, and related documentation from the folk festival at Fort Valley State College (now Fort Valley State University), Fort Valley, Georgia.

Panoramic Photographs

The Panoramic Photograph Collection contains approximately 4,000 images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. The collections contains more more than forty images for Alabama.

Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929

This collection assembles a wide array of Library of Congress source materials from the 1920s that document the widespread prosperity of the Coolidge years, the nation's transition to a mass consumer economy, and the role of government in this transition.

  • Better Homes in America, Publications no. 11, Guidebook for Better Homes Campaigns in Rural Communities and Small Towns, and no. 12, Guidebook for Better Homes Campaigns in Cities and Towns; A Machine-readable Transcription. Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.

Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

This collection showcases materials from the Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (1978) and the Lands' End All-American Quilt Contest Collection (1992, 1994, 1996).

Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip

A multi-format ethnographic field collection that includes approximately 700 sound recordings, as well as photographic prints, fieldnotes, dust jackets, and other manuscripts documenting a three-month, 6,502-mile trip through the southern United States collecting folksongs. Search the bibliographic records or the full-text option to locate items related to Alabama.

Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories

The recordings of former slaves in this collection come from several collections held in the American Folklife Center's Archive of Folk Culture. They were made by various interviewers working in nine Southern states between 1932 and 1975. Browse the collection by place to locate interviews from Alabama.

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