Alabama State Guide
Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture: Alabama Collections
The Archive of Folk Culture holds approximately 2700 collections consisting of more than 150,000 sound recordings and 3 million items. At this time only a portion of them have catalog records and finding aids. Contact the Folklife Reading Room for additional information about collections.
Folklife in Your State: Alabama
The collections of the American Folklife Center contain
rich and varied materials from Alabama that document the
diversity of the state's folk traditions. Among its unique
recordings are spirituals, work songs, and shouts from
the prison camps of the 1930s; fiddle music; coal miners'
songs; African American folklore; Sacred Harp singing;
and the music of blues and gospel artists Alabama's
Local Legacies Projects, an exploration of local traditions
and celebrations, and a Concert
Webcast of the Birmingham Sunlights are available
on the Center's Web page.
America's Library is designed especially for elementary
and middle school students.
the States: Alabama
Jump Back in Time
Union Navy Captured Fort Morgan, Alabama, August 23,
Boll Weevil Honored in Alabama, December 11, 1919
First March From Selma, March 7, 1965
American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship
This exhibition showcases the incomparable African-American
collections of the Library of Congress. It displays more
than 240 items, including books, government documents,
manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings.
The exhibition includes the following items pertaining
American Treasures of the Library of Congress
On March 25, 1931, nine African-American males were
arrested and charged with the rape of two white women.
Within twelve days, all of the men were tried and convicted
in a Scottsboro, Alabama court house.
Conceived in partnership with France’s national
library, the Bibliothèque nationale de France,
France in America /France en Amérique is
a bilingual digital library made available by the Library
of Congress. It explores the history of the French presence
in North America from the first decades of the sixteenth
century to the end of the nineteenth century. Search
the project to find items related to Alabama, including
cours de la riviere des Alibamon, [17..]
Histories: Spain, the United States, and the American Frontier
Parallel Histories: Spain, the United States, and
the American Frontier is a bilingual, multi-format
English-Spanish digital library site that explores the
interactions between Spain and the United States in America
from the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries.
The project presents books, maps, prints and photographs,
manuscripts, and other documents from the collections
of the partner libraries. Five main themes related to
the history of Spain and the parallel histories between
the United States and Spain are illuminated: Exploration
and Early Settlement, Colonization and Settlement, Meeting
of Cultures and Religious/Evangelical Activities, American
Revolution, and Mutual Perceptions. Search
the project to find items related to Alabama, including
del Pto. de la Movila situado en la latd. N. de 30°
10' tomado á los Ings., el día 14 de marzo
Bibliographies and Guides
This site provides the names of all current state poets
laureate of the United States. It also includes a history
of the laureateship in each state, as well the District
of Columbia, and attempts to provide a comprehensive listing
of all prior state poets laureate. Included is information on the position of State Poet Laureate in Alabama.
to Law Online
Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of
Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide
to sources of information on government and law available
online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable
sites for legal information on U.S states and territories,
and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the subject heading United
States--Alabama to find digital images related to
Alabama, such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons.
all text fields in PPOC using the term Alabama or names of cities, towns, and sites to locate additional images.
Primary Sources by State
The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts
from every state, the U.S. territories, and the District
of Columbia. Click on Alabama to view historic artifacts and cultural materials from
Creating a Primary Source Archive: All History Is Local
Examine the interplay between national,
state, local, and personal history. Students produce a
digital collection of primary sources from their family
or local community based on the collections in American
Exploring Community Through Local History: Oral Stories, Landmarks and Traditions
Students explore the local history of the community in which they live through written and spoken stories; through landmarks such as buildings, parks, restaurants, or businesses; and through traditions such as food, festivals and other events of the community or of individual families.
Local History: Mapping My Spot
Students create their town’s history for coming generations and place themselves on the map in a literal as well as figurative sense, by producing portions of an updated version of an early twentieth century panoramic map from the American Memory collections.
On Sunday March 7, 1965, about 600 people began a 54-mile
march from Selma, Alabama to the state capitol in Montgomery.
They were demonstrating for African American voting rights
and to commemorate the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson. Jackson
had been shot three weeks earlier by an state trooper
while trying to protect his mother at a civil rights demonstration.
On August 23, 1864, the Union navy captured Fort Morgan,
Alabama, breaking the Confederate dominance of the ports
of the Gulf of Mexico. As the Union fleet of four ironclad
and fourteen wooden ships sailed into the channel on August
5, one of the lead ships, the Tecumseh, hit a
mine, at the time known as a "torpedo."
On December 11, 1919, the citizens of Enterprise, Alabama
erected a monument to the boll weevil, the beetle that
devastated their fields but forced residents to end their
dependence on cotton and to pursue mixed farming and manufacturing.
A pest measuring an average length of six millimeters,
the insect entered the United States via Mexico in the
1890s and reached southeastern Alabama in 1915. It remains
the most destructive cotton pest in North America.
History Project Home Page
The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves
the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian
workers who supported them. Browse the database by state
of residence to locate veterans from Alabama.