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Volunteer Civilian Defense
Volunteer Civilian Defense.
1 print on board (poster)
[between 1941 and 1943]
Alabama : WPA War Services.
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:

American Folklife Center

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

America's Library is designed especially for elementary and middle school students.

Explore the States: Alabama

Jump Back in Time

The Union Navy Captured Fort Morgan, Alabama, August 23, 1864

The Boll Weevil Honored in Alabama, December 11, 1919

The First March From Selma, March 7, 1965


African 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 to Alabama.

American Treasures of the Library of Congress

The Scottsboro Nine

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.

Global Gateway

France In America

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 Le cours de la riviere des Alibamon, [17..]

Parallel 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 Plano del Pto. de la Movila situado en la latd. N. de 30° 10' tomado á los Ings., el día 14 de marzo de 1780.

Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Bibliographies and Guides

U.S. State Poets Laureate

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.

Law Library of Congress

The Guide 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, including Alabama.

Prints and Photographs Division

Prints 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. Search all text fields in PPOC using the term Alabama or names of cities, towns, and sites to locate additional images.

Teachers Page

Features & Activities

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 the state.

Lesson Plans

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 Memory.

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.

Today in History

March 7

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.

August 23

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."

December 11

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.

Veterans History Project

Veterans 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.


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