Alabama Department of Archives and History

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The Alabama Department of Archives and History is the official records repository of the State of Alabama. Founded in 1901 to preserve records of Civil War military service and other Alabama historical materials, the ADAH was the first state archives department in the United States.


Address and Contact Info

Address: Alabama Department of Archives and History, P.O. Box 300100, 624 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36130-0100

Telephone & fax: (334) 242-4435



Online collections:

Principal contacts for the collection:

Hours and Usage Restrictions

The Research Room is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays only. Changes in operating hours are posted on the website.

Up to four items may be requested at one time.

Online Catalogs and Finding Aids

Collections Index:

Catalog: (This URL is subject to change.)

Digital Collections:

Key individuals

Archive staff

(people you've found particularly helpful; no invective)



Notable works that have used the ADAH collections:

  • Ashmore, Susan Youngblood. Carry It On: The War on Poverty and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, 1964-1972. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2008. ISBN 9780820330518
  • Fitzgerald, Michael W. Splendid Failure: Postwar Reconstruction in the American South. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2007. ISBN 9781566637343
  • Fitzgerald, Michael W. The Union League Movement in the Deep South: Politics and Agricultural Change During Reconstruction. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989. ISBN 9780807115268
  • Fitzgerald, Michael W. Urban Emancipation: Popular Politics in Reconstruction Mobile 1860-1890. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2002. ISBN 9780807128077
  • Lupold, John S., and John L. French. Bridging Deep South Rivers: The Life and Legend of Horace King. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2004. ISBN 9780820326269
  • Waselkov, Gregory A. A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813-1814. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2006. ISBN 9780817314910



On weekdays try walking down Dexter Avenue, the main street that terminates at the Capitol building. The downtown Montgomery eateries cater to the lunch crowd on business days.




Internet access

Wireless Internet access is available at no charge. A password is required, and can be obtained from the reference desk in the reading room. The password changes periodically. The wireless router is named "yellowhammer" (for the Alabama state bird).

Workstations with Internet access are also available.


Access for people with disabilities is much improved since the construction of the West Wing. Access to the building is from the Adams Avenue entrance. Five parking spaces are available in the free lot south of the Adams Avenue entrance. Guide animals are allowed in the museum and research room. For more information on accessibility, see



The Friends of the Archives volunteer organization runs a small bookstore on the first floor of the archive building. It offers books and maps as well as Alabama souvenirs and toys.

See also

  • The nearby State Law Library is open to the public Monday-Friday and has a typical complement of state, federal, and Commonwealth legal references. It is a U.S. government documents depository.
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