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About the Department

The Southern History Department is a collection that covers every facet of Southern life and culture. The major focus of the collection is on Birmingham, Jefferson County, and Alabama. If you are interested in Southern local, state, or regional history, arts and sciences, geography, genealogy, or folklore you can find information on all these subjects in Southern History. There are extensive newspaper clipping files on local and regional history that can be searched for information along with periodicals and online databases. Other areas of interest in the Southern History Department are the Caribbean Collection, the BPL Cartography Collection, and the Rare Book Collection of early Americana.



Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. By Appointment Only

2100 Park Place
Birmingham, Alabama 35203-2744
(205) 226-3665

  • I-20 E/I-59 N59/20 to Exit 124D for 17th St. North toward Downtown
  • Turn left onto Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard
  • Turn right onto 20th St. North
  • Turn left onto Park Place

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