About Digital Collections

Birmingham Public Library is fortunate to have received the generous support of many people, organizations, and companies.

The Birmingham News and al.com - For permission to digitize newspaper clippings.

The Birmingham Post Herald - For permission to digitize newspaper clippings.

Friends of the Birmingham Public Library - For equipment support.

Mr. Bob Roper - For donating scanned images of the Jones Valley High School yearbooks. 

"My family moved from Powderly and Jones Valley in 1960,  my freshman year. I was a product of the streets and neighbors of Powderly; the teachers, the students, the hallways and the playgrounds of Jones Valley. I never quite got over this experience. I was comfortable and secure there. I felt a sense of belonging, a sense of family there that I have not experienced again.    My memories comforted me over the years but I longed to revisit those years with those I remembered so warmly. What started in the fall of 2004 as lunch with a old friends from Jones Valley has grown to what the Jones Valley web site (www.jonesvalley.net ) is today.  I never intended to start a web site, I just wanted a place to share photos of our luncheons – it just got a little out of control and took on a life of its own.  It has been a labor of love." - B. Roper


Help us locate and digitize Birmingham historical resources


The BPL Digital Collections database was created to preserve and make available the local history of Birmingham and the surrounding area. These resources can help students, teachers, genealogists, historians, and interested citizens learn more about the history of Birmingham.

To make this project a success, we need access to materials that are in private hands. If you have photographs or other historical items you think might be of interest and are willing to either donate the materials to the Birmingham Public Library Archives Department or let us make a copy for digitizing, then we would like to hear from you. All of the photographs already online have been donated by citizens, companies and organizations like you. 

For more information contact:

Catherine Oseas Champion, Archivist
Birmingham Public Library
Archives Department
2100 Park Place
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 226-3630
Email:  Catherine.Oseas@cobpl.org


Digitizing costs money. If you have any ideas about where we might find funding, please tell us about them. Would your organization be interested in funding a project? Are you a member of a local foundation or corporate giving committee? Or, would you like to make a donation to help us?

If you can help, please get in touch with us.

Thank you.

Birmingham Public Library
Development Department
2100 Park Place
Birmingham, AL 35203-2794
(205) 226-3614

Contact us

Archives Department: catherine.oseas@cobpl.org
Project Leader: melinda.shelton@cobpl.org

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