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Huntsville Photographs

This collection is comprised of frequently requested images of Huntsville landmarks, civic and tourist attractions and well known historic businesses, schools, libraries and institutions.

Huntsville Photographs
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The Faces of the Huntsville Female College

A collection of photographs dedicated to the students of Huntsville's Female College, a nineteenth century institution dedicated to the education of women in North Alabama.

The Faces of the Huntsville Female College

About the collections



Archives

Huntsville’s Library was formed in 1818, when Alabama was still a part of the Mississippi Territory.  It is the oldest continuing Library in the state, although it has changed location several times.


The Department of Archives was established in 1973 in order to house the rare, fragile, and unique material that has been part of the library collection since 1818.

 

Manuscripts

Manuscripts in the Archives offer the researcher a valuable source for study and writing of history relating to Huntsville and Madison County, Alabama.  The collection includes business records, church records, diaries, records from local organizations, journals and scrapbooks.  A prized part of our collection is the Clay Family papers, covering the period from 1812-1877.  These include statehood papers from Gov. C.C. Clay, Civil War letters and family correspondence.


Photographs

The photograph collection numbers over 15,000 positive photographic prints from Huntsville and Madison County, the oldest dating from the 1850’s.  They depict street scenes, buildings, churches, schools, cotton mills, portraits, and historic homes.

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