Have you been put in charge of your office or agency’s records and, by extension, the records storage room? This can be an overwhelming experience. You may inherit a space with unmarked boxes, loose materials, ephemera, and decades of records crammed into a tiny space and packed to the ceiling. You’ll need to gain control … Continue reading 10 Steps to Wrangling Your Records Storage Room
In movies and television, Hollywood often portrays archives as mysterious buildings filled with dusty shelves and stern archivists who keep people from accessing the records. In reality, archives like the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) are not dusty. Quite the opposite, our records storage rooms are clean and environmentally stable in order to … Continue reading What is an Archives?
Alabama Bicentennial Christmas Ornament On Saturday, December 14, 2019, the Capitol's grounds hosted a bicentennial festival. A parade down Dexter Avenue kicked off the festivities. Throughout the entire day, the downtown Montgomery bustled with vendors, reenactments, dance performances, and other entertainments. That afternoon, Governor Ivey held a dedication ceremony of Bicentennial Park, leading into the … Continue reading New in the ADAH Collections: Alabama Bicentennial Commission Collection
We have a quick quiz for all local government employees! Q1: Do you know what a "Records Disposition Authority (RDA)" is?Q2. Do you know the definition of “retention”?Q3: Did you know that Alabama law requires you to practice appropriate records management? Believe it or not, local government institutions in Alabama are all beholden to the Local … Continue reading Managing Local Records in Alabama Resource Guide
Turkeys play a surprisingly interesting part in Alabama's history and traditions. The Alabama Photographs and Pictures Collection and Governor Bob Riley Collection highlight a treasure trove of fowl-related history in Alabama. Read on to see some great photos from the collections and learn more about how both wild and domestic turkeys have played a role in Alabamian traditions. Bill … Continue reading A Fowl History in Alabama