Scrapbooks: Challenging Historical Treasures

The holiday season is a great time to look through old scrapbooks and share their stories and memories with family and friends. This year, why not also spend some time thinking about and planning how to preserve these homemade historical treasures for future generations? This blog will introduce you to scrapbooks, some of the problems … Continue reading Scrapbooks: Challenging Historical Treasures

Meet the Staff Feature: Mary Clare Johnson

For the Record’s “Meet the Staff” feature is an opportunity for our archivists to connect directly with the community which we serve. Name: Mary Clare Johnson   Title: Collections Archivist Specialties: Arranging, describing, and preserving archival collections How did you end up working at the Alabama Department of Archives and History? I became interested in a … Continue reading Meet the Staff Feature: Mary Clare Johnson

It’s Time to Submit Your Required Annual Records Disposition Authority Implementation Report for FY 2022

All state agencies, district attorneys, public colleges, and public universities in Alabama must report their records management activities annually through the submission of an Annual Records Disposition Authority (RDA) Implementation Report to the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH). The Annual RDA Implementation Report supplies information for the previous fiscal year. The implementation report … Continue reading It’s Time to Submit Your Required Annual Records Disposition Authority Implementation Report for FY 2022

Put a UV filter on that Limelight, Please! : Archivists in Popular Culture

I had just watched The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo when my supervisor asked me to write a blog post about depictions of archivists in popular culture. If you’ve never seen it, the film features an icy, unhelpful corporate archivist whose presence suggests she’s never assisted a researcher before; this portrayal of my profession left … Continue reading Put a UV filter on that Limelight, Please! : Archivists in Popular Culture

FAQ: Accessing Business Entity Filings

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) experienced an uptick in requests for assistance locating and accessing business entity filings as businesses applied for several pandemic-era economic initiatives. But what are business entity filings? Is the ADAH the first or the best place to look for a particular business entity filing? Today's … Continue reading FAQ: Accessing Business Entity Filings