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

Accessing Vital Records and Other Records Documenting Significant Life Milestones in Alabama

Poet Joyce Kilmer wrote that "life is a highway and its milestones are the years." Within families, a birth might be documented in a baby book, a marriage can be listed in a wedding album, and these may all be written down in the family Bible; however, these milestones are also recorded in official government … Continue reading Accessing Vital Records and Other Records Documenting Significant Life Milestones in Alabama

Archival Photographs in the ADAH Collections: FAQs

To celebrate National Photography Month this May, the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) is answering 8 of our most frequently asked questions about photographs in the ADAH collections. Young woman weighing a cake at a curb market in Montgomery, Alabama. 1920-1939 1. Are all the photos in the ADAH collections digitized?Many photos have … Continue reading Archival Photographs in the ADAH Collections: FAQs

A Visual Guide to Filling out Your Local Government Records Destruction Notice

Did you know that you must receive authorization from the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) before you destroy local government records? If you did not know this, please visit our other blogs Managing Local Records in Alabama Resource Guide and Local Government Records Destruction 101 and then come back to this post. If you … Continue reading A Visual Guide to Filling out Your Local Government Records Destruction Notice

What is an Archives?

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?