State Agency Records Destruction 101

No state government employee may destroy records without first obtaining the approval of the State Records Commission (SRC) (Code of Alabama 1975 §  41-13-21). The SRC determines which state government records have permanent value and which may be destroyed after specified periods of time. The SRC authorizes destruction through state agency Records Disposition Authorities (RDAs). … Continue reading State Agency Records Destruction 101

Can I Scan and Toss? Six Considerations for a Digitization Project

“If I scan a document, can I toss the paper copy?” This is one of the most common questions that Records Management Section staff hear from state and local government agencies. Perhaps your office wants to migrate records to a document management system or simply wants to move records to a shared drive for easy … Continue reading Can I Scan and Toss? Six Considerations for a Digitization Project

Celebrating National Photography Month: Exploring the ADAH Photograph Collections

The Alabama Department of Archives and History has millions of photographs in its collections, spanning from as early as 1840 to the modern day. Whether researching your ancestry or a specific person, place, or subject, a photograph can be an exciting discovery. To celebrate National Photography Month this May, the Alabama Department of Archives and … Continue reading Celebrating National Photography Month: Exploring the ADAH Photograph Collections

New in the ADAH Collections: Alabama Department of Commerce

In August 2018, Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) Records Management and Collections staff worked together to process and permanently transfer several boxes of records from the Alabama Department of Commerce to the ADAH archival holdings. Downtown Birmingham, Alabama digitized from Commerce’s transmittal. Pictured center is the Regions Center (originally named the “First National-Southern … Continue reading New in the ADAH Collections: Alabama Department of Commerce