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There are many great historical information and research web sites in the Greater Birmingham area which we invite you to visit. Many will be of interest to teachers, students, historians and interested citizens seeking to make new discoveries on Birmingham's past.

Here are a few we recommend. If you have others to suggest, let us know. If a link has changed or is broken, please let us know that too.

Songo mine

Main haulageway of the Songo Mine slope, Red Mountain Park.
—Photo by Jeff Newman


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Alabama Dept. of Archives and History

Alabama created the first state department of archives and history in the United States. Founded in 1901, the Alabama Department of Archives and History became a model for many other states.

Alabama Historical Association

The Alabama Historical Association, founded in 1947, is the oldest statewide historical society in Alabama.

Alabama Historical Commission

The Alabama Historical Commission works with the public to develop the Alabama Statewide Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan. This plan guides the direction of all preservation activities in Alabama, not just those of the AHC.

Alabama Ironworks Sourcebook

A digital reference library produced by The Alabama Historic Ironworks Commission in cooperation with The Iron & Steel Museum of Alabama.

American Association for State and Local History

AASLH provides leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans.

Birmingham History Center

In 2004, a group of preservation-minded volunteers from the Birmingham-Jefferson Historical Society formed the museum to collect treasures of local history they feared were being discarded or forgotten in trunks and attics across Birmingham.

Birmingham Public Library

Housing the largest research collection in existence on the history of Birmingham and Jefferson County, the Birmingham Public Library is home to the state's first municipal archives, the nationally known Southern History Department, Agee Map Collection, and offers an extensive selection of historic documents and photographs online.

Birmingham Rewound

A nostalgic website dealing with Birmingham Alabama in general.

City of Birmingham

The Official Website For Birmingham Alabama.

Civil War Discovery Trail

The Civil War Discovery Trail links more than 600 sites in 32 states to inspire and to teach the story of the Civil War and its enduring impact on America.

Encyclopedia of Alabama

This site offers articles on Alabama’s famous people, historic events, sports, art, literature, industry, government, plant and animal life, agriculture, recreation, and so much more.

Jefferson County Commission

The Official Website For Jefferson County Alabama.

Jefferson County Historical Commission

In addition to administering the Historic Marker Program, the Commission works with other organizations and agencies to further the cause of historic preservation and the documentation and protection of the historic resources of the City of Birmingham and Jefferson County.

Mountain Brook Magazine

Mountain Brook is vibrant. It's sophisticated and warm. Its spirit is strong. And that's what Mountain Brook Magazine celebrates.

Its image-driven pages and posts feature the artists and trend setters, causes and traditions, neighbors and friends, streets and parks, events and happenings, shops and restaurants that make Mountain Brook home.

National Park Service Heritage Preservation Services

Heritage Preservation Services (HPS) helps our nation's citizens and communities identify, evaluate, protect and preserve historic properties for future generations of Americans.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities.

Railroad Park

Railroad Park is a 19 acre green space in downtown Birmingham that celebrates the industrial and artistic heritage of the central city. Situated along 1st Avenue South, between 14th and 18th Streets, the park is a joint effort between the City of Birmingham and the Railroad Park Foundation.

Red Mountain Park and Greenway

Red Mountain Park is located in the southwest corner of the City of Birmingham. The park is situated on 1,108 acres, extending approximately 4.5 miles east-to-west along Red Mountain. Scheduled to open in 2012, the facility will feature a series of historic iron ore mines that once formed the basis for the Birmingham steel industry. Although the mines closed in the late 1960s, they are major heritage sites dating back to the Civil War.

Samford University Library Special Collections

The Samford University Library Special Collections collects and preserves special materials through providing a secure and protected environment for the conservation and use of the sources and provides access and organization for manuscripts and other archival materials.

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

Sloss Furnaces produced iron for nearly 90 years, which gave rise to the city of Birmingham. Now recognized as a National Historic Landmark, Sloss Furnaces with its web of pipes and tall smokestacks offers us a glimpse into the great industrial past of the South and our nation.

Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park has more than 1,500 acres in three counties set aside for hiking, camping and outdoor recreation. Artifacts of Alabama’s 19th century iron industry displayed in the Iron and Steel Museum put in perspective the massive stone furnaces, Tannehill’s awe-inspiring centerpiece.

Vulcan Park & Museum

Vulcan, Birmingham Alabama’s colossal statue is the world’s largest cast iron statue and considered one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States. Designed by Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti and cast from local iron in 1904, Vulcan has overlooked Alabama’s largest city from atop Red Mountain since the 1930s.

By 1999, the 50-ton statue was in desperate need of repair. The surrounding 10-acre park was closed. Vulcan was removed from his pedestal. Realizing Vulcan’s importance to the region’s history, city leaders sought public support for its restoration, forming the non-profit Vulcan Park Foundation. The foundation would oversee a master plan to return this colossal statue to his 1904 grandeur. They also created a dynamic educational park complex interpreting Alabama’s rich industrial history for both residents and visitors from across the globe.

Today, thanks to public-private partnerships and a $15.5 million campaign, this beloved symbol of Birmingham and the nation’s iron and steel industry stands preserved and proud as the centerpiece of it rehabilitated and expanded park, now referred to as Vulcan Park and Museum.