Alabama Department of Archives & History
Alabama Department of Archives & History is the oldest state-funded archives in U.S. Historical records and family genealogy and features Alabama history museum exhibits. 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. Today's archivist has to deal with records in computers, on video and audio tape, and on numerous types of film – as well as increased quantities of more traditional materials. Despite dwindling financial resources, the department is attempting to continue the following programs as priority services: assistance to state agencies and local governments in the preservation of their records of historical value; work to preserve modern records in fragile formats, such as computer records, photographs, and video tapes; basic educational programs and tours to school children, tourists, and interested citizens; basic reference service; maintenance of the security of collections held by the Archives; the use of new information technology to extend the department's services. Now in its second century of service, the Alabama Department of Archives and History is mindful of its obligation to preserve the records of its past and to serve the information needs of future generations of researchers.