The Reference staff of the Public Services Division receives hundreds of
requests each month for general information about its collections and services as well as specific queries for
information found in its archival holdings. Requests are answered in the order they are received,
regardless of their means of transmission, except for official requests from state and local government
The primary responsibility of the Reference staff is to supervise the use of materials
and to provide assistance to those researchers who have traveled to use
the holdings of the ADAH. Requests by telephone should be limited to general reference questions
or a search of our finding aids. Reference staff will direct callers to submit a written request for
For general information about our holdings,
call (334) 242-4435.
For information about interlibrary loan of newpapers on microfilm, call
For information about purchasing microfilm, call (334) 353-4680.
The Reference staff receives hundreds of letters each month, and endeavors to answer them
in a timely manner. Some requests are more difficult than others and subsequently take longer to
answer. Written requests should be as explicit as possible. Non-Alabama residents should include a
non-refundable twenty-five dollar ($25.00) out-of-state research fee per each surname inquiry. This entitles
the requester up to twenty pages of photocopies; additional photocopies will be charged at the rate
of twenty-five cents (.25) per page. In-state residents should include a non-refundable fifteen dollar ($15.00) research fee. Researchers will be invoiced for the cost of copies at the rate of twenty-five cents (.25) per page.
The ADAH mailing address is:
Alabama Department of Archives and History
P.O. Box 300100
Montgomery AL 36130-0100
Faxed requests do not take precedence over mailed requests. Requests
are answered in the order they are received, regardless of the means of transmission.
The ADAH fax number is (334) 240-3433.
Requests via E-Mail do not take precedence over other requests. Requests
are answered in the order they are received, regardless of the means of transmission. Click here for
a reference request form.
The ADAH will lend microfilmed copies of newspapers on Interlibrary Loan. Microfilmed copies of newspapers are the only records available through Interlibrary Loan from the Archives. Our lending limit is two
(2) reels per request. The time limit of a loan is three (3) weeks. Microfilm requested must remain
within the borrowing library. The ADAH will lend to any library making a request on a standard ALA
form or through OCLC. There is a $15 borrowing fee per reel. All fees must be prepaid.
COPYINGThe ADAH staff will make photocopies of a particular document or
newspaper article at the rate of twenty-five (.25) cents per page, provided that the material requested is in a condition that allows it to be
photocopied. Some documents are too old, too large, or too fragile to permit them to be safely
copied. Bound volumes of newspapers may not be photocopied.
Duplication of Photographs, Maps, or Other Visual Images and Permissions to Publish
Researchers may use visual images from the Archives collections for private, educational and historical purposes. Researchers may use the images in slide presentations, in publications, on websites or CDs, to display in places of business, or for other specific uses.
To order a copy of a visual image from the Archives collections, check our photo database, and use the photographic service request order form. Orders usually take 2-3 weeks to fill, though rush orders can usually be accommodated for an additional fee. Information on fees and available formats can be found on the order form.
The ADAH Reference staff is unable to conduct lengthy, in-depth research for patrons. This
link lists the names of persons one may contact privately for assistance. The ADAH neither endorses the
people on the list nor vouches for their work; these individuals merely have agreed to be available to
perform research for a fee. Please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope when you write to
one of them.