Mobile Public Library - Local History & Genealogy

Available at This Location

Clipping files on local subjects

  • Biographical Files
  • Local Subjects Such as Mardi Gras
  • Public Schools
  • Area Communities
  • Businesses
  • Unpublished Family History Files

Indexes to county vital records in Alabama and many other states

Indexes include:

  • Births and Deaths
  • Burials
  • Marriages
  • Wills
  • Deeds
  • Tax Rolls
  • Local Censuses
Mardi Gras invitation from 1880

Collections available in MPL Digital Archives:

  • Mardi Gras Invitations
  • Reverend Sullivan's Funeral Cards
  • Mobile Death Records

Row of microfilm and microfiche readers

We have Microfilm/Microfiche readers with printers and a scanner that can save a .pdf file to a flash drive or be emailed.

Collection Includes:

  • Death certificates for 1876-1908
  • Death/burial records from 1830s
  • French and Spanish archival records
  • Private papers (Semmes family, etc.)
  • Municipal records
  • Probate court judicial index 1819-1964
  • Panton Leslie/Forbes papers
  • Church records
  • Censuses
  • Dawes Commission rolls

Downtown Mobile Historical Homes Survey for homes east of Broad St.

Books on shelf

Fiction by local authors and cookbooks by local organizations.

Spring Hill College yearbooks

Yearbooks from area high schools and colleges including:

  • Murphy High School
  • Davidson High School
  • Spring Hill College
  • University of Alabama
  • Aurborn University
  • Many others
historical map of downtown Mobile, AL

Historical maps, art collections, audiovisual and oral histories.

Mobile City directories

Mobile City Directories going back to 1837

Directories from other areas including:

  • Prichard
  • Polk County
  • Fairhope & Daphne
Microfilm

We have Microfilm/Microfiche readers with printers and a scanner that can save a .pdf file to a flash drive or be emailed.

Collection Includes:

  • Mobile Register and other Mobile papers from 1819
  • Mobile Beacon from 1959
  • Times Picayune from 1837 to 1865
  • Books on Local History
  • Church Records
  • Government Agency Records
  • Immigration record indexes
  • Lineage Books
  • Memoirs
  • Military Unit Histories
  • Private Papers of Prominent Individuals & Organizations
  • Rosters & Pension Indexes
  • Tribal Rolls