ADAHCAT catalog now available at Ala. Dept. of Archives & History
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The computer catalog of the collections of the Alabama Department of
Archives and History (ADAH) is now accessible through the Internet.
This catalog, ADAHCAT, is a significant new tool for students,
teachers, historians, genealogists and anyone interested in the
history and culture of Alabama, and it is a major new source of
information about Alabama.
For 102 years, Alabamians had to call, write or visit the State
Archives to find out about the extraordinary array of records and
artifacts stored there. With ADAHCAT, anyone with Internet access can
search through the Archives¹ listings of diaries, posters, government
records, maps, books and other materials preserved in the archival
collections of the state. For example, researchers interested in
specific photographic subjects can access the photo database to view
thumbnail images. Genealogists tracing family history links in the
19th century can access the civil war service database and by January
they will be able to search through the listings of county record
holdings. Researchers studying Alabama history through newspapers can
determine what issues are available using the newspaper database.
Those who need access to original archival records can determine if
ADAH has related primary materials for them to use.
According to Alden Monroe, catalog project coordinator, "We have been
trying to accomplish this during my entire 20-year career at ADAH.
This is one of the most important things that has happened during
this time period."
ADAHCAT and the databases are available through the Archives'
website - www.archives.state.al.us . For additional information
contact Tracey Berezansky at (334) 242-4452 or