Encyclopedia of Alabama

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The Encyclopedia of Alabama is an online encyclopedic resource backed by the Alabama Humanities Foundation and hosted at Auburn University. It was launched in September 2008 with an initial scope of 525 articles, many of which were compiled by scholars expert on specific subjects. As of January 2012 the encyclopedia has 1,284 articles on a wide variety of subjects pertaining to Alabama.

Jeff Jakeman initiated planning for the project in 2002 and served as its first managing editor. Historian Wayne Flynt served as the Encyclopedia's first editor-in-chief. The current managing editor is Pat Kaetz. The Encyclopedia of Alabama has five full-time staff members and an annual budget of $300,000. Special features of the encyclopedia include multimedia content and teacher-specific resources. It has been praised as among the "Best of Free Reference" by Library Journal and the "Best State Website" for 2010 by Family Tree magazine.

The site was developed and designed by Merrill-Hall New Media of Atlanta, Georgia. All content is copyrighted to the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

Managing editors


  • White, David (January 5, 2012) "Online Encyclopedia of Alabama posts 1,284th article." Birmingham News

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