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This is a list of useful references for Bhamwiki editors:

Local references

Birmingham Historical Society


  • News Library Birmingham News archives accessible free with JCLC card (subscription cancelled due to funding cuts)



Magic City Flickr Group

  • The Magic City Flickr Group is a great resource for photographic images for BhamWiki. Photos that are published under a compatible Creative Commons license (Attribution, Attribution-ShareAlike, Attribution-NoDerivs) can be used under the terms of those licenses. For other photographs, you can ask the creator to change the license or to grant permission. In the latter case, all credit and restrictions should be fully explained on the image page, and the "{{Permission}}" template should be applied.

Dave's Place

  • Dave Sibley of Dave's Place has kindly granted us permission to use photos from his site. The images should not be altered or cropped (but can be resized). The image page should include proper attribution, a link back to the page the photo was taken from, and the template "{{Dave911}}". --Dystopos 11:11, 12 September 2007 (PDT)

Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections

  • Melinda Shelton of the Birmingham Public Library has clarified that the images and documents published as part of their Digital Collections can be used on BhamWiki. Image captions should include this credit line: "Courtesy Birmingham Public Library Archives" and have a link back to the permanent URL of the original. The image page should contain the same credit and link, along with the "{{BPL permission}}" template. --Dystopos 13:57, 25 September 2007 (PDT)
    • Here's a shortcut to article clippings about city schools: link --Dystopos (talk) 09:04, 15 December 2017 (PST)

Carol M. Highsmith Archive

  • Photographer Carol M. Highsmith has donated her photographs, restriction free, to the Library of Congress. There are 3,948 images from Alabama in the archive (link) Credit "George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division" ("{{Highsmith}}") --Dystopos 12:46, 6 March 2011 (PST)

National Archives

  • The National Archives collects photographs and other materials from federal agencies operating in Birmingham. (link to catalog) --Dystopos (talk) 08:28, 17 October 2016 (PDT)

Tichnor Brothers Postcard Collection

The Boston Public Library archives has posted 99 Alabama linen postcards to Flickr under the CC BY 2.0 license. (link) --Dystopos 10:33, 20 January 2013 (PST)

Scooter Bill/Waymarking

We have permission from user "Scooter Bill", real name Dennis Lesley, to use any pictures he has uploaded to for BhamWiki purposes, as long as he is credited. The date of the listing will show on the page, that is the date he took the picture. An example is McAdory, Thomas House, Bessemer, Alabama. The "Posted by" field shows "Scooter Bill", and the "Date Posted" is 7/17/07. Please note that currently "Scooter Bill" is the only user we have permission from, we should not use other users' images without their permission. --Wheresdib 14:09, 30 December 2013 (PST)



Telephone and city directories


  • Lots of books are available for searching, and some with full text, on Google Books. Here's a link to some I've found useful.
  • Birmingham-Southern College's year books have been digitized and made available at (good for portraits, buildings, and advertisements) - link
  • White, Marjorie Longenecker (1981) The Birmingham District: An Industrial History and Guide. Birmingham: Birmingham Historical Society ISBN 9990230099 was published with the following notice: "Items from this book may be reproduced in whole or in part without prior written permission. Appropriate credit would be appreciated."
  • See also Category:Bhamwiki references for shorthand bibliographic citations to various helpful reference books.

General references

Other city wikis

Local encyclopedias