Jacksonville Public Library

History Room

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Due to the rarity of some of materials in the Jacksonville Public Library History Room, a staff member must accompany visitors while in the room. To ensure that a staff member is available, please call 256-435-6332 to make an appointment.

The Jacksonville Public Library History Room contains books by Alabama authors, books about Jacksonville and surrounding areas and its residents, books about Alabama, historical items on loan from the Gen. John H. Forney Chapter of the UDC, local clubs' yearly scrapbooks, Jacksonville State University annuals, and a vertical file of local families and history.

We now have The Jacksonville News from November 1936 on microfilm in addition to our hard copies from the recent years. If you need a more recent article you can check out The Jacksonville News web site. Their online archives span from fall 1998 to the present.

The Jacksonville Public Library is especially proud to house the Pelham Papers, a collection of original documents and research material (books, pamphlets, and periodical photocopies) focusing on the life and career of Major John Pelham and provided by the John Pelham Historical Association. Pelham was born in Alexandria and lived in Jacksonville before gaining fame as "The Gallant Pelham" in the War between the States. His grave marker is a prominent feature in the Jacksonville City Cemetery. **Some Pelham materials are stored off site and permission to view and/or copy certain materials, like photographs, must be obtained by the John Pelham Historical Association.

rededication of Pelham momunent

Almost 100 years after the original dedication of the monument to Lt. Col. John Pelham, it was rededicated at 2pm on October 8, 2005. The marble statue, which was purchased with money raised by the Gen. John Forney chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, was originally dedicated on October 10, 1905. Many people came to the City Cemetery to pay tribute, including members of the John Pelham Historical Association, the UDC, and representatives from the city. At the conclusion of the ceremony, a cannon salute was fired by a Civil War re–enactment group from Alexandria, AL.

Pictured are John Pelham Historical Association President Brett Bradshaw, Randolph Pelham Pickell, a descendant of William Pelham, JPHA Officer Leon Vaupel, and re–enactment group members.

Photo courtesy of Brett Bradshaw

The History Room Photos have gone digital

We have added digital copies of some of the identified historical photos to our catalog and now you can view these photos at home. You can find the information on our catalog in two ways. You can do a simple word or phrase search to see if a photo on a specific person, place or event is available or follow these directions for a complete listing. All information is complete and accurate to our knowledge.

  1. From the Catalog, click on Power Search --located below the search box
  2. On the left side of the screen look for the heading called 'TYPE' and click on box next to it that says 'ANY" to make a selection
  3. Choose 'History Room Photos' from the drop down menu
  4. Click 'Search' without any other changes and you will now have a list of the photos that are available online
  5. Click on the 'Details' button the left of a title and choose 'Catalog Record' to see all the information available for the photo
  6. To see the actual photo, click on the link next to the last heading called 'Electronic Access'