Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama

The Alabama Department of Archives and History – The First Publicly Funded State Archieve Agency

The Alabama State Archives building.

Thomas McAdory Owen, a Alabama lawyer, proposed a bill to the Alabama state legislature that would establish a public archives agency.

Photography of Thomas McDory Owen.

In 1901, the Alabama Department of Archives and History was founded and became the first publicly funded state archives agency in the United States.