Mobile Public Library

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Mobile Public Library
Ben May Main Library, Mobile Public Library, Mobile, Alabama, half a block from their Local History and Genealogy building.

Contact Information[edit | edit source]



Local History and Genealogy
753 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36602-1404

Telephone:[1]  251-208-7093

Hours and holidays:[1]  Monday-Wednesday 9-5; Thursday-Saturday 9-3; Holiday schedule.

Map, and public transportation:[1]

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Local history along the Gulf Coast from Pensacola FL to Pascagoula MS, southeastern U.S. genealogy, migration paths to AL, newspaper clippings, city directories, federal censuses, Dawes Commission Indian rolls, Index to Confederate pensions of AL and MS, roster of Confederate soldiers, and Mobile County Probate Court index 1819-1964, photos, Panton-Leslie trading company papers (est. during Spanish rule), CSS Alabama ship's log-journal and other papers.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Mobile Public Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, local government files, newspapers, maps, church records, Civil War soldiers, photos, publications, historical quarterly, 1867 voter database, World War I Goldstar database, vertical files, personal history surname file, and AL city directories inventory.
  • National Archives at Atlanta federal censuses,, military, pensions, bounty-land, photos, passengers arrival indexes, naturalizations, Native Americans, African Americans, workshops.

Similar Collections

  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and records pertaining to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Dallas Public Central Library 111,700 volumes, 64,500 microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, and over 700 maps, marriage, probate, deed, and tax abstracts in book form, or microfilm of originals for some states, and online databases.

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Main Library" at Mobile Public Library Alabama (accessed 28 August 2012).