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Mobile Municipal Archives
Mobile Municipal Archives

Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  archives@cityofmobile.org

Address:[1]

Mail:  P.O. Box 1827
Mobile, Alabama 36633-1827 USA
Street address:  457 Church Street
Mobile, Alabama 36602 USA

Telephone:[1]  251-208-7740
Fax:  251-208-7428

Hours:[1]  8-5 Monday-Friday

Map, directions, and public transportation:

  • Map:  Google map: Mobile Municipal Archives
  • Directions:  The MAA are at 457 Church Street, the corner of Church Street and Lawrence, one block south of Barton Academy.
  • Public transportation: 

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

The Mobile Municipal Archives has records of early Alabama/Florida settlers: Spanish, French, and Anglo especially during the Spanish period. This is the premier library for Gulf Coast settlers from Louisiana to Florida.[2]

The MMA contains the extant records of the City of Mobile, dating from the city's creation as a municipality by the Mississippi territory in 1814 including minutes, registered voters, poll tax books, and petitions.[1]

The original records of Mobile's colonial history (1702-1813) are housed principally in London, Paris, Sevilla and Madrid.[1]

Tips

  • If you have extensive research to do, please call ahead and speak with the Archivist or Assistant Archivist so that we may be prepared to better assist you when you arrive.
  • Researchers are required to register upon entering the Archives.
  • Xerox and microfilm copies are available for 10 cents. Certain records are subject to restrictions by State and Federal law. All records are used under the supervision of the staff.

Guides

Guide to the Mobile Municipal Archives (pdf) 136 pages including an index.

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Mobile Municipal Archives, 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 Southeast Region (Atlanta) federal censuses, Ancestry.com, 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, Mormon records.
  • 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

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Muncipal Archives in City of Mobile [Alabama] (accessed 11 May 2015).
  2. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 11. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.