3 million photographic negatives to be donated to AL archives Wednesday

3 million photographic negatives to be donated to AL archives Wednesday

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) is about to take possession of a treasure trove of photos thanks to a donation by Alabama Media Group.

ADAH and Alabama Media Group are set to formally announce the donation of more than three million photographic negatives to the state's archives. The announcement is set for Wednesday afternoon.

The massive collection of negatives spans from the 1920s through the end of the 20th Century. They were produced by photographers who worked at The Birmingham News, Mobile's Press-Register, and The Huntsville Times.

"One of the most exciting aspects of this gift is that no one truly knows the full scope of it yet. Generations of photographers contributed to its creation.and over the next several years, we will, altogether, marvel at the scenes that become available to us as more and more of this content comes online," said Steve Murray, Director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

Once the images are preserved and digitized, they'll be made available to the public.

The Alabama Department of Archives and History is located in downtown Montgomery, directly across the street from the State Capitol. It is the state's government records repository, special collections library, and research facility, and is home to the Museum of Alabama, the state history museum.

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