When the Society of American Archivists comes to Birmingham in 2002, the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) will be 101 years old. It is the first Archives established as an official agency of state government, preceding the establishment of the National Archives and the SAA by over thirty years. In November of 1940, Archivist of the United States R.D.W. Connor stated in his speech for the dedication of the new Alabama Archives building that the "establishment of this department in 1901 has been called 'a new venture in political science' in the United States." The department's enabling legislation served as a model for the creation of several other state archives.



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