by Jim Baggett, Archives Department, Central Library
A Project of the Birmingham Public Library Archives
The Alabama Decorative Arts Survey, begun in 1985 and directed by the Birmingham Museum of Art, was a nine-year state-wide search for 19th and early 20th century ceramics, quilts, coverlets, furniture, carvings, paintings, photographs, metals, textiles, and grave markers created by Alabama artisans.
The records of the survey are now preserved in the Birmingham Public Library Archives and the Archives has created an online, searchable database containing digitized photographs and information for hundreds of objects. The database will be expanded to include additional objects as funding becomes available.
Explore the Alabama Decorative Arts Survey Database at www.bplonline.org/ADAS.
The creation of this database was made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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