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HMCPL Special Collections

HMCPL Special Collections is the community's archive. We empower individuals to seek their past, explore Huntsville and Madison County, and connect with history.

Archives Collection

The Archives Collection houses rare, fragile, and unique material related to Huntsville and Madison County.


Sampling of archival records:

Family Papers - including the Clay Collection and other local families. Things you'll find: correspondence, diaries, personal libraries, etc.

Photograph Collection - over 25,000 photographic prints and originals, with content ranging from depictions of street scenes and cotton mills throughout Huntsville’s history to portraits of prominent citizens. You can view a portion of these on the Digital Archive.

Business Records - including local shops and services and cotton mills.

Local History and Lineage Society Records - including Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society, DAR, UDC, TN Valley Genealogical Society, TN Valley Civil War Roundtable, etc.

Organizational Records - including Huntsville Public Library, Civic Club, etc.

Church Records - particularly early local churches

Zeitler Rare Book Collection - click here for more information

Artwork - including pieces by Howard Weeden and portraits by William Frye

Scrapbooks - from local organizations and individuals


Researching in the Archives:

At this time, we do not have a published inventory of the archives. If you are interested in doing archival research or discovering local records, please email hhrdept@hmcpl.org or call 256-532-5969.

If you are interested in volunteering in the archives, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page.