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HMCPL Special Collections: Heritage Book Collection

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

Local History & Genealogy Books

The Heritage Book Collection is the library’s collection of books focusing on local history and genealogy.

You can find these and more in the library catalog. Please note that Heritage Collection books are NOT for loan.

Sampling of Heritage Books

What you'll find in the collection:

State histories - including Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and more

Local histories - including all Alabama counties and some cities, like Huntsville

Business histories - including local shops and services.

Cemetery histories - including transcriptions and narratives.

City Directories - for Huntsville area (located in Rare Books Room)

Church histories - including narratives and some record transcriptions.

Military histories - including information about local soldiers.

Lineage Society volume sets - including DAR, Mayflower Society, Colonial Dames, and more

Yearbooks - see indexes on this page (located in Rare Books Room)


We have elementary, middle, high school, and college yearbooks. All are located in the Rare Books Room, on the second floor of the Downtown Huntsville Library.

We periodically receive new yearbooks from donors. If you do not see the yearbook you are looking for, call us and we'll double-check (256.532.5969)!

For yearbooks from Councill High School, please contact archivist Cait Monroe.