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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.

Upcoming Department Events & Classes

Upcoming Programming:


Artifacts/History of The Grove Plantation
Presented by: Jan Jamison
Location: 2nd Floor Events Room, Downtown Branch
When: TBD


See library events calendar for more details.


Huntsville in Retrospect

To celebrate our county's history, the library will send a team of archivists and researchers to communities throughout Madison County. You may bring in your family records, and we will digitally copy them. Then you can take them back home with you!


Clay Family, undated
Special Collections Photograph Collection


Items eligible for digitization include:

  • All items pertaining to Huntsville and Madison County history
  • Letters, photographs, diaries, military records, maps, articles of clothing (like uniforms), and artifacts
  • All items must be original (no photocopies or reproductions) and owned by the person bringing them for digitization
  • Full newspapers and firearms/weapons will NOT be considered for digitization

Huntsville in Retrospect is made possible with a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Alabama Public Library Service.

Upcoming Events

St. John's AME Church
April 21-22, 2022
This is a private event for church members only.


If you would like to set up an event, please contact Heather Adkins (