Guide to the Birmingham (Ala.) Ledger of Plat Maps, circa 1910

Summary Information

Title: Birmingham (Ala.) Ledger of Plat Maps, circa 1910
Collection: AC.239
Extent: 2 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:

The Birmingham (Ala.) Ledger of Plat Maps is a bound cloth print ledger of Birmingham, Alabama's roadways, railways, waterways, and major land owners from circa 1910.

Creator: A.J. Grefenkamp & Co., Engineers

Biographical/Historical Note

Birmingham, Alabama is the largest city in Alabama, located in Jefferson county. Founded in 1871, Birmingham was formed through the merger of three pre-existing farm towns. Birmingham was an industrial center of the South from its founding through the end of the 1960s.

Scope and Contents

The Birmingham (Ala.) Ledger of Plat Maps is a 65-page bound cloth print ledger [pages 28,32, 40 and 59 are missing], measuring 17" x 14", and printed by Bethel W. Whitson of Electric Blue Printing Company. Maps were drawn by A.J. Grefenkamp & Co., Engineers and illustrate all of Birmingham and its surrounding areas, circa 1910. Handwritten notations provide subsequent additions. It provides insight into land use and distribution, corporate land ownership, neighborhood development, and methods of transportation. The first page illustrates the neighborhoods of Avondale, Graymont, North Birmingham, West End, Elyton, Pratt City, Ensley, and Wylam in relationship to Birmingham. Some points of interest include the Georgia and Alabama train lines, Terminal Station, Saint Vincent's Hospital, the ball park and Howard College.

Arrangement

The ledger is arranged in its original order.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions.

Acquisitions Information

The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection purchased this collection on 16 January 2004. Its accession number is AC.2005.017. It was opened to the public on 15 April 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, April 2005; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, April 2005; Finding aid revised by Cynthia Harbeson, December 2012.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.239: Birmingham (Ala.) Ledger of Plat Maps, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

The Birmingham Atlas of Plat Map is a 62 page bound cloth print ledger of Birmingham, Alabama's roadways, railways, waterways, and major land owners from circa 1910. This collection illustrates the cultural landscape of Birmingham, Alabama, the southern Appalachian city. It provides insight into land use and distribution, corporate land ownership, neighborhood development, and methods of transportation. Handwritten notations denote additions to the ledger.

Ledger Box 1