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One Down, 49 To Go: Carol Highsmith’s Images of Alabama Now Online at the Library of Congress

Posted by Laurie Frost on January 22, 2011

I first wrote about Carol Highsmith two years ago when I asked, Is Carol M. Highsmith the Most Generous Artist of Our Time? after coming across her archive at the  Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Online Catalog and learning that eventually she will have provided the public an estimated 100,000 images for their personal, educational, or commercial use — all for the price of a credit line.

Then last year I told you Carol Highsmith was in Alabama, working on a project for the Library of Congress, the 21st Century America Collection. Her goal is to document in digital images life in each state so that future generations will have an idea of what America was like in the first decades of this century. She was able to get going on this project because of the generosity of businessman and philanthropist George F. Landegger, who funded the Alabama collection.

Carol spent much of 2010 traveling over 20,000 miles up, down, across, and around the state of Alabama, and now the George F. Landegger Alabama Library of Congress Collection is completed and up for your viewing at the Library of Congress.

Now Carol is hard at work with the 21st Century America Foundation, Inc., a “priority initiative” of the Library of Congress, looking for funding to get to work on her next state. Which one remains to be seen, but I’ll let you know as soon as I can. Meanwhile, time for the pictures.

Credit lines for each of these public domain images should read: The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

The Alabama Theatre was built in 1927 by Paramount Studios in Birmingham, Alabama as a showcase for Paramount films.
Dauphin Island, Alabama

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama

DeSoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama
The Alabama Power Company: Built in 1925, this art deco/art modern building has been hailed by the London Daily Express as “One of the three most beautiful public utility buildings in the world.” These 8-feet tall figures represent Power, Light and Heat. For decades this building stood as the only high-rise in the northwestern portion of downtown Birmingham.
The Mobile Delta, which consists of approximately 20,323 acres of water just north of Mobile Bay, Alabama.
Rural Alabama in the spring
Talladega Superspeedway Race, Talladega, Alabama
Demopolis, Alabama
The 1903 Old Courthouse Museum offers permanent exhibitions on two famous Monroe County citizens: Truman Capote and Nelle Harper Lee.  It is also the site of an annual three-week production of a stage version of
To Kill a Mockingbird.
Exact spot on Dexter Avenue in Montgomery, Alabama, where Rosa Parks waited for the bus.

Digital File Numbers:

  • LC-DIG-highsm-05102 Alabama Theatre
  • LC-DIG-highsm-05149 Dauphin Island
  • LC-DIG-highsm-07828 Huntsville
  • LC-DIG-highsm-07707 DeSoto
  • LC-DIG-highsm- 05087 Ala Power
  • LC-DIG-highsm- 06606 Mobile Delta
  • LC-DIG-highsm-07157 Rural Alabama
  • LC-DIG-highsm-07175 Talladega
  • LC-DIG-highsm-09273 Demopolis
  • LC-DIG-highsm-08098 Monroeville
  • LC-DIG-highsm-05808 Rosa Parks bus stop

Cross-posted at Have a Little Talk.




2 Responses to “One Down, 49 To Go: Carol Highsmith’s Images of Alabama Now Online at the Library of Congress”

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  2. This is Carol M. Highsmith checking in. I am currently working in the state of Connecticut and funded again by George F. Landegger. The Library of Congress just acquired 6,500 film to digital images from my 30-year 4×5 film collection and they are starting to show up on line. The Library also had me photograph various libraries around the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas. I am working with the National Trust for Historic Preservation on several projects and starting a new foundation, This is America!, to work on funding for my next venture across the United States.

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