In the spring of 2003, members of AGS and other volunteers began a project to index a three-volume set of books shelved at the Birmingham Public Library. They contain a wealth of information about people, places, and events of interest to historians and genealogists. In May of 2005, a consolidated index of all three volumes was completed, printed, bound and donated to the library. Researchers will find the index invaluable when researching information found in "Sketches".

The table of contents below provides an overview of the material.

Sketches of Alabama Towns and Counties
Copied By Library Project 3529
Works Project Administration
Under Sponsorship of the Birmingham Library Board
Birmingham, Alabama
1937
BPL call number: F326 .S57 1937

VOLUME 1
I AUTAUGAVILLE. Local History of Autaugaville
By Mrs. F.J.McNeel,
1
II BLOUNT COUNTY. History of Blount County
By George Powell, 1855
11
III BLOUNT COUNTY. An Act to Establish the Counties of Blount, Tuskaloosa and Marengo. Approved by the Governor of Alabama Territory February 6, 1818 56
IV CAHABA. Cahaba
From The Dallas Gazette, Feb.24, 1854
58
V CAHABA. Old Cahaba
Letter from A.C. Donaldson in the Greensboro Watchman, April 23, 1896
63
VI CAHABA. Cahaba, Dallas County
From Louisville Courier-Journal, Mar 15,1896
64
VII CHAMBERS COUNTY. 58 Years Ago; or Reminiscences of the Early Days in Chambers County
By Hon. E.G. Richards, 1890
66
VIII DALE COUNTY. Early History of Southeast Alabama
By W. L. Andrews, 1899
114
IX DEMOPOLIS. Demopolis, the City of the People
By Prof. John W. Beeson, 1895
156
X EUTAW, ALA. The Grave Yard, its condition
Editorial in the Independent Observer, Eutaw, Ala., June 9, 1885
188
XI FURMAN, ALA. A story of Furman, Alabama
By Dr. W.B.Palmer, (1916)
191
XII ELMORE. COUNTY Map 240
XIII ELMORE COUNTY History
By Robinson Springs School
241

VOLUME 2
I GREENE COUNTY. Sketches of Early History of Greene County
By Robert Perrin.
1
II LAWRENCE COUNTY. Lawrence County; Notes on the Early History of Lawrence County
By Thomas Owen, 1903
6
III MIDWAY, ALA. Baptist church at midway, Alabama 1852-1908
By Miss Lula Jordan
22
IV SELMA, ALA.
From Dallas Gazette, February 17, 1854
34
V SHELBY COUNTY. Sketches of the History of Shelby County, 1820
By Rev. E. B. Teague
41
VI SHELBY COUNTY. Census of Shelby County, 1820 90
VII TUSCALOOSA, ALA. The History of Tuscaloosa
By A. B. McEachin
117
VIII TUSCALOOSA, ALA. Historic Tuscaloosa Perpetuates- the name of an aboriginal Chief
By L. S. Wyman
180
IX FIFTY-FIVE YEARS in West Alabama
By Hon. E. A. Powell
188

VOLUME 3
I AUBURN, ALABAMA. History of Auburn, Alabama
By Mary E. Reese.
1
II AUTAUGA COUNTY. History of Autauga County
By John Hardy [added in pencil]
33
III AUTAUGA COUNTY. History of Autauga County
By Shadrock Mims
47
IV BULLOCK COUNTY. Reconstruction in Bullock County.
By Cecil E. McNair.
67
V LIMESTONE COUNTY. History of Limestone County
By R. A. McClellan.
132
VI MEMOIRS of Frederick A. P. Barnard
From The Daily Register, Mobile, Alabama, May 3, 1896.
174
VII MINGO, Captain Tisho.
From The Alabama Gazette, May 6, 1841
175
VIII OPELIKA, ALABAMA. History of Opelika, and Her Agricultural Tributary Territory
By Rev, F. L. Cherry.
176
IX PICKINS COUNTY ALABAMA, Old Families of Pickens County, Alabama
From The West Alabamian, 1900.
485
X PIKE COUNTY, ALABAMA. Historical Sketch of Pike County, Alabama
By H. Bashinsky.
493
XI RANDOLPH COUNTY
Letter from Mr. Screws, in the Montgomery, Advertiser.
545
XII SELMA ALABAMA. The Blue and Grey Camp Fire 552
XIII SUMTER COUNTY
1. History of Sumter County.
From The Gainesville News, January 1870
555
2. A Great Natural Curiosity.
From The Sumter County Whig, Livingston, Sept 5, 1855.
575
3 A Group of Young Members.
From The Montgomery Mail.
577
4. Captain James M. Winston 579
5. A Sketch of Mrs. James M. Winston 583
XIV THROUGH THE YEARS
By Peter A. Brannon
From The Montgomery Advertiser.
586