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UNA Receives Bicentennial Legacy Award

Apr. 27, 2020



Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at meubanks@una.edu, 256-606-2033 or 256-765-4392 

FLORENCE, AL – The University of North Alabama’s Collier Library and Information Services project, Celebrating Our History: Inventory of Archival Collections in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, and Lawrence counties, has been honored by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission with an Alabama Bicentennial Legacy Project designation. 

The honor recognizes outstanding projects by communities and organizations that were part of the commemoration of the statehood anniversary. 

“The project is a unique discovery and a great starting point for maintenance of archival collections in our area,” said Derek Malone, University Librarian. “It helps us identify what’s out there. Simultaneously, we have the ability to be a central agency of information and assistance in terms of best practices, modern archival procedures, disaster planning, and much more. We’re already taking what was learned from this project and creating a workshop series.” 

In 2019, UNA conducted a survey of local archival collections with support from the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. They survey produced an inventory of agencies, programs, private collections, sites, and individuals in possession of public or private collections in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, and Lawrence counties. The survey recorded information regarding the ownership and location, size, and condition of holdings. 

The resulting survey and interviews yielded information from 29 communities, 49 places, numerous programs, and significant personal collections. The survey indicated an alarming need for consistent methodology for cataloging, preserving, and conserving unique holdings and collections housed in various locations and in different public, nonprofit, and private ownership. The research findings will be used to coordinate workshops, conferences, and network building within the survey population. 

“Communities invested time and resources in an amazing range of projects,” said Sen. Arthur Orr, Alabama Bicentennial Commission Chairman. “Our successful bicentennial celebration owes a real debt to their efforts, especially for projects that will be important to the state, its communities, and its citizens for a long time to come.” 

Awards were given in two categories: commendations for outstanding bicentennial programs and projects and legacy awards for projects of exceptional lasting impact. Forty-one commendations and 21 legacy awards were given, representing more than 40 municipalities in 35 counties. 

Projects ranged from celebration events to city murals to preservation and restoration of sites and structures. Many projects were locally focused, while some were regional or even statewide. Many are especially notable for their long-term relevance and impact. 

Each winning project will receive a bronze plaque noting the name of the project and its award. The plaques will be a public reminder of the achievements of Alabama communities during the bicentennial commemoration. 

About The University of North Alabama 

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. UNA Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Big South Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/