Thursday, September 18, 2008

An Encyclopedia for Alabama

Such was the title of a recent op/ed in the Birmingham News about the state's new online reference website. The Encyclopedia of Alabama, which was officially launched this Monday, contains more than 500 articles, 2,000 photographs and more than four hours of video and audio clips.

The editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia is Wayne Flynt, professor emeritus of Auburn University's history department. Flynt, whose published works include Alabama in the Twentieth Century, has worked for several years to make this resource a reality.

This impressive website is a project of the University of Alabama Press, Auburn University, and the Alabama Humanities Foundation. This is a very worthwhile resource, one of the few of its kind in the nation, and something that all Alabamians should be proud of.

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