Alabama Room

Local History Resources

All materials denoted by Ala. Coll. before their Dewey Decimal number can be found in the Alabama Room on the second floor of the Julia Tutwiler Library.


Brown, Alan, and David Taylor, eds. Gabr'l Blow Sof': Sumter County, Alabama Slave Narratives. Livingston: Livingston Press, 1997. Ala. Coll. 976.141 J413a

Dawson, James T. History of Oxford Presbyterian Church. Meridian: Lauderdale County Department of Archives and History, 1990 Ala. Coll. 285.0976141 D325h

Jenkins, Nelle Morris. Pioneer Families of Sumter County, Alabama. Tuscaloosa: Willo Publishing Co., 1961. Ala. Coll. REF 920 J417

Johnson, Clarence Le Roy. The Regional Background of Sumter County, Alabama. M.A. Thesis, George Peabody College for Teachers, 1934. Ala. Coll. 976.1 J62r

Lyon, Ralph M. A History of Livingston University: 1835-1963. Livingston: Livingston University Press, 1976. Ala. Coll. 976.141 L994h

Remington, Craig W., and Thomas J. Kallsen, eds. Historical Atlas of Alabama Volume 1: Historical Locations by County. Tuscaloosa: Department of Geography, University of Alabama, 1997. Ala. Coll. REF 911.09761 H629

Reynolds, Marylee. "A Social and Economic History of Sumter County, Alabama, in the Antebellum Period." M.A. Thesis, University of Alabama, 1953. Ala. Coll. 330.90761 R338s

Riddick, Tut Altman. The Monuments of York: A Community Scrapbook. Mobile: Heart Press, 1980. Ala. Coll. 976.141 r431m

Smith, Louis Roycraft. A History of Sumter County, Alabama, Through 1886. Ph.D. Diss., University of Alabama, 1988. Ann Arbor, UMI, 1988. Ala. Coll. 378t Sm 61h 1988

Spratt, R.D.. A History of the Town of Livingston, Alabama. Livingston: Livingston Press, 1997. Ala. Coll. 976.1 Sp76h

Williamson, B.B. History of Livingston First Baptist Church: Sesquicentennial 1834-1984. Livingston: Sumter Graphics, 1984. Ala. Coll. 286.176141 W 676 h


Census, Marriage, and other Sumter County Records


  • Genealogy
  • and Family History
    1866 Alabama State Census Colored Population Schedule for Sumter County, Alabama
    Sumter County, Alabama Marriages, 1833-1850



    Arrington, Jud K. Public Cemeteries of Sumter County, Alabama: 1834-1972. Livingston: Livingston Press, 1998. Ala. Coll. REF 929.5 P96

    Jenkins, Nelle Morris. Abstracts from Orphans' Minutes Book #1, 1833-1839, Sumter County, Alabama; Letters, Marriage Records 1833-39, Poll Lists, Presbyterian Church Records. Emelle, 1961. Ala. Coll. REF 976.141 J413a

    Jenkins, Nelle Morris, and E. B. Stegall. Abstracts from Orphan's Minutes Book No. 2, 1839-1841, Sumter County, Alabama; with Wills, Marriages and Other Records. Emelle, 1962. Ala. Coll. REF 976.141 J413ab

    Stegall, Joseph F. and Jud K. Arrington. Index to Wills and Estate Administrations 1834-1884; Register of Deaths 1881-1892; and Cemetery Records. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 1997. Ala. Coll. REF 929.376141 St 32s


    Newspapers on Microfilm                                                                    (Located in microfilm cabinets on first floor of Library.)

    The Daily Army Argus and Crisis (Gainesville) 1865 May 8.

    The Gainesville Times (Gainesville) 1909 April 16 - 1910 March 17.

    The Independent (Gainesville), 1854 November 18 - 1865 September 23.
    The Livingston Journal (Livingston), 1865 July 15 - 1895 October 24. Missing issues: 1869 January - 1870 December.

    The Livingston Messenger (Livingston) 1867 June 3.

    Our Southern Home (Livingston), 1895 November 7 - 1961 June 29.

    Sumter County Journal (York), 1922 November 10 - 1995 June 29.

    Sumter County Record Journal (Livingston) 1995 July 6 - 1998 December 31.

    Sumter County Sun (Livingston) 1889 March 23 - 1913 June 26.   Click here for a list of missing issues.

    Sumter County Whig (Livingston), 1843 May 2 - 1856 April 23.

    Missing issues: 1845 May - 1851 March.

    The Sumter Democrat (Livingston), 1851 May 3 - 1854 April 22.

    The Sumter Enterprise (Epes), 1907 April 11 - 1911 December 21.

    The Voice of Sumter (Livingston), 1836 March 15 - 1840 June 27.


    Sumter County Court Records on Microfilm                    (Located in microfilm cabinets on first floor of Library.)

    Sumter County, Alabama, Circuit Court.

    Sumter County, Alabama, Affidavit.

    Sumter County, Alabama, Circuit Court in Equity.

    Sumter County, Alabama, Lien Book.

    Sumter County, Alabama, Miscellaneous Records.

    Sumter County, Alabama, Gas, Oil, and Mineral Leases.

    Sumter County, Alabama, Jury List 1962-1967.

    Sumter County, Alabama, Power of Attorney.

    Sumter County, Alabama, Plat and Tract Book 18?? - 19??.

    Sumter County, Alabama, Poll List 1968.

    Sumter County, Alabama, Bond Book 1963-1968.

    Sumter County, Alabama, Commission Appropriations 1837-1856.

    Sumter County, Alabama, Record of Incorporation 1881-1914.

    Sumter County, Alabama, Probate Court Records and Minutes 1884-1961.

    Sumter County, Alabama, Orphan Court Records 1833-1881.

    Sumter County, Alabama, Wills 1833-1993.

    Sumter County, Alabama, Marriage Books 1833-1968.

    Sumter County, Alabama, Mortgage Books 1947-1990.

    Sumter County, Alabama, Deeds 1833-1993. 

     Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek

    University History

    Significant Events in the History of The University of West Alabama (by Sheila Limerick UWA Archivist)