The Huntsville History Collection: A Portal to Huntsville's Past

The Huntsville History Collection explores the history and historic architecture of Huntsville and Madison County. The content has been gathered through the cooperative efforts of the people and organizations dedicated to preserving our community’s rich history.

1818 Erskine House at 527 Franklin Street SE. Drawing by Lee Harless

What's New

Although Version 2.0 of the Huntsville History Collection has a new look and feel, it contains the same content as the earlier version, plus new materials such as Valley Leaves, Old Huntsville Magazine, the Madison County Bicentennial Bookshelf and a variety of Madison County historical records.

The content has been organized into the following major sections:


Topics are accessible from a top menu which remains constant and a side menu which changes as you dive deeper into the content.

If you get lost, click on the History Collection icon in the upper left corner to return to this Home Page.

Menu options with an arrow ( ) will open a new browser tab. Select the HHC tab to return to the main collection tab

This site is best viewed in a maximized browser that is capable of displaying PDFs. The Chrome browser is recommended since it supports PDFs and is available for most devices. If your browser does not support PDFs, you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader or another PDF viewer.

By default we send PDFs to a separate tab since some browsers will not allow you to view multipage PDFs on the main page. You can redirect PDFs to the main page by clicking Toggle PDF at the top of the page.

If you think something is missing, scroll down the page, increase the browser width, or maximize the browser by clicking the Toggle View button at the top of the page.

Search Help

Use the following formats for search terms:
  word1 word2 = Match on either word
  "word1 word2" = Match on exact phrase
  + word1 + word2 = Both words required to match
  wor* = Match of any word starting with wor

If the search term is not passed to the selected document, use the native search capabilities of your browser (usually accessed by pressing CTRL-F) to re-enter the search term.