The function of the UAB Archives is the appraisal, collection, organization, description and reference use of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's (UAB) official records of enduring historical value. Reference service is provided to both the university community and the general public. All persons who visit the UAB Archives to conduct research are interviewed by staff to determine the scope of research and the most effective research strategy in the usage of UAB records. Staff will explain applicable usage restrictions during this interview. Patrons are also required to register during their research visit.

For members of the university community, the UAB Archives accepts mail, telephone, e-mail and in-person reference requests and provides research support on a case-by-case basis. The archives does not conduct research for students or complete student assignments. When the UAB Archives is unable to provide research support due to staff availability, time or financial constraints, members of the university community will be encouraged to utilize the UAB Archives in person to conduct research.

For members of the general public, the UAB Archives accepts ready reference requests via mail, telephone, e-mail or in-person. Ready reference implies easily obtainable, quickly disseminated public information which does not have to be tabulated for dissemination and which is readily obtainable from archives sources.

Individuals making reference request which are not ready reference in nature will be directed to visit the UAB Archives to conduct their own research. The staff does not conduct research for the general public. The UAB Archives is open to research by appointment only. Please make an appointment in advance of your arrival to ensure the availability of the staff and the records relating to your research project.

Refer to the Policies tab in the menu at left for further information on using materials at the UAB Archives.