The Marvin Yeomans Whiting Award
Named for Marvin Whiting, the Birmingham Public Library's first archivist and a pioneer in the professionalization of archives in Alabama, this award recognizes individuals, organizations, or institutions that have made a significant contribution to the preservation and dissemination of local history in Alabama. The award recognizes the preservation of historic documents and oral history but not buildings, historic sites, or artifacts.
The award was created in 2012. Past recipients are:
2012- Ed Bridges, retired Director, Alabama Department of Archives and History
2013- Elizabeth Wells, former Head of Special Collections, Samford University
2014- Coll'ette King, Mobile County Probate Court
2015- Bobby Joe Seals, Shelby County Museum and Archives
2016- Tom Turley, retired from Alabama Department of Archives and History
2017- Charlene Simpson, Ashville Museum and Archives
2018- Tracey Berezansky, retired from Alabama Department of Archives and History
2019- Frazine Taylor, retired from Alabama Department of Archives and History and Alabama State University
2020- Dr. Marty Olliff, Wiregrass Archives at Troy University Dothan
2021 - The Invisible Histories Project, a repository for the preservation of the history of LGBTQ life first in the state of Alabama and then the entire Southeast.
2022 - Jim Baggett, Birmingham Public Library
2023 - Gayle Thrower, Poarch Band of Creek Indians (posthumous)