Research at Sloss

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The Sloss Research Library

Whether you are a professional historian, student, or just interested in the rich history of the Birmingham Industrial District, the Sloss Research Library, housed in a secluded area of the Sloss Visitor Center, offers a variety of research materials on all aspects of industrial technology, science, metallurgy, and furnace practices. For a complete list of books in our collection, click here.

To schedule a time to research in our library, please email Karen Utz at karen.utz@birminghamal.gov.

Oral Histories

When Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark opened to the public on Labor Day, 1983, the Sloss staff, in partnership with the UAB History Department, began the Sloss Oral History Project. The end result was a collection of stories from men and women who could provide first-hand accounts of life and working conditions in the mines, railroads, and blast furnaces of the Birmingham Industrial District. Their stories give unparalleled insight into the operation of Sloss, the working conditions of industry, and the social aspects of living at a furnace site. Digitized versions of these oral histories, both the transcripts and the audio, can be found here.

Let Us Help!

Our staff is also here to help! If you need assistance on a project you are working on, please let us know. We have staff who are able to interview, provide resources, or just point you in the right direction. For any assistance, please email Ty Malugani at tyler.malugani@birminghamal.gov.