ADAH: 1875 Voter Registration Books
This collection consists of sixty-one volumes of voter registration oaths taken by white and Black men in thirty-two Alabama counties, primarily in 1875. Each book records the date the oath was taken, the voter's name, race, employer, and the name of the registrar administering the oath. These oaths were recorded in advance of an August 1875 referendum, when the people would vote on the question of a new constitutional convention and simultaneously elect delegates. Like our collection of 1867 voter registration books, these volumes are among the earliest state records documenting the names of formerly enslaved African American men.