Alabama Mosaic

The Carl Elliott Regional Library and its branch libraries have collected and archived numerous images of landmarks, businesses, churches, schools, and people from throughout Walker and Winston Counties. In cooperation with the Alabama Department of Archives and History and the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, the Carl Elliott Regional library has digitized and made available these images to the public.
Our collection of hundreds of images is hosted by Alabama Mosaic, an online repository created by the National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The library will be adding items to the collection as we receive them, so make sure to check for new items weekly.

The Luis Rushing Collection

The largest collection of images in our possession was donated to the Jasper Public Library by Luis Rushing, a professional photographer from Jasper. Most of Mr. Rushing's collection housed by the Carl Elliott Regional Library was taken in 1939 or 1940 in Jasper, Alabama. We have digitized his collection, and you may browse Mr. Rushing's collection here.

Mr. Rushing was kind enough to donate a large volume from his personal collection in 1992, and after his death in 1998, Mr. Rushing's family donated several more images from his private collection. Most of the material donated after his death were of images from the islands of Guadalcanal, Guam, and New Caledonia where Mr. Rushing was stationed while he was enlisted in the Navy during World War II. All of these images as well as some from other contributors can be seen in our World War II Collection


1974 Walker and Winston County Tornadoes


The 1974 tornadoes that rolled through Walker and Winston County brought incalculable devastation to the area. Our collection of historical photos of the aftermath of this event is on display to the public here.


Purchasing Prints

The library does provide the opportunity for patrons to purchase a print of an image appearing in our collection. The Carl Elliott Regional Library can provide you a high quality image file which you can have printed at the provider of your choice, or the library would be happy to provide the name of a developer for you.

If you would like to purchase a high quality digital image, you may make a written request and mail your request to:

Stephen Underwood
Carl Elliott Regional Library
98 18th Street East
Jasper, AL 35501

or email your request to:

When you make your request, please be as specific as possible. The library asks that your request contain the title, creator, and date of the image found within the description of the image.
Our default file type is .jpeg, but we can provide you a .tiff file upon request.
The library charges $10 per image file. Once the staff receives your request and your payment, the staff can send your file to you in an email as an attachment or burn it to a CD and mail it to you.

Donating to Our Collection

The Carl Elliott Regional Library and our branch libraries gladly accept donations which help us fulfill our mission to collect and preserve the history of the Walker and Winston area.

Among the items we collect are:
-Video recordings
-Photographs and postcards
-Old School Yearbooks or Annuals
-Church and Synagogue Records
-Some Business Records
-Architectural Drawings and Blueprints

Generally we do not collect:
-Old Newspapers because we have these preserved on microfilm.
-Old Magazines
-Artifacts such as bricks, bottles and clothing.

Almost all donations to a library are tax deductible. Also, we ask anyone who donates an item to print and sign this form and turn in with his/her donation.