CORRESPONDENCE WITH ED BRIDGES, DIRECTOR, ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY
Ed Bridges served dutifully and admirably as the Director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History. We had a good working relationship with one another. I read his writings and he read some of mine. He was my guest speaker at the Wetumpka Rotary Club and came to the club when I gave a talk on the Crommelin Brothers of World War II. We worked together when the Church provided the state archives with a copy of a Brigham Young letter to Governor Benjamin Fitzpatrick. The original letter to Governor Fitzpatrick is believed to have been stolen from the state archives by an archives employee many years ago. He worked well with the Church on records preservation projects conducted throughout the state and also at the archives library. Director Bridges was my VIP guest at the open house for the Birmingham Alabama Temple.
Here is a year 2000 letter where Director Bridges alludes to the opposition that his predecessor had raised against the Church or Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU), followed by another year 2000 letter wherein he expresses his appreciation for his having been able to work with the Church over the years.
These letters can be read more profitably in connection with a reading of the talk titled “We Worship A Powerful, Yet Loving God.”