Do you remember the first time you saw the movie,Gone With the Wind? David Williams of Tuscaloosa does. In fact, after seeing the movie in 1969, he bought the soundtrack complete with a 28-page booklet about the author, Margaret Mitchell, the book and the film. Thus began his collection ofGone With the Wind memorabilia.
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the book, selections of Williams’ collection are currently on display in the Pearce Foyer, Gorgas Library, until August 5. A replica of the famous Green Curtain Dress, foreign copies of the book, a flyer advertising the showing of the movie at Tuscaloosa’s Dale Drive-In and the Atlanta Constitution newspaper dated August 12, 1949, announcing Margaret Mitchell tragic accident are just a few items on display.
Sponsored by University Libraries and the Alabama Center for the Book, Williams will give a lecture about his collection on Thursday, June 23 at 3:00 p.m. in Gorgas Library, room 205. The public is invited to attend.
Williams remembers seeing the film at the Capri Theater in downtown Tuscaloosa. He was 14 years old and went with a church group. His ticket cost $2.00. He had heard of the movie but didn’t know much about it. In fact, at intermission he thought the film was over and remembered thinking he enjoyed the movie but wanted the story to continue. He shared his experience with his parents when he returned home and together they remembered their first time of viewing the film. He was hooked.
When asked how many times he has seen the movie, Williams replied, “More than I should have; enough to memorize the dialogue!” He tells a story of watching the film at the Ferguson Center once and the sound suddenly stopped. The movie continued but there was no spoken word. So until the problem was rectified, about a minute later, he was able to deliver the lines for those seated around him.
An original unused ticket to the world premier in Atlanta on December 15, 1939, is his favorite item in the collection and is on display. Williams has only seen one complete ticket for sale and feels fortunate to get it.
Family members, friends and even members of audiences of groups he speaks to help him find items to add to his collection. The invention of e-bay has made items more assessable. However, you must have a good knowledge of the material Williams reports.
“Many times I have seen books for sale that were autographed by Margaret Mitchell in 1938 or later. Margaret Mitchell may have signed the book but not the Margaret Mitchell. She stopped signing books after January 1937,” Williams said.
The vast majority of items in his collection are originals with a few copies.
Williams and his family just returned from a family vacation in southern California where they toured Culver Studios. In 1939, this was Selznick International Pictures where Gone With the Wind was filmed. Although studio tours are not given, Williams was able to look at the office of GWTW producer, Davis O. Selznick, and the main administration building shown in the opening credits of all SIP films, including Gone With the Wind. He was also able to stand on the front walk where a scene from the movie was filmed. A big thrill for any GWTW collector.
Williams, a native of Moundville, has lived in Tuscaloosa since 1978. He is a loan officer with Alabama Credit Union and music director at Moundville Baptist Church. His wife, Libby is assistant director of Graduate Admissions for International Admissions and Recruitment at UA. Their son, Spencer, recently graduated from Paul W. Bryant High School and will be attending Shelton State this fall with plans to transfer to the University.
All entries will be accepted until January 21, 2014
Writing Contest for Young Readers
Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Alabama Center for the Book and other participating state centers.
For a complete list of guidelines and to get your official contest entry forms visit: www.read.gov/letters.
Attention Students in Grades 4-12!
Take the Letters About Literature writing challenge! Read a book and write a personal letter to an author you admire or inspired you. Your letter must explain how the author’s work changed your view of yourself or your world.
Level 1 – Grades 4-6
Level 2- Grade 7-8
Level 3 – Grades 9-12
One National Winner will receive a $1,000 cash award on each competition level.
One Second Place Winner will receive a $200 cash award on each competition level.
Alabama Center for the Book will award a $100 cash award for first place, $50 cash award for second place, $25 cash award for second place, and a $15 cash award for honorable mention (judge’s discretion) on each competition level. All Alabama semi-finalists will receive a certificate and invitation to the award ceremony, tentatively scheduled for April 2014.
For additional information about the state contest, contact Donna Adcock, email@example.com or 205-348-1416.
|Alexander, Reese||Highlands School, Anna Shelley|
|Altamirano, Olivia||Highlands School, Anna Shelley|
|Ayers, Alli||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Bayne, Audrey||Liberty Middle School, Linda Rummell|
|Bentley, Victoria Anne||Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell|
|Bergert, Olivia||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Bodnar, Francie||Highlands School, Anna Shelley|
|Bramblett, Jake||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Brown, Alden||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Cannon, Emily Gray||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Crawford Adelia||Highlands School, Janie Fahey|
|David, Kiersten||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Davis, Maddox||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Dixon, Julie||Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell|
|Donald, William||Highlands School, Anna Shelley|
|Downes, Harrison||Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell|
|Effinger, Katherine||Highlands School, Anna Shelley|
|Escario, Elgen Nathan||Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell|
|Gonzalez, Arabella||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Gonzalez, Carys||Highlands School, Janie Fahey|
|Green, Lexi||Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell|
|Honeycutt, Olivia||Highlands School, Anna Shelley|
|Humphrey, Will||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Komisar, Sela||Highlands School, Anna Shelley|
|Kratz, Lydia||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Kugler, Kaden||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|LaHue, Molly||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Lee, Nathan||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|MacNicol, Tate||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Meacham, Virginia||The Montgomery Academy, Gene Johnson|
|Miller, Anne Claire||Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell|
|Miller, Kayla||Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell|
|Morris, Gordy||Highlands School, Anna Shelley|
|Murch, Kellyn||Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell|
|Murray, Braeden||Halcyon Elementary, Robin Dean|
|Osborne, Savannah||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Pak, Finn||Highlands School, Janie Fahey|
|Parisher, Caroline||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Patterson, Lee Taylor||Edgewood Elementary, Christian Sloderbeck|
|Reese, Leighton||Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell|
|Rinker, Claire Anneliese||Edgewood Elementary, Christian Sloderbeck|
|Rosser, Levi||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Schwebel, Andy||Highlands School, Anna Shelley|
|Serrano, Nelson||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Simms, Rachel||Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell|
|Slaughter, Taylor||Beverly Middle School, Sarah Sansbury|
|Teel, Emily||Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell|
|Thompson, Avery||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Thompson, Lauren||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Thompson, Zola||Highlands School, Bobbie Pyron|
|Tucker, Jeb||The Montgomery Academy, Gene Johnson|
|Wever, Morganne||Highlands School, Anna Shelley|
|Wolfe, Emma||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Wood, Kelsey||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
|Yi, Lukas||The Montgomery Academy, Gene Johnson|
|Zhang, Emily||Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty|
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Letters About Literature (LAL) invites young readers in grades 4 – 10 to enter the 21st Annual LAL letter writing competition. The contest challenges young readers to write a personal letter to an author explaining how that author’s work somehow changed the readers’ view of their world.
LAL is a national reading and writing promotion program for young readers sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and presented in partnership with participating affiliate state centers for the book including the Alabama Center for the Book.
Students may enter the contest individually or through their school as a class project. The 2013 entry guidelines and entry coupons may be found on the Alabama Center for the Book’s website:
Submission deadline is postmark January 11, 2013.
Teachers, librarians, and parents can download free teaching materials, including lesson plans, assessment checklists, and student writing samples by visiting the LAL website.
LAL awards prizes on both state and national level in three competition levels: Level 1 for children in grades 4 – 6; Level 2 for children in grades 7 – 8; and Level 3 for children in grades 9 – 10.
The Alabama Center for the Book will announce the state winners in April 2013. All semi-finalists, their families, and teachers will be invited to the Alabama Letters About Literature awards ceremony and reception to be held at The University of Alabama in the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library. The three first place winners’ letters will be submitted for national judging.
National winners will receive a cash award of $1,000 and will be announced in May 2013.
The Alabama Center for the Book is the Alabama Affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book and is housed in the University of Alabama Libraries at the University of Alabama.
Letters About Literature