By: Amy Chen, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow
“From a Love of History: Exploring the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection” will be back on display in January 2014 in the Pearce Lobby of the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library. The items selected for this area focus on African American history.
The left side of the Pearce Lobby focuses on the Tuskegee Institute. While the materials on display are drawn from the A.S. Williams III collection, the Tuskegee University archives were arranged and described due to the support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This grant was given to both Tuskegee University and The University of Alabama. The continued support of the NHPRC later allowed these materials to be digitized and placed online. View the Tuskegee University Archives through Acumen, The University of Alabama portal for digitized special collections. Check out Horizons, a magazine published by UA Libraries, to read more about the grant that funded this project.
An additional portion of the exhibition featuring the Williams collection’s strengths in Southern photography, literature, and financial memorabilia from the founding of the United States will continue to be on show in the Williams collection reading room, which can be found on the third level of the Gorgas Library.