Since last fall, we’ve had the opportunity to digitize a sizable set of large scrapbooks from a surprising source: the University of Alabama Army ROTC. Who knew that military men and women could be so interesting!
Dating from 1953 to 1983, these scrapbooks cover thirty years of activity for the group — and thirty years of American culture. The books (the latter half of which are online, with more to come) give us a sense of the changes in group activities and training emphases as the Vietnam war came and went, evolving photography practices, and even shifts in styles of dress and hair (and facial hair!).
1960-61: A visit from Governor John Patterson
1969-70: Worn out from field training exercises (FTX)
Facing protesters during an exhibition on the Quad
1970-71: Ropes course at Rangers training
Parachute training at summer camp
1971-72: Homecoming parade, Sponsors float
Training at Ft. McClellan
1972-73: Scabbard and Blade blood drive
1978-1979: Self Defense training
1980-81: Rangers building the Homecoming bonfire
1981-1982: FTX at Fort McClellan
Helicopter at Rangers FTX
1982-83: Annual Military Ball
1983-84: Annual Military Ball
We’re still working our way through this collection, so stay tuned as we continue to move back and back, all the way to 1953.