Category Archives: Alabama Collection

"…and walk through a door that leads to opportunity for others.”

“There will come a day in your life when you must act for others–your family, perhaps your community–and you must be ready. What you have done to reach this milestone today is part of that preparation. So take from all … Continue reading

100 Years, A Million Dollars, 1000 Strong and a Few Cool Photos!

        HAPPY 100TH ANNIVERSARY TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA’S MILLION DOLLAR BAND! The Million Dollar Band will be joined on the field tomorrow, September 22, 2012 by Million Dollar Band alums during the halftime show, making the … Continue reading

1968: The Year that Changed the World

Exhibit poster for 1968: The Year that Changed the World – inspired by Thomas Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968) A new exhibit from the collections of the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library is now available — 1968: The Year … Continue reading

A Best-Selling Author was Born….Carl Carmer and Stars Fell on Alabama

October 16 marks the birthday of bestselling author and former University of Alabama professor of English, Carl Carmer. Born in 1893 in Cortland, New York, Carmer came to The University of Alabama in 1927 after completing graduate work at Harvard … Continue reading

Ahead of the curve: the anniversary of prohibition in Alabama

(front) (detail) (back) Alabama Prohibition Postcard, sent 1909 This bold political statement, in the form of a picture postcard from the Hoole collections, was sent to an Alabama voter in 1909. It urged “Mr. Voter” to vote for statewide prohibition … Continue reading

American WWI Veterans

This Veterans Day, we look at a largely forgotten American war: World War I. It’s easy to overlook because our official participation was short and our losses paled in comparison to that of France, Germany, and Britain. However, thousands of Americans … Continue reading

An Unlikely Antihero: Bernie Madoff at the Capstone

Bernard Madoff, yearbook picture, 1957 Corolla An article appeared in the New York Times last week by Allen Salkin, entitled Bernie Madoff, Frat Brother, which provides a fascinating short oral history from his fellow fraternity brothers (Sigma Alpha Mu) on … Continue reading

Bobby Allison of the Alabama Gang: Through Triumph and Tragedy

By: Allyson Holliday, W.S. Hoole Library Complex Copy-Cataloger In honor of the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2014 induction ceremony this week, the blog spotlight belongs to Alabama’s own Bobby Allison – a 2011 inductee. So what is the “Alabama Gang”? The … Continue reading

Bryce Hospital: An Introduction

By: Ellie Campbell, JD and University of Alabama MLIS graduate student In 1861, Bryce Hospital opened in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The hospital provided for the care of the mentally ill in Alabama, and was inspired by the ideas and activism of Dorothea … Continue reading

Chronicling UA’s First Steps Toward Desegregation

Sixty years ago, the first major step was made toward desegregating the University of Alabama. Autherine Lucy, a black woman from Shiloh, Alabama, was enrolled – and a few days later suspended, eventually expelled, though she had done nothing wrong. … Continue reading