Category Archives: Alabama Collection

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

"…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

Up from History: A Lecture on the Life of Booker T. Washington

pba00977 Up from Slavery (J. L. Nichols and Co., 1901) pba001870 The Story of My Life and Work (J. L. Nichols and Company, 1900) Featuring an image of the Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama pba00976 Working with the Hands: Being a … Continue reading

Peanuts? Cracker Jack? Happy Opening Day!

Advertisement, Crimson White, April 1929 From the Mel Allen Collection, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library Here’s to the first day of Major League Baseball season! And here’s to all who continue to love the game.

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

Two Unlikely Rose Bowl Heroes (in 1938, that is)

Irving Berlin Kahn The University of Alabama in the 1930s was home to a significant population of Jewish students, both from around the state of Alabama, and from other parts of the U.S., particularly the Northeast.Then UA President, Dr. George … Continue reading

Forget Cabot Cove — Anne George’s Birmingham and her Southern Sisters Mysteries

Writer, publisher, teacher, and poet Anne George was born on this day, December 4th, in 1927. She passed away in 2001, leaving a literary legacy that reaches far beyond her home state of Alabama. Anne was born Anne Carroll Bell … 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

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

Stark Paget ’27 and the Song of the Crimson Tide!

This sweet-faced young man was named Stark Paget. He passed away in 1934 at the young age of 37. He suffered from severe food poisoning, and died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Lucy Paget in Troy, Alabama. Paget … Continue reading