Category Archives: Book Collections

(Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier) Lafayette wuz Here 4/3/25

It was on April 3, 1825, during his tour of the United States that French general and Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette was entertained at Montgomery with great fanfare — so much fanfare, in fact that Governor Israel … Continue reading

Alabama’s Storyteller, Kathryn Tucker Windham

We recently said goodbye to renowned storyteller, author, photographer, and radio personality, Kathryn Tucker Windham. She will be greatly missed, but she will live on in our hearts and through her stories. The Hoole Library houses over twenty different works, … Continue reading

Armed Services Editions: A quest for a complete collection

By: Allyson Holliday, complex copy-cataloger As we approach the 75th Anniversary of the entry of the United States into World War II, Hoole Library actively seeking to complete its collection of Armed Services Editions. Editions for the Armed Services, Inc., was … Continue reading


Among Hoole’s many fascinating treasures is this slim manuscript volume – eight pages of hand written text, which came to us as part of the T.P. Thompson Collection. The detail above gives us the words for rain, wind, sun, moon, … Continue reading

Documenting Black Literary Culture, 1926-1976

We recently published a new research guide called From Jim Crow to Black Power: African American History and Culture, 1877-1970 , which is designed to help researchers navigate our holdings on life during the post-Reconstruction, pre-Civil Rights era, as well as the … Continue reading

Dr. Roth-Burnette’s class discovery

By: Amy Chen, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow We have some professors who return to the Division of Special Collections every semester to show their students favorite items from our holdings. Dr. Jennifer Roth-Burnette, of the UA Early College, often brings her honors Music and Political … Continue reading

Favorite Seasonal Publishers’ Binding: Halloween Edition

If Tam O’Shanter’d had a wheel : and other poems and sketches by Grace Duffie Boylan Binding design by Blanche McManus (Signed binding: B.Mc.M) New York, E.R. Herrick, 1898. pba02560, from the Richard Minsky Collection, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library … Continue reading

Great Literature in Different Packages: Moby-Dick

Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Armed Services Edition New York : Council on Books in Wartime, 1944 AC 1 .A7 G-209 Moby Dick Comic. Authorized Edition New York : Dell Pub. Co., 1956. Hoole Library Harold E. Selesky Comic Collection … Continue reading

Halloween updates from Rare Book Cataloging

By: Allyson Holliday, W.S. Hoole Library Complex Copy-Cataloger In the spirit of the season… there’s something for everyone in the Division of Special Collections! Whether it’s skeletons, haints, headless horsemen, witches, or demons, we have your interests covered. For skeletons: … Continue reading

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! A Memorable dinner at Antoines in New Orleans: March 17, 1914

Featured here is the menu and program cover from the annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner in New Orleans. This particular dinner was held at Antoine’s and featured such delicious green delicacies as Absinthe Verte and Artichaux Bayard. The final course … Continue reading