Category Archives: Manuscript Collections

“There was joy and there was sorrow”: Armistice Day, 1918

World War I was fought between multiple countries in two main alliance groups, making the process of ending the war complicated. In some ways, it began with Allied power Russia’s separate peace with the Central Powers, the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, … Continue reading

A Royal Decree!

Our amazing volunteer manuscript processor James shared this cool little item he came across while processing the Mabel Smythe-Haith papers. Everyone loves a big fancy decree, deed, or diploma — something with seals and stamps and stuff. Pretty cool. What’s … Continue reading

Aftermath of the 1932 Tornado Outbreak in Alabama

These five images are from the Roland Harper Photographs Collection — photographs by Roland Harper of aftermath of the deadly tornado outbreak in the deep south on March 21 and 22, 1932. The destruction and loss of life was staggering, … Continue reading

Alabama’s Beautiful Gulf Coast Beaches, June 1912

Dauphin Island, 1912 From Roland Harper Photographs Collection (Collection number 633, Folder number 3.337) Alabamians have long enjoyed their beaches, but for the people of Southwest Alabama and the coastal areas of Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana, the Gulf is … Continue reading

Celebrate Earth Day!

Utricularia juncea, Eriophorum, Lefhamthus, and Azalea visersa, in bog just N. of lake; 3:22 pm, Lake Ronkonkoma, New York. Diazo print, Cyanotype. From the Roland McMillan Harper photographs collection, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library.

Celebrate Poetry in all its forms…

The Game of Giza by George Edwin Starbuck From the George Edwin Starbuck Papers,The W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama. April is National Poetry Month. We’ll celebrate with the witty, wry, and dangerously funny George Starbuck, whose … Continue reading

Confederate Brigadier General Johnston: A newly acquired and digitized collection

By: Ashley Bond, SLIS graduate student General Johnston was born in Hillsboro, North Carolina, on May 30, 1832. After studying at Cumberland University’s School of Law in Lebanon, Tennessee, he began his own practice in Marion, Alabama, the town where … Continue reading

Great News! and Great Letterhead from Loving Son W.C. to his Doting Mother, Amelia

Letter from W.C. to his mother Amelia, June 5, 1908 The item featured above is part of the UA Libraries’ contribution to AlabamaMosaic — an online repository of digital materials on Alabama’s history, culture, places, and people that was developed … Continue reading

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow!

Well, maybe not tomorrow — but if you haven’t had a chance to visit our exhibit, Hear Hair Here: Hair Do’s and Hair Don’t from the Hoole Library’s Sound Recording Collections, please be sure to do soon. New and exciting … Continue reading

Happy Opening Day! How about That!

Mel Allen and Micky Mantle, from the Mel Allen Collection, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama.