Category Archives: Publishers’ Bindings Online

Covering Christmas: Publishers’ Bindings at The University of Alabama

By: Amy Chen, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow During the month of December, “Covering Christmas: Publishers’ Bindings at The University of Alabama” will be on display in the lobby of the Mary Harmon Bryant Building and in a case in front of … Continue reading

A Star is Born: Happy Birthday Mark Twain!

He was born on November 30, 1835, just as Haley’s Comet passed in the night sky. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, is a true American literary icon, and widely read today just as he was 100 years … Continue reading

Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September…A Proclamation

  Detail from Abe Lincoln’s yarns and stories : a complete collection of the funny and witty anecdotes that made Lincoln famous as America’s greatest story teller (Publishers’ Bindings Online, and from the Wade Hall Collections of Southern History and … Continue reading

Happy Belated, Mr. E.A. Poe!

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe 1893, New York, New York: E. P. Dutton and Company From the Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture and Publishers’ Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books The Raven by Edgar Allan … Continue reading

Margaret Armstrong, Myrtle Reed, and those Purple Books!

Six purple bindings designed by Margaret Armstrong, all from the Minsky Collection at the Hoole Special Collections Library, and all in Publishers’ Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books!

Publishers’ Binding: Remembering Cuba (Week) Edition

So last week was Cuba Week at The University of Alabama. Here’s a little Memories of Cuba (Week) binding for you to enjoy…. Memories of Cuba and other poems by Janan Ewan Boston, R.G. Bager, 1908. pba01177, from the Hoole … 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

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

Lincoln on Publishers’ Bindings: Selections from the Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture

Here are just a few of the 19th and early 20th c. books on Abraham Lincoln from the Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture. They are also featured in our ground-breaking collaborative digital project, Publishers’ Bindings Online, 1815-1930: … Continue reading

Cotton Dethroned!

98 years ago today, on September 3, 1910, the boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) was first discovered on Alabama soil. The unbelievable devastation the boll weevil caused to cotton crops throughout the South was the catalyst for diversifying agriculture in Alabama, … Continue reading