Category Archives: University Archives

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

Support Tide For Tusks

By: Amy Chen, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow The University of Alabama recently created the organization Tide for Tusks to “raise awareness of the threat of extinction for the African Elephant due to ivory poachers.” You can support their campaign by donating, … Continue reading

Unchaining Alabama: A new exhibition on display in the Williams Collection

By: Ben Flax, University of Alabama undergraduate student Though the institution of slavery was integral to the European settlement of the Americas and to the economic development of British mainland colonies and the United States, by the early-nineteenth century most … Continue reading

The greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread? Alabama Football of Course!

  This bread-shaped gem is a detail of the official Alabama vs. Sewanee football game, held at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama on October 17, 1925. This item is from our extensive collection of University of Alabama published  materials, ranging … 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

Announcing…. John "Blank" Doe

This seemingly mundane piece of paper is anything but dull. It is an image of the dummy press release drafted to announce the newly appointed head football coach and director of athletics at The University of Alabama. Scheduled to be … Continue reading

Remembering Robert F. Kennedy

This photograph of Senator (and Presidential Candidate) Robert F. Kennedy and University of Alabama president, Frank Rose was taken when Kennedy visited UA in March of 1968 as part of the Emphasis program. Robert F. Kennedy not only visited campus … Continue reading

Forty Years After — Emphasis ’68 — Directions: American Society at the Crossroads

In March of 1968, The University of Alabama hosted a powerful group of speakers brought together to discuss problems and issues in American Society. Emphasis ’68: American Society at the Crossroads stands today as a snapshot in time, that serves … Continue reading