Category Archives: Wade Hall Collection

A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll

When you collect Americana, you can’t help but end up with music — and books on music. In the case of Wade Hall, who focused his collecting on the South, that means a lot of country and western, jazz, blues, and rock ‘n’ … Continue reading

A Lucky Birthday for Alabama’s Eddie Floyd — Knock on Wood!

Happy Birthday to Alabama-born soul singer and songwriter Eddie Floyd. Eddie Floyd was born Eddie Lee Floyd on June 25, 1935 in Montgomery, Alabama and though he has an album coming out next month — his first in six years– … Continue reading

A Night (to remember) at the Opry, June 11, 1949

Hank Williams Country Music Folio Acuff-Rose Music, Nashville, Tennessee, 1948 From the Wade Hall Sheet Music Collection It’s hard to believe that the musical icon and Alabama native Hank Williams (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was only twenty-nine … Continue reading

American WWI Veterans

This Veterans Day, we look at a largely forgotten American war: World War I. It’s easy to overlook because our official participation was short and our losses paled in comparison to that of France, Germany, and Britain. However, thousands of Americans … Continue reading

Between the pages

By: Amy Chen, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow In September 2014, Wade Hall’s Library, an exhibition of Wade Hall’s extensive collection of books — a large portion are dedicated to Southern Literature — will be mounted in the Pearce Lobby of the … Continue reading

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

Dr. Wade Henry Hall, Jr. (1934-2015)

We’re sad to report the passing of our friend, Wade Hall, on Saturday. Having grown up with so little, Wade made it his mission to give as much as possible to others. Though he was born and raised in Bullock County, Alabama, … Continue reading

Featured Item from Wade Hall’s entertainment photographs collection

By: Amy Chen, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow Still from Kuhle Wampe (1932). Hanson Tonfilmbilder. Film-Album Number 5. Dresden, Germany, 1932. Photographic Album. Hall’s entertainment photographs (2008.030) includes an album that is comprised of over 120 photographs from more than forty films related to … Continue reading

Gee’s Bend at Hoole

By: Ellie Campbell, JD and University of Alabama MLIS graduate student The Wade Hall and Gregg Swem American Quilts Collection contains quilts from the mid-nineteenth century up to the present day that demonstrate the breadth and depth of this American … Continue reading

German Cookbooks: A Hidden Gem in the Wade Hall Collection

By: Mark Robison, University of Alabama Information Services Librarian Although the demands on food are growing ever larger — one person places value on the fanciest treats, while another insists on the lowest possible calorie count –, every now and … Continue reading