Category Archives: Wade Hall Collection

Now that they’ve seen Paree!

It was 122 years ago this week, on March 31, 1889, that the Eiffel Tower is dedicated in Paris in a ceremony presided over by the tower’s designer, Gustave Eiffel. Among the dignitaries were the French Prime Minister Pierre Tirard … 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

The man behind the album covers: Remembering the Artist Tom Wilkes

Elite Hotel (LP 12978, 1975) and Blue Kentucky Girl (LP 9615, 1979) Covers by Tom Wilkes From the Wade Hall Sound Recordings Collections The award winning artist, designer and photographer Tom Wilkes passed away last week. He leaves behind a … 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

Robert Loveman: Poem, Song, and a little Jewish History Too!

On Valentine’s Day, who better to talk about than a guy whose name screams all things romantic. A poet with a name like Loveman? You couldn’t make this stuff up. Robert Loveman (April 11, 1864 – July 9, 1923) was … 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

Two Unlikely Rose Bowl Heroes (in 1938, that is)

Irving Berlin Kahn The University of Alabama in the 1930s was home to a significant population of Jewish students, both from around the state of Alabama, and from other parts of the U.S., particularly the Northeast.Then UA President, Dr. George … Continue reading

Wherever you are, and Whoever you Were, Happy Birthday!

The Real Elvis: Good old Boy by Vince Staten, published by Media Ventures, Dayton, Ohio, ca. 1978. This volume, which is not widely known or distributed is one of the many books about Elvis Presley housed in the Wade Hall … 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

Shazam! Happy Birthday UA Alum Jim Nabors

Jim Nabors, UA Homecoming 1968 University of Alabama alum Jim Nabors (class of 1952) was born on June 12, 1930 in Sylacauga, Alabama. Best known for his beloved character, Gomer Pyle on both the Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pile, … Continue reading