Category Archives: Jessica Lacher-Feldman

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 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.

Our Super Starr: Alabama and Green Bay’s Bart Starr

Detail from Quarterbacking by Bart Starr with Mark Cox (Prentice-Hall, 1967) from the Hoole Alabama Collection The Green Bay Packers will make their fifth Super Bowl appearance this Sunday, and what better way to celebrate is to talk a little … Continue reading

Guess who’s coming to Hoole? Wayne Greenhaw!

Few Alabama authors have written more, and have produced so much variety as Wayne Greenhaw. He has written novels, plays, works of non-fiction, and several hundred articles in regional, national, and international publications. Wayne will be at the Hoole Library … 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

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

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


Among Hoole’s many fascinating treasures is this slim manuscript volume – eight pages of hand written text, which came to us as part of the T.P. Thompson Collection. The detail above gives us the words for rain, wind, sun, moon, … Continue reading