Category Archives: Jessica Lacher-Feldman

Two Birds: Moving In and Happy Birthday

Julia Tutwiler Hall, March 1950, from UA Libraries Digital Collections Yesterday marked the 169th anniversary of the birth of the pioneer educator and reformer, Julia Strudwick Tutwiler. Born in Tuscaloosa on August 15, 1841, she brought higher education for women … Continue reading

Everything you ever wanted to know about Hoole’s incredible Tiffany Window….

Art Historian Dr. Robert Mellown’s article, originally published in the Winter 1993 issue of Alabama Heritage Magazine is now available on our website. Along with the article, you’ll find a link to a series of beautiful details of the window … Continue reading

Alabama’s Beautiful Gulf Coast Beaches, June 1912

Dauphin Island, 1912 From Roland Harper Photographs Collection (Collection number 633, Folder number 3.337) Alabamians have long enjoyed their beaches, but for the people of Southwest Alabama and the coastal areas of Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana, the Gulf is … Continue reading

Keeping it Real: Pioneering Social Critique and Counterculture @Hoole

The Realist, a pioneering magazine in social criticism and satire, was edited and published by Paul Krassner, a journalist, comedian, author, and driving force behind the Yippies, the “New Left”, and 1960s counterculture.Although the Realist is often considered part of … Continue reading

Football! Football! Football!: Images from early 20th century Corollas

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Happy Birthday, Jesse Owens!

On this day in 1913, the great athlete Jesse Owens was born in Oakville, Alabama. We blogged on him a little bit last year — you can read about him here —

Provenance Times Two: An Early Gift and the Origins of Crimson and White (o Rosso e Bianco)

One of the many projects we are working on at the Hoole Special Collections Library centers around our foreign language rare books. Right now we’re spending some time with the Italian rare books in our collection. One thing we find … 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

Not Running with the Bulls, but Sailing with the Cow’s Head

The famed San Fermin Festival and the “running of the bulls” in Pamplona, Spain is held at this time every year. Whatever one may think about this long-practiced tradition, there is one thing that all can agree upon — the … Continue reading

Ahead of the curve: the anniversary of prohibition in Alabama

(front) (detail) (back) Alabama Prohibition Postcard, sent 1909 This bold political statement, in the form of a picture postcard from the Hoole collections, was sent to an Alabama voter in 1909. It urged “Mr. Voter” to vote for statewide prohibition … Continue reading