Category Archives: Rare Books

A Collection of Devotional Tracts, printed by Benjamin Franklin

By: Ashley Bond, SLIS graduate student In May 2011, Dean Louis A. Pitschmann of the University of Alabama Libraries acquired A Collection of Devotional Tracts along with the donation of a second book entitled Character Sketches. Currently located in Hoole … Continue reading

Banned: Ulysses and 1984

By: Page Novak, UA undergraduate This fall, step into the lobby of Mary Harmon Bryant Hall to see Page Novak’s display of banned books celebrating Banned Book Week, which was September 21-27. Novak’s exhibition will be up for the remainder … Continue reading

Grammar-Land: Learning to Write in America (1700-1930)

By: Russ McConnell, Instructor in the Department of English From September through November 2014, Grammar-land: Learning to Write in America (1700-1930) is on display in the lobby of the W.S. Hoole Library on the second floor of Mary Harmon Bryant Hall. Curated by … Continue reading

Halloween updates from Rare Book Cataloging

By: Allyson Holliday, W.S. Hoole Library Complex Copy-Cataloger In the spirit of the season… there’s something for everyone in the Division of Special Collections! Whether it’s skeletons, haints, headless horsemen, witches, or demons, we have your interests covered. For skeletons: … Continue reading

Interview with Ashley Bond, Division of Special Collections graduate assistant

By: Ashley Bond, SLIS graduate student Editor’s Note: This post is part of an ongoing series profiling the graduate students who work in the Division of Special Collections. Haley Aaron, Alex Goolsby, Ellie Campbell, Mary Haney, and Katie Howard have also been featured. … Continue reading

Interview with Dr. Russ McConnell, curator of Grammar-Land, Part I

By: Dr. Russ McConnell, Instructor in the English Department This week, we’re talking Dr. Russ McConnell about his research and his process for curating an exhibition with special collections materials. Check back on Wednesday to hear his tips and tricks. … Continue reading

Interview with Dr. Russ McConnell, curator of Grammar-Land, Part II

On Monday, we talked to Dr. Russ McConnell, curator of Grammar-Land, which will be on display in the reading room of Hoole’s lobby through the end of November. He discussed his research and the intellectual background to his show. Today, … Continue reading

Pedagogy Series 4.4: Interview with Annemarie Lisko

By: Annemarie Lisko, UA undergraduate This is the fourth post of a five-part series on Dr. Cardon’s English 103 classes and their project using Special Collections materials to create a physical display for exhibition in the W.S. Hoole Library Lobby. Read the … Continue reading

Shakespeare at 400

Four hundred years ago tomorrow, William Shakespeare’s life was over and the story of his cultural legacy began. At what a legacy it has been! There are countless adaptations of his work, in every artistic medium we’ve come up with over the … Continue reading

Staff Favorites: Allyson Holliday

By: Allyson Holliday, Complex Copy-Cataloger Cool@Hoole thought it’d be fun to feature our staff’s favorites from among our collections. After all, closed stacks collections mean that users rely on us to know our materials in and out so that we … Continue reading