Category Archives: Tuscaloosa

Bicycles, Babies, and Circus Parades: A Glimpse at Life and Leisure in Late Victorian Tuscaloosa

We have just added a new digital collection to the UA Libraries’ Digital Collections — selections from the Perkins Family Papers (Perkins Family Papers, 1813-1928, mss no. 1127). The Perkins digital collection consists of 294 incredible photographs of a broad … Continue reading

Bryce Hospital: An Introduction

By: Ellie Campbell, JD and University of Alabama MLIS graduate student In 1861, Bryce Hospital opened in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The hospital provided for the care of the mentally ill in Alabama, and was inspired by the ideas and activism of Dorothea … Continue reading

Confederate Brigadier General Johnston: A newly acquired and digitized collection

By: Ashley Bond, SLIS graduate student General Johnston was born in Hillsboro, North Carolina, on May 30, 1832. After studying at Cumberland University’s School of Law in Lebanon, Tennessee, he began his own practice in Marion, Alabama, the town where … Continue reading

Newtown: The Story of Tuscaloosa’s Bygone Rival

By: Mark Robison, University of Alabama Information Services Librarian On December 13, 1819, the last day before the U.S. Congress admitted Alabama to the Union, the Alabama territorial legislature passed a bill incorporating the town of Tuscaloosa (Clinton, Tuscaloosa 26). … Continue reading

The Acquisition History of the papers of Confederate Brigadier General Johnston

By: Amy Chen and Mary Bess Paluzzi Did you read our earlier post on Confederate Brigadier General Johnston’s career? If you haven’t yet, be sure to check it out to learn more about the history this collection represents.  The George … Continue reading

Tuscaloosa Area Virtual Museum

By: Elizabeth Bradt and Betty Slowe, Tuscaloosa Area Virtual Museum volunteers If you can’t get enough of the Tuscaloosa area historic photos and documents, try visiting the Tuscaloosa Area Virtual Museum. For example, if you are interested in the Bryce … Continue reading

Tuscaloosa, The Nineteenth Century City (HY 300) Film Debuts

By: Amy Chen, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow This semester, History professor Dr. Sharony Green taught “The Nineteenth Century City” (HY 300) about the development of urban culture in the United States. As a final class project, her students developed a film … Continue reading

Year-Round Costumed Fun

From a family production of the HMS Pinafore ca. 1899 (Perkins Family Papers) and an interpretation of “clouds” from the May Festival, 1928, Tuscaloosans don’t just wear costumes on Halloween!