Tag Archives: 1890’s

Temperance to Prohibition

From 1920 to 1933, the United States was officially a “dry” nation. The 18th Amendment made the sale, production, and transportation of alcohol illegal. But the first steps toward ridding the U.S. of alcohol began in the century before, with … Continue reading

Family Pets, part one: Cats

While our collections document some important local, national, and international history, they also chronicle the lives of individual families, giving us insight into the everyday lives of Americans over the last couple of centuries. It’s no surprise that a big … Continue reading

Campus Rewind: Woods Hall

Woods Hall has a long history on the UA campus, longer than most other buildings. Built right after the Civil War, it was still a landmark over a hundred years later, when student protests halted its demolition. It was renovated … Continue reading

A Day in the Life: November 28

On this date, through the years… * 1860. Alabama. Hugh Davis laments the political tumult of his day, which in hindsight we recognize as the prelude to Civil War. Davis writes: “Revolution. Fire. Precipitation. Slaughter. How rapidly, how fearfully the … Continue reading

Native American Heritage Month

Did you know November is Native American Heritage Month? The W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library houses some really interesting collections pertaining to the Choctaw Indians living in Mississippi and Louisiana at the turn of the twentieth century. The Choctaw … Continue reading

Small Photo Collections: Horgan Industrial photos, Birmingham, 1889

The John Horgan, Jr. photo album contains 23 images of industrial sites around Birmingham. Taken in 1889, these images are a good example of early photography, but they can also provide a helpful context for other collections in Acumen. For … Continue reading

Newly Online: C. H. Miller Store Records

The C H. Miller Store Records collection contains the records of a general store in Marengo County, Alabama, from 1891-1908. The collections consists of ledgers, daybooks, correspondence, and miscellaneous materials from Miller’s business. These records offer an opportunity to see … Continue reading