Tag Archives: 1920’s

Life in the mines: Desegregated labor unions

Normally, we do a post on labor unions for labor day, but it seemed appropriate to bring up the subject for Black History Month, too. African Americans in Birmingham-area mines and industrial plants were often important leaders in efforts to … Continue reading

Women and Their Cars

Over a hundred years ago, Alice Ramsey and her friends took the first all-female cross country automobile trip. You can read about Ramsey’s experience at Smithsonian Magazine online — what they ate, where they stayed, how they found their way … Continue reading

Newly Online: Birmingham Barons Baseball Records

Part of the extensive Woodward Family Papers is a collection of documents pertaining to the Birmingham Barons minor league baseball team, owned by A. H. “Rick” Woodward. The team’s park, Rickwood Field, was named after him. Many of these records, … Continue reading

Covered Bridges of Alabama and Georgia

While they’re not extinct yet, covered bridges are getting rarer and rarer. Here’s a look into our rural southern past, courtesy of our Digital Collections. Most of these images are from the Roland McMillan Harper photo collection, but you can … Continue reading

Our Muse, the Moon

Did you catch a glimpse of yesterday’s “supermoon”? While I was checking out the amazing images popping up on the internet today, I started to think about the role the moon plays in our culture, especially its effect on our … Continue reading

Campus Rewind: Morgan Hall

Morgan Hall has been sitting in its corner of the UA Quad for about 100 years, and various Digital Collections in Acumen document its use over the years. According to the University website, Morgan Hall was named for John Tyler … Continue reading

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: Rose Administration Building and Tutwiler Hall

The story of Rose Administration Building, named after a former university president, intersects with that of another prominent building on campus: Tutwiler Hall. Before the construction of the familiar highrise at the edge of campus, the old Julia Tutwiler Hall┬ástood … Continue reading

Football Champs Again!

To celebrate UA Football’s 15th national championship, we share these scenes of championship football past and the faithful support of Tide fans throughout the years! January 1926. Running back Johnny Mack Brown takes a break on the sidelines during the … Continue reading