The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book
and Manuscript Library houses 8,000 linear feet of manuscript and archival material. Some
of the more important records and manuscript collections in The McCall Library include:
the papers of Congressmen Jack Edwards and Sonny Callahan, who served in the U.S. House of
Representatives, District 1, Alabama from 1964 to 2003; a large body of material from the
civil rights era including the papers of John LeFlore and the Non-Partisan Voters League
records; the Mobile County Circuit Court records (c. 1830-1917), and a huge railroad
The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library's
manuscript collections are listed alphabetically from A through J in part 1 of this guide.
The name of the collection may be that of a person, business, organization, institution,
subject, or donor.
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This collection relates to an area of Mobile known as Africatown
an to the people who lived there and their descendents. Africatown derives its name from a
group of Africans brought to Mobile illegally for the purposes of slavery who settled
there after the Civil War. Included are various materials compiled by the
great-great-grandson of one of the Africans, as well as articles about the community of
Africatown. .25 cubic feet.
Consists of material (1923-1985) related to the Ahavas Chesed
(Love of Kindness) Jewish congregation. The collection includes the group's
constitution and by-laws, as well as financial data, membership information, minutes,
booklets, audits, scrapbooks, deeds, yearbooks, and bulletins. Also included are documents
pertaining to the congregation's celebration of its 100th anniversary in 1994, as well as
notes and correspondence of Rabbi Stanley Gerstein, and papers associated with several
Jewish organizations. The collection was microfilmed and that microfilm resides at Samford
University. 9 cubic feet.
AHMED, DR. NAHFIZA (01-16-383)
Audio taped oral interviews conducted with former Mobile mayor
Joseph Langan (July 2001), Non-Partisan Voters League member O. B. Purifoy (October 2001),
and civil rights activists James Dixon (July 2001) and Jerry Pogue (July 2001) in
connection with Dr. Ahmed's doctoral dissertation on the civil rights struggle in Mobile.
Transcripts are available. Some restrictions apply.
DRY DOCK AND SHIPBUILDING COMPANY (81-03-60, 88-08-170, 90-08-200)
Contains annual reports from 1943 to 1991, and files from the
Public Relations Department at ADDSCO that contain information about the various ships
built or worked on from 1919 to the 1970s. Most Liberty ships and tankers built during
WWII have individual files with photographs and information about ship names, sponsors,
launching ceremony programs, etc. There are also subject files concerning activities and
individuals at ADDSCO and projects such as the Bankhead and I-10 tunnels and Auxiliary
Submarine Rescue Ships. The collection includes copies of Fore & Aft, the
company's publication for its employees. (See also Photograph
Collections for photos of ADDSCO ships, workers, and yard scenes, and Joe Jefferson Players for other issues of Fore &
Aft.) 17 cubic feet.
The Aluminum Ore Company's refining plant in Mobile, Alabama, was
constructed in 1937. At the time, it was the largest bauxite refining plant in the
United States. The company discontinued its Mobile operations in 1982. The records of the
Public Relations Department at Alcoa contain historical information about the company, its
products, and employees. Also included are copies of company publications, The
Al-Zalean and Aluminews. (See also Photograph
Collections.) 3 cubic feet.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (90-09-209)
The records of the Mobile Branch of the AAUW include minutes,
correspondence, presidents' reports, treasurers' records, topical files, bylaws,
bulletins, directories, and yearbooks from 1945 to 2005. There are also some materials
relating to the state organization such as convention reports, workshops, bulletins, and
directories. Materials are periodically added to this collection. 10 cubic feet.
AMTRAK DERAILMENT (06-09-461)
On September 22, 1993, a tugboat operator mistook a railway
bridge over Bayou Canot for a barge and plowed into the bridge, setting in motion the
worst train disaster in Amtrak's history. When the Sunset Limited attempted to
cross the bridge, its cars derailed, sending them and the train's passengers into the
bayou. The derailment killed 47 people. This collection consists of four 4" notebook
binders filled with information related to the accident compiled by the National
Transportation Safety Board. The reports discuss operation of the train and its crew, and
various other aspects of the disaster. 1 cubic foot.
ASHDOWN, SPAN (99-07-345)
Books, correspondence, magazines, newsclippings, and pamphlets
related to waterfront activities in Mobile. (See also Photograph
Collections under the same heading.) .5 cubic feet.
AS YOU LIKE IT CLUB (98-08-337)
Founded on October 10, 1914, this women's group met to study
literature and the arts. It was at one point affiliated with the Federation of Women's
Clubs. This small collection consists of the group's year-long programs from 1973 through
1987. The programs include organizational histories as well as its constitution and
by-laws. .5 cubic feet.
CITY QUILTERS GUILD (08-07-475)
Established in 1980 by a small group of local women, the Azalea
City Quilters Guild has held quilt shows since its second year. The group also holds
workshops and donates quilts for fundraising to various local charities, including the
Ronald McDonald House and Project Linus. This collection consists of organizational
records, photographs, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, quilt show programs, quilt
patterns, correspondence, and other memorabilia collected by members of the group. 14.5
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This scrapbook dates to 1919 and contains newsclippings,
ephemera, and notes from classmates collected by Barton Academy graduate Lillian Crowley.
.25 cubic feet.
Contains the 1909, 1912, 1917, and 1919 issues of the Bartonian,
the Barton Academy yearbook. Also includes the December 1931 issue of National
Geographic, which contains two articles on Alabama, "Smoke over Alabama"
and "Where the New South Challenges the Old." .25 cubic feet.
ROBERT E. (02-09-386)
The papers of noted Alabama author Robert E. Bell (1926-1999)
contain correspondence with publishers, family, and friends, many of whom were
contemporary authors. The materials also include numerous unpublished manuscripts,
personal journals (1940, 1950-1999), photographs, and scrapbooks. 31.25 cubic feet.
BELLAMY, ELIZABETH WHITFIELD CROOM
(See Stephens G. and
Velma Croom. See also Photograph Collections under Stephens
BEVERLY, FRANCES BAUGH (94-09-279)
Frances Beverly (1865-1954) was related to the noted botanist,
William Bartram. Beverly worked as a reporter for the Louisville Courier Journal
and later wrote about Mobile's past for the Works Progress Administration. Using her
collection of WPA manuscripts, she set out to publish "The Story of Old Mobile"
in 1947 at the age of 82, which she later apparently self-published. Her papers consist of
typed and handwritten manuscripts, including essays, short stories, poems, and brief
biographical sketches that have been divided into subject files. The original Beverly
Collection was microfilmed in the early 1990s by the Historic Mobile Development
Commission. That microfilm is also available. The collection also includes Beverly's
journals, which contain handwritten versions of most of her typed manuscripts. 1.5 cubic
BERNEY, JANE E. (05-09-429)
Jane Elizabeth Berney was the daughter of Saffold Berney
(1844-1929), a judge, author, and Confederate veteran, and Mary Clifton Berney
(1846-1921). Her papers contain photographs of Saffold Berney, his father, Dr. James
Berney, and other unidentified women and children, probably Berney family members, as well
as a 1909 photo of the family home. Other images show a Confederate veteran's parade. Some
of the photographs date from 1877 to 1922, although most are not dated at all. The paper
(1918-1942, bulk ca. 1937) relate primarily to Berney's WPA employment in Mobile. From
1936 to 1937 she worked on a project to survey records and write histories of various
federal agencies in Mobile, including the post office, the Inland Waterways Corporation,
and the Internal Revenue. Her papers also include her membership certificate for the
Daughters of the Confederacy (1919) and an employment application for Brookley Field
(1942). .75 cubic feet.
BLACKMON, DORA E. (08-09-493)
Dora Mae Eldredge Blackmon earned a Ph.D. from the University of
Washington in 1964. Her collection contains research materials and drafts of her doctoral
disseration, "The Care of the Mentally Ill in America, 1604-1812 in the Thirteen
Original Colonies." In 1977, after serving as professor and nursing director in
several nursing schools across the United States, Blackmon became professor and dean of
the University of South Alabama School of Nursing. The collection also consists of grading
materials and research materials and drafts of a paper Blackmon wrote about the colonial
judge Samuel Sewall, who participated in the Salem witch trials. 1 cubic foot.
BOYKIN, FRANK (98-09-440)
One 9-page letter from Frank W. Boykin to Speaker of the House of
Representatives John McCormack dated August 20, 1963. The letter discusses many national
and state political figures, including Senator Lister Hill and Presidents John F. Kennedy
and Lyndon Johnson. The bulk of Boykin's papers are located at the Alabama Department of
Archives and History. For more, please see http://22.214.171.124/cdm4/boykin.htm.
BROCK, GLEN PORTER (87-09-149)
These are the personal papers of G. P. Brock, President and
Executive Officer of the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad from 1957 to 1972 and Chairman
of the Board of the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad following the merger of the GM&O
and the Illinois Central. The collection covers the period from 1940 to 1987. 61 cubic
BROOKLEY AIR FORCE BASE
This collection of materials pertaining to Brookley AFB dates
from 1942 to 1964. It includes photographs, newsclippings, and a few issues of the Brookley
Bay Breeze from 1942 and A la MOAD from 1943-1944, and a more complete
run of the Brookley Spotlight from 1959 to 1969. 5.25 cubic feet.
BUSBY, ANNA (MATTIE MAY JORDAN) (87-10-153)
A diary written in 1912-1913 by Mattie May Jordan, an older
sister of Anna Busby. The diary describes fur trading and farming activities in Washington
County, Alabama. The diary has been published under the title Where the Wild Animals
is Plentiful: Diary of an Alabama Fur Trader's Daughter (Tuscaloosa: University
of Alabama Press, 1999). A typed transcript of the diary is also available. 1 cubic foot.
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Nine oral interviews with individuals who participated or
assisted with the Neighborhood Organized Workers (NOW) and/or other civil rights
organizations in Mobile during the 1960s and 1970s. The interviews are recorded on
cassette tapes and transcriptions are included in the collection. These interviews
were part of Ms. Case's research for her M.A. thesis, "'Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn
Me Around': The Black Freedom Struggle in Mobile, Alabama, 1902-1969" (University of
South Alabama, 2004). Biographical information about the interviewees is available by
clicking the link provided above. (See also University Collections under Larry Holmes,
Melton McLaurin, and Rearguard.) .5 cubic feet.
CELEBRATION 2000 (01-09-384)
Celebration 2000 was a series of local interfaith events
commemorating the beginning of the third millennium of Christian history. Religious groups
of all denominations participated in a variety of affairs. This collection consists of
material accumulated for an annotated bibliography of church related sources and the
documents collected by the Celebration 2000 Worship Committee. .5 cubic feet.
A collection of personal correspondence and religious and
educational published materials relating to the Chastang family of Chastang and Bucks,
Alabama (1756-1935, bulk 1880-1935). Most of the correspondence is from Edward Chastang
and F. Z. Chastang. Among the printed materials, one file of interest contains
literature about the Knights of St. Peter Claver (1911-1916). 3 cubic feet.
CHURCH STREET GRAVEYARD
Consists of 1 roll of microfilm on the history of the Church
CITY HOSPITAL (90-09-196)
A collection of record books associated with City Hospital, which
was established in Mobile in 1830 on St. Anthony Street. It operated at that location
until 1966, when it was relocated west and renamed Mobile General Hospital. Within the
collection are several ledgers. One appears to be that of a doctor. It lists patients'
names, addresses, and charges for home visits. It is dated from November 1905 through
January 1919. No information on who owned the ledger is included. In addition, the
collection contains a delivery room register dated February 1958 through August 1959, that
lists patient name; date and time of delivery; gender of the child along with its color,
weight, and length; and the attending nurse and physician. There are also three patient
indexes dated December 1960 through June 1961 and April 1976 through October 1976 that
list patient's name, address, age, gender, time of admittance, religion, and physician's
name. Also included are two registers dated August 1933 through February 1934, October
1935 through December 1937, and November 1938 through January 1940, with the last one
devoted to the emergency room. These registers give patient's name, age, gender, social
status, diagnosis, physician's name, and remarks. Finally, there is a much briefer index
dated June 1963 through June 1966 that only lists patient's name and unit of the hospital
to which he or she was admitted. Privacy issues apply. 3 cubic feet.
Garner Clark Jr. was sheriff of Selma, Alabama, during the 1965 voting rights
demonstrations in that city. His papers consist of correspondence
written home by Clark during World War II, as well as approximately 260 letters written
either in support of or in opposition to Clarks actions during the voting rights
demonstrations. The Selma letters were written from all over the United States, as well as
from Canada, the United Kingdom, and Sweden. In addition, the collection includes
newspapers and newsclippings, photographs, biographical information, material related to
communism, and assorted other material.
COCHRANE, KATHARINE CRAMPTON (95-09-291)
Correspondence, professional papers, photographs, genealogical
records, and memorabilia pertaining to John T. Cochrane Sr., his wife Katharine Crampton
Cochrane, her step-brother Dr. Guy Chester Crampton, her father Dr. Orson Lucius Crampton,
and other members of the Cochrane and Crampton families. The materials date from 1815
to 1985 (Bulk 1815-1967). 8.5 cubic feet.
CONSULAR CORPS OF MOBILE (05-09-435)
Mobile was at one time home to many consulates from around the
world. Around 1953 the group of them established as a social organization the Consular
Corps of Mobile. Beginning in the mid-1950s and continuing into the early 1970s, members
of the corps used their influence to encourage growth of the Port of Mobile. After the
1970s the corps reverted back to its original design. The papers consists of primarily
documents relating to the group's annual receptions, including invitations, proposed guest
lists, and RSVPs. Other files pertain to the corps itself and include membership lists,
annual dues, and financial information. There are also news articles and press releases.
1.25 cubic feet.
CORPS OF ENGINEERS (10-09-519)
Two folders of information related to or stemming from the Mobile
branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. One folder has photocopied handwritten notes
on the history of the Mobile branch. The other has maps and other information on the early
locks and dams on the Black Warrior and Tallapoosa rivers. The latter folder also contains
two black and white photographs, one of lock and dam number 3 and one of lock and dam
CROOM, STEPHENS GAILLARD (93-09-272)
related to the USS Alabama, the Chicago Security Intelligence School, and the Dallas
Security Intelligence School. Includes information on intelligence topics such as sabotage
and surveilance, as well as correspondence, invitations and brochures about historic
buildings, and material on the battleship. Also has Stephens Croom's ham radio license and
a folder with information on Communism and Nazism. Stephens played a pivotal role in
bringing the South Dakota-class battleship USS Alabama to Mobile and developing the site
into a major tourist attraction. (See also Croom, Stephens G., accession number
06-09-531.) A finding aid is available onsite. 1.75 cubic foot.
CROOM, STEPHENS G. (06-09-531)
This collection focuses on material associated with the USS Alabama,
the Battleship Commission, and Battleship Park. Stephens Croom was instrumental in the
acquisition and establishment of Battleship Memorial Park and served as the first
secretary of the USS Alabama Battleship Commission. Also includes genealogical
material on some Croom family members, particularly the Howard and Marshall families, as
well as typescripts
and correspondence related to the 1837 wreck of the steamboat Home, which killed Croom's ancestor Hardy Bryan
Croom and his family. (See also Photograph Collectons under the same heading and Croom, Stephens
Gaillard, accession #93-09-272.) 1.25 cubic foot.
CROOM, VELMA AND STEPHENS G. (98-09-346)
This collection consists of correspondence between various Croom
family members and friends from 1840 to 1906, as well as personal papers and literary
manuscripts. Most of the letters were written between 1850 and 1870 by Cicero
Stephens Croom, his sister Elizabeth Whitfield Croom Bellamy, and their parents, William
Whitfield Croom and Julia Stephens Croom. The personal papers include a journal kept
by Stephens in 1863 during the siege of Vicksburg while he was serving on General Forney's
staff. Also included are numerous school essays written by Stephens while he was
attending college at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and by Elizabeth who studied at the
Spingler Institute in New York City. The literary manuscripts in the
collection--poems, short stories, and novels--were written by Elizabeth between 1865 and
1900. Her early works were published in national magazines under a pseudonym, Kamba
Thorpe. In later works she used her married name, Elizabeth W. Bellamy. The
collection also contains her notes for lectures on literary subjects. Appointment
required for the use of this collection. 12 cubic feet.
Contains a 12-page program describing the 50th anniversary of the
Murphy High School class of 1927. Also includes a personal scrapbook of William Cummins's
father, who was the circulation manager at the Mobile Press Register. The
scrapbook gives interesting insight into how the paper motivated its delivery boys. .25
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DEASY, EDMUND L. (91-09-234)
Consists of 30 journals dated from 1938 to 1973 and 23 undated
pocket notebooks (ca. 1920s-1970s) written by and 1 photograph of Edmund L. Deasy and a
small number of newsclippings and correspondence. Deasy (1884-1977) was the son of
Jeremiah Deasy (d. 1887) and Kate Cox (1850-1931). Deasy graduated with a business degree
from Columbia University in 1922. His journals indicate that he lived in Washington, D.C.
and in New Orleans. Deasy was a rare book enthusiast and he frequented used book stores
throughout the country. His journals contain detailed information about dates and amounts
of book purchases, as well as poetry, quotes, and other interesting vignettes. They also
contain details of his daily life and business dealings, ranging from rental properties to
stock dividends. The newspaper articles (1930s-1970s) cover a variety of subjects and
range from current events to marriage articles by Dorothy Dix. 1 cubic foot.
DELANEY, CALDWELL (98-09-340)
These papers contain correspondence, articles, manuscripts,
photographs, newspaper clippings, and other published materials relating to Caldwell
Delaney's career as Dean of the University Military School (1941-1956), Headmaster of
Julius T. Wright School for Girls (1956-1965), and Director of the Museum of Mobile
(1965-1992). Of particular interest is correspondence with local authors Eugene
Walter, Julian Lee Rayford, and Thomas Atkins, and materials relating to Ernest F. and
Mary McNeil Fenollosa. Mr. Delaney's wife, Lois Jean Fitzsimmons Delaney, taught English
and Drama at Murphy High School, and the papers contain considerable material pertaining
to student productions there. Family-related correspondence and genealogical materials
relating to the Delaney and Fitzsimmons families are also included. (See also Photograph Collections under Museum of Mobile and Printed Material under Murphy High Times.) 31.75
/ MAGOUN (94-09-307)
A collection of letters, receipts, and invoices, 1835-1844, from
various ship captains in Mobile to the ship owners, Benjamin Delano and Son of Kingston,
Massachusetts, and Thatcher Magoun and Son of Boston. The ship captains describe their
cargo and their experiences in the port of Mobile. 1 cubic feet.
DICKSON, CHARLES (93-09-277)
Charles Dickson was an amateur historian who spent many hours
researching the history of this area. His collection contains microfilmed copies of his
handwritten three-ring notebooks. Included within the notebooks are histories of the Mobile theater, Mobile sports,
Mobile military, Mobile baseball,
Mobile settlers, as well as retrospectives on wars throughout American history, studies of
the colonial powers and Indians of Mobile, and a look back at the Reconstruction period. 4
DOG RIVER ORAL HISTORY (02-09-436)
A series of 4 oral interviews conducted in 2001 with people
living along Dog River. The main thrust of the interviews was to capture memories of
changing conditions along the river. Transcripts are available. .25 cubic feet.
On March 21, 1981, James "Tiger" Knowles and Henry
Francis Hays, local members of the United Klans of America, lynched Michael Donald. In
retribution for the mistrial of a black man accused of killing a white police officer in
Birmingham, Hays and Knowles took Donalds body and hung it from a tree on Herndon
Avenue near his home. Eventually both Knowles and Hays were convicted of the crime.
Knowles was given a life sentence and Hays was executed. The papers of Michael Donald
contain selected Hays and Knowles court proceedings, the bulk of which is related to Hays.
Also included are FBI investigation files, coroners report, and several articles
relating to the cases and the Ku Klux Klan. .5 cubic feet.
DOWLING, WILLIAM (04-09-411)
Consists of 1 letter written by William Dowling to his brother
Michael on April 13, 1869, at the beginning of Reconstruction. Dowling, living at the time
in Marengo County, discusses the effect the newly-freed slaves were having on economic
conditions in Mobile and in the countryside.
DOWNING, MAURICE A. "CASEY" (86-09-137)
These papers contain correspondence, printed matter, notes, and
newspaper clippings relating to Downing's legislative career in the Alabama House of
Representatives from 1962 to 1974. During those years he introduced legislation in support
of the Mobile Greyhound Park, the East and West Fowl River connection, and the University
of South Alabama Health Service Foundation. Includes materials through 1984. Other
portions of the collection focus on mental health, conservation, and wildlife, as well as
the Alabama State Docks, Mobile General Hospital, Brookley Air Force Base, and the
Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. 7 cubic feet.
SERVICEMEN'S CENTER (96-09-316)
Five microfilmed scrapbooks of photographs, newspaper clippings,
and correspondence relating to the activities of this center which was located at the St.
Francis Street Methodist Church and operated for the benefit of World War II servicemen by
a group of churches and organizations in Mobile from 1942 to 1945. (See also Photograph Collections under Helen Louise Depuy.) 1 reel.
DRAGO BAND (07-09-467)
A small, handwritten journal (ca. 1903-1908) that appears to have
been kept by Dan Drago, the leader of the Drago Band. In the early twentieth century, the
Drago Band was very popular. The journal documents this fact. Hardly a day passed when the
band wasn't requested to play at some ball, hotel ballroom, wedding, or social club. The
journal notes the days and places of concerts, lists the members of the band, and shows
the amounts each member was paid. (See also Photograph Collections
under Drago/Cummins/Rouse Family Photographs.) .25 cubic feet.
DUNNE, WILLIAM M. P. (97-09-325)
Dr. William M. P. Dunne was a professor at SUNY at Stony Brook.
His area of expertise was naval history, in particular marine architecture, and he
authored a number of books on the subject. Dunne spent a year conducting research in
Mobile on the schooner Alabama, later writing a history of the vessel. Dunne's
son subsequently sent his father's research materials to Alabama Public Television for
their documentary on Mobile Bay. APT later deposited the material with us. The information
contained in the collection relates to the Mobile Bar Pilots Association and various
sailing ships. .5 cubic feet.
DURANT, W. D. (00-09-542)
A small, handwritten township and range survey book of turpentine
activities in Washington County kept by W. D. Durant for Taylor Lowenstein. The date of
the book is hard to determine. It lists landowners and the amount of turpentine cupped per
section of land. .10 cubic feet.
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EDWARDS, JACK (86-09-129)
These are the official papers of Congressman Jack Edwards, who
served in the U.S. House of Representatives, District l, Alabama from 1964 to 1984. The
papers include correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, tapes, etc. They have
been restored to their original chronological order and inventoried. Of particular local
interest are materials relating to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Project and the
closing of Brookley Field. Also included in the collection are papers relating to the
Watergate scandal, school desegregation, and civil rights in general. 253 cubic feet.
These papers primarily consist of printed material and
photographs relating to Dr. Samuel Eichold's research into and contribution toward the
1984 publication Dictionary of American Medical Biography, and to his interest in the
medical field in general. Some of the doctors whom Dr. Eichold catalogued include Josiah
Nott, Henry Levert, and Eugene Bondurant. There is also a sizeable collection of
manuscripts, newspaper clippings, and ephemera compiled by Dr. Eichold and collected by
Dr. Tucker H. Frazer, once dean of the Alabama Medical College. Religion and Prohibition
are the two major topics covered in the clippings. There is also an interesting patient
log dating from 1915 to 1921 of the Inge-Bondurant Sanitorium. (See also Photograph
Collections under Samuel Eichold and under USA College of Medicine.) 4.5 cubic feet.
This collection contains documents relevant to the Environmental
Protection Agency's public hearing in 1983-1984 which was held to gather information
relating to proposed PCB incineration aboard the vessel Vulcanus. 4 cubic
EPISCOPAL DIOCESE V CHRIST CHURCH (01-09-376)
This lawsuit, filed on October 12, 2000, stemmed from
theological differences which arose during the 1990s between two factions within this
Epicopal church. One faction consisted of the pastor, members of the vestry, and 50
percent of the membership; the other was made up of the remainder of the church
population. One group voted to the church's association with the Protestant Episcopal
Church of the United States and take the property of the church with them. An agreement
between the litigants was reached on May 29, 2001. The collection included exhibits used
in the case as well as research materials, attorney notes, and briefs. .5 cubic feet.
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FOLEY, FATHER ALBERT (03-16-398)
A series of oral interviews conducted in preparation for a
master's thesis about the life of Father Albert Sidney Foley, a Jesuit priest who taught
at Spring Hill College. The interviews were conducted with Joseph Langan, Jay
Higginbotham, and James Blacksher. The primary subject under discussion was Foley's role
in the civil rights movement in Alabama. The bulk of Foley's papers are held at Spring
Hill College. Their internet address is http://shclibrary.shc.edu/archives/.
.25 cubic feet.
FORUM CLUB (04-09-415)
The Forum Club was founded in 1928
and was affiliated with the Woman's Clubhouse Association. The
Forum Club's purpose was to meet to discuss current events. The club's records include
correspondence, meeting minutes, financial records, and scrapbooks from 1928 until it
disbanded in 2004. The scrapbooks contain annual histories of the organization, news
clippings, and photos of members. 7 cubic feet.
FRAZER, TUCKER H. (03-09-441)
This scrapbook, dated 1897 to 1918, was created by Tucker H.
Frazer, last dean of the Mobile Medical College. It contains newspaper clippings on
various subjects, including the Talmud, the dedication of the Washington Monument,
eulogies delivered at a funeral, an the Lincoln assassins. There is also a letter from
Frazer's wife and a letter from the national director of the American Red Cross. .25 cubic
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GALLALEE, JACK C. (98-09-338)
Jack Gallalee served as president of the Mobile County School
Board from 1961-1965. His personal files for the period of his term include
correspondence, publications, and school board meeting minutes. Subjects range from
federal educational mandates regarding integration to problems relating to fraternities
and sororities in the Mobile County school system. (See also University Collections under
Larry Holmes, Melton McLaurin, and Rearguard.) 2.5 cubic feet.
Daniel Geary was Brigade Ordnance Officer for the City of Mobile
during the Civil War. When the war ended, Geary apparently kept some of the records of the
Ordnance Office. These papers consist of some of the day-to-day records of that office,
including day- and letter-books, orders, personnel rosters, invoices, vouchers, and
receipts. The collection also has Geary's personal receipt books from 1839 to 1891. Of
particular interest within the collection is an 1852 Odd Fellow certificate, and a diary
by Charles Brother, a Union officier, describing the Battle of Mobile Bay. Brother's diary
has been published. See Two Naval Journals: 1864, edited by C. Carter Smith
(1964). 1.5 cubic feet.
GERMAN RELIEF ASSOCIATION (90-09-195)
This benevolent organization was active in Mobile from 1866 to
1941. The collection is in both German and English, with English used after 1917. Included
are minutes, membership lists, correspondence, and other material relating to the
organization from 1866 to 1943. Three of the more notable Mobilians who belonged to the
organization were Julius Goldstein, Henry Forchheimer, and Abraham Levy. 9 cubic feet.
GIDDENS, KENNETH R.
These papers (1968-1988) contain newsclippings and ephemera
related to the life, achievements, and interests of the one-time director of the Voice of
America Kenneth R. Giddens. Of interest are photographs of and documents about the former
archbishop of Mobile, Thomas J. Toolen, color slides of former Miss America Yolande
Betbeze and Mobile's Azalea Trail, newsclippings and magazine articles about the 1970
Junior Miss Pageant, and material about various construction projects throughout Mobile.
1.5 cubic feet.
GOULD, ELIZABETH B.
Elizabeth Gould, an architectural historian, taught at the
University of South Alabama from 1966 to 1975. This collection contains her research notes
for three books: Nineteenth Century Mobile Architecture: An Inventory of Existing
Buildings (1974); From Fort to Port: An Architectural History of Mobile, Alabama,
1711-1918 (1988); and From Builders to Architects: The Hobart-Hutchisson Six
(1997). Box inventories are available. (See also the C. L. Hutchisson collection and Photograph
Collections under the same heading and under Paul Thompson.) 17.75 cubic feet.
STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Although the Presbytery of Alabama was organized in 1821, in
Mobile the number of Presbyterians was so small that they formed a union church with local
Episcopalians in 1822. A Presbyterian congregation was formally organized in 1831 and
in 1836 purchased land on Government Street where they built their permanent home, a Greek
Revival-style church that is listed as a National Historic Landmark. The collection
contains microfilmed session minutes and register books dating from 1831 to 1979. The
registers contain records of communicants, baptisms, marriages, and deaths. 3 reels.
Consists of short stories, newspaper articles, manuscripts, and
correspondence written by Virginia Greer, author and reporter for the local newspaper. The papers also contain subject files on events and on various other local
authors, as well as research notes and photographs. In addition, the
papers are comprised of miscellaneous printed materials relating to Mobile General
Hospital and the United States Department of State.
8.1 cubic feet.
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Jay Higginbotham is a local historian, author, and retired
director of the Mobile Municipal Archives. His papers (1964-2004, bulk 1985-2002) include,
photos, articles, books, correspondence, and other material written by or about him.
Several files concentrate on Higginbotham's tenure on the Mobile Tricentennial committee;
others discuss Cudjo Lewis and Africatown. Box inventories are available on site. (See
also University Collections under Larry Holmes.) 3 cubic
JOHN GUS (02-09-392)
Artist John Gus Hines worked in Mobile, ca. 1867-1921, as a set
designer for various theaters. He also designed and built floats for Mardi Gras parades
and other occasions in Mobile and other cities. The collection contains 36 diaries with
brief notations of daily activities including remarks about construction of floats,
theatrical sets, and other projects. It also contains 126 pen and pencil drawings of Mardi
Gras Floats for various organizations. 1 cubic foot.
HOWARD, KARL N. SCRAPBOOK (07-08-476)
Karl Newbery (or Newberry) Howard was a lifelong resident of
Mobile who served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. During his lifetime he also
worked for the local paper, for the Selective Service, and for the state's department of
industrial relations. His scrapbook contains newsclippings, postcards, photos, and
official documents related to his military service and his various travels while in the
service and after his discharge. 1 cubic foot.
HOWARD LODGE (00-09-370)
The Howard Lodge, both an AF&AM and an F&AM Masonic
organization, was founded in 1846. This collection consists of xerox copies of a history
of the lodge, a master's report from 1946-1947, a centennial anniversary celebration, and
membership rolls from 1845 to 1964. Also contains 14 black and white photos (8 x 10) of
groups and individuals, some of which are identified and dated. 2 cubic feet.
HUTCHISSON JR., C. L. (93-09-267)
C. L. Hutchisson Jr. (1902-1993) was the last of five generations
of a family of builder-architects who were extremely influential in the architectural
development of the city. This collection contains his personal correspondence and business
records, minutes and bulletins from the Mobile Housing Board (1939-1946), the Alabama
Society of Architects (1949-1958), and the Alabama Association of Registered Architects
(1933-1949). Also includes 200 architectural drawings of structures designed by C. L.
Hutchisson Sr. and Jr. (ca. 1908-1972). The drawings are indexed by address as well as the
client's name. 56 cubic feet.
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GULF RAILROAD (86-09-126)
Includes approximately 700 bound volumes (minute books, journals,
ledgers, etc.) and 250 cubic feet of engineering and administrative files generated by the
Illinois Central Gulf, the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio, the Mobile and Ohio, and other
subsidiary railroads. The records date from the 1840s to the 1980s. An inventory is
available on site. 583 cubic feet.
JEFFERSON PLAYERS (00-08-365)
The Joe Jefferson Playhouse is a community theatre established in
Mobile in the 1940s. The collection contains 23 scrapbooks with photos, programs, reviews,
newspaper articles, video tapes, and advertisements for plays and events from 1947-2006.
The video tapes include the after party of "Lil' Abner," the production of
"The Reading of the Will," and "Foxhole Follies." Also included
is the biography of actor Joseph Jefferson, with photos; correspondence for the
organization's 40th anniversary; and the 40th Anniversary Gala Committee folder. 7 cubic
Myrtle Jones and her family owned and operated a self-store
warehouse located across from two fraternities overseen by the University of South
Alabama. In 1986, the family began making complaints against both fraternities. Charges
and counter-charges went on for years, leading to a lawsuit that was dismissed in 1995.
Contained within this collection are security guard reports, audio cassette tapes, and
correspondence from the Jones family to university officials, as well as handwritten notes
from the Joneses and extensive newspaper clippings relating to the university, the Mobile
Police Department, and allegations of hazing by fraternities across the country. Also
included are several photographs of the fraternity house and the warehouse. Much of the
material is one-sided in that it only reflects the position of the Jones family, although
there is some documentation explaining the university's or the fraternities' points of
view. (See also University Collection.) 1.1 cubic feet.
JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MOBILE (11-09-522)
The Junior League of Mobile was originally founded in 1925 as the
Mobile Charity League. In 1932 it was incorporated into the Association of Junior Leagues
International (AJLI). The Junior League is committed to promoting volunteerism, developing
the potential of women, and improving communities through effective action and leadership.
League of Mobile Records contain correspondence, minutes, publications, photographs,
scrapbooks, and subject files detailing the operations of the organization from its
founding through 2009. The subject files contain a great deal of information about
volunteerism in post-World War II Mobile, particularly in the areas of childrens
health and education. 46.5 cubic feet.