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DRY DOCK AND SHIPBUILDING COMPANY
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.) 12 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.
BLACKSHER, MENEFEE & STEIN
The law firm of Blacksher, Menefee & Stein handled several
major civil rights cases during the 1970s and 1980s including the Birdie Mae Davis v
Board of School Commissioners case (7 cu. ft.), Bolden v. City of Mobile (12
cu. ft.), and Brown v. Board of Commissioners (11 cu. ft.). The firm
also handled Elizabeth Martin v. University of South Alabama (14 cu. ft.), a sex
discrimination suit involving equal pay issues. The collection also contains many other
cases concerning discrimination in housing, education, and employment. The case files
contain briefs, depositions, petitions, exhibits, and other trial materials. Inventories
and abstracts are available for most cases. A list of the cases, as well as brief
inventories and abstracts are available by clicking on the link provided above. 180 cubic
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. 56 cubic
BUSBY, ANNA (MATTIE MAY JORDAN)
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.
Vernon Crawford (1919-1986) founded Mobile's first
African-American law firm in 1956. The records in this collection consist of the criminal,
civil rights, and family-related case files
of this black attorney, as well as papers related to the company he founded, Gulf Federal
Saving and Loan, and companies and organizations he represented such as the Johnson-Allen
Mortuary. 109.75 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
DELANO / MAGOUN
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. .25 cubic feet.
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.
- DURANT, W. D.
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.
JR., C. L.
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 newsletters 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. 21 cubic feet.
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.
KESLER, LUTHER E.
Contains 6 pocket diaries that document the life of this school
teacher, farmer, and barber. The handwriting in the diaries can be hard to decipher but
they are dated ca. 1908, 1912-1913, 1916, 1918, and 1923. The entries are extremely brief,
sometimes no more than "at home," "short day," or "I'm
sick." They trace the life of Kesler from his school days in Mississippi to his
teaching career in Baldwyn, Mississippi, to his job as a truck driver for Railroad Mail
Service. The diaries also list Kesler's cash balance and make notes about Mississippi
history. .25 cubic feet.
LOGAN, DANIEL W.
Correspondence, journals (1862, 1869-1870, 1898, 1899-1901), and
account books of Daniel W. Logan, a bookkeeper. Born in Charleston, SC, in 1835, Logan
lived in Mobile from the 1860s until his death in 1906. The journals discuss events of the
day, as well as Logan's travels, visitors, work schedule. They also allude to the Civil
War and Reconstruction. 2 cubic feet.
MC CORVEY, GESSNER T.
Kept in his youth by the former Alabama state Democratic
executive committee chairman, this one-volume (November 1, 1907 - August 1, 1909)
handwritten financial journal details household and business transactions. Gessner is
perhaps best known as one of the leaders of the Dixiecrat revolt of 1948, and for his
support of the Boswell Amendment, a 1945 codicil to the Alabama state constitution that
selectively disfranchised blacks and poor whites.
MOBILE HOUSING BOARD RECORDS
The records of the Mobile Housing Board cover roughly the years
1950 to 1980 and concern the urban renewal projects which the housing board directed.
These project areas included Water Street, East Church Street and Central Texas Street.
The collection contains appraisal reports with photos of acquired properties, project
planning books, maps of project areas, correspondence between the Mobile Housing Board and
the Department of Housing and Urban Development officials, various HUD publications, as
well as files concerning the activities of the Mobile Community Action Committee. Box
inventories to the collection are available on site. (See also Photograph Collections under the same heading.) 336
PACE ORCHARD COMPANY
While covering only a few years, this collection documents the
nuts and bolts of operating and financing a Satsuma orchard back. It consists of
correspondence dating from February 1910 to May 1916 (with 1914 missing) between the
operators of Pace and an array of other orchard owners, agents, nurseries, railways, and
individuals. 2 cubic feet.
SAUNDERS, JAMES E.
One 900-page ledger used by James E. Saunders. Entries cover the
period from 1858 to 1863 and record profits and losses, commissions, sales, and interest
and dividends. Saunders was a commission merchant in Mobile from 1842 and co-owner of the
firm of Bradford and Saunders (which became Saunders and Son). Over 125 individuals and
firms are listed, including a few African Americans.
TOULMIN II, HARRY T. AND MARY
Harry Toulmin II's papers includes a manuscript written by
Toulmin that talks about the management of the Black Belt plantation owned by J. Freeman
Suttle's son of the same name. In it, he discusses the convict leasing system and
sharecropping and makes recommendations for improvement in the running of the plantation.
1 cubic foot.
This collection deals primarily with operations of the Waterman
Steamship Corporation from 1919 to 1937, and includes correspondence, mail contracts,
construction loans, ship repairs, speeches, reports, published materials, etc. (See also Photograph Collections under Waterman Steamship
Corporation.) 13 cubic feet.