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AS YOU LIKE IT CLUB
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.
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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 The materials also include numerous unpublished manuscripts,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. 12 cubic feet.
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
BLACKMON, DORA E.
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.
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.
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CROOM, VELMA AND STEPHENS G.
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. 5 cubic feet.
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DEASY, EDMUND L.
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.
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. 31 cubic feet.
DUNNE, WILLIAM M. P.
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.
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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 cubic feet.
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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
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Contains copies of the Mobile Theater (1908-1910).
Published by John T. Kern Jr., this was a combination event program and advertisement
circular for theaters, hotels, and restaurants. 1 cubic foot.
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MC DONALD, IRENE
This small collection consists of several letters and postcards
sent to the donor by Nobel Prize-winning authors and other famous people. The writers
include William Golding (Nobel Prize 1983 and author of Lord of the Flies),
Nadine Gordimer (Nobel Prize 1991 and author of A Guest of Honour), Doris Lessing
(Nobel Prize 2007 and author of the Martha Quest series), Walker Percy (author of The
Moviegoer), and Adlai Stevenson (1952 Democratic nominee for president of the United
States). 1 folder.
Contains correspondence, notes, maps, publications, and other
research materials relating to two books, Fleur de Lys and Calumet, Being the Penicaut
Narrative of French Adventure in Louisiana (1953) and Iberville's Gulf Journals
(1981), and several articles written by Richebourg McWilliams (1901-1986). McWilliams
served as head of the Department of English at Birmingham-Southern College and Professor
of English at the University of South Alabama. An inventory is available on site. 3 cubic
MC WILLIAMS, TENNANT S.
Notes and other research materials used in the production of
Tennant McWilliams's book Hannis Taylor: The New Southerner as an American (1978).
Dr. McWilliams was professor of history and dean of the School of Social and Behavioral
Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 1 cubic foot.
MOBILE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
The Mobile native and American author, actor, poet, and editor
Eugene Walter was one of the founding members of the Mobile Chamber Orchestra. This
collection contains 13 letters written in 1948 and 1949 to Walter while he was living in
New York. Nine of the letters are from Max McGill and two are from Catherine Middleton,
both Chamber members. The collection also includes programs from the 1947 through 1950
seasons and newsclippings. A number of the programs have handwritten annotations remarking
on the performance. .25 cubic feet.
MOBILE JUNIOR MUSIC CLUB
This collection contains 11 complete and 1 incomplete scrapbooks
(1979-1991) of the Mobile Junior Musick Club. Within the scrapbooks are photographs,
awards, programs, and other material. 1.25 cubic feet.
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RAYFORD, JULIAN LEE
Contains four notebooks of poetry, street cries, chants, and
stories written or collected by Rayford and three manuscript versions of Rayford's novel
about Mike Fink entitled Child of the Snapping Turtle (1951). The earliest
manuscript is undated and incomplete, the second is dated 1948, the third carries
revisions of the 1948 manuscript. They are available on microfilm. 2.25 cubic feet.
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Scrapbooks, programs, and minutes of the Clara Schumann Music
Club (1894-2004), an organization founded to "advance the interest, and promote the
culture of music in the city of Mobile." 2.5 cubic feet.
- SCHWEITZER, ALBERT
Consists of 516 books written by or about or including mention of
Albert Schweitzer, as well as binders of photocopied articles about Schweitzer;
bibliographic information; calendars; cassette tapes; DVDs; ephemera; magazines;
newsclippings; periodicals; postcards; and video tapes. Also includes three letters signed
by Albert Schweitzer. The material was compiled by Arthur E. Schultz, a Schweitzer
afficionado. 4 cubic feet.
WILLIAM N. "BILLY"
Dancer, choreographer, and film maker, William "Billy"
Skipper (1921-1987) spent much of his life in New York and on the West Coast, but this
native Mobilian also maintained contact with artists in the Mobile area and made several
films locally. This collection contains 26 letters from Julian Lee Rayford to William
Skipper (1966-1975); slides, negatives, and photographs of Rayford and his folklore
drawings; a tape recording of Rayford. There are also several versions of an unpublished
play written by Skipper about Tempy Smith, a black woman from Macon County, Alabama, who
was a spiritual healer and mid-wife. Films include "As the Grass" produced by
Spottswood Studios and featuring Sally Maloney and William Skipper, and unedited footage
showing construction of the Wallace Tunnel, the Mobile Civic Ballet, and the Blessing of
the Fleet at Bayou La Batre. A finding aid is available on site. 1 cubic foot.
The materials in this collection formed the basis for an article
written by John Sledge, architectural historian with the Mobile Historic Development
Commission, about Dr. Robert Rea, historian and professor emeritus at Auburn University.
They include biographical and professional career notes written by Rea, correspondence
between Sledge and Rea (1980-1995), copies of some of Rea's articles, and a few
newsclippings and photographs. Also included is a copy of Sledge's article which was
published in the Gulf Coast Historical Review (Spring 1995). .25 cubic feet.
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TOULMIN, FRANCES EUGENIE BOWERS
Made up of poems written by Frances Toulmin around 1857 to 1860. .10
TOULMIN, MARY DUGGAR
An unpublished manuscript by Mary Duggar Toulmin, "Annals of
Mobile Theater, 1808-1861," and supporting research material. 2.5 cubic feet.
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VAN ANTWERP, MARY P.
A photocopy of a diary written by Laura Roberts Pillans
(1820-1883), great grandmother of Mary P. Van Antwerp, and a photocopy of a memoir written
by Laura's husband, Palmer J. Pillans (1816-1898). Also includes newsclippings about
Eugene Walter, photocopies of letters from Eugene Walter to Van Antwerp, and miscellaneous
Eugene Walter writings (some of which are photocopies) and drawings including "Ah
Weeping Willoughby." .25 cubic feet.
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Seventy-nine original poems written by local real estate agent
Joseph A. Walton. The poems cover such topics as plants, animals, "Randolph" the
mouse, places, and water, and a group entitled "et cetera." In addition, the
collection contains some introductory material, as well as genealogical and biographical
information. Walton is also the author of History of the Mobile Real Estate
Association (Mobile, 1959). .5 cubic feet.
WELCH, WALTER WADE
Eugene Walter was the recipient of an Arts Council Residency Grant
prepared by W. W. Welch that allowed Eugene to live in Baton Rouge for five months in
1980. The grant application and materials relevant to it are contained in the collection.
Other material in the collection include correspondence between Walter Wade Welch and
Eugene from 1979 to 1994, newspaper clippings, and Alabama publications featuring Eugene
Walter. Also included are recipes, drawings, and a Harlequin Intrigue novel that features
Eugene as a major character. The collection also contains information and memorabilia from
Eugenes funeral, as well as information concerning the Renaissance Man Celebration
and the book, Moments With Eugene. In addition, this collection contains
colorful commentary by Eugene concerning Welch. .5 cubic feet.
Transcripts and tapes for "Eugene at Large," a radio
program featuring poet and writer Eugene Walter. The program aired on WHIL-FM from 1993 to
1998 and featured discussion of local cultural events, recently published books, and food
history and recipes. The taped programs are available on CDs. 3 cubic feet.
THE WOMAN'S CLUBHOUSE
This association was founded in 1929 as a "social society to
create and maintain an organized center of thought and activity among the women of Mobile;
to aid in the promotion of their mutual interests in the advancement of science,
education, civics, patriotism, literature, art, community service; and to provide a place
of meeting for the comfort and convenience of its members." The collection includes
scrapbooks (1931-2003), minutes (1930-1970), programs, correspondence, and songbooks. 14