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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.
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. 10.5
CONSULAR CORPS OF MOBILE
Mobile was at one time home to many consulates from around the
world. Around 1953 the group 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
CROOM, STEPHENS G.
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. (See also Photograph Collectons under the same heading.) 1 cubic
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 reels.
DOWNING, MAURICE A. "CASEY"
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. 5 cubic feet.
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.
GERMAN RELIEF ASSOCIATION
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. 5 cubic feet.
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.
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.
LEAGUE OF MOBILE
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. 44 cubic feet.
CLUB OF MOBILE
Consists of two scrapbooks (June 1944 to
November 1967) containing photographs, annual reports, newspaper clippings, ads,
correspondence (some), announcements, flyers, and thank you cards. The fifty-five
black-and-white photographs depict special events and a variety of Kiwanis Club functions.
They include some prominent Mobilians such as Frederick P. Whiddon and Albert J. Tully.
Many of the images were used in publications. The clippings highlight various club
activities and the works and achievements of various Kiwanis members.
Twenty-one videotaped interviews, 1994-1995, with various
Mobilians including Charles Boyle, Caldwell Delaney, Jack Edwards, William J. and Emily
Staples Hearin, Paulette Horton, Joseph Langan, Lionel Noonan, Jack Stallworth, Eugene
Walter, Frederick Whiddon, and Caldwell Whistler. Also includes interviews with
members of Murphy High School Class of 1943 at their 50th reunion, and with Frances Sibley
on the history of Murphy. The interviewer, Jeanette Maygarden, worked as Woman's Editor at
the Mobile Press Register after graduating from Murphy and pursued a career in
public relations. (See also Photograph Collections under
MOBILE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
This Mobile organization was the first in the state, chartered by
the Alabama Legislature in 1854. The materials in this collection relate primarily to the
development of Dauphin Island and include brochures, photographs, scrapbooks, and news
clippings. The collection also includes, however, two scrapbooks dedicated to the
1971 visit of President Richard Nixon. 2.75 cubic feet.
MOBILE TRICENTENNIAL, INC.
In 2002 Mobile celebrated the 300th anniversary of its founding
by the French. This collection consists of the records generated by the non-profit agency
established to direct / coordinate events related to the year-long tricentennial
celebrations. Most of the records were accumulated by tricentennial office staff. They
consist of general office files as well as the files of the president of the committee,
meeting minutes, budgetary material, public relations files, banners, posters, and
photographs, as well as various other documents. Of interest within the collection are a
proposed time capsule, a copy of a 1902 poem about Mobile, plans for the development of
Africatown, a proposed documentary on Cudjo Lewis, material related to the visit of the
two-masted schooner Amistad, a reunion at Brookley Field, a bibliography of the
history of Baldwin County, a report on the economic effect of the celebration,
correspondence to/from Governor Don Siegleman, documents about Sail Mobile,
material related to the greening of the city, and a variety of other material on a myriad
of subjects. 26 cubic feet.
PBX TELECOMMUNICATIONS CLUB SCRAPBOOKS
Five scrapbooks belonging to the PBX Telecommunications Club.
They cover the period from 1974 to 1976 and 1984 to 1988. 1 cubic foot.
ROTARY CLUB OF MOBILE
The Rotary Club of Mobile, an affiliation of the Rotary
International, was organized on May 14, 1914. This small collection consists of two of the
club's rosters. One is undated but provides an image of each member and gives the member's
birthday, date of affiliation with the local club, and the member's place of employment.
The second roster, dated, 1979, lists the same information, but it also gives the member's
birthplace, spouse's name, and address. .25 cubic feet.
VISTA GARDEN CLUB
Newspaper articles, art magazine clippings, magazine articles,
ads, postcards, and photographs related to the Sienna Vista Garden Club and its mission to
promote beautification in their neighborhood. The Garden Club was founded in 1948. As part
of their beautification efforts, homeowners on Siena Vista Street agreed to decorate their
homes and yards during the Christmas season, something for which they became renowned.
Viewing the decorations became an annual tradition for many Mobilians. .25 cubic feet.
YWCA OF MOBILE
A scrapbook containing newsclippings, photographs, letters, and
programs of the Mobile YWCA from 1904 to 1949 is available on microfilm. 1 reel.