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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.
BERNEY, JANE E.
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.
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 cubic feet.
Focuses on material associated with the USS Alabama
(BB-60), a Dakota-class battleship that was commissioned in 1942 and saw action during
World War II. The ship was retired from service in 1962 and moved to Mobile Bay in 1964.
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 foot.
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.
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.
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.
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 Air Force Base. Also included in the collection are papers relating to
the Watergate scandal, school desegregation, and civil rights in general. 251 cubic
HOWARD, KARL N. SCRAPBOOK
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.
KOSTMAYER SR., CHARLES
One scrapbook and one album related to the World War II service
of Charles Kostmayer Sr. Also includes various documents pertaining to Kostmayer's
attendance at several colleges, including the University of South Alabama. The scrapbook
was assembled by Kostmayer's mother. It contains clippings about the war taken from the
local newspaper. The album consists of photographs dated 1942 to 1945 of Kostmayer and his
fellow soldiers as he was being trained with the Army Air Corps. The material is in poor
condition but has been photocopied. The collection also consists of an oral interview with
Kostmayer, which is available on CD. 2.25 cubic feet.
MILITARY ACTIVITIES IN MOBILE
One reel of microfilm of newsclippings of military activities in
Mobile from 1941 to 1943.
Correspondence, photographs, and other personal effects belonging to
Second Lieutenant Earl O. Parish, United States Army. Lt. Parish was born in Battle Creek,
Michigan in 1918 and was killed in Italy on December 9, 1943. 1 cubic foot.
TOULMIN II, HARRY T. AND MARY
Harry Toulmin II's papers consist primarily of correspondence
between he and his wife, Mary Duggar Toulmin (June 1943-March 1945, 1970) and he and his
cousin George B. Toulmin (1936-1983, bulk 1936-1948), although there is also
correspondence between George and George's mother (1942-1943), between George and George's
old political science professor at the University of Alabama Dr. Charles Smith Jr.
(1942-1943), and between George and various other contacts (1942-1943). Harry's letters to
his wife discuss conditions and events during World War II, but they also mention Mary
working during those years. The 1970s letters between Harry and Mary were written from and
discuss the situation in Ethiopia. The letters between George and Harry talk a great deal
in the early years about George's life at the University of Alabama but also discuss
military subjects during the war years. The collection also 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.
Consists of 17 interviews conducted 2005 as part of an
African-American Studies class with local military veterans who served in every major
American conflict from World War II to the Iraq War. Because of the demography of the
class, the overwhelming majority of the veterans interviewed were African American. Six of
the interviews are preserved as video files on CD-ROMs and seven were transcribed. Four of
the interviews have no verbatim transcripts or audio files but are included in student
reports. The collection also includes a brief overview of the project, written by the
professor who taught the class. .5 cubic feet.