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Dr. Mastin, a prominent nineteenth-century Mobile physician, was the founder of the Congress of American Physicians and Surgeons and one of the organizers of the American Surgical Association. This collection contains letters, 1871-1898, from many prominent physicians to Dr. C. H. Mastin. Correspondents include Jacob Huggins, George August Ketchum, Henry F. Campbell, James Guild, E. L. Keyes, and John Guiteras. Medical issues discussed include lithothomy and yellow fever. .25 linear foot.

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 the 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. Permission from interviewees or their heirs must be obtained prior to quoting from these interviews. (See also Photograph Collections under Samuel Eichold.)

MCCALL SR., DOY LEALE (11-09-546)
Still undergoing processing, this collection consists of approximately one million documents related to Alabama's Black Belt region. Two portions of the collection -- the printed material and the Pickens Papers -- are now open for research. The printed material includes advertisements, almanacs, books, broadsides, brochures, circulars, flyers, magazines, pamphlets, periodicals, reports, and sheet music, but not newspapers, which have yet to be organized. The Pickens Papers include material on Alabama's third governor, Israel Pickens, Israel Pickens's brothers and his nieces and nephews. Subjects found within the Pickens Papers include pre-Alabama statehood, politics, government, slavery, Reconstruction and the Civil War. The documents date from 1808 to 1944 [bulk 1820-1899]. A guide to the Pickens Papers is available, as is an exhibit of selected items from the collection. An appointment is required for the use of this collection.

MCCORVEY, GESSNER T. (06-09-462)
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. .1 linear foot.

MCDONALD, IRENE (08-09-490)
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

Consists of forty-four photocopied letters written between 1861 and 1864 by brothers who were part of the McGowin family from Conecuh County, Alabama. The brothers were the children of Samuel McGowin (1805-1892) and Martha Mason (1810-1892). They include Peter McGowin (1833-1863), Alexander McGowin (1836-1914), Samuel McGowin (1836-1862), James McGowin (1838-1897), Joseph McGowin (1839-1862), Anthony McGowin (1840-1864), and John McGowin (1843-1862). All of the brothers except Peter served in Company D of the 16th Alabama Regiment. Peter served either in Company B of the 9th Alabama Infantry or Company I of the 17th Alabama. Only Alexander and James survived the war. The letters were written by the brothers from the front lines during the Civil War and mainly contain information about the health of the letter writers, about their lives in camp, and inquiries about the health of their family members. Some also contain the writer's perspective of battles in which they participated. There is, in addition, a family tree. The location of the originals is unknown.

MCNEELY, S. BLAKE (00-09-371)
Although this collection spans the years from 1917 to 1979, the dates of the material vary depending on genre. The donor, a freelance photographer, worked for the Mobile and Ohio Railroad before founding Gulf States Engraving. It contains documents relating to McNeely's investments (1917-1918), correspondence (1930-1932, 1937, 1946, 1972-1974), biographical information, and various publications in which McNeely's photos appeared. The publications are mostly local. It also includes research for his books and some of his photos. A large part of the collection is McNeely's manuscript for Papa, the River, and Me: True Experiences along the Mississippi (1975). He is also the author of Bits of Charm in Old Mobile (1946). Of interest in the collection are a Seamen's Bethel booklet, a copy of a book on the Mississippi River steamboat era, and a booklet about the Waterman Steamship Corporation (ca. 1944). (See also Photograph Collections under the same heading.) 2 linear feet.

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 linear feet.

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 linear foot.

One reel of microfilm of news clippings of military activities in Mobile from 1941 to 1943.

MIMS, LAMBERT C. (08-09-459)
This extensive collection consists of a multitude of subjects connected with the long-time political career of this former mayor/city commissioner. Consisting of a vast array of genres, from judicial and legal records to proclamations and press releases to campaign material and photographs, the information in this collection covers local topics typically found within such collections, but it also contains material related to Mims' personal religious views and to the American Public Works Association. Mims was rotating mayor and public works commissioner of Mobile from 1965 to 1985. (See also Photograph Collections under ALCOA, Gary Gaston, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and University Collections under Larry Holmes, Melton McLaurin, and Rearguard.) 136.5 linear feet.

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. 3.5 linear feet.

This small collection includes correspondence, the 1962 incorporation papers and by-laws for the Mobile Area Foundation for Public Higher Education and a deed for "Indian Mound Park" on Dauphin Island, as well as resolutions of the board of directors for the foundation from 1962 regarding the purchase of the Dauphin Island property for a Marine Resources Laboratory. It also has documents relating to finances, expenses, and contracts for services. (See also University Collections under Ernest Cleverdon and Frederick Whiddon.) .5 linear foot.

Bulletins, by-laws, committee reports, constitution, correspondence, financial documents, membership lists, minutes, notes, scrapbooks, etc., of the fourteenth oldest bar association in the United States. The Mobile Bar Association was incorporated on April 12, 1869, making it the oldest bar association in the state of Alabama. Also includes material related to the women's auxiliary of the bar association. 15.75 linear feet.

Miscellaneous correspondence, minutes, reports, and materials of the Mobile Bar Pilots Association (1910-1916). Includes the records of the Harbor Master and Boards of Port Wardens and Pilot Commissioners (1896-1914). Also included are several articles written by William M. P. Dunne, a noted naval historian. .25 linear foot.

Includes newsletters, minutes, agendas, resolutions, correspondence, and notes of the organization (1970-c. 2000). It also contains numerous articles, reports, and studies from various sources dealing with a wide range of environmental and developmental issues pertaining to Mobile, southern Alabama, and the Gulf Coast in general (e.g., the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, the Cochran Bridge replacement, the management of chemical waste, and disposal of dredging materials). 57 linear feet.

Includes correspondence, meeting notes, membership lists, news clippings, and photographs of the Mobile British Women's Club from 1964 to 1994. A brief finding aid is available. .5 linear foot.

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 news clippings A number of the programs have handwritten annotations remarking on the performance. (See also Photograph Collections under McGill Studio.) .25 linear foot.

The Mobile County Circuit Court records include 613 linear feet of individual case files and over 300 bound volumes of minutes, final records, etc. The materials date from ca. 1830 to ca. 1917. Naturalization records created by these courts have been indexed by Clinton P. King and Meriem A. Barlow in Naturalization Records, Mobile, 1833-1906, and the minute books containing these records have been microfilmed. Divorce cases are also available on microfilm and have been indexed by staff at The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library in Index to Divorce Cases of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Alabama, 1816-1918. Many of the early cases require cleaning and preparation by staff before researchers can use them. See instructions for ordering copies of court records. 839 linear feet.

Founded in 1829 as a non-denominational organization to aid indigent widows through the donation of food, clothing, and medical supplies. Contains correspondence, financial records, the 1831, 1937, and 1951 constitutions, articles of incorporation (1841), inmate policies and legal agreements, resident lists (1873-1960), and minutes from 1860-1864, 1886-1892, 1897-1898, 1953-1954, 1982-1983, and 1988-1989. 2 linear feet.

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 and under Mobile Historic Development Commission, and Printed Material under Mobile Housing Board.) 305 linear feet.

This collection contains 11 complete and 1 incomplete scrapbooks (1979-1991) of the Mobile Junior Music Club. Within the scrapbooks are photographs, awards, programs, and other material. 1.5 linear feet.

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. 23 linear feet.

Blueprints of floor plans, elevations, and architectural details of Mobile Union Station (M&O Railroad) showing the original building in 1905 and alterations in 1946, 1957, and 1977. An inventory is available on site. 3 linear feet.

This collection include 16 CDs containing 33 oral interviews held with former faculty and students of the segregated, all-black Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic School. The school was organized in 1899. Some of the interviewees include Dora Finley, Sheila Flanagan, J. Gary Cooper, Harold Ducloux, Fred Richardson, and former Clinton secretary of labor Alexis Herman. There are transcripts for most of the interviews.

Photographs, correspondence, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, journals, books, court documents, and other research related material gathered by historian Jacqueline Anderson Matte, and relating to the MOWA band of Choctaw Indians, a group of people who reside along the Mobile and Washington counties' borders. Matte used the information in writing her book They Say The Wind is Red and in her appearance in front of the U.S. Senate's committee on Indian affairs, before which the MOWAs were seeking federal recognition as an Indian tribe. Also included are research materials Matte used to compose The History of Washington County, Alabama. Prior notice of interest in this collection is required. 25.5 linear feet.


The Neighborhood Organized Workers (NOW) was established in Mobile, Alabama, in July 1966. NOW carried on direct action in an effort to achieve political, social, and economic reform in the African-American community. This collection contains copies of NOW's FBI files (1968-1971) and covers topics related to African-American leadership, race relations, civil rights activities, school desegregation, voter registration, economic boycotts, and black nationalism in Mobile, Alabama, and surrounding areas. These files were obtained through a U.S. Department of Justice Freedom of Information Act request, and include memorandums, informant reports, newspaper clippings, and copies of handbills gathered by the Mobile, Alabama, FBI Field Office in its investigation of NOW and its activities. The FBI's primary correspondent is Mobile's Special Advisory Commission (SAC). Typical information gathered includes summary reports of NOW meetings, the composition of NOW leadership, and an interpretation of the African- American community's attitude toward NOW, civil rights, and race relations. A companion collection includes taped interviews with civil rights activist and founding member of the Neighborhood Organized Workers Jerry Pogue, former journalist for the Southern Courier newspaper and founding member of the Neighborhood Organized Workers David Underhill, and George Langham, educator and member of the Neighborhood Organized Workers. Guides to the FBI Files and the Oral History interviews are available on this web site. An appointment is required to view this collection. Also please note: it is the sole responsibility of the researcher to secure permission to quote from or publish material from the interviewees of the oral history project. (See also University Collections under Larry Holmes, Melton McLaurin, and Rearguard.) .75 linear foot.

These records of a civil rights organization in Mobile, 1956-1987, contain materials concerning discrimination in public accommodations, employment, criminal justice administration, and public education, including the Birdie Mae Davis case, the cornerstone of the League's efforts at integrating the county public school system. John LeFlore was the director of casework for the organization until his death in 1976. Contains correspondence, minutes, administrative and financial records, legal documents, press releases, news clippings, and publications. The records have also been microfilmed. (See also University Collections under Larry Holmes, Melton McLaurin, and Rearguard.) 17.75 linear feet.


Minutes, correspondence, newsletters, news clippings, and photographs relating to the Old Dauphinway Historic District from 1976 to 1988. 4 linear feet.

Dating to 1923, the Edna Evelyn Olson scrapbook contains memorabilia Ms. Olson collected the year she graduated from Barton Academy. Included are classmate autographs, graduation programs, calling cards, photographs, ticket stubs, and brief compiled lists of meetings for the "Better Speech" club. .25 linear foot.