University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
September 21, 2012
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

McCall Collection Opens First Portion of Valuable Papers
More than 13,000 Items Available for Study

The University of South Alabama’s Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library announces the opening of the first portion of the valuable papers of the McCall collection.

This includes more than 13,000 items of published material, including advertisements, books, broadsides, brochures, bulletins, business cards, catalogs, circulars, flyers, forms, handbills, invitations, journals, leaflets, pamphlets, periodicals, price lists, sheet music, tickets, and state and federal publications.

Last year, Doy Leale McCall III, Margaret Rolfsen McCall, and John Peter Crook McCall, grandchildren of Doy Leale McCall Sr., donated a collection of unique and historically-valuable documents compiled by their grandfather to USA, which then renamed its archives The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

One of the earliest documents in this section of the larger collection is The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliff, published in 1794 and often said to be the archetypal Gothic novel.

There are some rare and valuable treasurers in the McCall imprints. Those include 10 Alabama Territory and early state of Alabama publications related to the state constitution, the state’s admission to the Union, and the governance of the state. More than 2,000 cotton price sheets issued by the Mobile Cotton Exchange, as well as by New Orleans and other Southern markets, dating from the early to the late nineteenth century, are also present. 

Also included are an 1823 address of then-governor Israel Pickens to both branches of the Alabama Legislature; an 1847 catalog of faculty, offices, and students of the Dallas Academy; and a group of 80 forms, circulars, and documents issued by the Confederacy.

Other interesting items are the Act for the Protection of Inn-Keepers printed in Chicago in 1861; the Wakefield Earth Closet, an early indoor toilet that used fine dust or ash to cover odors; and a June 1856 menu from the Battle House Hotel.

The imprints have been indexed and will slowly be added to USA’s library catalog. Historians and other interested persons are urged to contact The McCall Library at (251) 434-3800 or


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