The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library

  • Mobile County Training School Drum Majorettes circa 1950
  • Bathing Beauties posing on Dauphin Island, Circa 1960
  • Sailing on Mobile Bay, circa 1900
  • The riverboat Mary S. Blees circa 1880
  • Medical Students at Old Mobile Medical College circa 1900
  • Alabama governor Frank M. Dixon addresses Alabama Dry Dock circa 1942
  • Members of the Spinsters Mardi Gras circa 1941
  • Birdie Mae Davis with unidentified child, 1974
  • An unidentified child eating a slice of Malbis Bakery bread, circa 1925
  • Laying the cornerstone at the Scottish Rite Temple, 1921
  • Rural free delivery in Fairhope, AL at the turn of the twentieth century
  • Fish River, 1954
  • B.B. King visits Mobile, circa 1980
  • Aerial of Murphy High School, 1949.
  • USA's baseball Jags, 1972

Please note: The McCall Library will be closed on the morning of May 20. We will reopen at 1 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.


The McCall Library is now open in its permanent location within the Marx Library on USA's main campus. Visitors are welcome! Please ask for a parking pass at the circulation desk to display on your vehicle.  Though not required, we encourage you to make an appointment so that staff is available to assist you. Please email or phone (251) 341-3900. 

Mission Statement

Since its founding in 1978, the mission of The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library has been to identify, acquire, appraise, preserve, organize, and describe important historical material relating to the history of the Alabama Black Belt and its families, the history of Mobile and southwest Alabama and its people, and the history of the University of South Alabama, and to make these materials available to researchers. In addition to the Alabama Black Belt, the focus of our collections is the civil rights, cultural, economic, educational, environmental, legal, literary, military, political, and social history of the region from the early nineteenth century to the present. We also actively collect historic photographs and rare books, and we preserve rare volumes that have been donated to the university.

We invite you to explore our collections, policies, and fees using the navigation bar on the left. Check out our News page for recent additions to the collections.  Follow us on Facebook @mccalllib, Twitter @USA_McCallLib and Tumblr

IMPORTANT: While the majority of our collections are described for ease of use (see "Guide to Collections"), not all are accessible online. We encourage patrons to call, email, or drop by to inquire about other collections we may have. New material arrives almost daily.