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


At this moment of confronting racial injustice we share and support the Statement of Recommitment put forward by the Alabama Department of Archives and History. 


The McCall Library is located on the 3rd floor of the Marx Library on USA's main campus. We are temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19. Current students, faculty, and staff can schedule a research appointment by email or phone at or (251) 341-3900. External patrons should call or email for research support or help with images. 

Mission Statement

Since its founding in 1978, the mission of The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library has been to collect and preserve recorded evidence of the history of the people of southwest Alabama and to promote its use for original research by students, faculty and the public. Our collection scope covers 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. Our extensive photograph and manuscript collections broadly document life in the region from the early nineteenth century to the present. We strive for representation of all segments of the population and actively pursue community partnerships to this end.

Our collections currently encompass approximately 700 individual accessions of varying sizes including paper-based collections spanning 4,200 linear feet, and more than 1.2 million photographic negatives. In addition, we have growing digital collections which allow us to reach beyond the walls of the institution. The McCall Library serves University of South Alabama students and faculty, the city of Mobile and environs, and researchers from around the world.

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

IMPORTANT: While the majority of our collections are described for ease of use (see "Guide to Collections"), not all of our finding aids are accessible online. We encourage patrons to call, email, or drop by for assistance with their research needs. New material arrives almost daily.