Military Photograph Sources at The McCall Library

Sponsors of the Lomax Rifles, a Local militia group, 1885. Courtesy of Jean Yuille.

The McCall Library's photographic collections are listed alphabetically in this guide. The name of the collection may be that of a person, business, organization, institution, location, subject, or donor.

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Contains approximately 30,000 safety sheet film negatives (4 x 5) taken by various company photographers from the 1930s to the 1950s. Subjects include employees at work, ship construction and repair. ADDSCO activities such as bond drives and rallies, and ship launchings during World War II are also documented. The negatives are well identified and indexed. A small number have been printed, especially those dealing with WWII-era activities. Many of the images appeared in the company's publication Fore and Aft which is also available at The McCall Library.

AUSTIN, PHILIP G. (87-10-154)
This collection contains copy negatives (4 x 5) of 61 prints of various scenes in and around Mobile. Most of the images appear to have been taken by Boyles Studio and date to the early 20th century. They include a Confederate veterans' reunion, harness racing, hurricane damage, two riverboats, and the Vincent House.

This collection consists of one small photo album containing 11 photographs (appx. 3 x 4) of William Gaines Austin Jr., who was born in 1900 and appears to be about 10 in the images. A few of them show him wearing his University Military School uniform; others show him with his bicycle. Copy negatives have been made of two of the UMS photos. There are no negatives for the other images.

BROOKLEY AIR FORCE BASE (89-08-189, 93-08-189, 02-03-394)
This collection is made up several smaller donations of images related to Brookley Air Force Base. Within them are more than 280 photographs (3 1/2 x 3 1/2, 4 x 5, and 8 x 10) that show aerial views of the base, the hospital, fire station, service clubs, warehouses, gymnasium, commissary, theater, housing, officers' club, pool, offices, and machine shop. The images were taken in the late 1950s to mid-1960s. Some were used to document overcrowding at the facility; others appear to have been shot as a sort of inventory of the facility prior to its closing. A third set show military personnel and civilians employees working at the facility during World War II.

MCKINNELL, JULIA (97-07-434)
This series of 136 black and white photographs was made by family and friends of the donor. The images were taken 1958-1959 and 1964. Included among others are shots of Air Force Day, Armed Forces Day, Spanish Fort, and the Alabama State Docks. Also includes 2 photographs of snow scenes from 1958.