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This page contains names of manuscript collections with brief descriptions of them. Highlighted collection names link to finding aids in PDF format that offer more detailed descriptions of the collections. The highlighted collections do not represent all available finding aids at the W.S. Hoole Library. We will add more to the list as we convert our paper finding aids to electronic aids for web presentation.

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F. F. Furber and Company Record , circa 1900 , 1 record
One record of measurements, amounts, and care for lumber for the F. F. Furber and Company of West Virginia.

John Henry Faber papers , 1933-1988 , 0.1 linear feet (photocopies)
Photocopies of reports and biographical sketches written by John Henry Faber after his retirement from the Eastman Kodak Company, as well as a section on early Alabama television.

Letters to Fannie Fagler , 1893, 1909 , 0.1 linear feet, 2 letters, 2 envelopes
Two letters written to Fannie (one from her mother and one from her father, both from Maine). They discuss their daily lives and society issues, including deaths.

Pat Fahey Letter , 1936 July 13 , 0.1 linear feet
A letter from Pat Fahey to Grace Fahey of Canton, Ohio. Pat writes from Fort Scott Camp thanking her for the dollar she sent in her letter.

James M. Faircloth papers , 1961-1969 , 0.8 linear foot
Includes student papers and personal papers of J. M. Faircloth, a professor of civil engineering at The University of Alabama during the years 1961 through 1969.

Fairhope Single Tax Corporation documents , 1950-1960 , 0.05 linear feet (3 items)
Documents related to this single tax colony settled in 1894 in Baldwin County, Alabama, by reformers from Des Moines, Iowa.

Mary Joan Fairview Letter , Before 1860 , 0.05 linear feet
Letter to Mary Joan Fairview from her relations.

John Falconer deed , 1823 May 3 , 0.05 linear feet (1 item, 1 piece)
A conveyance of land in Montgomery, Alabama, from John Falconer to Jonathan Mayhew, in 1823

Alfred Fandek Letter , 1927 October 31 , 0.05 linear feet
The collection contains one letter written by Fandek from Ashland, Wisconsin, to F. M. Sarver, manager of Dixie Land Kennels in Herrick, Illinois, regarding his disappointment with a rabbit dog ordered from the company.

"Farewell dear partner kind and true", June 27, 1810, 1 poem, 1 page front and back
The collection contains a handwritten poem by an unknown author, written at the death of Bebeuan Stevens, who died on June 27, 1810. The content of the poem concerns death and heaven.

Farm Security Administration Photographs, 1935-1942, 77 photographs
Images taken by photographers employed by the Farm Security Administration (i.e. Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans) of Alabama agriculture and industry during the Depression. Primarily images of white and African-American sharecropper families and homes, churches, schools and farm scenes. Geographic areas include Hale County, Moundville, Eutaw, Selma, Scottsboro, Greensboro and Birmingham.

Hallie Farmer papers , 1924-1960 , 0.4 linear feet
Newspaper clippings and other published material by and about Dr. Farmer, including bibliographies, offprints of articles, book reviews, and other materials.

T. J. Farmer family papers , 1853-1898 , 0.1 linear feet (11 items)
Miscellaneous correspondence, mostly among members of this Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, farm family, and an 1876 grade report from Alabama Central Female College.

Albert John Farrah collection , 1934 , 0.4 linear feet (typewritten manuscripts)
Typescript manuscripts of two textbooks (two copies of each) created by Albert John Farrah, Dean of the University of Alabama Law School from 1912 until shortly before his death in June of 1944.

Jacob Faser letters , 1861-1865 , 0.1 linear feet (16 items)
Letters written from Mobile, Alabama, where Faser was working as a sword maker, to his wife in Macon, Mississippi, dealing mainly with personal news and information on the prices of available goods.

Margaret Faulk collection , 1932-1942 , 0.1 linear feet (14 items)
Letters and other materials regarding this University of Alabama librarian; most of the collection relates to her illness and death.

J. C. Faulkner Family Papers , 1944-1945 , 0.8 linear feet
This collection contains correspondence between J.C. Faulkner and many of his family and friends over a span of about a year, between December 1944 and December 1945. Faulkner’s letters first discuss his travel across the country by train, from New York to Camp San Bruno, California. He writes letters along the way to his wife Bonnie about his travels. After arriving in San Bruno, he receives the job of “store keeper technician,” and later is stationed in Guam. He begins the process of being sent home after the Japanese surrender on August 14, 1945. He must wait until he has enough points on the Navy’s point system based on age, rank, and marriage and children. J.C. Faulkner’s incoming correspondence includes many letters from his wife, other servicemen and family members. This collection also contains items such as Faulkner's personal notebook, Salvation Army prayer booklets, and newspaper articles.

J. C. Faulkner Postcard and Letter collection , 1808-1968 , 0.8 linear feet
Postcards and letters collected by this Tuscaloosa, Alabama, native.

City of Faunsdale, Marengo County, Alabama correspondence, 1927-1933, .2 linear foot
Letters created and received by the city of Faunsdale, Marengo County, Alabama, mainly relating to routine matters in this small town, including city maintenance concerns.

Forrest and Mabel Fea Papers , 1925-1950 , (8 letters, 8 envelopes, 1 legal document)
Contains eight letters written mainly by family and friends to Forrest and Mabel Fea of Blanchard, Michigan, with one official letter and document from the Freeman Oil Company.

Myer L. Feldman Letters , 1944-1945 , 0.4 linear feet
Letters from Myer L. Feldman to his wife, Ida, and baby daughter, Sally Ann, while he was in the United States Navy, stationed at the Sampson Naval Training Base near Seneca, New York, and aboard the U.S.S. LSM(R)-197 amphibious ship.

Marion and Kenneth Feltes Letters , 1943-1981 , 0.1 linear feet
Friends and siblings write to Marion and Ken Feltes about trips and visits around America, health, and daily doings in middle America. Five letters are from Marion Feltes to her husband, Kenneth Feltes.

Hill Ferguson papers , 1896-1964 , 1.6 linear feet
Correspondence, clippings and reports about the University of Alabama collected by this alumnus and trustee of the institution.

Ora Ferguson Letters , 1929-1949 , 0.05 linear feet
Collection contains handwritten letters to Ora Ferguson and one typed letter. Two of the letters are from her nephew in Syria.

Feronia Garden Club, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, scrapbooks , 1958-1967 , 1 linear foot
Three scrapbooks of this Tuscaloosa, Alabama, garden club, covering the years, 1958-1967.

Stepin Fetchit Postcard , Circa 1931 , 1 postcard
The Stepin Fetchit Postcard depicts a scene from the movie The County Chairman. The postcard features an autograph by Fetchit.

Zachariah Fields deed , 1833 March 2 , 0.05 linear feet (1 item, 1 piece)
A conveyance of land in Montgomery, Alabama, dated 3 March 1833, to Jonathan Mayhew and George Whitman.

Fifth United States Army Special Service Entertainment Program , circa 1960a , 0.05 linear feet
An entertainment program from the Fifth United States Army Special Services in the 1960s, featuring the Union Barrack-Ades, entertainment troupe from Louisville, Kentucky.

Margaret Gillis Figh papers, 1940-1975, 3.2 linear feet
This collection consists mainly of folklore and tales contributed by students in Figh's folklore and English classes at Huntingdon College, plus miscellaneous contributions from family and friends.

Fighting French Relief Arm band and poem , between 1939 and 1945 , 0.05 linear feet (2 items; 2 pieces)
A Free French Relief arm band, featuring a swastika and the words "Sous la Botte Nazie (Under the Nazi Boot)," and a printed poem in English by Marie C. Benney entitled "France," about the Nazi suppression of freedom in France.

Henry Stokes Figures Papers, 1861-1863, 0.1 linear feet
Photocopies of letters written from 1861 to 1863 by Henry Stokes Figures of Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, to his parents, William B. and Harriet Stokes Figures during the Civil War while he was stationed in Richmond, Virginia.

Julia Neely Finch Papers , 1890-1926 , 0.8 linear feet
Correspondence by and to Julia Neely Finch, as well as her poetry and short stories, written between 1890 and 1926, as well as a small handwritten and typescript collection of Julia’s poems and short stories and a Common Place Book, which served as a scrapbook of her published pieces.

Woolsey Finnell response to the Reminiscences of John Little , after 1947 , 0.01 linear feet
Responses to some of John Little's memoirs.

Frank Finnerty papers , 1940-1970 , 0.05 linear foot
Papers and radio scripts written by this University of Alabama graduate.

First Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, records , 1818-1927 , 0.1 linear feet (1 item, 100 leaves)
List of pastors, rules of decorum, the church covenant, and baptism lists, 1838-1904. It also includes an article, "Chronicles of the First Baptist Church," by Tom Garner, clerk.

First Baptist Sabbath School award , mid 1800s , 0.1 linear foot, 1 award
This is an educational award given to Miss Jane Kelsey for good conduct at the First Baptist Sabbath School.

"The First Battle Between 'Iron' Ships of War" Print , after 1862 , 1.0 linear feet
Print of "The First Battle Between 'Iron' Ships of War," engraving "entered according to act of Congress in the year 1862 by Henry Bill in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the U.S. for the District of Connecticut."

First Mortgage Company, Inc., Tuscaloosa, Alabama, annual report , circa 1959 , 0.1 linear feet
Annual report for 1959 of the First Mortgage Company, Inc., of Tuscaloosa, Alabama

First Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, records , 1820-1948 , 1.6 linear feet
Contains record books, 1820-1948; list of baptisms, 1845-1894; Board of Trustees record books, 1838-1911; Board of Deacons minute book, 1886-1888; and miscellaneous other documents for this Tuscaloosa, Alabama church.

Scrapbook of fish illustrations , after 1838 , 0.08 linear feet
Hand-made scrapbook of fish illustrations.

"Mother" Fish Letters , 1862 , 0.1 linear feet
Two letters sent to Edmund Fish of New York from his mother, 1862.

T. J. Fisher Letter , 1860 November 4 , 0.05 linear feet
The T. J. Fisher Letter is written from Fisher in Covington, Kentucky, to Brother Miner in Maysville, Kentucky, and provides information concerning daily church business.

Alston Fitts letters and photograph , 1917-1919 , 0.4 linear foot
Letters from this Tuscaloosa, Alabama, physician to his wife and children before and after he was shipped to France during World War I, as well as a photograph of Fitts.

Kenyon Putnam Flagg Letters , 1918-1919 , 7 letters, 6 envelopes
This collection consists of seven letters from Kenyon Putnam Flagg, United States Army, stationed in France and Germany during World War One, to his mother, Mrs. R. A. (Charlotte) Flagg, Albion, New York. He writes about how the French live, the weather, states he is “responsible for the training of 2000 men,” and about the war.

H. P. and Elisa K. Fleischman correspondence , 1827-1850 , 0.1 linear feet (16 items)
Letters of a commission merchant in the Caribbean and on the Mississippi River, and his family.

Evelyn Fleming papers , 1929-1947 , 0.4 linear feet
Personal papers of Evelyn Fleming, a New Jersey native, who served in the American Red Cross during World War II.

John C. Fletcher paper , 1970 , 0.05 linear feet (1 item, 8 pieces)
Transcript of a talk, "The Two Revolutions," given by John C. Fletcher at the Alabama Clergy Conference, 1970, on the impact of industrial society and the post-industrial revolution on the youth of America.

Flight of Doodle! broadside , 1862 , 0.05 linear feet
Small broadside of the 14-verse poem, "Flight of Doodle!" about the First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas), with each Confederate state's performance in the battle making up a stanza.

Florence Railroad and Improvement Company Letters and Product Lists , 1889-1890 , 0.05 linear feet
The collection contains outgoing correspondence from officers of the Florence Railroad and Improvement Company of Florence, Alabama, concerning business and legal matters.

Letter from Florence to a Friend , 1968 , 0.1 linear feet
One handwritten letter from Florence in Crystal River, Florida, to her friend. The contents of the letter concern a trip taken by Florence and day-to-day life.

Jennie Shaw Flowers Photograph, 1946, 1 photograph
Black and white snapshot of unidentified football game, possibly at the University of Alabama, from which Shaw graduated in 1946; developers label on reverse side of image reads "Hammond Photo Service, Meridian, Mississippi."

William Baker Flowers and Jennie Shaw Flowers University of Alabama materials , 1943-1946 , 0.05 linear feet (8 items)
Items relating to Walter Flowers and Jennie Shaw Flowers as students at the University of Alabama, including commencement programs, SGA and WSGA ribbons, Triangle ribbon, library card, and invitation to a dance

Edith Floyd Letter , 1942 , 0.1 linear feet
This collection contains one letter from Edith Floyd to Eloise Jackson, possibly her sister. The letter concerns Charles Floyd, Edith's husband, who is missing following the fall of the Philippines in 1942.

Josef Fojgier Letter , 1998 , 0.05 linear feet
Letter written in Polish, to Josef Fojgier of Browns Mills, New Jersey, in 1998.

James Elisha Folsom, Sr. Photographs, , 16 photographs
Black and white 11.5" x 5" portraits of governor Folsom.

H. W. Foote Letter , 1887 January 27 , 0.05 linear feet
The collection contains one letter from Foote in Macon, Mississippi, to D. W. Esmond in Akron, Ohio, expressing sympathy and offering comforting words relating to a recent death.

Edwin Forbes Etchings from "Life Studies of the Great Army" , after 1876 , 2 linear feet
Ten plates by Edwin Forbes from his "Life Studies of the Great Army."

William George Forsyth Collection , circa 1941 , 3 linear feet
Forsyth's United States Army Air Corps World War II era dress uniform and an article about his dog.

"The Interior of Fort Sumter During the Bombardment," Harper's Weekly Illustration , 1861 April 27 , 1.5 linear feet
Page from the 27 April 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly with an illustration of the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter.

"Origin of Fort Toulouse" essay , after 1900 , 0.05 linear feet (1 item, 2 pieces)
An essay on the history of Fort Toulouse, constructed in 1717 near Wetumpka, Alabama

Bettie Fort Letter , 1874 July 4 , 1 letter
Bettie Fort of Bolivar, Tennessee writes cousin Mrs. Aaron Thorp Dowagiac, Michigan, about her recent marriage and new life.

Forty-fifth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama, worship bulletins and other records , 1949-1978 , 0.2 linear feet
Archive of programs for a variety of programs related to the 45th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, from 1949 to 1979

Virginia Oden Foscue Alabama Place-Name Essay Collection , 1959-1984 , 0.8 linear feet
Twenty-four essays (including one doctoral dissertation and three master’s theses) on Alabama place-names written students of Virginia O. Foscue, who was a Professor of English at the University of Alabama from 1963 to 1993.

Ann and Robert Selvidge Foster Papers , 1833-1859 , 0.1 linear feet (25 documents, 31 pages)
Primarily receipts and statements but the collection also includes Robert S. Foster’s will and a deed for 1,274 acres of land from the heirs of Robert S. Foster to Edmond L. Prince in 1859 for the sum of $19,110.00. Most of the statements are for the freight, wharfage, drayage, weighing and storage of cotton shipped by steamboats, and are listed for either Mrs. Ann Foster or the Estate of Robert S. Foster. Other receipts are for the purchase of clothing, books and magazine subscriptions.

Edwin Hardy Foster Collection , 1872-1938 , 0.8 linear feet
Letters written by and to Foster between 1907 and 1938, as well as some miscellaneous correspondence written by Foster’s family members and members of the United States House of Representatives concerning his application to the Consular Services. There is also a small collection of letters written in German; Foster’s report cards from Male High School (1875-1881) and his first semester grades from The University of Alabama in 1882; reports cards for his brothers, Sumner B., Thomas J., Henry B., and Clement C. Foster; and photographs, financial statements, tax receipts, insurance policies, as well as miscellaneous class rolls and other papers.

Henry B. Foster deed , 1901 February 28 , 0.05 linear feet (1 item, 1 piece)
Warranty deed for property in Alabama given by Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Foster to Mrs. Sallie H. Hester

John Collier Foster Papers , 1841-1892 , 0.4 linear feet
A sizeable collection of church correspondence, sermons, and other religious materials, and family correspondence and other personal items of this farmer and Southern Baptist minister.

Joshua Hill Foster , 1839-1904 , 2.6 linear feet
Papers of a University of Alabama graduate, Baptist minister, planter, teacher (University of Alabama, 1873-1892) and president of Alabama Central Female College, 1869-1873.

Richard Clarke Foster scrapbook and papers , circa 1941 , 1 linear foot
Scrapbook and folder containing newspaper and magazine articles as well as tributes to Foster, who died four years after becoming president of the University of Alabama.

William Lovelace Foster letter , 1863 June 20 , 2 items, 90 pieces ; typescrip0.1 linear feet ()
Typescript copies of a lengthy and detailed letter from Foster during the siege of Vicksburg, to his wife, begun before communications were cut off and continued at intervals throughout the siege (June 1863) until the city's surrender to Union forces on 4 July 1863.

Four Minute Men, Women , 1918-1919 , 0.2 linear feet (1 scrapbook)
Scrapbook containing newspaper clippings and other materials about this organization, whose members gave speeches in support of World War I.

Fox Family Papers , 1937-1942 , 0.05 linear feet
The collection contains a selective service notice for James Thomas Fox to serve during World War II and two postcards written from Fox to his brothers.

Letter from Frances to Mary J. Porter , after 1851 , 0.05 linear feet
Letter from Frances of Sheffield, Massachusetts, to her friend, Mary J. Porter, of Lenox, Massachusetts.

Letter from Francis to his uncle , 1884 July 9 , 0.1 linear feet
A letter from Francis of Carbon Hill, Ohio, to his uncle about the miners' strike.

Fragment of a Letter to Frank , 1888 September 3 , 0.1 linear feet
In 1888, a letter (of which only a fragment remains) was written to Frank from an unknown author in Middlebourne, West Virginia.

Letter from Frank to Louisa Voss , 1883 February 8 , 0.1 linear feet
A letter written in 1883 by Frank of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Louisa Voss of Cincinnati, Ohio about the death of a mutual friend.

Wilhelm Franke letters, 1940-1959, 17 letters
Seventeen letters to Wilhelm Franke, a German national living in Springfield, Massachusetts, mostly from members of his family in Germany.

Will Franke paper , 1950 , 0.1 linear feet (1 item)
A paper titled "Jefferson County 1850," written by this Birmingham, Alabama, native at the request of the Birmingham Historical Society and includes a detailed listing of the county's merchants and political leaders circa 1850.

Harry A. Frankel and Helene Davis Frankel biography/newspaper article, 1888-1948, Photocopy of typescript copy (15 pp) of biography
Typescript copy of a biography of Harry A. "Singin' Sam" Frankel by his widow, Helene Davis "Smiles" Frankel.

Freely Family Letters , 1955-1957 , 15 letters, 14 envelopes
Letters and one postcard to Jennie Freely of Birmingham, Alabama and Goshen, Kentucky, from friends and family, and one letter to Isom Freely, Goshen, Kentucky, from his brother, Henry Freely, Birmingham, Alabama, April 10, 1957. The letters are about friends’ and families’ sicknesses and deaths, marriages, and other issues of daily life.

Freemasons. Amity Lodge, No. 54, and Mt. Moriah Lodge, No. 19, resolution , circa 1866 , 0.05 linear feet (1 item)
An 1866 resolution addressed to President Andrew Johnson by two Alabama freemasons chapters, requesting the pardon and release of several associates.

Freemasons, Mt. Moriah Lodge, minutes , 1840-1841 , 0.05 linear feet (1 item)
Minutes of this Pickensville, Alabama, Freemasons lodge, 1840-1841.

Robert N. Frelich Letter , 1944 March 30, 1 letter and 1 envelope
This is a letter from Robert M. Frelich, stationed at Bergstrom Field, Texas, to his friends. He discusses his life at Bergstrom Field and various friends.

Mary Freundlich Letter , 1948 March 17 , 0.1 linear feet
A letter written in German to Mary Freundlich of Sao Paulo, Brazil by E. Rothenberg of South Africa. There is no translation available at this time.

W. E. Frick Letter , 1870 September 10 , 1 letter
A letter from W. E. Frick of Somerset, Colorado, to Peter Duffy of New Lexington, Ohio, regarding a petition.

Victor Hugo Friedman papers , 1918 , 0.83 linear foot
Personal and official correspondence, photographs of a camp in the Alps, lieutenant's commission, "Croce al Merito di Guerra", and various items issued by the military to this Tuscaloosa, Alabama, native.

Victor Hugo Friedman Photographs, circa 1890s, 1 album (98 photographs)
Photograph album of Victor Hugo Friedman, a native Tuscaloosan and local philanthropist. Includes images of hunting dogs, camping/fishing scenes, and African-Americans of various ages. Also includes photographs of Friedman and his young male and female friends engaged in leisure activities.

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church records , 1873-2004 , 1 linear foot
Includes records of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church located in the coal mining community of Brookwood, Alabama.

Frierson Family Papers , 1935-1957 , 0.1 linear feet
Correspondence, both personal and business, of the Frierson family of Waxahachie, Texas.

"From Mills Point to the Big Sandy" newspaper column scrapbook , 1940 , 1 scrapbook
Scrapbook of Kentucky newspaper column, "From Mills Point to the Big Sandy." The columns contain brief news stories from around the state.

James S. Fruit, L.R. Burk, and John L. Blangy Deposition , 1864 , 0.1 linear feet
An 1864 deposition by three Kentucky citizens regarding an attempt to assist an escaped slave cross the Ohio River to join the Union Army.

D. L. Fullam Letter , 1906 June 17 , 0.05 linear feet
Letter written on 17 June 1906 from D.L. Fullam to Maria.

William Fulton letter , 1865 April 12 , 0.05 linear feet (1 item: typescript)
Typescript copy of a letter dated 12 April 1865, written by Fulton to his sister, Mrs. Theodora Fulton Pettus, describing the surrender of Mobile, Alabama, to Union forces.

Amish and Mennonite Funeral Cards , 1905-1982 , 0.1 linear feet
This collection contains 35 Amish and Mennonite funeral cards dating from 1905 to 1982.

Richard Furman , 1826-1865 , 0.4 linear feet
Photocopied documents, including letters, poetry, news clippings, class work, essays, and journal entries of Alabama school administrator and preacher.

Letter from Fuz to Lillian Kennedy, 1927, 1 letter, 3 pages
The collection contains a handwritten letter to Lillian Kennedy in Atlanta, Georgia, on Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Pictures letterhead. The letter is from "Fuz," her brother, and dicusses his work and his improving attitude towards work.

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