The University of Alabama
The Alabama Collection at The W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library
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The Alabama Collection, long recognized as the premiere collection of Alabama materials in the world. The collection strives to be a comprehensive collection of all books by Alabamians, about Alabama, and/or published in the state of Alabama.  These materials document the unique cultural and historical experience of Alabama.

The Alabama Collection is a continually expanding collection consisting of published materials in a variety of formats,made up of publications in whole or in part about Alabama, by Alabama authors, or published in Alabama. This includes books, journals, magazines, newspapers, and other published materials. Among the Alabama Collections' many strengths include: local and county history materials; pamphlets and other ephemeral publications pertaining to Alabama and aspects of Alabama history, life and culture; books by Alabama authors of all kinds; publications by University of Alabama faculty; and books printed during the Civil War in Alabama, namely by S. H. Goetzel of Mobile.

The Alabama Collection also houses published materials from The University of Alabama including The University of Alabama's school newspaper, The Crimson-White (established in 1894 and current issues available online at; UA's literary publications, Marr's Field Journal and Black Warrior Review; and published UA materials such as course catalogs and bulletins, telephone directories, football media guides, and other such publications. The Alabama Collection also holds a full run of THe University of Alabama's annual/yearbook, The Corolla. The Corollas are housed in our reading room and current students and alumni are encouraged to visit the library to view them during campus visits.

Unpublished materials housed in University Archives, photographic collections, Manuscripts, and Artifacts serve as companion materials to the published works in The Alabama Collection relating to The University of Alabama. all aid in the documentation of the history of The University of Alabama and aspects of UA life and culture.

All University of Alabama Press publications are included in the collection, as well as archival copies of all theses and dissertations completed at The University of Alabama (n.b.: a second copy of every thesis or dissertation should be available in the library of record for each graduate -- Gorgas, Rodgers, Bruno, or McClure Libraries)


Alabama authors and publishers are encouraged to contact us with information on books and other publications not currently held in our collections. Our Alabama Collection is continually growing, and recommendations and information about published materials from Alabama or about any aspect of Alabama are welcome.