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  • October 10, 2012 at  9:45 am at Capstone Village, located at 601 5th Avenue East Tuscaloosa, Delbert Reed will talk about his upcoming book on World War II and The University of Alabama. 
A small exhibit of materials from the Hoole Library relating to the talk will be on display on the first floor of Capstone Village, including an air mission jounral recently donated to the Hoole Library by Emmett Dendy. Mr. Dendy’s air mission journal and  information about Ralph Krupp. Mr.  Krupp was  a US pilot shot down in August 1944 and held in a German POW camp near Nurnberg. In March 1944, Mr. Dendy flew a mission to bomb Nurnberg.  Jim Gamble another US airman held in the Nurnberg camp, described the US bombing raid in his published memoirs, Innocents Abroad. Reed is the author of numerous books, including most recently, When Winning Was Everything, a tribute to former Alabama football players who served in the military World War II. More than 325 former Crimson Tide players and coaches served during the war. They were in leadership positions and in every major battle. Some dropped behind enemy lines as paratroopers on D-Day; many were pilots in the European, Asian and Pacific theaters of war; scores were soldiers in the fields of France and Belgium, and others were Marines on Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Thirteen lost their lives in service to our country. Over 50 players are featured with stories and photos of their playing days at Alabama and their military days."




imageBound for War:
Selected 19th American Decorative Bindings on aspects of the American Civil War  From the Hoole Library’s Collections
and in Publishers’ Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books

A rotating exhibition of books reflecting on aspects of the Civil War, as part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, 2011-2015  







Some favorite Southern authors were featured in a small exhibit based on an informal poll of Hoole Facebook friends. Among the many, were The University of Alabama's own Carl Carmer, and his 1935 book, Stars Fell on Alabama.











Campus meets Town meets all Around: Glimpses at Tuscaloosa's Jewish Community from the Hoole Library Collections held in conjunction with the 7th Annual Jewish Cultural Festival, held each year in Tuscaloosa. The exhibit is in the lobby of the Hoole Library, and features interesting information about the Jewish community -- on campus and in the city itself dating from the 1860s to the present.




On November 11, 2009, Dr. Jim Salem gave a talk and highlight his research on early Rock 'n' Roll legend, Johnny Ace. This talk, along with an exhibit of Ace materials, is in celebration of Dr. Salem's gift of his research to The W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library. The exhibit will
features these materials, from the collection now known as the James M. Salem Research Materials on the Late Great Johnny Ace and the Transition from R&B to Rock ‘n’ Roll.  The exhibit highlighted the collection, and included photographs, LPs, documents, and artifacts. The collection also includes a wealth of interviews with those associated with Ace, and copies of articles focusing on popular culture of the 1950s, and much more -- and will be a great asset to scholars interested in American Popular Music, and Cultural Studies.Thank you, Dr. Salem for this wonderful gift!







1968: The Year that Changed the World

1968: The Year that Changed the World

A new exhibit from the collections of the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library is now available -- 1968: The Year that Changed the World is an opportunity to reflect on this important time through the lens of the materials in the Hoole Library. Forty years after 1968, we still look upon that year as a pivotal one in the worlds of politics, culture, art, music, literature, and life.

Through our print collections, sound recordings, and more, this exhibit offers some insight into life both on the UA campus and in the world during 1968.

1968 brought Robert Kennedy to campus as part of the Emphasis program in March of 1968, just three months before he was assassinated. 1968 was the year the first African-American student association was established on campus, and this year marks the 40th anniversary.


The exhibit is far-reaching, looking at art, music, literature, campus life, culture, war, and many of the things that were on the minds of students and others 40 years ago.


The exhibit also features some materials currently on loan and donated by UA alum Janet Stevenson, who was a student at The University of Alabama in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We even have her Fall 1968 calendar on display! This exhibit also features a few of the many, many LPs from the collection of UA History professor John Beeler, who was quick to loan some of the most important albums of 1968 to include in the exhibit.

To get a sense of campus life in 1968, come to see the exhibit! And if you want a real blast from the past, be sure to visit our digital collections which feature the 1968 Corolla as well as a full array of the talks and the program from Emphasis '68.






A Blank Space for Every Day in the Year

A Blank Space for Every Day of the Year: 19th Century Pocket Diaries and their Diarists explores the content, technology and anatomy of selected diaries housed in the W.S. Hoole Library's Manuscript Collections. The impetus for the exhibit began with the work of Larry Lou Foster, a graduate of The University of Alabama's internationally known MFA Program in the Book Arts.


As a book artist and fine binder, Larry Lou, working with current MFA graduate student Bridget Elmer and Jessica Lacher-Feldman from the Hoole Library, along with beautiful and detailed photographs by UA photographer Laura Shill, brought together images, ephemera, along with the diaries themselves and other materials that give a true sense of several aspects of these very personal artifacts. The exhibit also includes some of Larry Lou's models and work she has done to replicate these unique structures and to better understand their construction.  


The exhibit will be on display in the lobby of the Hoole Library from August 26-December 19, 2008. There will be an opening and short lecture on Tuesday, October 7th at 6 pm. This event and exhibit also marks the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library's contribution to Archives Month in Alabama.

To view some of Laura's incredible photographs of the diaries which will be in the exhibit, visit the brand new cool@hoole flickr page! More images from the exhibit will be added soon. And be sure to stop by Hoole to see the exhibit!



Audubon meets T.P. Thompson meets the Illusive Ivory Billed Woodpecker

Audubon meets T.P. Thompson meets the Elusive Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, the second in what we're calling an "exhibit mashup" -- bringing together a few things in an interesting way. This exhibit focuses on J.J. Audubon, the ornithologist and artist; T.P. Thompson, a book collector; and the ivory-billed woodpecker, a bird that was documented by Audubon and has recently been spotted and made international news.

The exhibit is inspired by the upcoming lecture and book signing on Thursday April 24th with UA professor, Dr. Michael Steinberg. Steinberg will discuss his new book, Stalking the Ghost Bird: The Elusive Ivory-Billed Woodpecker in Louisiana (LSU Press, 2008).

T.P. Thompson's books make up the foundation for the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library's Rare Books Collection. The library of over 10,000 items was purchased by The University of Alabama in 1938. Over four decades later, in the 1970s, the Hoole Library acquired the papers of T.P. Thompson. Thompson's papers provide great insight into his passionate hobby as a collector of books and other materials.

This exhibit includes maps and books from his collections as well as images and information that create an interesting portrait of the convergence of these two men and one very big and mysterious bird (Fact: Did you know that the ivory billed woodpecker stands about two feet tall and is the largest woodpecker in the United States!?).

One highlight of the exhibit is a portrait of Audubon, which has been purported to be the only self-portrait the artist ever did. This painting has been on display in the Hoole reading room for many years and has been moved to the lobby for this exhibit.

Another highlight of Thompson's collection and of the exhibit is an important association copy (a seven volume set) of the first octavo edition of Birds of America, published in 1839-1844 by the author & by J.B. Chevailier, Philadelphia. It is inscribed by Audubon and presented to his sister-in-law, Eliza Berthoud. (Image of Audubon's signature and inscription shown here).

T.P. Thompson's passion for collecting and his broad commitment to civic and charitable endeavors in New Orleans in the late 19th and early 20th century are very evident in his manuscript collection, and are touched upon in this exhibit as well. He gave freely of his time and his funds for a great many causes, but even more remarkably, he readily opened his home to researchers so that they may use his library. 





Hear Hare Here - Hairdos and Hair Don'ts from the Hoole Library Sound Recording Collections

Hear Hair Here - Hairdos and Hair Don'ts from the Hoole Library's Sound Recording Collections

Hair in all shapes and sizes grace the album covers selected from the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library's sound recording collections. The Hoole Library holds a vast collection of sound recordings from all genres including Opera, Classical, Country, Gospel, Rock, and Popular music.  Hoole Library lobby - Fall 2007. They must be seen to be believed!  [pdf of Hear Hair Here flier]


Defining Styles!

There’s no mistaking these looks – the typical hairstyles that are clearly of an era, or those hairstyles that transcend time and place. The 1950s gave us crew cuts and that June Cleaver perky and perfectly coiffed look. The 1960s were ushered in with D.A.’s and pompadours and ended with “anything goes” – in fact, your hairstyle in the late 1960s spoke volumes of your political beliefs and stance on the war in Vietnam.

The early 1970s were a time when the anything goes look spread to the general public, where shaggy and longer became de rigeur on even the most straight-laced people. The 70s brought the Afro to incredible new heights and gave us the ultra feathered look of the disco era for both men and women. The 1980s bring to mind heavy metal “hair bands”, mullets, new wave spikes and asymmetry, and let’s not forget the perm showcased here on Barbara Streisand.

Looking at these records, it’s hard not to immediately recognize when they were made, based solely on the looks of the artists on the covers.


Dickens FiguresExhibit Mashup No. 1: Great Expectations: Dickens meets Goetzel meets the WPA. 

A collection of Dickens characters figurines used as teaching tools in the 1930s on, these figurines were created as part of the WPA-funded project, the Alabama Visual Education Program.

The Alabama Visual Education Project came out of cooperation between The State Department of Education and the Visual Education Project of the Work Projects Administration. It provided a way for public schools in Alabama to purchase high quality visual aids for education purposes at a low cost. Some of these items are now housed in the Hoole Special Collections Library, including a catalog from 1940 listing items which were available fCoveror purchase by Alabama public schools. Also included in the collection are the instructional books Flags, Seals, and Coat of Arms of Alabama published in 1939 and History of Western Costume: prehistoric through nineteenth century, published in the 1930’s and featuring 114 full color plates with detailed descriptions.

We have chosen to exhibit this set of beautifully carved and painted wooden figures depicting characters from Charles Dickens novels. It is understood that decades ago, this set was used for teaching/visual aids by UA's English Department. Also created was a set of Shakespeare figures and Chaucer figures, but only two of the other figures are part of the Hoole Collections. These tiny figures taken from Charles Dickens' novels and the hand-made wooden storage boxes are compelling and unique items to behold. The Hoole Library also holds a scale model of Shakespeare's Globe Theater, which was created as part of this project. This exhibit features just the Dickens characters, as well as some of Dickens' works housed at the Hoole Library, as well as images from these books -- of course featuring his compelling and classic Victorian morality tale, A Christmas Carol.

The most important volume from our collections exhibited is an 1863 edition of Great Expectations printed by Goetzel in Mobile in 1863. This confederate imprint, though rebound at some point long ago in a library binding is an important piece of Alabama history. Please stop by and see this unique convergence of Victorian London, Confederate-era Mobile, and Depression-era Tuscaloosa. This exhibit was developed largely by Amy Allen, SLIS graduate assistant, working with Jessica Lacher-Feldman.

Helen Keller Inscribed items

Inscribed items by Alabama native Helen Keller: A Gift of Betsy Plank, 2007

A small exhibit is now on display in the lobby of the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library. The items were part of a gift to The University of Alabama Libraries by Betsy Plank, UA alumna and pioneer in the field of Public Relations. These items are all inscribed by Alabama native, Helen Keller (1880 -1968), a longtime friend of Ms. Plank’s family.

The photograph and the book Midstream are inscribed to her aunt Adeline by Ms. Keller, her teacher Anne Sullivan, and Ms. Keller’s companion, Polly Thompson. The book, Helen Keller’s Journal is inscribed to Bettye Hood Plank, Ms. Plank’s mother.

Helen Adams Keller was an author, activist and lecturer and is known internationally for her courage and triumph over adversity. Her story was made famous through dramatic productions of the Miracle Worker, both on the stage and screen.

At the age of 24, Keller graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe College, making her the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor’s Degree. She went on to author numerous works, and to speak and advocate for numerous causes the world over. A prolific author, she was well traveled, and was outspoken in her opposition to war. She campaigned for women's suffrage, workers' rights and socialism, as well as many other progressive causes.

Fellow Alabamian Betsy Plank graduated from The University of Alabama in 1944 and went on to a stellar career in public relations, eventually becoming known as “public relations’ first lady” and garnering numerous awards. In 2004, the UA Board of Trustees adopted a resolution establishing the Betsy Plank Center for Public Relations Studies to promote “effective and ethical representation of institutions, organizations, ideas and individuals.” As donor for the Center and to University Libraries, Ms. Plank has demonstrated her continued dedication to the University, its students and society.

Photograph featured here of these materials by Zach Riggins, UA Photography.


Clinging to Mammy: The Faithful Slave in Twentieth-Century America
Fall 2007

“The myth of the faithful slave lingers because so many white Americans have wished to live in a world in which African Americans are not angry over past and present injustices, a world in which the injustices themselves—of slavery, Jim Crow, and ongoing structural racism—seem not to exist at all. The mammy figure affirmed their wishes. The narrative of the faithful slave is deeply rooted in the American racial imagination. It is a story of our national past and political future that blurs the lines between myth and memory, guilt and justice, stereotype and individuality, commodity and humanity.”

This exhibit, curated by Portia Barker, intern at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library and graduate student in American Studies, highlights key points from Dr. Micki McElya's, Assistant Professor of American Studies at The University of Alabama. Using rare materials from the Hoole Library to emphasize McElya's profound writing and research, it provokes thought and discussion on the issue of race, gender, and humanity.


Ten Nights in a Bar Room


Selections from the Jeanne N. and Joseph M. Smith Collection on Alcohol and Addition Studies at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama

Spring 2007

Assembled over two decades by John W. Crowley, Professor of English at the University of Alabama, this collection has been presented by him and his wife, Emily Smith Crowley, in honor of her parents, Jeanne N. and Joseph M. Smith, who died a month apart late in 2005.

The Smith Collection consists of several hundred volumes, published between the late eighteenth century to the present that document facets of drug and alcohol use and abuse in the United States.  Holdings represent such historical phenomena as the Temperance Movement (especially the role of the Washingtonian Society during the 1840s), Prohibition, and the rise of the modern Recovery Movement (especially the origins of Alcoholics Anonymous).

On the premise that so multifarious a subject demands the differing perspectives and methodologies of various academic disciplines, the Smith collection places narrative histories beside medical texts, political and moral polemics, psychological and sociological investigations, biographies and autobiographies, as well as literary expressions in fiction and poetry.

The Smith Collection, already rich and diverse, is regarded nonetheless as essentially incomplete:  a living body of knowledge, the heart of an ever-expanding archive to be augmented by future contributions.


They Came, They Saw, They Reported: Images from the World Press Coverage of "Segregation's Last Stand" at The University of Alabama.

They came, they saw, they reported

An exhibit of photographs taken by Camille Elebash in June of 1963 for her Tuscaloosa, Alabama weekly newspaper, The Graphic.  The exhibit was held in conjunction with a lecture by Hank Klibanoff, co-author of the 2007 Pulitizer Prize winner for History, The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation (Knopf, 2006)

This exhibit is currently on display in on the first floor of the Gorgas Library.

Elebash had ten rolls of 36-shot film and took them all that day. It was a long day of waiting and standing around in temperatures that reached 112 degrees.  Scorching sun made the reporters resort to making hats from handkerchiefs and newspapers to protect them from the rays.  Water was limited -- the only water available to the out of town press was water spigots on the outside of the building.  All drink machines had been removed from campus for fear of rioting and the use of broken bottles as weapons.  Her photographs brilliantly capture the tension of the day -- the waiting and anticipation that led to the the end of segregation.


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The Stuff of History: Celebrating the first 175 Years of Campus Life and Culture at The University of Alabama

St. Peter and the Bear - 45 rpm

Denny Chimes from a 1960s campus map

In conjunction with The University of Alabama's celebration of the 175th anniversary of its founding in 1831.


The exhibition, which opened on UA Founders’ Day, April 12, 2006, includes a broad range of materials from the holdings of the W.S. Hoole Special Collections and illuminate The University of Alabama’s history and culture. From its earliest Rotunda, The University of Alabamabeginnings in 1831 and through several eras, this exhibition highlights events, activities and traditions at Alabama’s Flagship University and will include little-known facts about the university and those who have helped make it what it is today. Among the items of interest are copies of several 45 rpm records from the 1960s of songs that were written in honor of legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

Featured in August, 2006, materials from the Walter B. Jones Collection, in

conjunction with the Walter B. Jones Symposium held at the Alabama Museum of Natural History on the UA campus.


Faces & Places

Faces and Places: Selected 19th and 20th c. Photographs of African-Americans from the Wade Hall Photographs Collection
In conjunction with The University of Alabama's celebration of African-American Heritage Month.
February 1- March 17, 2006


Love & Duty: Selected materials from
the Gorgas Family Papers

In conjunction with book signing and lecture by Dr. Sarah Wiggins, February 13, 2006.
January 13- March 17, 2006

Made By Hand: An Exhibition of Handmade Books & Ephemera
An exhibition of artists books and other materials from across the US, in conjunction with the National Book Arts Educators Conference. January 13-February 17, 2006

To Kill a Mockingbird. First Edition

To Kill A Mockingbird
An exhibit of books, photographs, and other materials relating to Harper Lee's legendary novel.
January 23-March 17, 2006









Lovesick Blues: The Life of Hank Williams

Hank Williams Sheet Music from Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture

In conjunction with Paul Hemphill's September 28, 2005 talk and book signing, this exhibition featured materials from the Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture at the Hoole Library that highlights the life and legend of Alabama native, Hank Williams.






1956 Rammer Jammer cartoon depicting Supe Store of the Future!

Supe Store: The First 100 Years!

In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of UA's Supe Store, this exhibition featured UA memorabilia, vintage advertising, and photographs that document the Supe Store and its contribution to UA campus life. See a smiling 'Big Al' and a crimson 'Bama toilet seat, along with photographs of the devastating 1985 Supe Store fire, and much, much more!




Banned in 'Bama Logo

Banned in Bama:

An exhibition in conjunction with the Bankhead Historical Symposium for Fall 2005, Censorship, Free Speech and Free Press in the University, held October 13-14, 2005. The exhibit featured banned and challenged books, along with examples of banned and controversial materials relating to Alabama,   including The Rabbit's Wedding controversy of the 1950s.


How About That!: The Life of Mel Allen Selections
from the Mel Allen Papers

How About That!The How About That! exhibit featured materials from the Mel Allen papers including photographs and memorabilia from probably the most famous sportscaster in American history.

Mel Allen began his sports broadcasting career as a student at the University of Alabama in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He started as the play-by-play announcer for UA football games on Birmingham radio station WBRC in 1933 and by 1937 he was working for CBS in New York. His moniker, "The Voice of the Yankees", was coined Mel Allen - Voice of the NY Yankeesduring his career with the NY Yankees from 1940-1964. Coining the famous phrases "Going, going, it's gone!" and "How about that!" Mel Allen's voice and name live as legend in American media history.  The exhibit featured materials collected throughout Mel's life which are housed at the Hoole Library. The exhibit was done in conjunction with the book signing and lecture in April of 2005 by Steven Borelli, author of How About That! The Life of Mel Allen (2005, Sports Publishing, LLC). Much of the research for this book was done at the Hoole Library.



The Antebellum Architecture of Tuscaloosa:
Images & Text from the 1929 University of Alabama Thesis by Sydnia Keene Smyth.

An exhibit of images and captions from the 1929 MA thesis by Sydnia Keene Drish House, Tuscsaloosa, AlabamaSmyth. The thesis features text and photographs of homes and other structures as they appeared when Ms. Smyth photographed them in 1929. Many of the homes have since been destroyed or restored. The exhibit is held in conjunction with the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society's Heritage Week 2005.


Soul Food: Selections from the David Walker Lupton A Date with a Dish - Lupton Cookbook CollectionAfrican American Cookbook Collection

Selected titles from the Lupton African American Cookbook Collection were on display in the lobby of the Hoole Library. A second display from this collection was featured on the first floor of the Gorgas Library.


Queen: The Life and Music of Dinah Washington

The exhibit featured materials from the Hoole Library that reflect the library’s holdings, and Alabama’s rich blues history. Included in the exhibit are materials from the U.S. Post Office in Tuscaloosa, where the first issue of the Dinah Washington postage stamp was released in 1993. Rare photographs of Dinah Washington on loan from Nadine Cohodas were be featured. A small exhibit accompanied booksigning/lecture/concert that was held in the Gorgas Library on March 2, 2005. The University Libraries 2004-2005 Lecture Series is sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Lakey Tolbert.



An Alabama Songbook: A Celebration

Alabama SongbookAn exhibit of materials from the Bryon Arnold Collection housed at the W.S. Hoole Special COllections Library was displayed November 9 – December 24, 2004 in conjunction with a lecture and book signing by Dr. Robert Halli, editor of the UA Press’s An Alabama Songbook will speak about his work on this project and will sign copies of his work. Flying Jenny, the Birmingham, Alabama old time string band, performed some of their tunes, along with some from An Alabama Songbook.



Crimson White: One Hundred and Ten Years in Print

October 14 - December 24, 2004
The exhibition featured artifacts and facsimiles of some of the most notable front pages in the Crimson White's long and successful 110 years. Included in the exhibition are features that explore the coverage of Civil Rights issues on the University of Alabama campus and across the US, as well as a section that focuses on war through the years.

Crimson White Masthead - 1938

The exhibition was held in conjunction with the 110th anniversary of the CW - part of the celebrations for homecoming weekend 2004.





A LEGACY OF WARMTH AND VITALITY: The Mansion, the Presidents, and Their Families at The University of Alabama

An Exhibition of Materials from the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama and materials on loan from descendants of the University of Alabama's past presidents. June-September 2004.

Related online exhibition: Presidential Portraits at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library is available at



The Bride Encountered: Six Contemporary Fairy Tales

An MFA thesis exhibition in the book Arts by Elizabeth R. Treadwell. The exhibit featured her thesis project, a series of six contemporary fairy tales bound in three different styles, incorporating various methods and styles. September 2004.



Book of Good Council

HitopadeshaMFA in the Book Arts Thesis Exhibition for Susan Wyssen. An exhibition featuring a new handmade letterpress printed edition of the Hitopadesha, a book of Sanskrit folktales. Event for opening includes Sanskrit reading by Dr. Shaligram Shukla, Professor of Linguistics, Georgetown University. April, 2004.


Victorian Exotica: Japanese Design Influence Victorian Exotica
in 19th c. Publishers’ Bindings

An exhibition of bindings from the 1850s-1910s that embody Japanese style and influence. Exhibit includes 1st editions by Lafcadio Hearn, as well as cloth bindings with Japanese images. March, 2004.


Black Warrior Review: Celebrating Thirty Years

Exhibit in conjunction with a gift of the archives of the Black Warrior Review, a nationally known literary journal published at the University of Alabama. March, 2004.



Afro-Blue: Reflections on
African-American Music and Literature

Exhibition in conjunction with lecture and signing for Tony Bolden, UA Professor in English. Featured materials from the Hoole Library and from a private collector. Artists/writers represented: Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, John Coltrane, Bessie Smith, and Richard Wright. February, 2004.




¡Mapas de Cuba!

Rare Maps from the 16th –19th century featuring Cuba From The W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library This exhibition feature maps from the 16th-19th centuries, many from the Warner Map Collection at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library. The exhibition is in conjunction with Cuba Week at the University of Alabama. November 14 - December 23, 2003.



Reward poster from Wanted! Exhibit at Hoole

WANTED!: 19th and 20th Century True Crime from the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library

Exhibition features wanted posters, books, and artifacts from the Hoole Library and on loan from a private collection. In conjunction with film screening and lecture for The Phenix City Story (1955), sponsored by the Hoole Library, October 22, 2003 at the Bama Theater. Fall, 2003.


Marquee from the Bama Theater Featuring The Phenix City Story

The Phenix City Story

Lecture, Film, Reception and Signing: Opening comments by Jessica Lacher-Feldman, lectures by author Alan Grady and film scholar Jeremy Butler on the Albert Patterson assassination and the film noir genre. October, 2003.


Opening Doors Logo

Opening Doors: From Both Sides of the Threshold, Segregation, Civil Rights, and Beyond at The University of Alabama

An exhibition featuring manuscript materials, photographs, and published materials held in conjunction with the Opening Doors celebration at the University of Alabama. June-September, 2003.


Opening Doors: Pioneers in PicturesVivian Malone in the classroom, 1963.

Exhibition displayed offsite in conjunction with University-wide Opening Doors celebration, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the integration of the University of Alabama. June, 2003.


Kozo plant

Alabama Kozo:
The Art and Science of
Japanese Papermaking

Exhibit with Leigh Holden, expert on Asian papers and papermaking. Coordinated lecture and reception in conjunction with exhibition. March-May, 2003.



Angela Davis: Portrait of a Revolutionary

Angela Davis: Portrait
of A Revolutionary

An exhibition of ephemera and published materials on Alabama native Angela Davis. February, 2003.


The Rabbit's Wedding

The Rabbits’ Wedding Controversy

An exhibit on the children’s book, The Rabbits’ Wedding and its role in bringing Alabama and segregation to international attention in 1959. February, 2003.



Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird

Exhibit of several editions of Mockingbird, along with photos and materials from Lee’s time as a student at the University of Alabama. January, 2003.

Mark Twain Advertisement


Mark Twain, Travel Books, and Tourism

An exhibit featuring first and early editions of Twain’s travel writings, along with digital surrogates of engravings, and interesting features, and a narrative regarding travel writing in the 19th century. November-December, 2002.

Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood

Coordinated lecture and screening at the historic Bama Theater, featuring talks on Capote and his Alabama ties including Harper Lee (J. Lacher-Feldman); Monsters in American Literature (Dr. Fred Whiting, English Dept., UA); and Perspectives from Death Row (Dr. Stan Brodsky, Psychology Dept., UA). Exhibit in Special Collections featured several editions of Capote’s In Cold Blood, and photographs relating to the actual events, as well as the book, and the film. October, 2002

In Cold Blood Exhibit in Hoole Library, October 2002.



Music Goes to the Movies: Sheet Music and Film from the Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture

Exhibit curated with Daniel Goldmark, a faculty member from the University of Alabama's School of Music. Fall 2002.



PRESS WORK Paul Moxon MFA Thesis Exhibit
in the Book Arts

Exhibit featured broadsides, fine press books, trade book design, and background materials for MFA thesis project, a fine press book of poetry by Romanian poet Nina Cassian. Spring, 2002.


Visible Ink by George Starbuck

George Starbuck: Visible Ink

Exhibit from the George Starbuck Papers and published materials by Starbuck for the release of his posthumous work Visible Ink by the University of Alabama Press, edited by Elizabeth Meese and Kathryn Starbuck. Coordinated reading and reception with Dept. of English, which featured several community members as guest readers. April, 2002.



Koizumi Yakumo/Lafacadio HearnLafcadio Hearn/Koizumi Yakumo at the Hoole Special Collections Library

Part of the 16th Annual Sakura Festival March 1-April 11, 2002. This exhibit featured materials from the Lafcadio Hearn Rare Books Collection. Coordinated all aspects of event and exhibits, including accompanying exhibit of kimonos and Japanese textiles. Project involved several partners including University Museums, College of Human Environmental Science/Clothing & Textiles Division, Japan Cultural Center, Capstone International Programs, and several individuals including a licensed kimono dresser, a Japanese calligrapher, a quilter. The event on April 12 featured a Japanese and English reading of Lafcadio Hearn's adaptation of Baku, the Eater of Dreams, and a lecture by Xavier University Professor Richard Collins, who spoke on Hearn's Southern Decade, 1877-1887. Spring, 2002.



Celebrating African American Culture: Selected Photographs, Publications, and Sound Recordings from the Hoole Library


An exhibition of selected materials that reflect African American Culture from the Hoole Library. Exhibit developed to celebrate African-American Heritage Month. The exhibit featured 19th and early 20th century photographs of African-American subjects, small press titles by African-American authors, and African-American music, including sound records, sheet music, and writings on music. Also included were photographs from the Civil Rights era at the University of Alabama, as well as FSA photographs from Gee's Bend Alabama. February, 2002.



Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird

Exhibit and event honoring Harper Lee and Alabama high school students and their participation in a statewide essay contest. January, 2002.




Poor Pilgrim, Poor Stranger:Remembering
Alabama Author William March

The Bad Seed -- scrapbook and playbillsAn exhibition of materials from the William March (Campbell) Papers, and published materials by the author William March. Exhibit held in conjunction with the screening of the film "The Bad Seed", based on a story written by March. Screening held at the historic Bama Theater in Tuscaloosa, and featured a discussion by University of Alabama English Professor, Dr. Philip Beidler. October-December, 2001. The Bad Seed - 1950s newspaper notice







Over There!
Over There! & Back Again: Patriotic American Sheet Music from the First World War Selections from the Wade Hall Sheet Music Collection

An exhibition of WWI era sheet music from the Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture. This exhibit, co-curated with Daniel Goldmark, a faculty member from the University of Alabama's School of Music held in conjunction with the William March exhibition. October – December, 2001.

Visit the online exhibition at



Tradition and Reverence: Selections from the Gorgas Family Papers, and the William Crawford Gorgas Papers

An exhibition featuring materials from the Gorgas Family Papers and the papers of William Crawford Gorgas, including artifacts, personal papers, diaries, drawings, and clothing. Exhibition held in conjunction with a weekend of activities for the Gorgas family descendants at the University of Alabama. Opening reception held in conjunction with the exhibition. June-October, 2001.



Coat of Many Colors: A Tapestry of Alabama Artists

An exhibition in conjunction with the Alabama Public Television documentary of the same title. Reception and high-definition screening of the documentary accompanied the opening of the exhibition. Artifacts to compliment the materials from the Hoole Collections were on loan from the UA Department of Music, University Museums, the Clothing and Textile Collection, and several private individuals. Spring, 2001.




Piano Lessons and Other Recollections

An exhibition of the work of Book Arts MFA candidate Suzanne Gray, including her collaborative work with storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham. Also included other works by Gray, and materials by Windham from the Hoole Library’s Alabama Collection. Reception with Mrs. Windham as guest of honor accompanied the opening of the exhibition. Fall, 2000.



Life at the University of Alabama:
A Retrospective 1831-2000

The exhibition reflected student life and activity from its first years as a military school; through its metamorphosis to a co-ed university in the late 19th century; to the ethic diversity of the 1920s; the campus as a air force training facility during World War II; the 1950s; as well as the Civil Rights Era, and the University of Alabama today. Summer-Fall, 2000.



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