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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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"Rosalie" Program , 1954 July , 1 program
This collection contains one program from the presentation of the musical "Rosalie" presented by the Municipal Theater Under-The-Stars at the Chastain Memorial Amphitheater in Atlanta, Georgia, July 19-24, 1954.

Hattie R. Letters , 1888 , 0.05 linear feet
The collection contains two letters from Hattie R. in Illinois, to her friend Georgia giving news of daily life, recipes, and teaching.

J. H. R. Letter , 1870 August 21 , 0.05 linear feet
Letter from J. H. R. to his cousin, written on 21 August 1870 from LeRoy, Illinois concerning life in LeRoy and a misunderstanding between the writer and his cousin.

M. M. R. Letter , 1872 August 16 , 0.05 linear feet
Letter from M.M.R. written to John on 16 August 1872, giving information about several acquaintances and explaining that there has a good deal of rain recently.

Merle R. Letter , 1904 March 28 , 1 letter
A flirtatious letter written by Merle R. in Blanche, Tennessee, to Kelly Burnwell in Madison County, Alabama, about weather and "Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa Nouchette Carey, originally published in 1884.

R. P. Letter , 1879 May 25 , 1 letter
One letter from R. P. to her niece and nephew, Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Munyan of Portsmouth, Michigan, discussing daily life.

William Radford letter , 1865 July 15 , 0.05 linear feet (2 items)
Original and typed copy from Radford to Lieutenant Commander T. C. Harris, discussing a possible attempt to rescue Jefferson Davis, a prisoner at Fortress Monroe.

E. T. Raffee Letter , 1878 March 7 , 0.05 linear feet
The collection contains one letter written from Raffee in West Branch, Iowa, providing information regarding farming as carried on by her father, who had recently moved to Nebraska.

Wylheme H. Ragland funeral and wedding bulletins collection , 1957-2013 , 2 linear feet
Funeral, memorial, and wedding worship bulletins primarily from the Decatur, Alabama, area, between 1957 and 2013.

Rains Photographs, , 5 photographs
This collection has five color photographs showing different types of airman's residences in Tennessee, Texas, and Florida. This is a part of the Caiphart-Rains project.

Albert M. Rains papers, 1902-1966, 8.8 linear feet
Correspondence, texts of speeches, and federal government publications relating to housing, labor, mass transportation, and waterways development, including the Warrior-Tombigbee, Chattahoochee, and Coosa Rivers. Rains's correspondents included Silvio O. Conte, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Conrad M. Fowler, Charles B. Heinz, H. A. Morris and John Sparkman.

Clara H. Rall Letter , 1902 May 13 , 0.1 linear feet
Clara H. Rall of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania writes to a friend about her recent marriage and gives details about the furnished brick house into which she has recently moved.

Jacob Ramser receipt, 1852 November 11, 1 receipt
A receipt from Jacob Ramser to Alpheus Baker for payment of $1000 for a slave named William, aged about 20, who is missing parts of three toes on his right foot.

J.L. Randall Letter, 1942 October 20, 1 letter and 1 envelope
This is a World War Two era letter from J.L. Randall, stationed in Australia, to his Army friend in Texas. He mentions life in Australia, the strict censorship, and gives advice on what his friend should do if he gets sent overseas. The letter shows some evidence of censorship.

Randolph County, Alabama, birth records , 1920-1952 , 0.2 linear feet
Three small ledgers, compiled by Dr. Charles Edward Ford of Roanoke, Alabama, from 1920-1952, listing birth records for Randolph County, Alabama.

Ryland Randolph trial transcript, 1868, 3 items
This collection consists of the proceedings of an 1868 military commission trial of Randolph at Selma, Alabama, for the assault and battery of a Freedman named Balus Eddins.

Rodrigo Rangel paper, not dated, 1 item, 4 pieces
This collection consists of a handwritten itinerary of Hernado De Soto's journey through Alabama, copied by an unknown hand from Rangel's diary.

Old small Madison-area cemeteries: typescript, prepared by John P. Rankin and Percy B. Keel , 2001 June , 0.07 linear feet
Typescript copy of information found on tombstones and grave markers in small Madison County (Ala.) cemeteries, prepared by John P. Rankin and Percy B. Keel.

Libbie N. Ransom Letter , 1866 May 22 , 0.1 linear feet
A letter from Libbie N. Ransom of Kalamazoo, Michigan, to her friend, Charlie admiring his photographs and praises him as an artist.

Ralph and Mary Ratcliff Papers , 1941-1964 , 1.4 linear feet
Contains letters written by Ralph J. Ratcliff and Mary Elizabeth McIlvain of Kentucky during Ralph's service in the Army. Letters cover their courtship, engagement, and marriage, in addition to the birth of their first child. Also included are correspondence from friends and family, pamphlets, envelopes, cards, and a photo album.

Margaret M. Ratliff Letter , 1940 April 4 , 0.05 linear feet
Letter from Margaret M. Ratliff of the University of Kentucky to Estill Wilson about an appointment to meet.

Julian Lee Rayford papers, 1953-1973, 1.2 linear feet
Articles and other writings of this Mobile, Alabama, artist, journalist, folklorist, and muralist who was known for his work to increase awareness of Mobilian Joe Cain who revived Mardi Gras after the Civil War.

Letter from Raymond to Mrs. J.W. Newell, 1917, 1 letter written on 4 index cards
The collection contains a handwritten letter on four index cards from "Raymond" in New York to Mrs. J.W. Newell in Ohio. He addresses the Newell's as "Folks." He discusses the Masonic Fair that came to town, shipping GE heaters, a dance, giving GE gifts, and the weather.

Letter from Raymond to Pearl , 1915 July , one letter
Contains one letter from Raymond, in summer school at Stevens Point Normal in Wisconsin, to his girlfriend Pearl. He discussed the other students, music he will send her, and another girl's romantic interest in him.

"The Reason Why", circa 1930, 1 poem, 1 page
The collection contains one handwritten poem by an unknown author concerning the reasons that dogs greet one another in the unique way that they do.

"Recipe for the consumption of lung diseases", circa 1890, 1 page
This collection contains a recipe to help with the symptoms of lung diseases, particularly congestion.

Recuil de Toutes Sportes des Pieces collection, 1738, 1 book
Manuscript volume of poetry, rebound in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. It contains poetry and epigrams, often political, in different hands. The title translates as " Collection of All Kinds of Pieces."

Red River Land Survey, circa 1840, 0.1 linear feet, 1 page
A set of surveyor's notes describing a tract of land along a "Red River," no date.

Letters to Ressa , 1993 , 0.05 linear feet
Letters from three teenagers to Ressa in 1993, regarding boyfriends, school, and other aspects of being a teenager.

Charles Reese Letter , 1845 June 20 , 0.1 linear feet
Letter from Charles Reese, probably a Quaker, to friend James Hallowell congratulating James on his engagement.

Henry W. Reese, Jr., papers, 1863-1905, 3 items
This collection consists of a letter by Reece to a Mrs. Tuomey, describing his arrival in Vicksburg; a letter from William Garrard to H. F. Reese about the life of his brother; and paper written by H. F. Reese about his brother's life.

G. Reid Letter , 1872 May 21 , 0.05 linear feet
A letter written on 21 May 1872, from G. Reid of Robinson, Illinois, to his brother and sister.

J.D. Rence Letter , 1861 , 0.05 linear feet
Letter written by Union sailor, J.D. Rence, to his mother on June 10, 1861, while aboard the U.S.S. St. Louis, moored near Fort Pickens, in Pensacola Bay, Florida.

Republic Steel records, circa 1930-circa 1980, 78 linear feet
This collection contains correspondence, security and insurance records, and other materials of this Birmingham steel company.

W. C. Revis letter, 1832 February 8, 1 item, 7 pieces
A letter dated 8 February 1832 to Jonathan Rutherford. Discusses "our own Virginia," Revis's health, his views of the political situation, slavery and "Cousin Emily" (apparently Rutherford's wife).

Reward Notice collection, 1876-1905, 266 items
Contains a collection of reward notices posted in Alabama for persons wanted for crimes committed in Alabama and other states. Various formats of notices are represented, including broadsides, letters, postcards, and telegrams. A large number of them are not dated.

Clara Reynolds Letter , 1899 January 23 , 0.05 linear feet
The collection contains one letter written by Reynolds, a young girl in Nevada City, to Alice, giving news of daily life, specifically the recent Christmas holiday.

William Reynolds Journal , 1855-1858 , one journal
William Reynolds of Indianapolis, Indiana, began this journal in 1855 while at Northwestern Christian University. It contains poems and songs, original essays, family news, and a chronicle of his 1858 journey from Indianapolis to New Orleans and back again.

Elmer E. Rhode Letter , 1942-1943 , 0.1 linear feet
Bernice Shelly writes from Tracy and Oakland, California, to P.F.C. Elmer E. Rhode, stationed in San Francisco, California, about her work as a waitress and at a factory to aid the war effort. A third letter makes a third-party reference to an encounter with Elmer Rhode written by Fred Kimball of San Francisco, California, to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Payne of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

Letter to Cale Young Rice from G.T.S. , 1915 , 0.1 linear feet
G.T.S., a librarian, invites Mr. Cale Young Rice, a friend of the library in Louisville, Kentucky, to give a talk at a staff meeting.

Marcia Rice Letter , 1844 March 18 , 1 letter
Marcia Rice writes to parents, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Munn of Dummerston, Vermont, from St. Louis, Missouri while on a trip with her husband. They made a stop in New Orleans where she visited the site of the Battle of New Orleans.

Catlet[?] G. Richardson receipt, 1839-41, 1 receipt
This collection consists of a single receipt written by Richardson for a sum of $311.67 received from S.J. Tinker [?] for the hire of slaves, the sale of one, and other activities, 1839-41. Richardson's receipt identifies him as the guardian (overseer, presumably), of a Dr. T.G. Lennoy [?]. Nowhere on the document is any indication of the site of this transaction. A penciled notation at the top identifies it as Montgomery Co., Kentucky, but this cannot be verified from internal evidence.

Jennie Cochrane Maxwell Richardson family history, 1967 February 28, 1 item, 4 pages
Transcript of oral history dictated by Mrs. Richardson on 28 February 1967. She relates the history of her family as early settlers in Tuscaloosa.

Tertullus and Hiram Richardson letter, 1862 October, 1 item
Letter from these brothers at a Confederate Army training camp at Talladega, Alabama, to their father. Discusses the latest news and everyday life at the camp

Warfield Creath Richardson papers, 1842-1937, 3.2 linear feet
This collection consists primarily of Richardson's literary output, dating from 1842 to 1914. Included are poems, short stories, essays, plays, and lectures in handwritten and printed drafts, proof sheets, pamphlets, and clippings. There is also a small collection of letters. It contains a letter from Henry Wordsworth Longfellow and two from Thomas M. Owen.

William Richardson will, 1839 July 31, 1 will (12 pages)
The last will and testament of William Richardson of Green Co., Kentucky, which decreed, among other things, the manumission of some of his slaves and the future security of the rest.

Richmond Defender newspaper clippings, 2005, Newspaper clippings
Clippings from the Richmond (VA) Defender, monthly newspaper, vol. 1, no. 1 (February 2005), concerning the city's historical sites associated with slavery.

Lewis George Richter Letters , 1923-1924 , 7 letters
Seven love letters from Lewis George Richter of Elmhurst, Illinois, to his sweetheart Ernestine Genevieve Kosman in Chicago, Illinois.

Alex Ruckman Letter , 1880 July 29 , 0.05 linear feet
Letter from Alex Ruckman, written in Marietta, Ohio on 29 July 1880, to Captain Clark in West Virginia, explaining his absence.

Rifle Team List, 1907 , 1907 , 0.05 linear feet
List of 1907 Alabama state rifle team.

S. H. Riggs Letter , 1912 April 8 , 0.05 linear feet
Letter written on 8 April 1912 by S. H. Riggs of Weston, West Virginia, to Oscar Johnson of Waverly, West Virginia, about a dog Mr. Johnson has for sale.

Mrs. F.D. Ring Letter , 1945 June 27 , 0.1 linear feet, 1 V-MAIL Letter
V-MAIL letter from civilain to soldier during WWII in San Francisco, California. Consists of general news from home about family, friends and garden

Henry L. Rives and J. B. Myrick legal paper, 1875 October 6, 1 item, 2 pieces; 2 copies; photostat
A document dated 6 October 1875, in which both parties pledge “not to renew old difficulty,” and “in all things conduct ourselves towards each other peaceably, quietly and inoffensively.”

Rives Photographs, , 2 photographs
Black and white photographs from Rives papers depicting Tutwiler Hall and Little Hall.

Helen Reid Roberts Papers , 1940-1977 , 0.1 linear feet
A collection of publications by the poet Helen Reid Roberts. Includes copies of acceptance letters and covers of publications.

Kenneth Roberts Photographs, 1950-1965, 75 photographs
Collection consists primarily of black and white publicity photographs of Roberts acting in his official capacity as Congressman from Alabama, elected in 1950. Photographs are largely identified and few are dated. Scenes include: Roberts as Chairman of the House of Representatives, Roberts with various groups on Congressional building steps, Roberts with Alabama Senators Lister Hill and John J. Sparkman, and Roberts at presentations, speaking engagements, and lucheons/dinners.

O.M. Roberts reminiscences while a student of the University of Alabama, 1892, 1 item; book
Contains a bound, typewritten recollection of this Texas governor's life as a student of the University of Alabama, 1833-1836. He presented this to the Erosophic Society of the University of Alabama in 1892. The work includes a photograph of a painting of him in approximately 1835.

William Howland Robertson papers , 1814-1989 , 2.1 linear foot
Memoir, correspondence, and other miscellaneous papers of this seaman, merchant and diplomat from Alabama.

William Jesse Robinett papers , 1957 , 0.1 linear feet
This collection consists of a handwritten original paper and typescript copy containing the names of family members and stories about the family's experience during Rousseau's Raid, July 10-22, 1864, in which a Union Army force raided from Decatur, Alabama, to the southward.

Robinson family reunion, 1990, 2 items
A paper written by Stephanie O. Staten on the history of the Robinshon family from Birmingham, Alabama. Includes a certificate for "Robinson Family Reunion Day"

C. H. Robinson Letter , 1873 May 5 , 0.05 linear feet
This collection contains a letter from C. H. Robinson of Charlestown, Massachusetts, to her brother and sister. She discussed daily life, church activities, a visit in the future, and maple syrup.

Gus Robinson Photographs, 1956, 50 photographs
Black and white professional photographs of 1956 integration unrest at the University of Alabama; one photo, which appeared in the Birmingham News, is attributed to Norman Dean, others to Gus Robinson, University of Alabama staff photographer.

Wilhelmina Simpson Robinson papers, 1937-1938, 11 items
This collection contains materials relating to Simpson's participation in the Rural Project, a 1930s "program of supervised student teaching in selected crowded rural Negro schools of Montgomery County [Alabama]." It includes photographs of Tankersley, Peoples Village, Ramer, Little Zion, Jericho, and Pine Grove schools, and information about students' activities.

E. D. Robison article, circa 1950, 1 item, 10 pieces
Typescript of biographical article titled "William Patrick Lay, Pioneer of Hydro-electric Power," on Alabama native Lay (1853-1940), who was instrumental in organizing the Alabama Power Company.

Howard Robinson Letters , 1944-1945 , 5 letters, 5 envelopes
This collection consists of four letters to Professor Howard Robinson, Oberlin, Ohio, three of which are from Corporal L.L. (“Leonard”) Beal, North Africa, and one is from First Lieutenant Donald (“Don”) Balassa, Corsica, during World War II. They write about the war, communism, the upcoming election, and government.

Iva Elliott Roby Scrapbook , 1920-1988 , 1.1 linear feet
A high school scrapbook belonging to Iva Elliott Roby, who lived in Kentucky.

Rodes family papers, 1906-1916, 37 items
Miscellaneous papers, mostly legal and financial, of this Holt, Alabama family.

H.W. Rogers Letter, 1870 May 16, 1 letter, 1 page
This collection consists of one letter written by H.W. Rogers to his nephew acknowledging the receipt of several college catalogues and also describing a trip to Brooklyn, New York.

Harald Rohlig Papers , circa 1955-2007 , 32.5 linear feet
Papers, manuscripts, recordings, and artifacts chronicling the life and work of Harald Ernst Hermann Rohlig, organist and composer who taught at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, for more than fifty years.

Letter from Roland to his mother , 1918 May 31 , 0.1 linear feet
A letter from Roland, stationed at Camp Merritt, New Jersey, to his mother written on May 31, 1918 just before his group is deployed to

Letter from Rosa to Ella R. Crews , 1910 March 15 , 1 letter
Letter written from Rosa in Leaksville, North Carolina, to friend Ella R. Crews of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Contains news of including weather, fruit crops, jewelry, fabric, and the marital status of friends.

Rose Towers Construction Photographs , 1969 , 0.1 linear feet
This collection contains two photographs taken during the construction of Rose Towers on the University of Alabama campus.

Letter from Rosie to Tomie , circa 1870 , 0.1 linear feet
One letter from Rosie to Tomie in a Hammar, Ohio, school. The letter explains an incident for which Rosie is now in trouble.

D.M.N. Ross paper, not dated, 1 item
A paper titled "A brief history of the military department of the University of Alabama, 1860-1936,"written by D.M.N. Ross.

Ross, Searcy, and Snow families papers, 1816-1963, 5 linear feet
This collection contains personal correspondence, diaries, legal papers, genealogies, and other materials relating to members of these families. It is a useful source of information on social and economic history in both ante- and postbellum Alabama.

Louise Rosso Letters , 1951 August , 0.1 linear feet
Letters to Louise Rosso of Long Branch, New Jersey about marriage and leaving school.

Bianca Rothschild Letter , 1991 November 19 , 0.1 linear feet
Letter from Bianca Rothschild to Kirk Douglas in November 1991 regarding his second book and her Holocaust experiences and attitudes.

Adrien Rouquette papers , 1885 , 4 items
This collection contains a manuscript French/Choctaw dictionary titled Vocabulaire Choctaw (lac Pontchartrain) Louisiane; a photograph of Father Roquette's chapel; and two clippings from newspapers.

Rose Rousch Letter , After 1878 , 0.05 linear feet
Letter from Rose Rousch while visiting in Butler County, Ohio, to her friend, Katie.

Mrs. Rowe Letter , unknown , 0.1 linear feet
A letter from Mrs. Rowe of Freemont, Pennsylvania, to her son, D. Watson Rowe of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

J.T. Rowland Letter , 1870 October 27 , 1 letter
J. T. Rowland of Halsey, Oregon, writes to Mr. J. H. Settlemier of Woodburn, Oregon, concerning orders and pricing of books, trees, and possibly strawberries in Settlemier's catalogue. The letter contains some spelling errors and confusing handwriting.

Letter from Roy to Elizabeth Corbin , 1902 July 18 , 0.05 linear feet
A letter from Roy to Elizabeth Corbin of Oxford, New York, about his upcoming trip to see her and a speaking engagement he has made.

A. C. Roycroft papers , 1839-1890 , 0.2 linear feet
Papers of a Confederate Army officer and Northport, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama resident, including his diary from the final months of the Civil War.

R.M. Rucker Letter , 1863 , 0.1 linear feet
Letter from Confederate soldier stationed in Tullahoma, Tennessee, to his Mother in March of 1863, in which he refers to the fight at Murfreesboro and refers to Union soldiers stripping the people of their corn and stock.

Porter B., Jr. and Roy.P. Rudolf Letters , 1918 - 1919 , 0.1 linear feet
Letters from Sgt. Porter B. Rudolf, Jr. and Cpl. Roy P. Rudolf to their parents in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. The letters (the majority of which are from Roy) describe daily life in France, mainly after the cease fire on November 11, 1918, and the abundance of rumors about going or not going home.

Donald Runion Letters , 1943 , 0.05 linear feet
The collection contains three letters written by Runion, stationed for basic training at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, during World War II, to Miss Wiladean Brown in Jamestown, Indiana, providing information about daily life in the army camp.

T.B. Rush Account Book , circa 1834 , 0.1 linear feet
Account book for an unidentified general store

W.J. Russell presidential pardon , 1865 September 18 , 0.05 linear feet (1 item)
Presidental pardon dated 18 September 1865

S. B. Russy Letter , 1835 , 0.1 linear feet
Written to her brother R.D. Robbins in Andover, Massachusetts, Russy's letter details her garden of lilies and plans for pomegranate and guava trees in the future. She also tells a scandalous story about a mutual acquaintance from home whose daughter eloped with a "Dutchman" at the age of 18.

Postcard from Ruth to her parents , 1949 September 17 , 0.1 linear feet
A postcard from Ruth, in Gardena, California, to her parents in Oneida, Kansas. She writes about the upcoming birth of her child.

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