A car tries to drive between two streetcars, circa 1925. Erik Overbey Collection.

The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library houses approximately 3,424,000 negatives, slides, and prints, from 8x10 glass plates to the traditional 35mm. While our photographs range in date from about 1880 to today, we do not have coverage for every year of that date range. For example, non-portraiture images begin about 1895, while architectural images do not start until around 1920. 

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.

Please note: not listed here are the thousands of images related to the University of South Alabama that we hold.

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Title Description Categories Index
AERO SERVICE CORPORATION (91-02-230) This collection contains 58 nitrate negatives (8 x 10 and 9 x 9). Thirty-two of the negatives are of a blast furnace in Fairfield, Alabama, and Barret's Fairfield Plant in Birmingham, Alabama. They were taken between August 24, and October 5, 1940. The remaining 26 negatives are not dated but show an area near Talladega, Alabama. None of the negatives have been printed.   A
ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TUNNEL PHOTOGRAPHS (631-2012) Includes status reports on the Bankhead and Wallace Tunnels (1942-2003), progress photographs of the construction of the Wallace Tunnel (1969-1972). Also includes Wallace Tunnel pre-construction conference notes (1969), snapshots (1969-1972), weekly progress reports (1971-1972), and some tunnel employee training exams (n.d.). A series of inspection photographs (1969-1970) documents such non-tunnel sites as the Fort Conde-Charlotte House, City Hall, County Court House, Greyhound Bus Terminal, Christ Episcopal Church, and L&N Railroad Terminal Building. In all, there are approximately 2,000 images in this collection.   A


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  
ALCOA (98-03-339) In 1998, the Aluminum Company of America donated approximately 500 photographs, 200 slides, and 550 negatives that relate to the company's construction of its Mobile plant in 1937, to its expansion in 1952, and to its modernization in 1975. The collection also includes photos of damage from Hurricane Frederic in 1979 and slide presentations such as "The Mobile Plant," "The Story of Alcoa," "Bauxite to Ingot," "Mining and Refining," and "Beyond Ingot."   A
ARMITSTEAD, T. E. (78-01-21, 86-01-139) This collection of 325 glass plate negatives (8 1/2 x 6 1/2) offers a view of economic life in the Mobile area circa 1896. T. E. Armitstead, the photographer, worked for the land company of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad and concentrated on the port and agricultural activity along that railroad line. The negatives are grouped by subject areas, in particular, rural scenes, waterfront, and transportation. In addition, the images show lumber and railroad scenes in north Mobile County, Alabama, as well as public buildings and residences in Mobile. All of the negatives have been printed and cataloged. Along with the above, the G. B. Michael Collection includes several original Armitstead prints showing the Michael family home and farm in Citronelle and the family along with a group of others posing on the front porch of the Hygeia Hotel in Citronelle.   A
ASHDOWN, SPAN (99-07-345) This collection is made up of 30 black and white photographs (8 x 10), 2 copy negatives (4 x 5), and 13 postcards of bay boats, hurricane damage, and Selma, Alabama, defenses during the Civil War.   A
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 Boyle's Studio and date to the early 20th century. They include a Confederate veterans' reunion, harness racing, hurricane damage, two riverboats, and the Vincent House.   A
AUSTIN JR., WILLIAM GAINES (08-07-496) 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.   A
BABCOCK, HARRY T. (92-07-242) This collection is made up of 9 photo album pages with 4 photographs of the Summerville Court Apartments in 1939, 54 images of the construction of the Bankhead Tunnel in 1940, and 6 photographs of Gulf Shipbuilding taken in April 1941. The images range from 3 x 4 to 8 x 10. There are no negatives.   B
BANKHEAD TUNNEL (96-12-318) Construction of the Bankhead Tunnel is documented in 137 black and white slides.   B
BARNEY, OSCAR N. (88-07-166) Oscar N. Barney was the first and long-time manager of the Mobile airport. This small collection is made up of 14 prints of various sizes. They relate to aviation in Mobile. Of particular interest is a somewhat fuzzy aerial of Bates Field and another of opening ceremonies for Eastern Airlines in 1952. There are no negatives.   B
BAY CITY COIN / WERNETH (93-07-264) Made up of 1 photo album (7 x 11) filled with snapshots (2 1/2 x 4) taken in the early 1940s in Mobile and on the Eastern Shore. Many of them are identified. Of particular interest are the photographs of the 1941 Knights of Revelry, Comic Cowboys, and Floral Mardi Gras parades, and of the centennial celebration of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. There are no negatives.   B
BECKHAM, WALTER (97-04-320) Consists of 24 black and white photographs (8 x 10) taken by Beckham between 1975 and 1989. The photos are of downtown Mobile, including Bienville Square, the Cochrane Bridge, and the GM&O Building. There are also images of Magnolia Cemetery, including shots of the Bellingrath Monument. The photos are dry mounted.   B
BELL, RON (85-07-92) While a student at the University of South Alabama, Ron Bell took these 10 photographs (8 x 10) of downtown Mobile in the aftermath of Hurricane Frederic. There are no negatives but Bell did include handwritten captions.   B
BELLINGRATH, WALTER (90-02-212) This collection contains 267 nitrate negatives (3 1/2 x 5 1/2) taken around 1920 of the Bellingrath family and home. A few prints have been made, but there is no index or documentation for these negatives.   B
BELLINGRATH GARDENS (01-02-373) Subjects in this small collection include various groups and the following garden locations: the spring house, the totem pole, the entrance, Bellcamp Lodge, the carriage house, the rope swing, the pier, and construction of the home. The images also show transportation of azaleas and azalea scenes at the Bellingrath home on Ann Street. Taken in the 1920s and 1930s, there are 47 nitrate negatives (4 x 5) in this collection.


BELLINGRATH GARDENS (11-04-535) Consists of 558 glass lantern slides, 155 two-by-two black and white negatives, and three 35mm negatives. Images include shots of the grounds and building at Bellingrath, as well as of the Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo and Fort Gaines. The lantern slides date from the mid-1930s to the late 1940s; the Fishing Rodeo negatives were made in 1957 and the shots of Fort Gaines in 1956.   B
BRASELL, LOUIS (97-03-321) During the Civil War, Mobile was protected on its western side by a series of earthen fortifications that ringed the city. One of those bisected North Catherine Street north of St. Stephens Road. One hundred years later, the earthworks there were leveled to make way for Peters Park. All of the 14 black and white negatives (2 x 2) in this collection are of the earthen defenses at that location.   B
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 shows military personnel and civilians employees working at the facility during World War II.   B
BROWN, ROBERT (89-01-188) Contains 57 glass plate negatives (4 x 5) and 60 cyanotypes of Mobile and Eastern Shore scenes taken c. 1900 by an unknown photographer. Also includes 23 postcards of Eastern Shore scenes made by Frank Stewart c. 1920, and 4 photos of the Mobile waterfront made by A. Sandoz about 1890.   B
BROWN, RUSSELL (00-03-356) This collection consists of 24 black and white safety negatives (3 x 5) taken of various downtown scenes. This collection also has 8 black and white photographs without negatives of other downtown scenes.   B
BURTON, WILSON C. (88-03-131) This collection is comprised of approximately 77,000 negatives (4 x 5 and 5 x 7) taken from 1935 to 1998 [bulk 1957-1994]. While portraiture makes up most of the collection, it also contains historically significant images such as the graduation photograph of Vivian Malone.   B
BUTLER, ROSEMARY PARKER BRAZIEL (99-04-350) Rosemary Butler's mother, Maybell Parker Braziel (Mrs. Benjamin), was a descendent of the Max Collins family of Mon Louis Island. Her father, August F. Parker, was in the Creole Number 1 Fire Company. Her collection consists of 24 mounted photographs of various sizes (primarily cabinet cards) and 4 postcards. The majority are portraits made by various Mobile studios during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The subjects are predominantly Creole. Of particular interest is an image of a member of the Creole Fire Company and another, made around 1902, of a group at the Cathedral School for Creole children, which was in operation from 1847 to around 1910. The Mobile Genealogical Society has additional information on Butler.   B
BRYAN, HARVEY (00-04-367) Contains 309 black and white negatives and photographs (8 x 10) of the construction of Mobile General Hospital (the present-day University of South Alabama Medical Center). The images are dated between July 1961 and April 1964. They are dated and briefly captioned. There are also 11 smaller photos from March 1964, 167 black and white negatives (4 x 5) of construction from July 1961 to October 1963, and 139 black and white negatives of construction between April 1963 and April 1964. Bryan, who worked for the hospital's architect, Cooper Van Antwerp, was given the materials after Van Antwerp retired.   B
CAMPBELL, EMMA BELL (92-07-245) This small collection is comprised of 10 black and white photographs (of various sizes, two of which are dry mounted) related to the Mobile Press, and taken around 1930. They include views of the composing room and of William Zieback Sr. and Jr. There are no negatives.   C
CATE SR., RUFUS H. (00-04-364) This collection consists of 82 World War II-era black and white photographs (4 x 5 and 8 x 10) showing ship launchings at the Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company, as well as ship construction and a few unidentified office workers. Many of the ships are identified and launching or construction date is noted.   C
CHAMPION, BETTIE B. (99-01-348) A descendent of the Franklin Jackson McCoy family, Bettie B. Champion's collection is made up of 6 glass plate negatives (4 x 5) showing interior views of the McCoy home at 701 Government Street (now the site of the Mobile Public Library). There are also 3 unidentified daguerreotypes, 2 unidentified ambrotypes, and 6 unidentified cartes de visite. In addition, contains 14 prints of miscellaneous sizes (some mounted) of the McCoy family and friends. Most of those are unidentified but they do show Mattie B. and Fannie Ward Sheibley, and Franklin Jackson McCoy. The collection includes 4 prints of Thomas Cooper DeLeon and his home. The collection also has miscellaneous papers, including a letter dated 1926 from George Fearn, president of the Mobile Public Library's executive committee, to Fannie McCoy regarding the purchase of the McCoy property; a 1908 invitation to graduation ceremonies for Barton Academy, a 1926 Mobile High School commencement program, a circa 1893 invitation to a Knights of Revelry ball, and a 1925-1926 report card.   C
CLARK, GAYLORD LEE (10-07-526) Contains 27 original black and white prints of various sizes. Most of the images show scenes from the Dallas County plantation of Judge John Starke Hunter, including several of former Hunter Plantation slaves. There are also scenes taken in Montgomery, Alabama, including the inauguration of Jefferson Davis, as well as images of flooding in Mobile, Alabama, after the 1906 hurricane. John Starke Hunter was a businessman born in Pleasant Hill, Alabama, near Troy, in 1848. Hunter was the son of Ransom Davis Hunter and Martha Famariah Hunter, and the grandson of Henry Larence (or Lawrence) Hunter and Mary Howard Hunter. There are no negatives but all of the images have been digitized.   C
COCHRANE, KATHARINE CRAMPTON (95-09-291) Within this collection are 4 photograph albums and numerous loose images of the family of John T. Cochrane Sr. and his second wife, Katharine Crampton Cochrane. The photos date from the pre-Civil War period through the 1900s. Some are dated. They include tintypes and porcelain pictures. Subjects are Cochrane, Crampton, and Simpson family members, as well as Forts Morgan and Gaines, the Cochrane Bridge, and the Cochrane home. There are also World War II military photographs of Jewish detainees who had been tortured and murdered. The finding aid is available here.   C
COCHRANE JR., MRS. JOHN T. (80-07-42) This photo album contains scenes of Magnolia Springs, Alabama, the Mobile waterfront, and the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. The 133 photographs were made by Mrs. Cochrane's grandfather, William A. Gates, between 1890 and 1904. Some of the images are cyanotypes. Some are in excellent condition; others have become extremely faded. There are no negatives.   C
COFFIN, S. MARION (92-01-250) Mr. Coffin, a master mechanic for the Mobile Light and Railroad Company from 1894 to 1926, photographed many of the company's activities. Pictured are views of various types of streetcars, their construction and repair at the Monroe Park shops, and the laying of track. Also included are numerous views of buildings and amusements at Monroe Park. Most of the 264 negatives have been printed.   C
COLLINS, CATHY (90-10-219) Made up of 20 postcards of various Mobile scenes. Includes, among others, the sun room and lobby of the Hotel St. Andrew, Horseshoe Bend, Christ Church before the 1906 storm, and the Fidelia Club.   C
CORLEY, KATHERINE M. (87-10-150) Consists of 21 postcards of various scenes in and around Mobile. Includes 6 of Fort Morgan around 1911 and 15 of the aftermath of the 1916 storm   C
COUNSELMAN, PHILLIP T. (09-03-501) Contains approximately 1,700 negatives and transparencies of various sizes that show travels in the U.S. and Europe. The photographer is unknown but was likely Counselman. The images were made in the 1960s and are of the American West, England, France, Italy, and the Netherlands. No prints of the negatives have been made.   C
CROOM, STEPHENS G. (93-07-262) Includes 73 black and white photographs (5 x 7) of homes and other structures made by the Mader Studio of Mobile for the Historic American Buildings Survey; 25 black and white photos showing the development of Dauphin Island during the 1950s; 11 of Fort Morgan circa 1920; 7 of Battleship Park; 4 of Mardi Gras in Bienville Square in the 1950s; and 211 color slides relating to USS Alabama (BB-60) and Battleship Park.   C
CROSBY, SAMUEL N. (85-03-71, 85-03-117) This collection is comprised of 515 negatives (35mm), 366 of which are of the Crosby family, taken during the tracing of the family's genealogy. The remaining 149 negatives in this collection were used to illustrate a book by Samuel N. Crosby, The Baldwin County Bench and Bar, Courtroom Tales and History. The book is also available.   C

There are 1,890 small nitrate and safety negatives (3 x 4) in this collection. They are primarily images of the Crowell and Delchamps families taken by Mr. Crowell in the 1930s and 1940s.


DELCHAMPS GROCERY STORE (97-04-334) This small collection is made up of 7 color (8 x 10 and 11 x 14) and 11 black and white (11 x 14) photographs of Delchamps store interiors and exteriors. There are no negatives.   D
DEPUY, HELEN LOUISE (92-10-243) Contains 60 scenes of Mobile, circa 1895-1912, copied from Depuy's postcard collection. Color slides and black and white negatives from the postcards.   D
THE DOY LEALE MCCALL RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY This artificial grouping contains over 3,500 original and copy negatives (4 x 5) from many sources. Some were made from photographs loaned or donated to The McCall Library. Subjects include Mobile street scenes, waterfront, maps, groups, special events, other towns in Mobile and Baldwin counties, recreation, houses, etc. The negatives are cataloged and cross-referenced. Prints can be made from most of them. We also have a large collection of color and black and white slides, some of contemporary scenes in and around Mobile, others of historical subjects copied from publications, museums, etc. There may be restrictions on the use of some material. The slides are grouped by subject but are not indexed.   T
DRAGO/CUMMINS/ROUSE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS (09-07-498) This collection is made up of 34 family portraits of various Drago, Cummins, and Rouse family members. Includes 10 cabinet cards, 17 cartes de visite, and 7 other portraits. Most are identified. There are no negatives.   D
EDGAR, GEORGE (92-10-257) Consists of 92 slides of postcards, the majority of which are of the Mobile area but there are also scenes from Brewton, Clanton, Eutaw, Florence, Linden, and Phenix City. Most of the postcards date to the early 20th century.   E
EICHOLD, SAMUEL (84-06-69, 86-10-127, 12-09-627) Contains 131 color slides and 99 black and white copy negatives (35mm) of Dr. Eichold's postcard collection. The postcards date from the early 1900s to the 1930s and show primarily Mobile and Fairhope scenes. An inventory of the postcards and contact prints are available. The McCall Library has also copied material from scrapbooks belonging to the Comic Cowboys, a Mardi Gras organization, which was used to illustrate Dr. Eichold's book, Without Malice (1984). There are 109 color slides and 22 black and white negatives (4 x 5) in this group. Donation number 627 also includes a number of photographs of locally significant doctors, including Josiah Nott, Henry Levert, Eugene Bondurant, and Tucker Frazer. Dr. Eichold apparently gathered these images together as part of his research for his contribution to the 1984 publication Dictionary of American Medical Biography. Not all of the files on the doctors contain a photograph, however, and many of the images were laminated, contributing to deteriorated photos. Interested parties should first contact The McCall Library to see if an image exists or if the image(s) can be reproduced. A list of the doctors can be found in the finding aid to the collection, which is available on site.   E
FAIRHOPE PUBLIC LIBRARY (85-01-82) Consists of 3 glass plate negatives of a view of the Fairhope Pier around 1900, a lumber mill belonging to Frank Brown (circa 1897), and a man working construction.   F
FLYNN, EDGAR (95-07-447) This small collection is made up of 4 prints (8 x 10 and 11 x 14) of the Southern Lumber Export Association banquet at the Grand Hotel in 1949. There are no negatives.   F
FORT, ROY (89-03-143) Contains 88 black and white copy negatives of photographs from albums of early Grand Bay, Alabama, taken from around 1900 to 1930. The best images have been printed and are identified. The collection may not be used for any commercial purpose, but is otherwise available to researchers.   F
FROOM, ROY (02-04-395) This collection is made up of 324 photographs (8 x 10 and 11 x 14), most black and white, of buildings designed by an architectural firm with which Froom was employed. The images date from 1947 to the mid-1960s and show various local schools and businesses. No negatives are available but there is an inventory of the images.   F
FRUITDALE NEGATIVE COLLECTION (11-01-550) Consists of 12 glass plate negatives of the Fruitdale, Alabama, area, an unincorporated community in Washington County, Alabama. The photos include the Fruitdale railroad station, cattle being driven by men on horseback, men standing on a railroad track above flood waters, a milk delivery wagon, and men in a canoe on the Dog River. All of the images have been digitized.   F
GASTON, GARY R. (99-12-355) Contains 70 color slides of landmarks, people, and activities at Dauphin Island, Bayou La Batre, Grand Bay, Fairhope, and other locations in Baldwin and Mobile counties, taken by Dr. Gaston in the 1970s, both before and after Hurricane Frederic. Some of the structures photographed were destroyed by that storm. These slides may not be used commercially but an inventory is available.   G
GIDDENS, KENNETH R. (06-09-457) Consists of 17 color slides of the ribbon cutting for a 1950s Azalea Trail and 3 black and white photographs of former archbishop Thomas J. Toolen.   G
GOULD, ELIZABETH B. (89-09-207) This collection is made up of over 1,000 slides (35mm) illustrating Mobile's architectural heritage and made by architectural historian Elizabeth Gould. The slides are well identified and organized principally by architectural styles. The collection also includes 35mm black and white negatives made by Gould to illustrate her 1988 book From Fort to Port: An Architectural History of Mobile, Alabama, 1711-1918 (1988).   G
GRUBE, P. (85-07-86) Contains 1 black and white photograph (3 x 4) of the entrance to the Visitation Convent. There is no negative.   G
GULF COAST GLASS (85-01-89) Consists of 40 glass plate negatives (4 x 5) believed to have been made around 1900 in the Pensacola, Florida, area. Although the people shown in the negatives remain unidentified, these negatives depict life along the Gulf Coast more than one hundred years ago. Subjects include beach and camping scenes, tennis, boys playing, and home interiors. A few prints are available.   G
GWIN, MARGARET W. (87-10-144) The McCall Library made 49 color slides (early 1900s to the 1930s) from Gwin's postcard collection, which show various scenes in Mobile and other cities along the Gulf Coast. An inventory is available.   G
HAMILTON, LARRY AND VIRGINIA V. (86-12-138) This collection consists of 739 color slides (35mm) of over 300 historic sites in Alabama taken by Larry Hamilton (a few commercial slides are included). The slides are well identified and an inventory is available. There are restrictions on the commercial use of material in this collection.   H
HARTZOG, ALBERT E. (84-03-68) Contains 325 black and white negatives (120mm and 35mm) made in Mobile during the 1970s for engineering studies before streets were resurfaced, buildings remodeled, etc. Of particular interest are the pictures made of lower Dauphin Street. Dates and locations are given. Contact sheets are available.   H
HASTIE, JAMES H. (98-12-342) Includes 147 color slides (35mm) made between 1959 and 1967 of the Mobile area, including the arrival of USS Alabama (BB-60), the construction of the First Alabama Bank Building in 1965, a 1964 Azalea Trail parade, and a 1965 Dauphin Island Deep Sea Rodeo.   H
HIGHTOWER, D. L. (97-03-323) This collection consists of approximately 5,000 black and white negatives (mostly 120mm) made by Draffus Lamar Hightower and depicting various scenes in Barbour County, Alabama, from 1930 to 1965. Most of the images feature the everyday people and ordinary events of the county but some do show George Wallace campaigning for governor. The photographer's work is examined in Michael Thomason's book To Remember a Vanishing World (1997).   H
HISTORIC AMERICAN BUILDINGS SURVEY (79-02-34) The 111 black and white nitrate negatives in this collection are of architectural features of historic structures in and around Mobile taken by photographers for the Historic American Buildings Survey. The negatives depict building exteriors and architectural detail. Most of them duplicate those in the HABS collection at the Library of Congress. Most of the negatives have been printed and cataloged.   H
HOLT, RUTH Contains 1 undated newspaper photograph of the exterior of the Tucker School and a group of students.   H
HUGGINS, CLYDE G. (95-08-299) Includes 138 slides (mostly color), 160 prints (mostly black and white), and 93 negatives (most black and white) of various University of South Alabama people, events, and venues. Some of the non-USA related images include Sonny Callahan and George and Cornelia Wallace.   H
HUMPHREY, DOROTHY L. (94-02-283) Made up of 35 nitrate negatives (3 1/2 x 6 and 3 x 5) showing views of the Seacliffe, Coden, and Leinkauf areas. The negatives were made between 1910 and 1924. All of them have been printed. Also contains 1 photo (8 x10), taken about 1910, of people unloading mahogany from a schooner.   H
HURRICANE OF 1916 (85-07-100) Contains 8 black and white photographs (3 1/4 x 5 1/4) taken shortly after the July 5, 1916, hurricane. One of the images shows destruction at the Alabama, Tennessee, and Northern Railroad docks; another shows the riverboat Twining sunken at the foot of Dauphin Street. The donor of the images was the daughter of William A. Reed, a local photographer, and there are several photos of the damage around their home. There are no negatives.   H
INGE ALBUM (04-03-416) Consists of 1 photo album, 8 loose prints, 10 postcards, and 2 nitrate negatives. The photos in the album are dated circa 1913 to circa 1920. They mostly show groups of young people, sailing ships, and sports, and appear to have been taken on the Eastern Shore. Most of the people in them are unidentified but are most likely the friends and family of H. C. Slaton. There are copy negatives (35mm) for most of the images. The loose prints show the Slaton boat being moved from downtown Mobile to its launching site on the Mobile River. The Danner-Frazier home is visible in one of them. The postcards show various scenes, including the Dauphin Island Bridge after Hurricane Frederic. There are no negatives for the loose prints or postcards.   I
IRVIN, JIM (89-12-187) This collection contains 107 color slides (35mm) made between 1969 and 1973 that show "hot type" as it was used in newspaper production. Irvin, a former assistant advertising manager for the local paper, used the slides in lectures delivered to the local community.   I
JENNINGS, BART (88-03-161) Made up of 3 safety negatives (5 x 7) showing the kilns and drying sheds at Fairhope Clay Products Company about 1940.   J

There are 72 images of various sizes in this collection of family photographs. Most are cabinet cards although there are a few cartes de visite. Most date from the 1870s or 1880s. Shown in the images are members of the Douglas, Horst, Jones, Poetz, and Vass families. The images are fine examples of the work of a number of local studios. Of particular interest in the collection are the images of Mary Clifton Vass, who was the sponsor of the Lomax Rifles, and of Katherine Campbell, who was a deaconess of Wilmer Hall.


KING, CLINTON (91-09-228) Contains 82 carte de visites of various people, including famous Civil War figures Jefferson Davis, Albert Sidney Johnston, John B. Hood, P. G. T. Beauregard, John C. Breckenridge, Kirby Smith, and Wade Hampton, as well as 32 cabinet cards. Many of the cartes de visite and cabinet cards were made by local studios. Most of these people are not identified but the variety attests to the numerous photographic studios working in the city in the mid- to late-19th century.   K
KNOWLES, COLIN S. (07-08-464) Contains 219 color postcards, 99 of which are of the Mobile area. Scenes include USS Alabama (BB-60), the Azalea Trail, and the Bragg-Mitchell home. There are also views of Dauphin Island, Gulf Shores, and Bellingrath Gardens, as well as shots of the old police building on Government Street and the docks. The remaining postcards are of other Alabama cities and counties, including the Peanut Festival in Dothan, and views of Birmingham, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa. The postcards range from the 1930s (a couple) to the 1960s and 1970s (more frequently). The cards were collected by the donor's great-grandmother and organized by his grandmother and parents. They were donated to The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library in 2007.   K
LAGMAN, BETTY JO (02-10-387) Contains copy negatives (35mm) of 11 historic black and white and hand-colored postcards, primarily Mobile scenes from the early decades of the twentieth century. The images depict such buildings as the Convent of Mercy, the Bank of Mobile, and University Military School.   L
LANGAN FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS (84-03-64) Approximately 25 copy negatives (4 x 5) of members of the David Langan family. None of the negatives have been printed.   L
LAVENDAR, WILLIAM (97-04-322) William Lavendar was a long-time free lance photographer for the local paper. His collection consists of 89 black and white prints (8 x 10 AND 11 x 14) of various scenes. Of particular interest are a series of 12 black and white images of a President Franklin Delano Roosevelt visit to Pensacola, as well as images of Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret and Bess Truman, Harry Wallace, and 5 World War II-era newspaper headlines. Also of note are images of a Waterman Steamship plane, of Jerry Colonna, of Bob Hope, and of two of what appear to be Bankhead Tunnel construction. Copy negatives (4 x 5) for some of the images have been made.   L
LOTT, VIRGINIA (04-08-417) Contains 1 color and 3 black and white photographs (8 x 10), as well as 24 color images (3 1/2 x 4) of the inside and outside of the 1958 Mobile County Courthouse, and 1 black and white photograph (8 x 10) of the 1888 courthouse. There are also 15 black and white miscellaneous photographs (8 x 10) of commission functions, 7 historic postcards of the Mobile area, 8 black and white images (8 x 10) of county commissioner Coy Smith and/or his family, and 1 color photograph (3 1/2 x 5) of the donor, Virginia Lott. There are no negatives, but a guide to the collection is available.   L
MARX, JULIUS E. (85-03-116) Contains approximately 10,000 black and white negatives and prints of various sizes made between 1927 and 1985 of Mobile properties which were rented or sold by Marx Realty, one of the city's oldest real estate businesses. It is particularly useful to architectural researchers since buildings can be located by block and lot number. Photographs made of the same location over many years also document the changes that occurred to structures and entire neighborhoods. Most structures photographed are also described as regards size, condition, and price on file cards which accompany the pictures. Six thousand of the best images have been digitized and are available for viewing on site.   M
MASEFIELD, JOHN (88-07-167) This small collection is made up of 2 black and white signed photographs (6 x 9) of poet laureate John Masefield. This images were sent by Masefield to a local Mobile attorney and ended up in a donation of books the attorney made to the university. There are no negatives.   M
MASON, I. P. (89-01-183) The 67 glass plate negatives in this collection were taken c. 1900. Subjects include picnic scenes at Shelby Springs, Alabama, a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity group photo, and portraits of unidentified groups and individuals. Twenty of the best images have been printed.   M
MCDONALD, ALFRED HUDSON (00-08-360) Contains 37 color slides (35mm) of various Mobile scenes, including, among others, Barton Academy, the Dog River Bridge, Fearnway, and the Mobile Military Institute. Also includes a Mardi Gras scene and the home of John Cochrane.   M
MCGILL STUDIO (89-02-192) Max P. McGill Sr. (1892-1956) was a commercial photographer in Mobile and Fairhope, Alabama, ca. 1926-1942. Unfortunately, only a small portion of his work has survived due to a fire. There are 123 safety and nitrate negatives (5 x 7 and 8 x 10) and 53 glass plate negatives (5 x 7) in his collection. The nitrate and safety negatives include aerial views and street scenes in Mobile and Fairhope. The glass plates are primarily portraits of individuals, including Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Gaston and McGill family members. A number of the images have been printed   M
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.   M
MCNEELY, S. BLAKE (83-02-61) Contains approximately10,000 nitrate and safety negatives (4 x 5 and 5 x 7) made by S. Blake McNeely, a free-lance photographer, in and around Mobile during the 1930s and 1940s. Significant subjects include: Mardi Gras, education, houses, waterfront, and street scenes. Fifteen hundred negatives representing the best of the non-portrait work have been printed and are cataloged and cross-referenced. Portraits are filed alphabetically. Also forming part of the collection is a group of 216 glass plate negatives (4 x 5) taken by an unknown photographer. They include scenes of Baldwin County and Mobile during the 1890s and early 1900s. Subjects include Mardi Gras, riverboats, and recreation. The more interesting of these negatives have been printed.   M
MIMS, LAMBERT C. (08-09-459) Contains 1,803 slides and hundreds of photographs taken between 1965 and 1984 during the twenty-year political career of this former Mobile mayor and city commissioner. Themes in the slides include emergency management (including hurricanes), solid waste, and Alabama waterways, among others. The photographs are typical for a man in Mims' position. They include photos taken with constituents and others, and images related to public works, including drainage projects, road improvements, etc. There are also, however, images related to Hurricane Frederic in 1979, as well as photos of the youth council, various dedications, Azalea Trail maids, USS Alabama crew mates, and the Junior Miss and other pageants. Most of the photographs have no negatives.   M
MISCELLANEOUS ORIGINAL PRINTS (87-07-140) This artificial collection is made up of 128 original photographs of various sizes, 11 postcards, and 2 drawings. They include shots of the baseball Royals of Mobile, of road improvement, of the Mooring Basin on the Tombigbee River showing the Ghost Fleet, and several images of the Lomax Rifles and of the Emanuel House.   M
MOBILE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (89-08-178) Consists of approximately 200 photographs (black and white and color) of various sizes. Subjects include the Blessing of the Fleet, the University of South Alabama, the Mobile Air Terminal, the first ship to use the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, Richard Nixon's 1971 visit to Mobile, Azalea Trail Maids, bridges, area forts, dormitories at the University of Mobile, and a "treasure" house near Theodore.


MOBILE HISTORIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (90-04-210, 91-09-237, 92-18-251, 09-030489) This larger collection actually consists of four smaller donations. The first, donated in 1990, consists of photographs made in the 1960s for the Mobile Housing Board of buildings before their demolition for the widening of Water and Beauregard streets and the construction of the Texas and Orange Grove housing projects. Images of the buildings, now demolished, are filed alphabetically by street address. There are no negatives and the prints are small (3 x 5). The second donation, given in 1991, is made up of carbon copies of appraisals done in various years. Around 20 of them were done as part of the Big Creek Lake project. Black and white photographs of the appraised structures are usually included. The third donation, given in 1992 consists of 10 architectural drawings on linen of the Chickasaw business district done in 1919-1920 by William H. March. Among other structures, the drawings show a drug store, a bakery, and a barbershop. The last donation, given in 2009, contains approximately 35,000 black and white negatives and slides (primarily 35mm) of structures in Mobile's seven historic districts, as well as buildings on the Eastern Shore and other areas including Axis, Chastang, and Mount Vernon. Most of the negatives have accompanying contact sheets. (See also Manuscript Collections under Mobile Housing Board.)   M
MOBILE HOUSING BOARD (80-03-41, 01-03-380, 01-12, 372) Three separate donations form this larger collection. The first donation, made in 1980, consists of 220 rolls of film (120mm, instamatic, and 35mm) taken by unidentified Mobile Housing Board photographers. Subjects include housing projects, meetings, and other activities of the board during the 1950s and 1960s. Some of the 2,533 negatives are identified, but no prints have been made. The second donation, given in 2000, is made up of 605 slides (mostly color) of community development / urban renewal projects, most from the 1970s and 1980s. The last donation, made in 2001, contains approximately 1,600 black and white negatives (35mm) and a few slides of houses in the West Church Street and DeTonti Square areas of the city. The negatives are not dated but the slides were made in 1977. The negatives are arranged alphabetically and numerically by street address. (See also Manuscript Collections under Mobile Housing Board.)   M
MOBILE PUBLIC LIBRARY (85-07-97, 85-10-108) This collection consists of numerous black and white photographs of various sizes, as well as 30 copy negatives (35mm). The collection also includes 39 early 20th century postcards, all of which appear to have been addressed to Willie Knott, founder and teacher at Knott's School. The other images are early 20th century and show scenes along the Eastern Shore; as well as boxing, gymnastics, and other sports activities; horse racing; the exterior of the Richardson Military Institute; and early 1890s Comic Cowboys parade; several Mobile homes, and prominent citizens. The copy negatives are scenes from Mobile in Photo-Gravure (1892), which show various Mobile locations.   M
MOBILE PRESS-REGISTER (80-03-39, 87-07-147, 87-07-148) Donation number 39 contains more than 60,000 black and white negatives (120mm and 35mm film) taken by various photographers for the newspaper between 1971 and 1976. Dates and information about the subject are given, and the photographer is usually identified. Subjects in the collection are too numerous to list. Only a few prints have been made. The other two donations are made up of 143 photographs of various sizes taken by an assortment of newspaper photographers. Some were taken in the 1930s and others in the 1960s. Of particular note are the images of the 1966 and 1968 Senior Bowls and the construction of the Water Street expressway. The 1930s images show activities at the state docks. (See also Printed Material under Mobile [Press] Register.)   M
MOBILE PULLEY & MACHINE WORKS (05-01-425) This collection contains 7 glass plate negatives (4 x 6) that show the people, structures, and equipment at the foundry located on Ann Street, ca. 1910. The negatives have been printed.   M
MUSEUM OF MOBILE (79-04-33, 98-03-330) Made up of 58 hand-colored glass lantern slides (3 1/4 x 4), most of which were made from drawings. The slides depict the people and events typically associated with colonial Mobile. They were commercially made by the Victor Animatograph Corporation of Davenport, Iowa. A larger collection of material within this collection are the over 18,000 black and white negatives (4 x 5) made between 1949 and 1955 by the Thigpen Studio in Mobile. Includes numerous aerial views of Mobile, Dauphin Island, and the Eastern Shore, as well as recreational and commercial subjects. The negatives have been cataloged, but only a few prints have been made. Also contains several smaller negative collections (ca. 1900-1940). Subjects include Murphy High School, Bankhead Tunnel construction, Church Street Cemetery, 1916 hurricane damage, 1910 United Confederate Veterans reunion, and various waterfront, business, and residential scenes. These negatives are cataloged and most have been printed.


NESTER, R. DOUGLAS (85-02-94) This group of 18 nitrate negatives was taken by Johann Martin Nester, a photographer for the topographic office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District. They date to the World War I era and include images of tugs and riverboats in locks on the Tombigbee River, scenes at Fort Morgan, and views of the Mobile waterfront. All the negatives have been printed.   N
NICHOLS, JOHN E. (90-02-204) Consists of 4 nitrate negatives (3 x 4) showing damage from the hurricane of 1916 to Bienville Square and to the riverboat Twining.


OLD SHELL ROAD SCHOOL (86-07-133) Contains a single image of an eighth grade class at Old Shell Road School in 1947. The people are identified and a copy negative (4 x 5) has been made.   O
OVERBEY, ERIK (81-02-51, 81-03-48, 81-07-50, 81-03-49, 85-01-01, 85-02-02, 85-07-04, 85-08-05, 85-03-03, 09-07-51) This collection consists of approximately 95,000 glass, nitrate, and safety negatives (5 x 7, 8 x 10, and panorama) produced by Erik Overbey and the Overbey Studio between 1903 and 1963, or by the William A. Reed Studio from the 1880s until it closed in 1911. The collection also includes glass plate, nitrate, and safety negative portraits of Mobilians and scenes of Mobile and surrounding areas. The principal subject areas in the non-portrait work are: buildings and businesses, waterfront, ships, street scenes, recreation, religion, education, Mardi Gras, houses, transportation, and construction. Portraits are filed alphabetically but only printed upon request. Most of the non-portrait nitrate and glass plate negatives, and a smaller portion of the safety negatives have been printed and are grouped by subject. The collection also includes many original prints and six small record books kept by Erik Overbey.   O
PALMER, MARY S. (01-08-375)

Mary S. Palmer collected material related to former governor George C. Wallace. The photographic portion of her collection is made up of more than 800 black and white negatives (2 x 3, 4 x 5, 120mm, and 35mm), 104 color negatives (2 x 3 and 35mm), and 14 color prints showing various images of George, Lurleen, and Cornelia Wallace and the Wallace children, images of Clio (including a Class of 1937 reunion), Lurleen in the hospital, inaugurations, family shots, Wallace hospitalized in 1972, Lurleen Wallace campaigning, George Wallace campaign headquarters and campaign stops, Wallace's campaign for president in 1976, and Richard Nixon visiting Wallace in the hospital in Maryland after Wallace was shot. The photographs were taken primarily between the early 1960s and the late 1970s but they also include childhood photos of Wallace, as well as 14 images of him in 1995. There are contact prints for most of the negatives but there are no negatives for the 1995 prints. Other individuals shown in the photos include NBC news anchor David Brinkley, former senator Howell Heflin, former attorney general Bill Baxley, and former congressman Jack Edwards. (See also Manuscript Collections under the same heading.)

PALMER STUDIO (80-03-46, 85-07-105)

Contains approximately 145,000 black and white and color safety negatives (4 x 5 and 5 x 7) dating from 1958 to 1990 (with some years missing). Subjects include portraits, weddings, Mardi Gras, and buildings. Some of the pictures were used to illustrate articles in Catholic Week. Of particular interest are the numerous portraits of local African Americans, as well as a memorial march after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and an anti-Vietnam War rally. 


Made up of 61 black and white copy negatives (35mm) of postcards and photographs of Perdido Beach, Alabama. The images appear to have been taken in the late 19th century. They show various scenes, including the first store, the bluff, and the post office and postmaster. Also includes images of various boats.


One scrapbook (10 x 7) consisting of black and white photographs (most 3 x 4) taken at the George Petithory Clover Leaf Golf Course. The images were made around 1930 and show golfers at the course. Many of the people in the images are Petithory family members. There are also a few news clippings about the tournaments held at the golf course, as well as a score card from the Fairy Links Miniature Golf Course at Bayview Park in Pensacola, and a managerial courtesy ticket to the Lyric Theatre. The golf course was located on land now at the corner of Dauphin Island Parkway and Duval Street and Halls Mill Road.


Contains 24 glass plate negatives (5 x 7) of rural scenes near Troy, Alabama, made about 1915. Some individuals have been identified. All the negatives have been printed.

POORE, RALPH (93-12-260)

This collections is made up of 182 color slides and 25 photographs (3 x 5). The photographs show various schools in Mobile. The slides were made in 1971 and show, among other things, President Richard Nixon during his visit to Mobile, Ellicott's Stone, and various area forts, as well as local houses and businesses. There are no negatives for the prints.


REPUBLIC CREOSOTING PLANT (91-07-238) This small album contains 62 photographs (3 1/2 x 5 1/2) taken around the Republic Creosoting Plant at Choctaw Point. The images show the exterior of the plant, two interiors of what appears to be the infirmary, lumber, trains, and rail lines, and a number of sailing ships. The photos were probably taken around 1926 and have become yellow and faded. No negatives for the images exist. A panorama of the plant can also be found in the Overbey collection.   R
RICH, DORIS (85-07-115) Doris Rich wrote regular feature stories on local history for many years. Her collection contains 286 black and white photographs illustrating south Baldwin County's early development. The Foley and Magnolia Springs areas are particularly well documented. Some of the photographs have appeared in newspapers articles and books on local history written by Mrs. Rich. These published materials are also included in the collection.   R
RICKARBY, ANN H. (92-10-241) Contains 61 black and white copy negatives (35mm) of photographs from albums belonging to Miss Rickarby. The photographs date from 1898 to 1915 and show the Rickarby family, the Mobile waterfront and bay scenes, Montrose, Blakeley, and Spring Hill, Alabama. (See also Manuscript Collections under the same heading.)   R
ROGERS, GEORGE B. (94-07-289) This collection consists of 93 black and white photographs (8 x 10) of buildings designed or renovated by Mobile architect George B. Rogers (1869-1945). The photographs were made by the Overbey Studio in Mobile, and Tebbes & Knell of New York, and represent a portion of Rogers's portfolio. An inventory is available.


ROSS III, JACK F. (04-07-460) Contains one scrapbook (appx. 6 x 10) consisting of the personal memorabilia of a member of one of Mobile's prominent families. The scrapbook contains photographs (many of which are not dated and unidentified), as well as invitations and other such miscellaneous items. A number of the images depict rustic life among Baldwin County's pine trees, and were taken long before the area became a fashionable place to live. There are no negatives for the photos.


ST. JOHN, SAM (99-08-353) This collection consists of 283 historic black and white and hand-colored postcards and 3 photographs in an album, 37 images and text found in Peter J. Hamilton's Artwork of Mobile and Vicinity (1894), and 10 copy negatives of postcards. The postcards feature early 20th-century shots of the Mobile area. The copied postcards were made into color slides and feature the Mobile Yacht Club. Some other cities, including Charleston, Birmingham, Biloxi, and New Orleans, are also represented. There are also a few early holiday greeting postcards and some World War I cards.   S
SCHNEIDER, HENRY A. / STEBBINS, MRS. WARREN (81-01-47) These 24 glass plate negatives (4 x 5) depict rural and small town life in north Mobile County, near Citronelle, c. 1910. The collection has been printed.   S
SCHROETER, GEORGE (88-03-163) Consists of 22 black and white negatives (2 x 3) of three separate 1948 night-time Mardi Gras parades, those of the Infant Mystics, the Crewe of Columbus, and the Stripers.   S
SCLATER SR. and JR., ARTHUR L. (556-2012) More than 2,250 primarily black and white negatives and 600 black and white prints, primarily of Louisville and Nashville Railroad scenes, Murphy High School students and scenes, Alabama State Docks, Bankhead Tunnel, and downtown Mobile. None of the negatives have been printed but an index to the collection is available onsite.   S
SHAW, MARLENE E. (85-08-101) Made up of 1 black and white and 4 sepia-toned postcards. One shows a Semmes School class and the others members of the Mobile baseball team. All of them appear to have been sent to their respective addressees in 1907 or 1908.   S
SHERIDAN, LOUISE (91-03-222) Contains approximately 35,000 studio portraits made by Mrs. Sheridan from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s. The early portraits are in black and white, the later ones are in color. The negatives are arranged alphabetically and most are dated. The negatives are printed upon request.   S
SMITH, HARRY H. (90-01-220) This collection consists of 200 glass plate negatives (5 x 7) taken by Harry H. Smith between 1910 and 1912. Subjects include scenes of college life at the University of Michigan, activities with family and friends, and general Mobile scenes. The negatives are well documented; Mr. Smith often recorded exposure settings, film type, dates, and subjects. All the negatives have been printed.   S
SOTO, DOMINGO (81-03-54) Made up of 144 black and white negatives (35mm) taken by Mr. Soto during the 1970s. They depict union organizing efforts among paper wood cutters along the Gulf Coast and in Washington County. Also includes images of an anti-Shah demonstration in Mobile, ca. 1979, and a national truck strike during the early seventies. Several notable people are pictured as well; George Wallace, David Brinkley, Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, and musicians Arlo Guthrie, Elton John, B.B. King, Zappa, and Earl Scruggs performing in various concerts in Mobile during the seventies. Contact sheets are available and selected negatives have been printed.   S
SOUTH ALABAMA BRITISH CAR CLUB (06-07-458) Organized in 1990, this club held its first meeting on September 7 of the same year, and its first rally the following January. The group continues to be active. This collection contains nearly 1,800 color prints (3 1/2 x 5 and 4 x 5), 48 black and white prints (3 1/2 x 5, 4 x 5, 5 x 7, and 8 x 10), and 19 color negatives of the meetings and rallies of this organized group of British car owners. Many of the people in the images are unidentified and there are very few negatives. Also within the collection is a nearly complete run (1994-2006) of the organization's newsletter.   S
SPRINGHILL AVENUE TEMPLE (85-07-104) There are 61 original Overbey Studio portraits of members of the Springhill Avenue Temple in this collection. Most portraits are identified.   S
STAFFORD, ADELE H. (99-08-352) Made up of 24 various-sized photographs of Apache Indians at the U.S. Arsenal at Mount Vernon, Alabama, and at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. The images appear to have been taken around 1900. Included are shots of Geronimo. Some copy negatives (4 x 5) have been made. (See also Manuscript Collections under the same heading.)   S
STATE STREET STRUTTERS (635-2013) The State Street Strutters was a social organization founded by young professionals living in the area of North Jackson and State streets in Mobile, Alabama. The group held costume parties in Detonti Square, near the intersection of North Joachim Street. The organization existed from 1961 to 1963. These 159 color slides of Strutters events were taken by Evan H. Foreman Jr., who was a native of Atlanta but who came to Mobile and established several businesses. The slides have not been printed.



STAUTER, HELEN (86-08-134) Consists of 3 black and white postcards showing damage from the 1906 hurricane   S
STILLINGS, P. W. (80-08-38) Contains a book of photographs published in 1906 entitled Cutter's Souvenir of Mobile, Alabama, and a group of 17 photos taken in Mobile around 1937-1941 by Stillings that show Bankhead Tunnel construction.   S
STUDIO PORTRAITS Miscellaneous portraits from assorted Mobile studios. Included are images made by A. Sandoz, Brown's Studio, the Burnitt Studio, C. Barnes, the Boyle Studio, Frank Sandoz, the P. E. Johnson Studio, Reed and Wallace, the Sandoz Studio, the Swift Studio, the Wallace Studio, William Reed, William Stanton, and Wilson's Studio. Most are cabinet cards dating from the 1860s or 1870s to the early 1910s. Of particular interest are 5 photographs of the Lomax Rifles.   S
SUNDBERG, LOIS SLOSSON (88-10-168) Made up of copy negatives (4 x 5) of 44 postcards and 4 prints. The postcards show scenes on the Eastern Shore, particularly Fairhope. A few of the postcards show bay boats, and a number were made by Frank Stewart. The prints show the laying of trolley tracks on Dauphin Street and a group in Mardi Gras costumes.


THIGPEN, ALEC & ROY (747-2021)

The Thigpen Photography collection contains the film catalog of the commercial photography studio founded by Roy M. Thigpen in 1947 and continued by son Alec Thigpen until 2021 comprising 1.575 million images. The collection also contains printed work samples from commercial clients and personal papers and artifacts belonging to Roy Thigpen.

THOMASON, MICHAEL V. This collection consists of black and white copy negatives made by The Library's former director, Dr. Michael Thomason, who used them to illustrate several books: Mobile: American River City (1975); The Image of Progress: Alabama Photographs, 1872-1917 (1980); Trying Times: Alabama Photographs, 1917-1945 (1985); Mobile: The Life and Times of a Great Southern City (1981); and Mine, Mill & Microchip: A Chronicle of Alabama Enterprise (1987). The collection also includes black and white copy negatives for three exhibits: "Iron Horse Legacy," "Palmetto Country," and "The Image of Our Times: Alabama Photographs since 1945." Many of the images come from other repositories and permission must be obtained for their use. (See also University Collections under the same heading.)


THOMPSON, HAYS (97-04-335) Contains 109 black and white and hand-colored photographs (8 x 10 and 11 x 14), some of which are dry mounted. There are also 36 negatives (2 x 3 and 5 x 7). The prints show the William Wallace Reed family, a 1906 Barton Academy graduating class, and interiors and exteriors of the Mobile Municipal Airport. The negatives show the construction of St. Mary's Church in 1928 and the original Allen Memorial Home.   T
THOMPSON, PAUL (97-03-332) Consists of 773 black and white negatives (120mm and 35mm) and 185 photographs (8 x 10) most likely taken in the 1980s and 1990s of buildings in Mobile, Demopolis, Eufaula, New Orleans, Vicksburg, and other cities. There are contact sheets for all of the negatives. Most of them were made by Thompson and used to help illustrate a book by Elizabeth B. Gould, From Builders to Architects: The Hobart-Hutchisson Six(1997). (See also Manuscript Collections under Elizabeth B. Gould.)   T
TOULMIN, MABEL (85-01-79) Contains 1 glass plate negative of an Eastern Shore picnic.


US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (85-14-90, 85-07-91, 93-19-259, and 95-07-292) Four separate donations make up this larger collection. The first two, made in 1985, consist of 1 color film (16mm) and a selection of 131 prints from a much larger group, both of which were made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers immediately following Hurricane Frederic on September 12-13, 1979. They show property damage in Mobile, on Dauphin Island, and at Gulf Shores. Also included is a report compiled by the COE on Hurricane Frederic called "Hurricane Frederic Post Disaster Report," which is dated 1981. The third donation, given in 1993, consists of a number of maps, 24 of which are related to Hurricane Camille. The last donation, made in 1995, consists of 1 roll of microfilm (35mm positive) of maps of the Mobile District sent by the COE to the National Archives and 7 photo albums dating from around 1908 to around 1938, which show images of Blakeley Island and locks on the Tombigbee and Warrior rivers.   U
USA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE (84-07-70, 89-03-181, 94-20-280) Three separate donations made up of approximately 2,500 variously-sized negatives and prints, as well as 250 slides. All were taken by various photographers for the University of South Alabama Medical Center Public Relations Department. Most of the slides remain undated and unidentified except for the ones from 1972 showing Governor George Wallace participating in the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the College of Medicine building. The negatives and prints are comprised of a wide variety of identified and unidentified interiors, exteriors, individuals, groups, and events. Not all of those are dated but most appear to have been taken between 1970 and 1994. (See also University Collections under College of Medicine.)


WALTERS, DAVID (96-02-313) Consists of 136 black and white nitrate negatives (3 1/2 x 6) of street scenes and people of Andalusia, Alabama, around 1931. They are believed to have been taken by an itinerant photographer for a special edition of the Andalusia Star. The negatives have been printed but no identification is available.   W
WATERMAN STEAMSHIP CORPORATION (91-07-232) Three albums containing photographs of Waterman Steamship Corporation offices in various cities (1936-1937) and Waterman ship launchings at Gulf Shipbuilding in Chickasaw, Alabama (1942-1945). News clippings with the photos provide information about the ships and their sponsors. A list of ships pictured is available. (See also Manuscript Collections under the same heading.)


WEAVER, BLANCHE D. AND HENRY L. HAGENBRING (07-12-485) Consists of approximately 6,000 color (35mm) and 290 black and white glass lantern slides made by Henry L. Hagenbring between 1948 and 1965. After retiring as a haberdasher, Hagenbring made many trips all over the world, capturing the places, flora, and fauna he saw along the way. Included in the collection are images of Germany, Italy, Jerusalem, Morocco, Sweden, Australia, Japan, Norway, Brazil, Hong Kong, Peru, South America, and Austria, as well as other foreign places. Closer to home, the collection also contains a few slides of a train in Foley, some images from Magnolia Springs (mostly of a familial nature but a couple do show the river), and a few slides of Fort Morgan. None of the slides have been printed. If requested, they are only available digitally.


WERNETH, STEPHEN M. (85-10-75)

Made up of black and white photographs (8 x 10) that primarily show unidentified houses and aerial views of Mobile, although there is one image of the exterior of the Mobile Electric Company.


WHITE, FRANCES (87-01-144)

Contains 21 glass plate negatives (4 x 5) made by an unknown photographer c.1913 during the construction of the Panama Canal. A few prints are available. Also includes a number of unidentified late 19th- and early 20th-century portraits. Of particular interest is a carte de visite of Bishop John Quinlan, but also includes other prominent people such as John T. Cochrane.


WORSTELL, JOE (87-06-155)

Contains several hundred color negatives and prints (3 x 5) made by Mr. Worstell in the late 1970s and 1980s of shipbuilding in Bayou La Batre. The negatives are documented as to date, place, and name of ship.


YUILLE, JEAN (85-07-99) Contains 1 photograph of the three female sponsors of the Lomax Rifles taken in 1885.


ZINGELMANN, CELIA OVERBEY This collection consists of 3 glass plates, 254 nitrate, and 183 safety negatives, as well as 74 original prints of the Overbey family made by Erik Overbey.   Z