This exhibit features two rare photograph albums from the Lincoln Normal School, an influential African American school opened in Marion, Alabama in 1868.
A digital project focused on the cartes de visite within the Williams collection. The project explores the spread of photography throughout the American South and the studios and galleries that opened over the late nineteenth century.
The A.S. Williams III Americana Collection is located on the third floor of Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library and is part of the Division of Special Collections.
The Williams Collection was presented to The University of Alabama in 2010 by insurance executive and bibliophile A.S. Williams III. Since its donation, the Williams Collection has been maintained as a separate, non-circulating research collection within the library system.
The collection includes rare books, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, and artifacts from between the late seventeenth century and 2009. These materials predominantly focus on Alabama, the Civil War, presidential history, and the American South. We are open by appointment only, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm. Please contact us at at email@example.com for an appointment, or for information about our holdings, activities, or if you wish to donate to the collections.
The A.S. Williams III Americana Collection is a non-circulating collection. We have a few rules that all users are required to adhere to -- remember much of our collections are one-of-a-kind and require special levels of security and care! Thank you!
Please take note of these policies and procedures: