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Acumen Digital Archives Explorer: Everyday Life

Helpful information about navigating the Digital Collections at UA, with collection highlights organized by subject.

Family and Personal Papers - from outside the Deep South

Roland Harper Railroad Timetables

During his many travels throughout the United States and Canada, botanist Roland Harper collected railroad timetables as souvenirs of his trips. The railroad timetables date from 1887 to 1962 and many provide maps of the locations.

five railroad timetable trifold brochures

Wade Hall Photograph Collections

Over the years, donor Wade Hall has collected hundreds of photographs, many of unknown provenance, reflecting everyday life and activities in the 20th century. Some of these have been combined into small collections you can find in Acumen by following this link or searching for "wade hall photographs."


wedding party, 1930s three unidentified people posing with a car, 1920s-1930s courthouse four unidentified people in a canoe downtown area farming


Genealogy: Pauline Jones Gandrud Papers

Before the Internet, people had to work at lot harder to find out about their family history!

Pauline Jones Gandrud was known all over the South as a woman with a lot of experience doing genealogical research. People would write to her with what they knew of their family tree, and she would go to local archives and copy out information for them -- birth, marriage, and death records; deeds, wills, and other legal papers; and anything else of note.

Meticulously organized, Pauline maintained massive records on hundreds of families, and after she died, her family donated them all to the W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library.

The process for digitizing these records is long and ongoing, but you can see what has been completed at any given point by looking at the Gandrud papers online finding aid