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Acumen Digital Archives Explorer: Tuscaloosa and Alabama History

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

Scrapbook: Tuscaloosa Service Men's Center

During WWII, Tuscaloosa was host to a military hospital, as well as a pilot training center. The Tuscaloosa Service Men's Center scrapbook gives a wide-angle view of the WWII-related activities in west Alabama, seen in photos, clippings, and letters.

scrapbook page with letters


Tuscaloosa History


aerial view of the black warrior river in tuscaloosa, circa 1960s


Woodward Family Photographs

Woodward Iron Company miners


The Woodward Family were prominent industrialists in late 19th and early 20th c. Birmingham, running coal mines, steel furnaces, and railroads, not to mention the Birmingham Barons baseball team. Their photograph collection includes 2000 images from these business ventures as well as their everyday family life, making it a unique snapshot into Birmingham's past.

Woodward family after hunting


Scrapbook: Lincoln Normal School

The Lincoln Normal School photograph albums collection consists of two scrapbooks from Lincoln Normal School in Marion, Alabama, among the first schools established for the education of freed slaves after the Civil War. Taken 1909-1924, they include images of students, teachers, facilities, and activities.


scrapbook page



scrapbook page