The Houston Cole Library holds multiple archival and other items related to Alabama's History & Culture. Digitized versions of these materials can be found in this collection. Digitization efforts are ongoing, and new materials are added on a regular basis.
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This collection of notes, photographs, and newspaper clippings includes some of the source materials used by Donald Brown (b. 1936) for his book, Mr. X and Mr. Y. Mr. Brown was a reporter for the Birmingham News who covered the so-called "torso murders" -- the murders of brothers Emmett and Lee Harper, whose dismembered bodies were found in Etowah and St. Clair counties in Alabama in June 1959. A 31-year-old Calhoun County woman, Viola Hyatt, confessed to the murders, was tried, convicted, and sentenced to Tutwiler prison. The included photographs were taken by photographer Norman Dean, of the Birmingham News.
Annie Rowan Forney Daugette and Edith Schoonmaker Wilson
This work was published by the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and the United Daughters of the Confederacy to celebrate the history of Jacksonville at the semi-centennial (1902-1952) of the founding of the General John H. Forney Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Written by Annie Rowan Forney Daugette, daughter of a Civil War veteran and wife of State Normal School president C.W. Daugette, it primarily contains information on the historic homes of Jacksonville and those who built and lived in them, as well as other points of interest (e.g., the Public Square, the First Baptist Church, the State Normal School, etc.). The photographs were made by Edith Schoonmaker Wilson.