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W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Early 20th Century Newspapers, Magazines, and Miscellaneous Material mss.3723


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

June 2013


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Early 20th century newspapers, magazines, and miscellaneous material

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


1.4 Linear feet (contains newspapers and magazines from 1915 to 1954)



General Physical Description note

Many items are very fragile


Newspapers, magazines, and other miscellaneous materials dating from about 1915 through 1954

Biographical/Historical note

T. J. Smitherman lived in Centreville, Alabama, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains newspapers and magazines from about 1915 through 1954. Some of the papers include the Birmingham News for December 8, 1941 (headline: U.S. DECLARES WAR ON JAPAN); the Birmingham Age-Herald (Rotogravure Section for February 20, 1916 which includes a picture of the Russian Imperial family at Tsarkoe Selo); and the Centreville Press (various issues). The magazines include a copy of Cosmopolitan for August 1921, Literary Digest (several), and a Sears Roebuck & Co. catalog from about 1915. There are also many pictures cut from magazines, most of which are in full color and are from the Ladies Home Journal, Literary Digest, and Saturday Evening Post.

The collection also includes three photographs: one of a young girl sitting in a large chair (from the J.E. Yeager studios in Montevallo, Ala., in the 1920s probably); one of the Nettie Quill, a sternwheeler paddleboat; and one of two small boys looking up at two Montgomery police officers (probably from the 1950s or 1960s). There is also a folder of article fragments, miscellaneous scraps of paper, empty envelopes (most addressed to T.J. Smitherman in Centreville, Ala.), and stamps.

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Martha Bace, 2013


Daily Life and Family (localbroad)

Newspapers (aat)

Popular Culture (localbroad)

Newspapers and Magazines Box 3723.001

Photographs Box SC0088 Folder 3723.01

Envelopes and document fragments Box SC0088 Folder 3723.02