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Guide to the Anne Findley Shores collection mss.3743


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

September 2013


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Anne Findley Shores collection

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


7.0 Linear feet (family Bible, papers, photographs, 6 framed portraits, and 23 books)




Papers, photographs, family Bible, and books of this Tuscaloosa family


Harper, Roland M. (Roland McMillan), 1878-1966


Struss, Nina Ross Searcy

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gift of Elizabeth Findley Shores, 2009

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Martha Bace, 2013

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Anne Findley Shores collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Biographical/Historical note

Anne Elizabeth Findley Shores, daughter of Herbert Lyman (Sr.) and Annie Earline Moore Findley, was born on 6 February 1928 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She graduated from Tuscaloosa High School in 1945 and then from the University of Alabama with a bachelor of science degree. She also received a certification in Medical Technology from the Medical College of Alabama in 1950 and a Master of Arts in Education in 1971 from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB). She worked as a medical technologist in research programs at UAB for twenty years (1950-1970).

She married James Layet Shores, Jr. in 1957. The couple had two children (Elizabeth Findley Shores and James Layet Shores, III) before divorcing in 1961. Anne Findley Shores died in Little Rock, Arkansas, on 30 January 2009.

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains the papers, photographs, family Bible, and books of this Tuscaloosa family. The majority of the collection concerns Anne Elizabeth Findley Shores and consists of cards and letters, photographs, and school records. The rest of the collection is mostly letters, cards, and photographs of her parents, Herbert Lyman (Sr.) and Earline Moore Findley, and her uncle, Herbert Lyman Findley, Jr. The family Bible is missing the front pages as well as the first ten chapters of the book of Genesis. It does have birth, death, and marriage records from 1760 to 1945 (births: 1765-1927; deaths: 1835-1945; and marriages: 1760-1921) although it is possible that the earlier entries were recorded at a later date. There is also a collection of diplomas and certificates for various members of the Findley family, including Anne Findley (Shores) junior and senior high school diplomas, Earline Moore Findley's United Daughters of the Confederacy certificate, and Murk H. Findley's 1885 University of Alabama Bachelor of Engineering degree.

The collection also includes five framed portraits and one framed set of three cartoons by Roland M. Harper. The photographic portrait of Kenneth Murchison "Murk" Findley, Jr., was probably made around the time of his graduation from the university. The photographic portrait of Ida Bell Hargrove Findley was made some time between 1893 and 1908. According to family legend, Ida had the portrait made wearing her "second day" dress. The portrait of Herbert Lyman Findley Sr., probably made between 1918 and 1934, hung in a courtroom of the Tuscaloosa County courthouses until 2010, when it was returned to the family for "safekeeping". The portrait of Anne Elizabeth Findley Shores, commissioned by her parents in 1946, was painted by Tuscaloosa artist Nina Ross Struss. The pastel portrait of Roland McMillan Harper, was drawn by Anne Elizabeth Findley Shores using a photograph as a reference, probably during a period after her mother's death in 1953. The set of three cartoons were drawn by family friend Roland McMillan Harper, titled: "Anne and Emily Having a Lawn Party" (3 Nov 1933); "The First Day of School: The Spelling Lesson" (12 Sept 1934); and "The Prunagerie" (undated).


Findley, Herbert Lyman, Jr., 1925-1997 (local)

Findley, Herbert Lyman, Sr., 1895-1978 (local)

Findley, Ida Belle Hargrove, 1865-1908 (local)

Findley, Kenneth Murchison, Jr., 1862-1941 (local)

Harper, Roland M. (Roland McMillan), 1878-1966 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Shores, Anne Findley, 1928-2009 (local)

Shores, Elizabeth F. (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Caricatures and cartoons (lcsh)

Daily Life and Family (localbroad)

Diplomas (aat)

Portraits (lcsh)

Tuscaloosa (Ala.) (lcsh)

Anne Elizabeth Findley Shores Box 3742.001 Folder 1

Anne Elizabeth Findley Shores - Girlhood, 1928-1940 - Correspondence Box 3742.001 Folder 2

Anne Elizabeth Findley Shores - Correspondence and Souvenir Brochures - Trip to Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, August 1941 Box 3742.001 Folder 3

Anne Elizabeth Findley Shores - High School Years, 1941-1945 Box 3742.001 Folder 4

Anne Elizabeth Findley Shores - High School Years, 1941-1945 - Correspondence and cards Box 3742.001 Folder 5

Anne Elizabeth Findley Shores - College Years, 1946-1949 Box 3742.001 Folder 6

Anne Elizabeth Findley Shores - Photographs Box 3742.001 Folder 7

Herbert Lyman Findley, Sr. - Photographs Box 3742.001 Folder 8

Annie Earline Moore Findley Box 3742.001 Folder 9

Annie Earline Moore Findley - Recipes Box 3742.001 Folder 10

Annie Earline Moore Findley - Photographs, negatives, and engraving plate Box 3742.001 Folder 11

Herbert (Sr.) and Earline Findley - Family Photo Album Box 3742.002 Folder 1

Sympathy Cards and Notes on the death of Annie Earline Moore Findley (1 of 2) Box 3742.002 Folder 2

Sympathy Cards and Notes on the death of Annie Earline Moore Findley (2 of 2) Box 3742.002 Folder 3

Sympathy Cards on the death of Herbert Lyman Findley, Sr. Box 3742.002 Folder 4

Herbert Lyman Findley, Jr. Box 3742.002 Folder 5

Herbert Lyman Findley, Jr. - Photographs Box 3742.002 Folder 6

Murk (Murchison) Findley - Papers and Photographs Box 3742.002 Folder 7

Moore Family - Photographs Box 3742.002 Folder 8

Oliver Maxwelton Keene - Poems and Obituary Box 3742.002 Folder 9

Unidentified Photographs Box 3742.002 Folder 10

Moore Family Bible Box 3742.003

Anne Elizabeth Findley Shores - Portrait [oversize] Box OS0001 Folder 3743.01

Diplomas, Certificates Box OS0001 Folder 3743.02

First Battalion Central Artillery - Officer Training School - Taylor, Kentucky [oversize] Folder 3743.004

Portrait of Kenneth Murchison "Murk" Findley Jr. Frame 3743.005

Portrait of Ida Belle Hargrove Findley Frame 3743.006

Portrait of Judge Herbert Lyman Findley Sr. Frame 3743.007

Portrait of Anne Elizabeth Findley Shores Frame 3743.008

Portrait of Roland McMillan Harper Frame 3743.009

Set of three cartoons by Roland McMillan Harper Frame 3743-010