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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Collection on women in Alabama W.0005

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

August 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-08T13:30-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Collection on women in Alabama

Unit ID:

W.0005

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet

Dates:

1853-1957

Location:

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

Abstract:

A variety of materials related to several Alabama women, some of whom we well-known in Alabama and the nation, while others were simple women going about their daily lives. This is also the affirmative side of a debate speech presented by Benjamin F. Eborn at Southern University in Greensboro, Alabama, on the question "Is Woman Really Better Than Man?"

creator

Eborn, B. F.

creator

Graves, Dixie B.

creator

Krecker, Angeline M.

creator

Williams, A. S., III

General note

Title on phase box spine: Women in Alabama - Miscellaneous Documents

Preferred Citation:

Collection on women in Alabama, A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Scope and Contents note

The collection includes letters, diaries, and one speech related to individual Alabama women. Several of the letters relate to the life of Mrs. Robert Douglas Johnston, the founder of the Alabama Boys Industrial School. There are also two letters written by Dixie B. Graves, the wife of Alabama governor Bibb Graves. Other notable items include the notebook of a Blocton woman documenting the actions of her abusive husband; a letter from Sue S. White of the National Women's Party discussing the failed suffrage ratification attempts in Alabama; a letter written by Angeline M. Krecker in 1853 describing life in Mobile; and the transcript of a speech delivered by B. F. Eborn in the late nineteenth-century, debating the question, "Is woman really better than man?"

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams, 2010

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

Related Archival Materials note

There are many manuscript collections, photographs, and books in the the A. S. Williams III Americana Collection that deal with or were created by women. See the staff for assistance.

Source(s)

Johnston, Elizabeth, 1851-1934 (local)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Spousal abuse (lcsh)

Women--Alabama (lcsh)

Women--Suffrage--Alabama--History (lcsh)

Elizabeth Johnston materials Box W0005.01 Folder 1

Scope and Contents note

Includes two biographical sketches, an undated letter, two postcards dated 1915 and 1925, a newspaper clippings dated 1931-1957.

Dixie Graves letters Box W0005.01 Folder 2

Scope and Contents note

Two letters, dated 1927 and 1928, written by Dixie Graves, wife of Alabama governor Bibb Graves and first woman U. S. senator from Alabama.

Notebook of Blocton, Alabama, woman Box W0005.01 Folder 3

Scope and Contents note

Contains 1891 notebook detailing the actions of her abusive husband, including names of witnesses to the abuse.

Sue S. White suffrage letter Box W0005.01 Folder 4

Scope and Contents note

Contains letter from the National Organizer of the National Woman's Party, Sue S. White, to the Alabama branch after Alabama failed to ratify the suffrage amendment in 1919.

Angeline M. Krecker letter Box W0005.01 Folder 5

Scope and Contents note

Contains letter from Angeline M. Krecker to her brother in Columbus, Mississippi, describing her visit to Mobile, Alabama. She states that "in almost every store I go into there are women clerks."

B.F. Eborn speech Box W0005.01 Folder 6

Scope and Contents note

Manuscript of a debate speech delivered at Southern University in Greensboro, Alabama, entitled "Is Woman Really Better Than Man?". [there is a note on the folder that states "Mr. Eborn spoke on the affirmative."]