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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Daniel Geary scrapbook on the history of the Mobile Volunteer Fire Companies W.0024

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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

October 2013

Creation:

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Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Daniel Geary scrapbook on the history of the Mobile Volunteer Fire Companies

Unit ID:

W.0024

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet

Dates:

1830-1924

Location:

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

Abstract:

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, illustrations, and handwritten notes related to the history of volunteer firefighter companies in Mobile, Alabama, compiled by Daniel Geary.

creator

Geary, Daniel

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A.S. Williams III, 2010

Related Archival Materials note

Francois Diard poetry notebook and Mobile scrapbook, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Inside the front cover of Francois Diard's Mobile scrapbook is a handwritten receipt for three exemption waiver notes from Daniel Geary, dated 21 June 1881. In the 1880 United States Census in Mobile, Sarah L. Diard, her husband (Charles), and children, are listed as living "with her father" under Daniel Geary's entry.

General note

Title on phase box spine: Daniel Geary's Manuscript History of the Mobile Volunteer Fire Companies - 1867

Preferred Citation:

Daniel Geary scrapbook on the history of the Mobile Volunteer Fire Companies, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

Biographical/Historical note

Daniel Geary was living in Mobile, Alabama, in the mid-nineteenth century and was a volunteer fire fighter, helping to organize the Franklin #3 company. He later became a member of the the Merchant #4 company.

Scope and Contents note

This scrapbook includes newspaper clippings, illustrations of early fire engines, and handwritten notes related to the history of the volunteer firefighter companies in Mobile in the early part of the nineteenth century. Although many of the articles in the notebook are dated 1867, some articles from 1830 to 1924 are included. The scrapbook was compiled by Daniel Geary, an organizer of the Franklin No. 3 Fire Company. Particular items of interest include a copy of the Constitution and Bylaws and a membership card from the Creole Steam Fire Company, one of the city's first fire companies. Handwritten notes list the names of company leaders. Newspaper clippings include information on company meetings, anniversary celebrations, and fire engine purchases.

Source(s)

Mobile Volunteer Fire Dept. (Mobile, Ala.). (local)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Fire departments (lcsh)

Fire fighters (lcsh)

Mobile (Ala.) (lcsh)

Scrapbook Box W0024.01