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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Collection on Alabama authors and publishers W.0043

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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

February 2014

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-14T12:46-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Collection on Alabama authors and publishers

Unit ID:

W.0043

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.8 Linear feet

Dates:

1890-1994

Location:

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

Abstract:

Correspondence, newspaper articles, publishers' catalogs, and ephemera compiled by Patrick Cather, most of which pertains to his professional work as a partner in Cather and Brown Books, as well as a smaller set of correspondence written by other Alabama figures, including archivist Peter Brannon.

creator

Brannon, Peter A. (Peter Alexander), 1882-

creator

Carmer, Carl, 1893-1976

creator

Cather, James Pat

creator

Hoole, William Stanley, 1903-

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Preferred Citation:

Collection on Alabama authors and publishers, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Biographical/Historical note

A book dealer and collector, James Patrick Cather was born on May 12, 1947, in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to his professional work as a partner in Cather and Brown Books, a rare book firm that specializes in locating books published in Alabama, Cather also developed an extensive personal collection of books and pamphlets written by Alabama authors.

Source: Alabama Authors Database

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of correspondence, newspaper articles, publication announcements, book catalogs, and ephemera relating to Alabama authors, publishers, and publications. The collection is contained in two phase boxes. The first box includes materials that Patrick Cather created and collected. While the collection contains materials written by multiple authors, the bulk of the material consists of Cather's professional and personal correspondence. Most of this correspondence is dated between 1980 and 1994 and includes orders placed to Cather and Brown Books and correspondence related to Cather's personal collection of Alabama books and pamphlets. Notable correspondents include author Kathryn Tucker Windham and historians Frank L. Owsley, Leah Rawls Atkins, and Wayne Flynt.

In addition to Cather's correspondence, the collection contains a smaller set of correspondence written by other Alabama figures, including letters received by archivist Peter Brannon between 1907 and 1948 and individual letters written by authors including Carl Carmer, Clarence Cason, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The letters written by Carl Cramer and F. Scott Fitzgerald are photocopies, but other letters included in the collection are originals.

The second phase box contains publication announcements, book catalogs, and newspaper clippings relating to Alabama authors and publishers. Although most of the material in this group dates between 1920 and 1988, the bulk are dated from 1980 to 1988. In addition to announcements released by small local publishers, University of Alabama Press materials are also included.

General note

Title on phase box spines: Letters to Patrick Cather from Alabama authors ; and Ephemera Relating to Alabama Books and Authors

Source(s)

Cason, Clarence, 1896-1935 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

March, William, 1893-1954 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Strode, Hudson, 1892-1976 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Walter, Eugene, 1921-1998 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Warren, Lella (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Weeden, Howard, 1847-1905 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Alabama--Authors (lcsh)

Books and Book History (localbroad)

Booksellers and bookselling (lcsh)

Correspondence (aat)

Literature and Authors (localbroad)

Patrick Cather correspondence, 1951-1984 Box W0043.01 Folder 1

Patrick Cather correspondence, 1985-1989 Box W0043.01 Folder 2

Patrick Cather correspondence, 1990-1994 Box W0043.01 Folder 3

Peter Brannon correspondence, 1907-1948 Box W0043.01 Folder 4

Miscellaneous correspondence (Alabama authors) Box W0043.01 Folder 5

Miscellaneous Box W0043.01 Folder 6

Publication announcements, 1957-1976 Box W0043.02 Folder 1

Publication announcements, 1980-1988 Box W0043.02 Folder 2

Undated publication announcements Box W0043.02 Folder 3

University of Alabama Press publication announcements, 1981-1988, not dated Box W0043.02 Folder 4

University of Alabama Press catalogs, 1974-1986 Box W0043.02 Folder 5

Confederate Publishing Company publication announcements Box W0043.02 Folder 6

Newspaper clippings, 1920-1987 Box W0043.02 Folder 7

Library collection lists and pamphlets, 1948-1985 Box W0043.02 Folder 8

Eugene Walter materials, 1987, undated Box W0043.02 Folder 9

Foundation Store materials Box W0043.02 Folder 10

The Valley and the Hills materials Box W0043.02 Folder 11

Miscellaneous catalogs and announcements Box W0043.02 Folder 12