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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Cameron McRae Plummer book list W.0087

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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

December 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-12-06T13:21-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Cameron McRae Plummer book list

Unit ID:

W.0087

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.15 Linear feet

Dates:

1950-1961

Abstract:

Contains a list of books compiled by Haunted House Book Shop owner Cameron McRae Plummer.

Location:

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

creator

Plummer, Cameron McRae, 1904-1968

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

General note

Title on Spine: Mobile's Greatest Bookseller: Cameron Plummer, His Book, 1940s-1960s.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron, 2013

Preferred Citation:

Cameron McRae Plummer book list, A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains one notebook with a record of books (listed alphabetically by author and by title), including information about book prices and publishers, compiled by Cameron McRae Plummer. The list also includes information about book scarcity. A few postcards and letters are also inserted in the book. The back of the notebook contains a small number of miscellaneous notes dated between 1950 and 1961; these notations mostly document the interests of individual collectors.

It is not clear if this is an actual inventory of books sold at The Haunted House Book Shop, which Plummer co-founded with Adelaide Trigg, or if is a list of books to be purchased for the shop or for a specific customer.

Access Restrictions:

None

Biographical/Historical note

The son of Episcopal minister James Fitts Plummer and Jannie Minor, Cameron McRae Plummer was born on June 2, 1904, in West Virginia. The family moved to Mobile, Alabama, in 1916, where James Plummer served as the rector of All Saints' Episcopal Church. On August 29, 1944, Cameron Plummer married Mary Frances Young.

Plummer became a successful bookseller in Mobile. City directories list him as the president of the Plummer-Marston Book Company. In 1941, Plummer and business partner Adelaine Trigg founded the Haunted Book Shop, a bookstore located in downtown Mobile. The bookstore was a Mobile landmark for fifty years, closing its doors in 1991. Plummer died on February 19, 1968, in Mobile.

Related Archival Materials note

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection contains several collections related to Alabama authors and booksellers. Please see a staff member for assistance.

Source(s)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Books and Book History (localbroad)

Booksellers and bookselling (lcsh)

Business records (lcsh)

Merchants (lcsh)

Mobile (Ala.) (lcsh)

Book list Item 1 Box W0087.01