College president; professor, chemist. Born– August 31, 1867, Keener. Parents– Captain W. B. and Mary A. (Sibert) Beeson. Married–Anna Leola Selman, 1894. Children– One. Education– University of Alabama, A.B., 1889; Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D., 1893. Instructor in physics at the University of Alabama and chemist with the Geological Survey of Alabama, 1888-1889; research chemist at the Louisiana Experiment Station and a professor of chemistry at Louisiana School of Sugar, 1893-1897. Served as professor, dean, and president, Georgia State College for Women, 1897-1934.  Retired in 1934 with status President Emeritus. Beeson Hall at Georgia College is named in his honor. Awarded the LL.D. by Johns Hopkins University, 1929. Died January 10, 1943.


Who Was Who in America online; Georgia College website


Beeson Genealogy. Macon, Ga.; Burke Co., 1925.

The Sibert Family of South Carolina and Alabama. Mobile, Ala.; Acme Printing Co., 1928.

A Study of the Action of Certain Diazo-compounds on Methyl and Ethyl Alcohols Under Varying Conditions. Baltimore; Gugenheim, Weil and Co., 1893.



Educator, agronomist, Ford dealer.  Born– June 20, 1879, Gadsden. Parents– W. B. and Mary Ann Sibert Beeson. Married– Effie Harrison, July 14, 1904. Children–three. Education– Alabama Polytechnic Institute, B.S., 1900;  further study at Johns Hopkins University.  Taught at East Mississippi Female College, 1900-01; president of Meridian Male College, 1903-1914. Professor of Agronomy  at Oklahoma A & M, 1915-23. Bulletin writer for the Oklahoma A & M College Extension and Experiment Station Bulletin.  Owner of three Ford agencies . Died September 1, 1971.


Who Was Who Among North American Authors, 1921-1939.


Alfalfa Experiment. Stillwater; Agricultural Experiment Station, 1921.

Effect of Lime and Organic Matter on So Called Hard-Pan Soils. Stillwater; Agricultural Experiment Station, 1921.

Grain Sorghum, for Club Borge in Oklahoma. Stillwater; Agricultural Experiment Station, 1918.

Livestock Judging Handbook.  Danville, IL: Interstate, 1947.

Sweet Clover. Stillwater; Agricultural Experiment Station, 1915.

Wheat, Continuous, With and Without Manure. Stillwater; Agricultural Experiment Station, 1921.



Literary scholar and editor: university professor.  Born– Pennsylvania.  Education:  Davidson College, A.B., 1966; University of Virginia:  M.A., 1967; Ph.D., 1974.  Professor of English, University of Alabama, 1974-  . Military service:  U.S. Army, Vietnam.   Author of many articles in professional journals and anthologies as well as books;  leading voice in scholarship of the literature of  the war in Vietnam.  Received the Henry Jacobs Award for excellence in teaching, 1989; the Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Literary Scholarship from the Alabama College English Teachers Association, 1999; the Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Alabama, 1999.


University of Alabama website.


American Literature and the Experience of Vietnam.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1982 (reprt., 2007).

American Wars, American Peace: Notes from a Son of the Empire.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007.

Beautiful War:  Studies in a Dreadful Fascination.  University of Alabama Press, 2016.

First Books: The Printed Word and Cultural Formation in Early Alabama.  University of Alabama Press, 1999.

The Good War’s Greatest Hits:  World War II and American Remembering.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1998.

La Isla Llamada el Paradiso/The Island Called Paradise: Cuba in History, Literature, and the Arts.  University of Alabama Press, 1914.

Late Thoughts on an Old War:  The Legacy of Vietnam.  Athens: University of  Georgia Press, 2004 (reprt., 2007.

Rewriting America: Vietnam Authors in their Generation.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1991.

Scriptures for a Generation:  What We Were Reading in the 60s.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1991.

The Victory Album:  Reflections on the Good Life after the Good War.  University of Alabama Press, 2010.


The Art of Fiction in the Heart of Dixie.  University of Alabama Press, 1986.

Company K.  University of Alabama Press, 1989.

Dog and Gun.  University of Alabama Press, 1992.

Gulfstream.  University of Alabama Press, 1992.

Many Voices, Many Rooms: A New Anthology of Alabama Writers.  Univesity of Alabama Press, 1997.

Rachel’s Children.  University of Alabama Press, 1990.


The Mythologizing of Mark Twain.  University of Alabama Press, 1984.

Writing Race across the Atlantic World, Medieval to Modern.  New York: Palgrave Press, 2005.






Norris, Helen



Librarian. Born– October 13, 1926, Tarrant City. Parents– Archer H. and Jessie Irene Adkins Bell. Education– Birmingham Southern College, B.A., 1950; Harvard University, M.A. in English, 1951; Louisiana State University, M.S. in Librarianship, 1967; University of California at Berkeley, Ph.D., 1974; also attended Columbia University and the University of Texas. Worked at the Birmingham Public Library, 1949-1950; Mobile Public Library, 1951-1955 and 1963-1965; Fort Worth Public Library, 1955-1960; New Orleans Public Library, 1962-1963 and 1965-1966. Executive director of the Book Club of California, 1960-1962; assistant professor of librarianship, University of South Carolina, 1971-1973; reference librarian at City College of San Francisco, 1974-1976; lecturer in the School of Library and Information Service at the University of California at Berkeley, 1974-1976; head of humanities and social science reference at the University of California at Davis after 1976. Died November 19, 1999.


Who’s Who in Library and Information Science, 1982.


A Bibliography of Mobile, Alabama. University, Ala.; University of Alabama, 1956.

The Butterfly Tree, a Novel. Philadelphia; Lippincott, 1959.

A Dictionary of Classical Mythology; Symbols, Attributes and Association in Classical Myth. Santa Barbara, Calif.; ABC-Clio, 1982.

Place Names in Classical Mythology:  Greece.  Santa Barbara, CA:  ABC-CLIO,1989.

Women of Classical Mythology; a Biographical Guide. Santa Barbara, Calif.; ABC-CLIO, 1991.

Joint Publications;

Meet me at the Butterfly Tree:    A Fairhope Memoir.  Fairhope: Over the Transom Press, 2001.



University professor. Born– October 31, 1921, Birmingham. Parents– Joseph L. and Pansy Stewart Bell. Education– Howard College, A.B., 1942; Birmingham Conservatory of Music, B.M., 1948; Middlebury College, M.A., 1949; Columbia University, Ph.D., 1960. Served as a translator-interpreter for the U. S. Armed Forces in Europe; taught at Lycee Claude Bernard, Paris, 1949-1950; Columbia University, 1957-1960; Mount Holyoke College, 1961-1976;  University of Alabama in Birmingham after 1979. Awarded grants from the American Philosophical Society and Mt. Holyoke. Honors; Clarke F. Ansley Prize awarded by Columbia University Press.


Directory of American Scholars, and Jane McRae, Bessemer, Ala.


Cocteau, La Machine Infernale. New York; Dell, 1968.

Proust’s Noturnal Muse. New York; Columbia University Press, 1962.


Marcel Proust, Un Amour de Swann. New York; Macmillan, 1965.



Economist; University professor. Born– December 27, 1943, Meridian, Conn. Married– Ali Monahan. Children– Two. Education– Bryant College, B.S., 1964; Washington University, M.B.A., 1966; Florida State University, Ph.D. in Economics, 1971. Taught, Auburn University, 1970-1985; University of South Florida, 1985- .  Author of articles in professional journals and anthologies; member of several editorial boards.  Member American Economics Association.


American Men and Women of Science, 1978; Marquis Who’s Who Online.


Labor Economics; Choice in Labor Markets. New York; McGraw-Hill, 1979; 2nd ed. 1983.

BELSER, DANYLU, 1893-1972


Teacher; educational administrator. Born– March 28, 1893, Montgomery County. Parents– Stephen P. and Martha Frances Crawford (Hays) Belser. Education– University of Denver, B.A.; Columbia University, M.A., Ph.D. Teacher and principal in elementary schools in Alabama; served as supervisor of elementary education for Montgomery County, supervisor of primary education for the state of Alabama, state director of the School and Community Organizations in the State;  professor in the Department of Elementary Education at the University of Alabama after 1929. Fellow of the General Education Board, 1927-1929.  The Belser-Parton Reading Center in the College of Education at the University of Alabama was named in honor of Dr. Belser and Dr. Daisy Parton, professors of Elementary Education.  Died June 21, 1972.


Who’s Who of American Women, 1958.


Conditions and Practices Influencing the Elementary Education of White Children in the Public Schools of Alabama. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Printing Company, 1930.


Teaching Inter-American Relations; a Workshop Report Developed by the Members of the Workshop. University, Ala.; Bureau of Educational Research, CoIlege of Education, University of Alabama, 1944.



University professor; administrator. Born– October 23, 1940, Philadelphia, Pa. Married– Anne Rosamund Shaw, February 3, 1968.  Children–one. Education– University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1962, LL.B, 1965, M.A., 1967 and Ph.D., 1971. Taught at Duke University, 1970-1975; University of Southern California 1975-1978; University of Alabama in Birmingham 1978-84; ;  chairman of the Department of Philosophy at UAB 1980-84. Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at UAB, 1984-98.  Visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh, 1979. Published many articles in professional journals. Member of the American Philosophical Association; member and president of the Alabama Chapter of the Jane Austen Society. National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Humanist Fellowship, 1974-75.


Directory of American Scholars, 1982; Marquis Who’s Who online.


Law as Rule and Principle. Stanford, Calif.; Stanford University Press, 1978.

Rights. Totowa, N.J.; Biblo and Jannen, 1982.


Philosophy Then and Now.  Malden, Mass:  Blackwell, 1998.


Human Rights in Philosophy and Practice.  Ashgate, 2001.

Morality, Responsibility, and the University:  Studies in Academic Ethics.  Philadelphia:  Temple University Press, 1990.


A collection of the papers of Theodore M. Benditt is held by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Archives.




Engineer; University professor of engineering. Born– October 15, 1942,   Roanoke. Married–Mary.  Children–two. Education– Auburn University, B.S., 1966; M.S., 1972; Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Ph.D., 1975. Served as an officer/combat engineer in the U. S. Air Force in Vietnam, 1966-71.  Awarded the Bronze Star for his service.  Taught at Mississippi State University, 1975-76; at the University of Colorado, 1976-79; at Auburn University, 1979-2012. Dean of the College of Engineering, 2000-2012.  Author of more than one hundred publications.  Received awards as outstanding alumnus at VPI and Auburn (2012).  Named to State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame, 2013.  Named Dean Emeritus on his retirement at Auburn in 2012.


Files at Alabama Public Library Service; Auburn University website; Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame website..


Biological Process Design for Wastewater Treatment. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice, 1980.

Process Chemistry for Water and Wastewater Treatment. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice, 1982.

Sensitivity Analysis for an Activated Sludge Model Which Considers Toxicant Concentration. Auburn, Ala.; Water Resources Research Institute, Auburn University, 1984.

Treatment Plant Hydrolics for Environmental Engineers. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice, 1984.



Physicist; science fiction writer.  Born– January 30, 1941, Mobile. Parents– James Alton and Mary Eloise (Nelson) Benford. Married– Joan Abbe, August 26, 1967. Children– Two. Married Elisabeth Malartre Brown, 2005. Education– University of Oklahoma, B.S., 1963; University of California in San Diego, M.S., 1965, Ph.D., 1967. Worked as a research assistant, University of California in San Diego, 1964-1967; Employed by the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Livermore, Calif. as a fellow, 1967-1969, and research physicist, 1969-1971; member of the faculty of the University of California in Irvine, 1971-2006.; visiting professor at Cambridge University, 1976-1979. Held a Woodrow Wilson fellowship, 1963-1964. Honors; 4 Hugo Awards; 12 Nebula Awards  from Science Fiction Writers of America; British Science Fiction Award, 1981; UN Medal in Literature; Lord Prize, 1995;  Isaac Asimov Memorial Award, 2007; Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society Forry Award for Lifetime Achievement. Awarded status of professor emeritus at the University of California at Irvine  on his retirement in 2006.


Contemporary Authors online and Who’s Who in America, 1984.


Across the Sea of Suns. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1984.

Against Infinity. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1984.

Artifact. New York; TOR, 1985.

Bowl of Heaven.  Forge, 2012.

Deeper Than the Darkness. New York; Ace Publishing Corp., 1970. (revised as The Stars in Shroud. New York; Putnam, 1979.)

In The Ocean of Night, a Novel. New York; Dial, 1977.

Matter’s End. New Castle, Va.; Cheap Street, 1991.

Jupiter Project. Nashville; Thomas Nelson, 1975.

Shiva Descending. New York; Avon, 1980.

Timescape. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1980.

Threads of Time. Nashville; Thomas Nelson, 1974.

Tides of Light. Toronto; Bantam, 1989.


Beyond the Fall of Night. New York; Putnam, 1990.

The Jupiter War. New York; ROC, 1991


Find the Changeling. New York; Dell, 1980.

If the Stars Are Gods. New York; Putnam, 1977.


The papers of Gregory Benford held by the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy at the University of California Riverside.



Lawyer. Born– February 22, 1849, Greensboro. Parents– Augustus and Jane (Hatch) Benners. Married– Margaret Chadwick Jones, February 2, 1871. Children– Four. Education– Southern University, 1868. Attorney at Greensboro, 1870. Lived in Dallas, Tex., 1875-1885; Greensboro, 1885-1890. Represented Hale County in the Alabama Legislature, 1888-1889. In 1890 moved to Birmingham. Served as chancellor of the Northwestern Chancery Division of Alabama, 1905-1916. Died October 13, 1935.


Dictionary of Alabama Biography.


Slavery and Its Results. Macon, Ga.; J. W. Burke, 1923.



Political scientist; University professor. Born Danville, Va., November 19, 1907.  Parents; Walter H. and Martha Dodson Bennett.  Married– Maxine Purcell. Education– University of Richmond, 1930; Duke University, Ph.D., 1940. Taught in the Virginia public schools; Georgia Teachers College at Statesboro (1936-38); University of Alabama,1938-1977 ; assistant director of the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Mississippi, 1941-1942; visiting professor at Louisiana State University and at Duke University during some summers. Member of the American Political Science Association; member and President of the Southern Political Science Association. Served on the editorial staff of the Journal of Politics and the American Political Science Review and on the Council of the American Political Science Association.  Retired from the University of Alabama faculty in 1977.  The Walter Hartwell Bennett Memorial Scholarship was established at the University of  Alabama in his honor. Died November 19, 1986.


Files at Alabama Department of Archives and History;


American Theories of Federalism. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1964.


Letters From the Federal Farmer to the Republican. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1978.



Attorney; judge, law professor, writer.  Born–Tuscaloosa, 1943.  Married– Betsy M. Bennett. Education– Washington and Lee, B.A., 1965; University of North Carolina, M.A.,; University of Virginia Law School, J.D.  Worked at the Tuscaloosa News in the 1970′s; practiced law and served as a district court judge in Charlotte, N.C.; joined the UNC Law School faculty in 1986; headed the Intergenerational Legal Ethics Program at UNC.  Author of short stories and essays.  Awarded the Pushcart Prize in 2015. Finalist for Bellwether Prize. Awarded the LLM by the University of Virginia.


Walter Bennett Website; Washington and Lee Website.


The Lawyer’s Myth:  Reviving Ideals in the Legal Profession.  University of Chicago Press, 2001.

Leaving Tuscaloosa. Fuze Publishing, 2012.



Writer; teacher of writing. Born– November 28, 1949, Birmingham. Parents– John Jr. and Patricia Blanton Bensko.  Married– Rosemary Collins, May, 1980.  Children–one.  Married– Cary Holladay.  Education– University of Alabama, B.A., 1973, M.F.A., 1979;  FSU, Ph.D., 1985. Taught on a temporary part-time basis at the University of Alabama, 1974-80; taught at Old Dominion University  1980-1994; University of Memphis after 1994. Fulbright Professor at the University of Alicante, Spain.  Poems and critical works published in Black Warrior Review, Carolina Quarterly, New Orleans Review and Contemporary Literature in Birmingham. Member MLA, PEN.  Winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition, 1982, for Green Soldiers;  the McLeod-Grobe Poetry Prize in 2000; and the Anita Clare Scharf Award for poetry, 2013.


Contemporary Literature in Birmingham and files at Alabama Public Library Service; University of Memphis website.


Green Soldiers. New Haven; Yale University Press, 1981.

The Iron City: Poems.  Urbana:  University of Illinois Press, 2000.

Sea Dogs: Stories.  St. Paul: Graywolf Press, 2004.

Visitations: Poems.  Tampa: University of Tampa, 2014.

The Waterman’s Children.  Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1994.



University professor. Born– February 19, 1916, Camden, Ark. Parents– Louis Victor and Elizabeth (Walther) Benson. Married– Martha Ellen Blanks, May 29, 1941. Children– Two. Education– Southern State College, Magnolia, Arkansas; University of Texas, B.A., 1937, M.A., 1938; University of Illinois, Ph.D., 1948. Taught at Arkansas A & M College and University of Illinois; Auburn University after 1947. A Ford faculty fellow at Harvard University and Masschusetts Institute of Technology; Fulbright lecturer at Erlangen University.  The Carl Benson Lecture Series on Twentieth Century Literature was established in his honor by the English Department at Auburn.  Died April 1979.


Who’s Who in America, 1978.


The Idea of Tragedy. Glenview, Ill.; Scott, Foresman, 1966.


Essays for Exposition. New York; Harcourt, 1977.



Air Force officer; historian.  Married–Karen; children–two.  Education; B.A., The Citadel; M.A. English, UNC; M.A. political science, Auburn University at Montgomery; M.A. history, Auburn University. Served as an Air Force Officer for 28 years; retired as colonel.  Author of many newspaper articles on Montgomery history;  editor of local history books for NewSouth publishers.  Taught history at the University of Maryland Far East Division; the Citadel; the Air War College; and several Alabama institutions.


Publishers websites.


Air Force Officer’s Guide.  35th edition.  Stackpole Books, 2008.

Respectable and Disreputable: Leisure Time in Antebellum Montgomery.  NewSouth Books, 2013.

They Served Here:  Twenty-Three Maxwell Men.  Maxwell Air Force Base, 1999.

Through Others’ Eyes: Published Accounts of Antebellum Montgomery.  NewSouth Boooks, 2014.

The Very Worst Road:  Travellers’ Accounts of Crossing Alabama’s Old Creek Indian Territory, 1820-47.  University of Alabama Press, 2009.


A Sense of Place:  Montgomery’s Architectural Heritage.  River City Publishers, 2001.





Dramatist. Born– May 6, 1920, Birmingham. Parents– William and Louise (Claiborne) Berney. Education– University of Alabama, B.A., 1942; University of Iowa, M.A. in drama. Collaborated with Howard Richardson on a thesis in the form of a drama.  After graduation the thesis was produced and ran for nine months on Broadway in 1944 as “Dark of the Moon.” He and Richardson collaborated in writing other plays. At the time of his death  he was working as a script writer in Hollywood, Calif. Died November 23, 1961.


Biographical sketch by Robert Finney in the files at Alabama Public Library Service.


A Masque of Night; a Poetic Interlude. University, Ala.; L. Raines, 1941.


Dark of the Moon; a Play in Nine Scenes. S.l.; s.n., 1944.

Design for a Stained Glass Window; a Play in Three Acts. Boston; Baker, 1950.

Protective Custody; a Play in Three Acts. New York; Hart Pub. Co., s.d.

BERRY, EVA BELLE, 1905-1957


Church and denominational administrator; secretary.  Born– January 6, 1905, Bellfactory, Madison County. Parents– Ephraim Jack and Martha Gemima Bouldin Berry.  Education– Howard College, A.B., 1930; Woman’s Missionary Union Training School in Louisville, Ky.  Church secretary for two churches; Birmingham Association WMU Young People’s secretary, 1933; Alabama WMU  Young People’s secretary, Alabama, 1934-1943; field worker, WMU, Missouri, 1944-1947; executive secretary, WMU, Missouri, 1947-1954; worked with the Broadway Plan of Church Finance in the Southern Baptist General Convention of California, 1954-1956; executive secretary of the Kansas Woman’s Missionary Union, 1957.


Southern Baptist Encyclopedia and Eljee Bentley, Archivist of the Woman’s Missionary Union, Birmingham, Ala.


Labor of Love through Alabama Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union, 1899-1939. S.l.; Alabama Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union, 1940.

BEST, ADAM (Pseudonym)


Carmichael, William Edward



Journalist, writer. Born– September 19, 1892, Birmingham. Parents– Augustus Brown and Eugenia (Harrison) Bethea. Married– Alice Sixbey, August 7, 1912. Children– One. Education– Phillips High School. Reporter for the Birmingham Ledger, 1916-1921; managing editor of the Birmingham Post, 1921-28. Member of the Loafers Literary Club. Died July 2, 1928.


Who Was Who in America, Vol. 1 and Who Was Who Among North American Authors.


Bed Rock. Boston; Houghton, 1928.

Cotton, a Novel. Boston; Houghton, 1928.

The Deep Seam. Boston; Houghton, 1927.

Half-Gods. Houghton-Mifflin, 1923.

Honor Bound. Boston; Houghton, 1926.



Attorney; military officer; professor of military law. Born–Huntsville, Alabama, June 9, 1890. Parents–Judge Tancred Betts and Maud Broun Betts.Married–Pleasant Hobbs.  Children–two. Education– University of Alabama, LL.B., 1911; graduated from the U.S. Army Infantry School, 1925. Practiced law with the firm of Betts and Betts in Huntsville; first man from Madison County to volunteer for service in World War I.  Achieved rank of Captain in the Infantry, 1917;  re-enlisted at the end of the War. Transferred from the infantry to the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 1929. Advanced through the ranks to brigadier general in 1943; served as professor of military law, United States Military Academy, 1938-1942. At the time of his death he was judge advocate general of the United States Forces in Europe and the legal advisor to General Eisenhower. Awarded many medals and honors, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star.  Named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.  Inducted into the Athenaeum Club of London. Elected to the Alabama Men’s Hall of Fame. Died May 6,1946.


Who Was Who in America, Vol. 2; Obituaries on File, 1979; website of Alabama Academy of Honor.


Historic Huntsville. Birmingham, Ala.; Southern University Press, 1909. (also published as Early History of Huntsville, Alabama, 1804 to 1870. Montgomery, Ala.; Brown Printing, 1916.)

Kaleidoscopics of Other People and Places. Boston:  Christopher Publishing House, 1930.



College professor and administrator. Born– Hale County, August 1859. Parents– Aaron and Susan (Wayne) Beverly. Married–Mattie E. Dale. Children– Six. Education– Lincoln Normal School, B.S., 1882; Brown University, Ph.D., 1894. Principal of Tullibody Academy at Greensboro, 1882-1884. Taught at Lincoln Normal School, 1887-90; became its assistant principal in 1894; continued to serve the school after it moved to Montgomery and became the Alabama Normal School for Colored Students in 1888. In 1915, Beverly became the school’s first  first Black president; dean of Alabama State Normal School, 1920-1922; instructor of English and history at Prairie View College in Texas until his death in 1924. His book History of Alabama for Use in Schools… is the first history of Alabama written by an African American author. Honors; Selma University, honorary LL.D. Died December 16, 1924.


Who Was Who in Alabama and Mrs. Bertha P. Williams, Alabama State University.


Guide to the English Oration for Use in Schools … Montgomery, Ala.; Author, 1902.

History of Alabama, for Use in Schools and for General Reading. Montgomery, Ala.; Author, 1901.

Practical Ethics for Children.

Some Everyday Mistakes in the English Language Corrected. Montgomery, Ala.; Paragon Press, 1922.



Businessman, computer programmer, and information technology manager, post-secondary instructor, poet, photographer, and publisher.  Born– August 12, 1940, Long Island, NY.  Parents– Ralph Chester and Madeline Siebert Beyer.   Married– Carolyn Kracke. Children– Two. Education– NY State College of Forestry at Syracuse, Florence State College, Employed- National Floor Products, Florence, Alabama, 1962-1968; Reynolds Metals Company, Listerhill, AL, 1968-69; National Floor Products, Florence, AL, 1969-96; Federal Express Corporation, Memphis, TN, 1997-2002.  Published over a hundred poems in over fifty poetry journals and literary magazines. Editor, Cotton Boll/ Atlanta Review; Negative Capability; Elk River Review. Founding president, Alabama State Poetry Society, 1968-1970; Treasurer and president of the Alabama State Poetry Society; President,  Alabama Writers Conclave, 1979-1980; Vice President of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, 1970-72.  Received the President’s Award from the Alabama State Poetry Society, 1974; Poet of the Year Award from the Alabama State Poetry Society, 1978; Poetry Book of the Year Award for SCROD I, Alabama State Poetry Society, 1984; Special Appreciation Award from the Alabama State Poetry Society, 1998, on the Society’s 30th Anniversary; “The flower you planted bloomed.”


Personalities of the South, 1972.; Who’s Who in Poetry, 1972-73; Richard Beyer.


The Homely Muse; Selected Poems, 1962-1972. Florence, Ala.; Pinpoint Press, 1973.

Profit and Loss, The Pseudo Press, Tuscumbia, AL, 1995.

Joint Publications;

Alabama Poets, A Contemporary Anthology.  Livingston University Press, Livingston, AL, 1990.

Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry, 1981.  Beverly Hills, CA:  Monitor Book Company.

Life on the Line; Selections on Words and Healing.  Mobile; Negative Capability Press, 1992.

SCROD I.  Florence, AL:  The Pauper’s Press, 1984.

Whatever Remembers Us.  Mobile:  Negative Capability Press, 2007.

BIDERMAN, ALBERT D., 1923-2003


Research sociologist; college professor. Born– July 10, 1923, Patterson, N.J. Parents– Isaac and Celia (Silberstein) Biderman. Married– Sumiko Fujii, November 9, 1951. Children– Three. Education– New York University, A.B., 1947; University of Chicago, M.A., 1952, Ph.D., 1964. U.S. Army, WWII. Instructor in sociology at Illinois Institute of Technology, 1948-52.  research social psychologist at Maxwell Air Force Base, 1952-57; ; senior research associate at the Bureau of Social Science Research in Washington, D.C., 1957-86; American University Research Professor of Justice, 1986-2003.  Director, Crime Survey Research Consortium, 1979-86. Member American Sociological Association; American Association for Public Opinion Research; American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow); American Statistical Association (fellow); District of Columbia Sociological Society (President, 1965-66). Received the Steward A. Rice Merit Award from the District of Columbia Sociological Society, 1985. Died June 16, 2003.


Contemporary Authors online; obituary, Washington Post.


An Annotated Bibliography on Prisoner Interrogation, Compliance and Resistance. Washington, D.C.; Bureau of Social Science Research, 1963.

Bibliography on Display and Communication; Literature and Films, Selected for Their Pertinence to Kinostatistics for Social Indicators. Washington, D.C.; Bureau of Social Science Research, 1973.

The Criminal Record as a Social Problem. Washington, D.C.; Bureau of Social Science Research, 1970.

Cultural Models of Captive Relationships. Washington, D.C.; Bureau of Social Science Research, 1960.

Death as a Criterion in the Study of Extreme Captive Situations. Washington, D.C.; Bureau of Social Science Research, 1961.

Information, Intelligence, Enlightened Public Policy; Functions and Organization of Societal Feedback. New York; s.n., 1969.

Interim Report of an Inventory of Surveys of the Public and Crime, Justice and Related Topics. Washington, D.C.; Bureau of Social Science Research, 1971.

An Inventory of Surveys of the Public on Crime, Justice and Related Topics. Washington, D.C.; National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, 1972.

Kinostatics for Social Indicators. Washington, D.C.; Bureau of Social Science Research, 1971.

March to Calumny; the Story of American POWs in the Korean War. New York; Macmillan, 1963.

National Goals and Statistical Indicators. Washington, D.C.; Bureau of Social Science Research, 1963.

Recent Second-career Patterns of Military Retirees. Washington, D.C.; Bureau of Social Science Research, 1973.

Report on a Pilot Study in the District of Columbia on Victimization and Attitudes Toward Law Enforcement. Washington, D.C.; Government Printing Office, 1967.

Surveys of Population Samples for Estimating Crime Incidence. Washington, D.C.; Office of Law Enforcement Assistance, United States Department of Justice, 1968. (also published as the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, Vol. 374).

Toward Improved Graphic Social Reporting. S.l.; s.n., 1974.


An Analysis of 36 Competitive Procurements of Social Program Evaluation Studies. Washington, D.C.; Bureau of Social Science Research, 1974.

A Competitive Evaluation Research Industry. Washington, D.C.; Bureau of Social Science Research, 1972.

Data Sources on White-collar Law-breaking. Washington, D.C.; U.S. Department of Justice, 1980.

The Employment of Retired Military Personnel. Washington, D.C.; Bureau of Social Science Research, 1966.

Historical Incidents of Extreme Overcrowding. Washington, D.C.; Bureau of Social Science Research, 1965.

An Inventory of Surveys of the Public on Crime, Justice and Related Topics. Washington, D.C.; National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Government Printing Office, 1972.

Political Economies of Social Research; the Case of Sociology. Washington, D.C.; Bureau of Social Science Research, 1968.

Self-perceived Social Value and Moral Qualities of One’s Work; Neglected Social Dimensions for Quality of Employment Indicators. Washington, D.C.; Bureau of Social Science Research, 1976.

Social Scientist and International Affairs; a Case for a Sociology of Social Science. New York; Wiley, 1968.

Understanding Crime Incidence Statistics … New York; Spring-Verlag, 1989.


Mass Behavior in Battle and Captivity; the Communist Soldier in the Korean War. Chicago; University of Chicago Press, 1968.

Toward an Agenda for Research on National Victimization Survey Statistics. Washington, D.C.; Bureau of Social Science Research, 1978.


Measuring Work Quality for Social Reporting. Beverly Hills; Sage, 1976.

BIDGOOD, LEE, 1884-1963


Economist; university professor and administrator. Born– February 2, 1884, Norfolk County, Va. Married–Emily Mary Smith.  Children– Four. Education– Churchland Academy, Virginia; University of Virginia, B.A., M.A. Served as a fellow, assistant instructor, and instructor at the University of Wisconsin for four years; named professor of economics at the University of Alabama in 1913. Instrumental in the establishment of the University of Alabama school of Commerce and Business Administration; served as its first dean, 1919-1954. Served as interim president of the University of Alabama, 1953. Member American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business; Southern Economic Association; Beta Gamma Sigma business honorary. Honors; Honorary degrees from the University of Alabama, New York University, University of Virginia, and Columbia University. Elected to the Alabama Business Hall of Fame in 1977.  Bidgood Hall, the main building of the UA School of Commerce and Business Administration, is named in his honor. Died May 1, 1963.


Files at the Alabama Public Library Service and obituary in the Birmingham News, May 19, 1963.


American Economy; Outline, References and Questions. University, Ala.; Weatherford Pub. Co., 1920.

American Society; Outline, References and Topics. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Weatherford Press Co., 1920.

Collegiate Education for Business.  University of Alabama, 1954.

Lectures on American Economy.Ann Arbor: Edwards Broterhs, 1922.

Our Government. University, Ala.; University of Alabama, Extension Division, 1920.

Transition in Alabama: A Study.  Alabama Business Research Council.  University of Alabama Prss, 1962.


American Society:  An Introduction to Sociology.  University of Alabama, 1933.

The First Exploration of the Trans-Allegheny Region by the Virginians, 1650-1674. Cleveland; A. H. Clark, 1912.

Introductory Sociology; a Study of American Society. New York; Prentice-Hall, 1939.



Composer, musician, music teacher, writer. Born– January 1870, Tuskegee. Parents– James Andrew and Francina A. (Mason) Bilbro. Married Frank E. Dix, 1908.  Education– Alabama Conference Female College; studied music under private tutors. Early in her life she composed two sets of piano pieces for children, “Jolly Tunes for Little Folks” and “Wee Folks in Music Land.” She composed and sold music in many forms: piano stories, piano studies, song stories, early instruction collections, musical plays, etc. Published over 600 works, primarily in the field of music education.  She also wrote verse, short stories, and a novel. Lived in New York and in the Southwest, returned to Alabama and lived in Gadsden; taught at Birmingham College of Music. Conducted master classes all over the country.  Featured in Etude magazine’s sesquicentennial edition (1926) as among the most important American composers.  Inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, 1983. Died December 2, 1958.


American Women, 1935-1940; Musical Alabama; website of Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame.


Happy Half Hours in Melody Land.  Cincinnati:  Willis Music Company, 1921.

The Middle Pasture. Boston; Small, Maynard & Co., 1917.

Military Parade.  Willis Music Company, 1917.



University administrator; sociologist; professor; writer. Born– March 20, 1926, Marion, Al.  Parents–Silas and Lucy Billingsley.  Married– Amy Loretta Tate.  Children– two.  Education– Grinnell College, A.B., 1951; Boston University, M.S., 1956; University of Michigan, M.A., 1960; Brandeis University, Ph.D., 1964.  U.S. Army, WWII, 1944-46.  American Friends Service Committee, director of Youth Service Projects, Chicago, 1951-54; psychiatric social worker, Mendota State Hospital, Madison, WI, 1956-58; Director of Friends International Student Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1959-60; social worker and research assistant, Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 1960-63; taught at University of California, Berkeley, 1964-1970; assistant chancellor for academic affairs, Berkeley, 1968-70.  Professor and Vice president for academic affairs, Howard University, 1970-74; President, Morgan State University, Baltimore, 1975-1984.  Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, 1985-87; Professor, University of South Carolina College of Arts and Sciences, Columbia, 1988-1996.  Contributed scholarly articles to many professional journals and anthologies. Served on the board of The Black Scholar and the Journal of Afro-American Studies. Member American Sociological Association, National Association of Black Social Workers, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, Council on Social Work Education, Child Welfare League. Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Grinnell College, 1971. Received the Michael Schwerner Memorial Award, City of New York, 1969; first national leadership award, Afro-American Family and Community Services, 1972; Outstanding Contribution to Excellence in Education Award, PUSH National Convention, 1972; the DuBois-Johnson-Frazier Award from the American Sociological Association and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Association of Black Sociologists.  Awarded emeritus status on his retirement from the University of Maryland in 1887; awarded the degree of  Doctor of Humane Letters  by Grinnell College in 1971 and Mercy College in 1982.


Who’s Who of Black Americans, 1980; Contemporary Authors online


Black Families and the Struggle for Survival. New York; Friendship Press, 1974.

Child Development and Family Life in the Black Community.  Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1974.

Climbing Jacob’s Ladder: The Eduring Legacy of African-American Families.  New York:  Simon and Schuster, 1992.

The Evolution of the Black Family. New York; National Urban League, 1976.

Illegitimacy; Changing Services for Changing Times. New York; National Council on Illegitimacy, 1970.

Mighty like a River:  The Black Church and Social Reform.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 1999.

The Role of the Social Worker in a Child Protective Agency; a Comparative Analysis. Boston; Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 1964.

The Social Worker in a Child Protective Agency. New York; National Association of Social Workers, 1965.

Yearning to Breathe Free:  Robert Smalls of South Carolina and His Families.  Columbia:  University of South Carolina Press, 2007.


Black Families in White America.  NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1968; rev.ed. NY, 1988.

Children of the Storm; Black Children and American Child Welfare. New York; Harcourt, 1972.

Research on African-American Families; a Holistic Perspective. Boston, Mass.; Trotter Institute, University of Massachusetts, 1989.

Studies in Child Protective Services: Final Report of a Project Supported by the Children’s Bureau.  U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1969.


Black Colleges and Public Policy.  Chicago: Follett Press, 1986.

Blacks on White Campuses; Whites on Black Campuses.  Chicago: Follett, 1986.

Inside Black Colleges and Universities.  Chicago: Follett, 1986.



Writer, editor. Born– April 1, 1891, Philadelphia, Pa. Parents– Herman Hoffman and Elizabeth Cherrill (Boude) Birney. Married– Marguerite Agnes Bovington, June 14, 1930. Children– One. Education– Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., 1908-1912. Served in the Army during World War I; attached to the Philadelphia Regional Office of the Office of War Sources, 1943-1947; technical writer for the Army missile program at Fort Bliss, Tex., after 1947; served as editor of Rocket Research and Development; editor of Ammunition and Small Arms Research and Development for the U.S. Army Ordnance Department. Member of Phi Delta Theta. Books were written under the pseudonym, David Kent. Lived in Huntsville at the end of his life. Died June 2, 1958.


Who Was Who in America, Vol. 3, and Obituaries on File, 1979.


Ann Carmeny. New York; G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1941.

Ay-chee, Son of the Desert. Philadelphia; Penn Pub. Co., 1939.

Barrier Ranch. Philadelphia; Penn Pub. Co., 1933.

Brothers of Doom; the Story of the Pizarros of Peru. New York; G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1942.

The Ca’non of Lost Waters. Philadelphia; Penn Pub. Co., 1929.

Dead Man’s Trail. Philadelphia; The Penn Pub. Co., 1937.

The Dice of God. New York; Holt, 1956.

Eagle in the Sun. New York; Putnam, 1935.

Forgotten Ca’non. New York; Triangle Books, 1934.

Grim Journey; the Story of the Adventures of the Emigrating Company Known as the Donner Party, which, in the Year 1846, Crossed the Plains from Independence, Missouri, to California. New York; Minton, Balch & Co., 1934.

Jason Burr’s First Case, by David Kent (pseud.). New York; Random House, 1941.

King of the Mesa. Philadelphia; Penn Pub. Co., 1927.

A Knife is Silent, by David Kent (pseud.). New York; Random House, 1947.

The Masked Rider. New York; Grossett & Dunlap, 1928.

Mountain Chief, an Indian Legend for Children. Philadelphia; Penn Pub. Co., 1938.

The Pinto Pony, a Real Horse Story. Philadelphia; Penn Pub. Co., 1930.

Roads to Roam. Philadelphia; Penn Pub. Co., 1930.

Steeldust; the Story of a Horse. New York; Grossett & Dunlap, 1928.

A Stranger in Black Butte. Philadelphia; Penn Pub. Co., 1936.

Tu’kwi of the Peaceful People. Philadelphia; Penn Pub. Co., 1933.

Two Little Navajos; a Tale of the Children of the Painted Desert. Philadelphia; Penn Pub. Co., 1931.

Vigilantes; a Chronicle of the Rise and Fall of the Plummer Gang of Outlaws In and About Virginia City, Montana, In the Early ’60s. Philadelphia; Penn Pub. Co., 1929.

Zealots of Zion. Philadelphia; Penn Pub Co., 1931.


Holy Murder; the Story of Porter Rockwell. New York; Minton, Balch, 1934.



Attorney; U.S.Senator; Associate Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court.  Born–Harlan, Clay County, Alabama, February 27, 1886. Parents–William Lafayette and Martha Toland Black.  Married–Josephine Foster, 1921.  Children–three.  Married–Elizabeth Demeritte, 1957.  Education– attended Birmingham Medical School for one year; attended the University of Alabama Law School, LL. B., 1906. Practiced law in Ashland, 1906-07;  in Birmingham, 1907-1914; elected solicitor (prosecuting attorney) in Birmingham 1914; served until 1917.  Served in the U.S. Army, 1917-1918; attained the rank of captain.  Returned to law practice in 1918; elected to the U.S. Senate in 1926, re-elected in 1937.  A strong supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal.  Appointed to the U.S.Supreme Court in 1936  by Roosevelt; served until his resignation in 1971.  At the time of his retirement, second longest serving Justice. Regarded as one of the most important Justices.  Member Civitan Club and Knights of Pythias. Widely honored; pictured on one of the Great Americans Series of Postage stamps issued by the U.S.Postal Service.  The Hugo L. Black United State Courthouse in Birmingham is named in his honor. The University of Alabama in Birmingham established the Hugo L. Black Symposium in American History. Died September 25,1971.


Wikipedia; Mr. Justice and Mrs. Black.


A Constitutional Faith.  New York:  Knopf, 1968.


Mr. Justice and Mrs. Black:  The Memoirs of Hugo L.Black and Elizabeth Black. New York: Random House, 1986.


A collection of the papers of Justice Black is held by the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.  A collection of his papers is held by the Bounds Law Library at the University of Alabama.



Attorney; U.S.Senator; Supreme Court Justice. Born– February 27, 1886, Harlan, Clay County. Married– Josephine Patterson Foster, 1919. Children–three.Married– Elizabeth Seay DeMeritte, 1957.  Education– Ashland College, Birmingham Medical College, University of Alabama Law School, LL.B., 1906. Practiced law in Ashland and Birmingham; elected solicitor (prosecuting attorney) in Birmingham, 1914. Served in the U.S. Army, 1917-1919; attained rank of captain. Returned to law practice in Birmingham;  elected to the U.S. Senate, 1926; reelected in 1932.  A strong supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal; appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by FDR in 1937, championing individual rights as guaranteed by the first and fifth amendments; vigorously supported civil rights. Considered one of the most influential justices of the twentieth century.  The fifth longest serving justice in history. Member Civitan Club and Knights of Pythias. Widely honored; pictured on one of the stamps in the Great Americans series issued by the U.S.Postal Service.  The U.S. Courthouse in Birmingham is named in his honor.  The University of Alabama in Birmingham established the Hugo L. Black Symposium in American History in his honor. Died September 25, 1971.


McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Biography; wikipedia.


Mr. Justice and Mrs. Black:  The Memoirs of Hugo L. Black and Elizabeth Black. New York:  Random House, 1986.


A Constitutional Faith. New York; Knopf, 1968.

“Sincerely Your Friend…”  Letters of Mr. Justice Hugo L. Black to Jerome A. Cooper. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1973.


Collections of papers of Justice Black are held by the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress and by the Bounds Law Library at the University of Alabama.  A number of letters of Justice Black and members of his family are held at the Alabama State Department of Archives and History in Montgomery.



Attorney.  Born– April 29, 1922, Birmingham. Parents– Hugo Lafayette and Josephine Patterson (Foster) Black. Married– Graham Hobson, June 12, 1947. Children– Three. Education– University of Alabama, A.B., 1946; Yale University, LL.B., 1949. Admitted to practice before the bar in Alabama and Florida and before the U. S. Supreme Court. Partner in the firm of Kelly, Black, Black, Wright and Earle in Miami, Fla., 1962-2013.  Member of the American Bar Association, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and other legal associations; U.S.Supreme Court Historical Society and the Eleventh Circuit Court Historical Society; life member of the American Law Institute.  Listed in Best Lawyers in America for twenty years. Died July 22, 2013.


Who’s Who in America online; Obituary, July 24, 2013.


Florida Evidentiary Foundations.  Michie Company, 1991.

My Father; a Remembrance. New York; Random House, 1975.

The Opening Statement. Practising Law Institute, 1984.



Episcopal priest. Born July 25, 1890, Virginia. Parents–Launcelot Minor Blackford and Eliza Chew Ambler Blackford.  Married–  Ellen Ford. Education– Virginia Theological Seminary. Ordained a deacon in 1915 and a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1916.  Chaplain/major in US Army, World War II.  Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Talladega, 1945. Organized St. James Mission in Alexander City, 1947, and St. Mary’s Mission in Childersburg, 1948.  Died July 19, 1975.

Source:; Files at Alabama Public Library Service and from his books.


Fascinating Talladega County, Rich in History and Legends. Talladega, Ala.; Brannon, 1957.

History of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Talladega, Ala. Talladega, Ala.; Typescript, 1952.

The Might and Mystery of St. Michael and All Angels Church, Anniston, Alabama. S.l.; s.n., 1952.

Under Seven Flags. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Printing Co., 1950.

BLACKMON, ROSS, 1877-1963


Lawyer. Born– March 5, 1877, Cedartown, Ga. Parents– Augustus Young and Sarah Ann (Ross) Blackmon. Resided at Choccolocco near Anniston. Married– Julia Virginia Miller, December 29, 1917. Children– Two. Education– Jacksonville State Normal School. Licensed to practice law in Alabama, 1898. Worked with the committee to draw up the 1901 Constitution of the State of Alabama. Member of the Calhoun County and American Bar Associations and the American Judicature Society. Helped in establishing Fort McClellan. Died May 7, 1963.


Grove’s Library of Alabama Lives;


A Story of the Progress and Achievement of the Negro Race in the Art of Self Government. Anniston, Ala.; s.n., 1947.



Social worker, teacher, poet. Born– June 5, 1911, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Parents– Samuel and Annie Laurie Longshore Friedman. Married– William Blackshear, April 21, 1934. Children– Three. Education– Agnes Scott College, B.A., 1931; University of Alabama, M.A., 1932. Visitor for the Alabama Child Welfare Department in Montgomery, 1934-36; supervisor for the Tuscaloosa County Recreation Department, 1937-39; English teacher in Montgomery, 1942-45, 1956-73. Member of the Alabama State Poetry Society, Creative Writers of Montgomery, and Alabama Writers Conclave. Alabama State Poetry Society Poet of the Year, 1982. Poet Laureate Of Alabama, 1995-1999.  Died November 11, 2003.


Contemporary Authors online


Alabama Album: Collected Poems.  Black Belt Press, 1996.

Along Alabama Roads. Wells Printing, 1983.

The Creek Captives and Other Alabama Stories. Montgomery, Ala.; John M. Patterson Technical College, 1975.

Montgomery:  Andrew Dexter’s Dream City.  Montgomery, 1996.

Mother Was a Rebel. Montgomery, Ala.; Adams Press, 1973.

Random Runes (Poems). Montgomery, Ala.; s.n., 1975.

Robert Loveman; Belated Romanticist. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1932.

Silver Songs. Montgomery: Court Street Press, 2001.

Southern Smorgasbord.  Wells Printing, 1982.

Tuscaloosa Sketches. Montgomery, Ala.; Parker Advertising Co., 1967.

With a Quiet Eye.  Montgomery, 1967.


These I Would Keep: Selected Poems by the Poets Laureate of Alabama.  NewSouth Press, 2000.



Agricultural economist; University professor. Born– October 28, 1911, Dalton, Ga. Parents– Fred Luther and Mamie Louise Carter Blackstone.  Married Laura Grace Wald, July 13, 1935. Children– Two. Education– Auburn University, B.S., 1938, M.S., 1941. Assistant agricultural economist at the University of Kentucky, 1941-1942; taught at Auburn University, 1941 and again after 1946; professor of agricultural economics and rural sociology at Auburn after 1953. Died July 10, 1883.


American Men and Women of Science–Social and Behavioral Sciences, 13th ed. 1978;


The Present and Projected Agricultural Economy of the Appalachian Region of Alabama; a Report. Auburn, Ala.; Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, 1968.

Recreation in the Appalachia and Non-Appalachia Regions of Alabama; Appendix F to Report for Development of Water Resources in Non-Appalachia Alabama. Auburn, Ala.; Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn University, 1968.

Joint Publications;

Nutritional Knowledge and Consumer Use of Dairy Products in Urban Areas of the South.  Auburn University Agricultural Experiment Station, 1963.



University professor of English. Born– May 7, 1919, Benmore, Miss. Education– Twentieth Century Business College, 1937-39; University of Houston, B.A., 1951; Florida State University, M.A., 1964, Ph.D., 1966. U.S. Army Air Force, 1943-45 (awarded the Bronze Star).  Worked as a secretary, 1939-43 and 1946-48;  Education director at Camp Cherryfield, Brevard, N.C., 1956-62; staff director of the Knoxville Area Human Relations Council, 1961-62. Instructor in creative writing at Watkins Institute, 1959-60.;  associate professor of English at Florida A & M University, 1966-77. Fulbright lecturer in American literature at the University of Sao Paulo, 1972-73.   Contributed articles and short stories to literary journals. Appointed to Florida Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women, 1967-69; member of the National Council on the Humanities, 1971-76.  Member of the Modern Language Association, the College English Association, Society for the Study of  Southern Literature, Authors Guild, South Atlantic Modern Language Association.  Died December 25, 1977.


Contemporary Authors Online.


The Men Around Hurley. New York; Vanguard, 1957.


Lillian Smith. New York; Twayne, 1971.

BLAIR, ALGERNON, 1873-1952


Building contractor. Born– August 6, 1873, Brooklyn, N.Y. Parents– Alexander and Hannah (Farnell) Blair. Married– Caroline Livingston Singleton, June 15, 1898 (died 1905). Married– Adele Blue, July 14, 1908. Children– Three. Education– Macon, Ga. high school, graduated 1888. Contractor in Montgomery; in charge of many government contracts;built over 200 postoffices and numerous military installations.  Director of First National Bank of Montgomery, member of “The Thirteen,” a literary and philosophical society. Died March 14, 1952.


Who Was Who in America, Vol. 3; obituary.


Alabama State Capitol and Grounds; a Paper Read Before the Thirteen, May 13, 1943. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Pub. Co., 1943.

Church of the Advent, Its History and Traditions. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Pub. Co., 1943.

Digging Wells, a Tribute to General Robert Ernest Noble, Surgeon, United States Army (Retired). Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Pub. Co., 1942.

BLAKE, WALKER E. (Pseudonym)


Butterworth, William Edmund, III



Presbyterian minister;  college professor and administrator. Born April 27, 1894, Lancaster, South Carolina.  Parents– Hunter B. Blakely Sr. and Susan Marshall Blakely. Married Mary Morris; one child.  Education– Attended Erskine College; Princeton Seminary (B.D. 1919); Louisville Presbyterian Seminary; University of Edinburgh, Oxford University; University of Berlin; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Th.D. , 1925. Held pastorates at Louisville, Ky.; Harrodsburg, Ky.; and Staunton, Va. Taught at Columbia Seminary. President of Queens College in Charlotte, N.C., 1939-1950; secretary of the Division of Higher Education of the Board of Christian Education of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A, after 1950.  Died August 6, 1970.


Book jacket for Religion in Shoes.


Defending the Bulwarks.  Richmond, VA; Presbyterian  Commission of Publication, 1936.

Facing Life’s Questions.  New York; Fleming H. Revell, 1938.

Making the Most of College.  Richmond; John Knox Press, 1942.

I Wager on God. Richmond; John Knox Press, 1956.

Religion in Shoes; or, Brother Bryan of Birmingham. Richmond, Va.; Presbyterian Committee of Publication, 1934 (multiple reprintings).

With Christ into Tomorrow.  Richmond; Presbyterian Committee of Publication, 1936.



High school principal, personnel officer; genealogist. Born Hanceville, April 4, 1940. Parents– Dennis Liphus and Hazel Anne (Phillips) Blalock. Married– Sandra Lee Daniel, December 21, 1962 (divorced 1985). Children– Three. Married– Gail Katherine Aliano, May 25, 1984.  Married– Barbara Gail  Hamrick Chapman, December 16, 1989 (died 2000). Education– University of Alabama, B.A., 1962; M.A., 1964; graduate work at the University of Virginia. Moved to Virginia and served as a high school principal and as a school personnel officer in Fairfax. Returned to Alabama and lived at Hanceville.


Phillips, Fine, Sandlin, Self Families ….


British and American Comptons; From the Colonial Era to the Modern Day. S.l.; Author, 1984.

Daniel, Bradberry, Doss, Tinney, Puckett, Gibbs, … Families. S.l.; Author, 1980.

Families of Western Georgia and Randolph, Cleburne, Cullman, and Marion Counties, Alabama. S.l.; s.n., 1980.

France to America; Sinyard and Related Families … S.l.; Author, 1984.

Phillips, Fine, Sandlin, Self Families … S.l.; Author, 1984.



Teacher, social worker. Born– April  30, 1838, Autauga County, Alabama. Parents– Joseph Reid John and Rosanna Jane (Smith) John. Lived at Uniontown, Montgomery and Selma. Married– John Wirt Blandin. Children– Three. Taught in Selma and Montgomery, and in Houston, Tex. Organized Houston’s first mission board and was its president for several years; helped establish free kindergartens, day nurseries and Sunday schools. Died June 30, 1912.


Biographical Directory of Southern Authors and files at Alabama Department of Archives and History.


From Gonzales to San Jacinto; a Historical Drama of the Texan Revolution. Houston, Texas; Dealy & Baker, 1897.

History of Higher Education of Women in the South Prior to 1860. New York; Neale Pub. Co., 1909.

History of Shearn Church, 1837-1907. Houston, Tex.; J. V. Dealy Co., 1908.



Reporter, teacher, writer. Born– February 6, 1909, Demopolis. Parents– Wyatt Childs and Maud (Lurton) Blassingame. Married– Gertrude Olsen, 1936 (died 1976); children–two.  Married Leonora Jeanne Toman. Education– Howard College, 1926-1928; University of Alabama, A.B., 1930, graduate work 1931-1933; New York University, 1951-1952. Military service–U.S.Navy, 1942-45.  Reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser, 1930-1931; teaching fellow at the University of Alabama, 1931-1933; instructor at Florida Southern College, 1948-1951; full time writer after 1951. Published many stories in magazines and journals. Honors; Benjamin Franklin Magazine Award, 1956, for best short story, “Man’s Courage”, published in Harpers; two Outstanding Science Books for Children Awards.  Died January 9, 1985.


Something About the Author and Contemporary Authors online.


Baden-Powell. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1966.

Bent’s Fort: Crossroads of the Great West.  Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1967.

Bowleg Bill. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1967.

Combat Nurses of World War II. New York; Random, 1967.

Dan Beard, Scoutmaster of America.  Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1972.

Diving for Treasure. Philadelphia; Macrae-Smith, 1971.

Eleanor Roosevelt. New York; Putnam, 1968.

Ernest Thompson Seton. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1971.

The Everglades, from Yesterday to Tomorrow. New York; Putnam, 1974.

The First Book of American Expansion. New York; Watts, 1965.

The First Book of Florida. New York; Watts, 1963.

The First Book of the Seashore. New York; Watts, 1964.

For Better, For Worse. New York; Crowell, 1951.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: Four Times President. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1966.

The French Foreign Legion. New York; Random, 1955.

The Golden Geyser. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1961.

Great Trains of the World. New York; Random, 1953.

Halo of Spears. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1962.

Halsey: Five-Star Admiral.  Garrard, 1970.

His Kingdom for a Horse. New York; Dodd, Mead, 1983.

How Davy Crockett Got a Bearskin Coat. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1972.

The Incas and the Spanish Conquest. New York; J. Messner, 1980.

Jake Gaither; Winning Coach. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1969.

Jim Beckwourth, Black Trapper and Indian Chief. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1973.

John Henry and Paul Bunyan Play Baseball. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1971.

John Smith Hears Death Walking.  NY: Bartholomew House, 1944.

Joseph Stalin and Communist Russia. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1971.

The Little Killers: Fleas, Lice, Mosquitos. New York; Putnam, 1975.

Live from the Devil. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1959.

The Look-it-up Book of Presidents. New York; Random, 1968.

Medical Corps Heroes of World War II. New York; Random House, 1969.

Naturalist-Explorers. New York; Watts, 1964.

Navy’s Fliers in World War II. Philadelphia; Westminister, 1967.

Osceola. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1967.

Out-Island Doctor. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1963.

Paul Bunyan Fights the Monster Plants. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1974.

Pecos Bill and the Wonderful Clothesline Snake. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1978.

Pecos Bill Catches a Hidebehind. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1977.

Pecos Bill Rides a Tornado. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1973.

Ponce de Leon, A World Explorer.  Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1965.

Porcupines. New York; Dodd, 1982.

Sacagawea: Indian Guide. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1965.

Science Catches the Criminal. New York; Dodd, 1975.

Skunks. New York; Dodd, 1981.

Stephen Decatur,  Fighting Sailor.  Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1964.

The Story of the Boy Scouts. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1968.

The Story of the United States Flag. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1969.

The Strange Armadillo. New York; Dodd, 1983.

They Rode the Frontier. New York; Watts, 1959.

Thor Heyerdahl, Viking Scientist. New York; Elseyier/Nelson, 1979.

Underwater Warriors. New York; Random House, 1982.

The U.S. Frogmen of World War II. New York; Random, 1964.

William Beebe, Underwater Explorer. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1976.

William F. Halsey, Five Star Admiral. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1970.

William Tecumseh Sherman, Defender of the Union. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice, 1970.

Wonders of Alligators and Crocodiles. New York; Dodd, 1973.

Wonders of Crows. New York; Dodd, 1979.

Wonders of Egrets, Bitterns, and Herons. New York; Dodd, 1982.

Wonders of Frogs and Toads. New York; Dodd, 1975.

Wonders of Racoons. New York; Dodd, 1977.

Wonders of Sharks. New York; Dodd, 1984.

Wonders of The Turtle World. New York; Dodd, 1976.


Frontier Doctors.  New York: F. Watts, 1963.

Men Who Opened the West.  New York City: Putnam, 1966.

The Mountain Men. NY: F. Watts, 1962.

Out-Island Doctor.  NY: Dutton, 1963. (3rd edition Nassau, Bahamas:  Media Publishing, 1998.)


Devils in the Dark. Chicago:  Weinbery, 1979.


A collection of the papers of Wyatt Blassingame is held by the Special Collections Department of the Library at the University of South Florida.



Pharmacologist, professor of pharmacology, university dean. Born– November 10, 1887, New York, N.Y. Parents– Andrew Richard and Frances Revue (Sutton) Bliss. Married– Loretta Ann Deering, August 20, 1918. Education–Howard College; B.S., 1910, A,M., 1919;  Columbia University, Ph.Ch., 1908, Ph.B., 1909;  University of Alabama, M.D., 1932. Taught at various schools in the South, including the University of Alabama, Emory University School of Medicine, the University of Tennessee School of Medicine (Dean of the School of Pharmacy, 1925-1933). His last post was head of the Department of Pharmacology and Dean of Pharmacy at Howard College, 1933-1941. Awarded Conspicuous Service Medal, Columbia University, 1932.  LL.D., Howard, 1932. Died August 12, 1941.


Who Was Who in America, Vol. 1.: ; James E. Sulzby Jr., Toward a History of Samford University.


A Laboratory Manual of Elemental Qualitative Chemical Analysis …. Philadelphia; W. B. Saunders, 1918.


The Essentials of Physiology and Pharmacodynamics. S.l. ; s.n, s.d.

A Laboratory Manual of Qualitative Chemical Analysis. Menasha, Wisc.; George Banta Pub. Co., 1928.

Physics and Chemistry for Nurses. Philadelphia; J. B. Lippincott, 1926.

Properties and Uses of Drugs. Philadelphia; Blakiston, 1930.

Qualitative Analysis. Menasha, Wisc.; George Banta, 1929.

A Text-book of Physics and Chemistry for Nurses. Philadelphia; J. B. Lippinott Co., 1916.



Born– 1895, New York, N.Y. Parents– John and Mary (O’Neill) Deering. Married– Andrew Richard Bliss, Jr., August 20, 1918. Education– Ursuline Academy, Hunter College, Cox College, and Columbia University. Served as vice president of the Women’s Auxiliary to the National Council of the Episcopal Church from the Diocese of Tennessee. Died January 8, 1970.


Who Was Who of North American Authors.


Meditations. Menasha, Wisc.; George Banta, 1973.


Diocesan Devotional and Educational Program of the National Council of the Episcopal Church, 1933-34.



Teacher. Born– 1904, Thomasville. Parents–James and Orlena Foreman. Married– Booker T. Boatwright.  Education– Selma University and Alabama State College; Tuskegee Institute, M.A.; Wayne State University, post-graduate work. Employed as a supervisor of schools in Jefferson County for many years. After her retirement she devoted herself to church work. Died October 1980.


Gene Geiger, Auburn University;


Origin and Development of the Negro Visiting Teacher in Alabama. New York; Vantage Press, 1976.



Lawyer; genealogist. Born– December 5, 1880, Dayton. Parents– John Bennett and Annie (Perryman) Boddie. Married– Emma McCall, January 10, 1907 (died 1947). Children– Four. Married– Pearl D. Davis (died 1951).  Married– Lillian Orr Williams, 1953. Education– University of Virginia, 1900-1902; Kent College of Law in Chicago, LL.B., 1911. Entered the army during the Spanish-American War but discharged when it was discovered he was under age. During World War I, served as a lieutenant and captain in the U.S. Army Air Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago, 1914-1917, 1919-1923; practiced law in Chicago.  Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists. Died January 2, 1965. Died January 2, 1965.


Historical Southern Families, Vol. 1 and Seventeenth Century of Isle of Wight, Virginia.


Births, Deaths, and Sponsors, 1717-1778, from the Albemarle Parish Register of Surrey and Sussex Counties, Virginia. Baltimore ; Genealogical Publishing Co., 1974.

Boddie and Allied Families. Chicago?; s.n., 1918.

Colonial Surrey. Baltimore; Genealogical Pub. Co., 1948.

Historical Southern Families. Redwood City, Calif.; Pacific Coast Publishers, 1957-1971.

Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight, Virginia. Chicago; Chicago Law Printing Co., 1938.

Southside Virginia Families. Baltimore; Genealogical Publishing Co., 1955.

Virginia Historical Genealogies. Redwood City, Calif.; Pacific Coast Publishers, 1954.



Historian; College instructor. Born March 6, 1926, Philadelphia, Pa. Parents– Frederick John and Freda Margaret Riess Boehlke. Education– University of Pennsylvania, A.B., M.A., Ph.D., 1958; Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Bachelor of Divinity, 1952. Served as history professor and chairman of the Social Science Division of Judson College in Marion, Ala., 1958-70. Professor of history, Eastern Baptist College (later University), 1967-2010.  Served as faculty secretary, registrar, and university archivist. Eastern University established an award for an outstanding student in history in his honor.  Awarded emeritus status on his retirement in 2010.


Files at Alabama Public Library Service; Eastern University website.


The First Sixty Years of Eastern University, 1952-2002.  Apple Press, Ltd., 2003.

From Generation to Generation:  A History of Southern Baptists in Pennsylvania/South Jersey. Providence House, 1996.

Pierre de Thomas, Scholar, Diplomat and Crusader. Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania Press, 1966.




Teacher. Born February 4, 1900,  Starkville, Miss. Parents– William and Annie Connell Ward. Married– Jeff Boggan. Children– One. Education– Mississippi State College for Women, B.A., 1927; attended the Palmer Institute of Creative Writing in Los Angeles, 1950. History teacher in Mississippi and Alabama schools. Contributed articles to newspapers and the Birmingham News Magazine. Died January 24, 1980.


Who’s Who of American Women with World Notables, 1970-1971.


The Ivory Cup; Story of Mississippi Through the War Between the States. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode, 1976

The Stone Amulet. Birmingham, Ala.; Banner Press, 1968.

BOGGS, JAMES, 1919-1993


Autoworker, writer; social activist.  Born– May 28, 1919, Marion Junction. Parents–Ernest and Lelia Thomas Edwards Boggs. Married– Annie McKinley, 1938. Children–six. Married– Grace Lee, April 20, 1953.  Education– Public schools in Bessemer. Worked as a field hand; ice cutter; and for the Works Project Administration in Detroit, Mich.; and as auto worker in Detroit, 1941-1968. After 1963, he was a writer and community activist. With his wife Grace Lee,  was associated with the leftist organization Correspondence Publishing Committee; wrote for and later edited its journal Correspondence. Died July 22, 1993.


Contemporary Authors online; Living for Change, by Grace Lee Boggs


The American Revolution; Pages from a Negro Worker’s Notebook. New York; Monthly Review Press, 1963.

Racism and the Class Struggle; Further Pages From a Black Worker’s Notebook. New York; Monthly Review Press, 1970.


Conversations in Maine.  Boston: South End Press, 1978.

Revolution and Evolution in the Twentieth Century. New York; Monthly Review Press, 1974.


The papers of James Boggs and Grace Boggs  are held in the Walter P. Reuther Library Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit.