BOSWELL, CHARLES A., 1916-1995


Insurance agent; public official; golfer and advocate for opening the game to blind golfers.. Born– December 22, 1916, Birmingham. Parents– Roscoe Albert and Ethel Toler Boswell. Married–Kathryn Lacey, 1942.  Children–three. Education:  University of Alabama, 1940. Played football for the University of Alabama for three years before he joined the Army in 1942. Wounded in battle in November 1944 and lost his sight; retired from the Army in 1946. Founded the Boswell Insurance Agency in Birmingham in Birmingham. Served as Alabama Commissioner of Public Revenue, 1971-79. Although he never played golf before losing his vision, he won the U.S. Blind Golfers’ Association championship thirteen times.  Received the Ben Hogan award from the Golf Writers Association of America, 1958, received the distinguished American award from the Football Foundation Hall of Fame, 1965; elected to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, 1972; awarded the President’s Distinguished Service Award by the Commission on Employment of the Handicapped.  A member of the inaugural class of the U.S. Blind Golfers Association Hall of Fame,  2007. Chairman of the Board of the Hellen Keller Eye Research Foundation, 1990-95; founded the Charley Boswell Celebrity Golf Classic (Birmingham); president of the U.S. Blind Golfers Association, 1956-76.  Died October 22, 1995.


Who’s Who in Golf; Bhamwiki


Now I See. New York; Meredith Press, 1969.

BOWEN, ROBERT A., 1898-1958


Journalist; newspaper editor. Born– Dothan, December 10, 1898. Grew up in Worth County, Georgia.  Parents– Charlie Bowen and Laura Ann Chamberlin Bowen. Married– Lillian Collins, May 23, 1926.  Children– one.  Education– University of Georgia, 1923. While at the university worked on the university paper, The Georgia Cracker; worked on the Worth County local newspaper and the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen and the Asheville Times. Founded and sold two newspapers. Died August 11, 1958.


Files at Birmingham Public Library and Wilson Library Bulletin, October 1958.


Tall in the Sight of God. Winston-Salem; J. F. Blair, 1958.



Author, editor; veterans advocate. Born– May 7, 1920, Bridgeport, Conn. Parents– Charles A. and Irene (Johnson) Bowen. Married– Dorothy Edwards, 1947; married 2d Naomi L. Misumi, 1968.  Children– four. Education– Attended the  Junior College of Connecticut, 1945-1946; University of Alabama, B.A., 1948, M.A., 1950; studied on a Fulbright Fellowship at the University College of North Wales, 1952-1953.  Served in the U.S.Navy, WWII, 1937-45; prisoner of war in the Philippines, 1942-45.  Instructor and writer-in-residence at several universities. Reviewed fiction for the New York Times Book Review and served as a consultant to the Library of Congress and to major publishers.  Published stories and articles in many periodicals and anthologies.  Editor at Colonial Press in Northport, Ala. beginning in 1960; edited the Dallas Review, the Alaska Review, and Fur Rendezvous Magazine; proprietor of the North Employment Agency in Anchorage, Alaska, 1970-1980. Member Authors Guild, Modern Language Association, Montana Institute of the Arts, Alaska Press Club, Mountaineering Club of Alaska; member and president, Anchorage Rotary Club. Received the Alaskan of the Year Governor’s Award in 2002 for his work in organizing the Veterans Statue Project on the Delaney Park Strip. Died June 9, 2003.


Contemporary Authors Online; Alabama Librarian, Vol. 3 (1952); Obituary, 2003.


An Alaskan Dictionary. S.l.; Nooshnik Press, 1965.

Bamboo. New York; Knopf, 1953.

The Christmas Child (libretto). Performed by the Helena Montana Civic Symphony in 1960.

College Style Manual. Northport, Ala.; Colonial Press, 1962.

Marlow the Master and Other Stories. Northport, Ala.; Colonial Press, 1963.

The New Professors. New York; Holt, 1960.

Sidestreet. New York; Knopf, 1955.

The Truth About Communism. Northport, Ala.; Colonial Press, 1962.

The Weight of the Cross. New York; Knopf, 1951.


Practical Prose Studies. New York; Knopf, 1956.


Alaska Literature Directory. Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Methodist University, 1964.

BOYD, CHARLES E., 1922-1988


Union official, editor, historian. Born– December 6, 1922, Pearson. Parents– John Samuel and Mary Jane (Lucas) Boyd. Education– University of Alabama, 1941-1942, State University of Iowa, 1943-1944, Boston University, 1945-1947, and Empire State College of State University of New York, A.B., 1975. Served in the U.S. Army, 1942-1945. Member of Local 1-S of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Workers; served as business agent of the Local, 1956-1969, education director, and editor of the local’s News beginning in 1969. Member of the Alabama Genealogical Society, the Industrial Relations Research Association, and the Atlantic Labor Press Conference. Died August 29, 1988.


Who’s Who in Labor, 1976.


At Liberty on Bear Creek, 1835-1985; a 150th Anniversary History of Baptist Church, Hagler, Alabama. Birmingham, Ala.; Banner Press, 1984.

The Devil’s Den; a History of the 44th  Alabama Volunteer Infantry Regiment, CSA (1862-65).  Birmingham, Ala.; Banner Press, 1987.

Haysop, a Church, a Community, a People of Haysop Creek, Bibb County, Alabama. Birmingham, Ala.; Banner Press, 1979.

Not Without Struggle; Early Years of Local 1-S, Department Store Workers Union, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1939-1949. New York; C. E. Boyd, 197-?



Historian; teacher; college professor of history. Born–July 25, 1898, Ramer. Parents–Benjamin Hartwell and Maud Cotrell Townsend Boyd. Education– Agnes Scott College; Columbia University, M.A., Ph.D. Worked as a high school teacher; served on the staff of Jacksonville State Teachers’ College; head of the History Department at Mississippi State College for Women. Died November 25, 1983.


Files at Alabama Public Library Service.


Alabama in the Fifties. New York; Columbia University Press, 1932.



College professor of political science. Born– September 14, 1935, Selma. Parents– Edward McKinley and Annie T. (Threadgill) Boykin. Married– Catherine George, August 23, 1967. Children– One. Education– Birmingham Southern College, A.B., 1958; American University in Washington, D.C., M.A., 1966; University of Alabama, Ph.D., 1971. Teaching assistant and instructor at the University of Alabama, 1967-1970; taught political science at The Citadel, after 1970; served as head of Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. Served in the United States Naval Reserve for more than twenty-four years; attained rank of commander.  Awarded emeritus status on his retirement from the Citadel.


Milton Lee Boykin, Charleston, S.C.


An Analysis of the Impact of Audiovisual Programs on Naval Reserve Training. New Orleans; Chief of Naval Reserve, s.d.

Arms Control and Nuclear Weapoons: U. S. Policies and the National Interest.  New York: Greenwood Press, 1987.

Citizen Sailors in a Changing Society: Policy Issues  for Manning the U. S. Naval Reserve.  New York: Greenwood Press, 1986.

An Empirical Analysis of Retention in the United States Naval Reserve, 1980. S.l.; U.S. Department of the Navy, 1980.

Naval Reserve Force ASW Frigate Manpower Study, February, 1983, Final Report; …. Washington, D.C.; Mobilization Concepts Development Center, National Defense University, 1983.

A Preliminary Report; Naval Reserve Personnel Attitude Study, 1979. S.l.; U.S. Department of the Navy, 1979?

Reserve Forces of NATO.  Washington: National Defense University, 1984.



Educator; writer.  Married–Eric Bradford.  Children–one.  Education– Alabama State University, B.A.; Grand Canyon University, Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction; Auburn University, Ph.D. in education.  High school English teacher, Montgomery, Alabama; Student Achievement Coordinator for English/Language Arts, Montgomery Public schools.  Founded Power Hour Reading Challenge, a program to encourage families and groups to read and discuss books together. MPS Teacher of the Year, 2012.


Quebe Bradford website;  AuthorHouse website.


In the Absence of My Father:  Grief. Grit. Gangs. Guts. Grace.  AuthorHouse, 2011.




University professor of speech. Born– June 2, 1926, Birmingham. Parents– Adelbert and Odie (Self) Bradley. Married– Jeanne Moore, December 4, 1948. Children– Two. Education– Birmingham Southern College, A.B., 1950; University of Alabama, M.A., 1951; Florida State University, Ph.D., 1955.  U.S.Navy, WWII. Taught at the University of Richmond, 1955-67;  at the University of North Carolina, 1967-73; professor and head of the speech department at Auburn University, 1973-1989. Contributed articles to many professional journals in speech communications. Member International Communication Association, Speech Communication Association of America, American Forensic Association, Southern Speech Communication Association, Alabama Speech Communication and Theatre Association. Awarded emeritus status on his retirement at Auburn in 1989. A scholarship was established in the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts in honor of Bert and Jeanne Bradley, and the Bert E. Bradley Award was created in 1990 to recognize students in speech communication who excel in scholarship, service, and teaching.  Died June 5, 2006.


Contemporary Authors online.


Fundamentals of Speech Communication. Dubuque, Iowa; W. C. Brown, 1974.

Speech Performance. Dubuque, Iowa; W. C. Brown, 1967.


James H. McBath, editor, Argumentation and Debate, Holt, 1963.

Russell R. Windes and Arthur Kruger, editors, Championship Debating, vol. II, Walch, 1967.

Waldo W. Braden, editor, Oratory in the Old South, LSU Press, 1970.



Free lance writer; consultant. Born– May 12, 1944, Talladega. (Moved to Canada at the age of fifteen.) Parents–Robert Lee and Scottibelle Louise Robertson Bradley. Married–Freda Winnifred Doody, June 11, 1966.  Children– one.  Education– Dalhousie University, 1964-67. Worked in journalism, writing, marketing, advertising, research, and social action. Author of more than 100 radio and television scripts. Exponent of a theory that Neanderthal DNA survives in modern humans and influences human history. Invented the Environmental Reaction Analog Perception Testing apparatus.

Source: Book jacket for The Iceman Inheritance; Contemporary Authors online.


The Black Discovery of America. Toronto; Personal Library, 1981.

Chosen People from the Caucasus.  Chicago; Third World Press, 1992.

The Columbus Conspiracy.  Willowdale, Ont.; Hounslow Press, 1991.

Communion in Solitude: Mexico in the Corner of an Eye.  Scrimshaw Press, 1975.

Crisis of Clarity; the New Democratic Party and the Quest for the Holy Grail. Toronto; Summerhill Press, 1985.

The Cronos Complex I. Toronto; Nelson, Foster & Scott, 1973.

The Crossing of Crows.  Berkeley; Saguaro, 1977.

Grail Knights of North America.  Hounslow Press, 1998.

The Iceman Inheritance. Toronto; Dorset Publishing Co., 1978.

Imprint; a Novel. New York; Warner Books, 1980.

The Mantouche Factor. Toronto; Dorset Publishing Co., 1979.

More than a Myth.  Hounslow Press, 1989.


The Days of Canadian Steam. Willowdale, Ont.; Hounslow Press, 1988.

Holy Grail Across the Atlantic; the Secret History of Canadian Discovery and Exploration. Willowdale, Ont.; Houslow Press, 1988.


Biography: Journalist, book dealer. Born– August 24, 1913, Albertville. Parents– Van A. and Lula (Montgomery) Bradley. Married– Patricia Elaine Thompson, November 5, 1939. Children– Three. Married– Sharon Luedke, December 3, 1966. Children– One. Education– Harding College, 1930-1932; University of Missouri, B.J., 1933. Worked for the Nashville Tennessean (1934-35), Omaha Bee-News (1935-37), Chicago Herald Examiner, Chicago Sun and the Chicago Daily News (where he was literary editor), 1948-71.  President of Heritage Bookshop, Inc. in Chicago, 1964-1972; president of Van Allen Bradley, Inc., 1972-1984. Wrote a syndicated column, “Gold in Your Attic,” about rare books.  Received the Chicago Foundation for Literature Award for “exceptional service to literature” in 1956.  Died December 25, 1984.

Source: Who’s Who in America, 1980; obituary.


The Book Collector’s Handbook of Values. New York; Putnam, 1972.

Gold in Your Attic. New York; Fleet, 1958.

More Gold in Your Attic. New York; Fleet, 1961.

Music for the Millions. Chicago; Institute of Business History, 1957.

The New Gold in Your Attic. New York; Fleet, 1968.

BRAGG, RICK, 1959-


Writer; journalist; university professor. Born– July , 1959, Piedmont. Parents– Charles and Margaret Marie Bundrum Bragg. Married– Lisa Creel; Married– Diane Wells, 2005. Education– Jacksonville State University; Harvard University (Neiman Fellow), 1992. Reporter for the Anniston Star, 1980-86; Birmingham News, 1986-89; St. Petersburg Times, 1989-94; New York Times, 1994-2003. Professor of journalism, University of Alabama College of Communications, 2005-. Winner of some fifty awards for writing, including the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, 1996; American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award; Harper Lee Award for Alabama Writer of the Year, 2009. Alabama Library Association Author of the Year for Non-Fiction, 1998.


All over but the Shouting.  New York, Pantheon, 1997.

Ava’s Man. New York: Knopf, 2001.

I Am a Soldier Too:  The Jessica Lynch Story. New York: Knopf, 2003.

Most They Ever Had. MacAdamCage, 2009.

My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South.  Oxmoor, 2015.

Prince of Frogtown.  New York: Knopf, 2001.Redbirds:  Memories from the South. London: Harville Press, 1998.

Somebody Told Me:  The Newspaper Stories of Rick Bragg.  University of Alabama Press, 2000.


Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story.  HarperCollins, 2014.

Wooden Churches. Chapel Hill, NC:  Algonquin Press, 1999.

BRAGG, SHIRLEY, 1853-1908


Physician. Born– November 3, 1853, near Lowndesboro. Parents– John and Mary Frances (Hall) Bragg. Married– Isabella Norvelle Murray, February 7, 1878. Children– One. Education– Spring Hill College; St. Louis University, A.B., 1872; Alabama Medical College, M.D., 1875. Adjunct professor of surgery at Atlanta Medical College, 1875; practiced medicine in Lowndes County, 1876-1896; and in Montgomery after 1896. Health officer in both Lowndes and Montgomery Counties. Appointed physician inspector of the Convict Board, 1901, elected president of the Board, 1905; named state prison inspector, 1907. Died October 29, 1908.


Owen’s Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Vol. III.


Child Labor Law, Alabama 1908. Montgomery, Ala.; State of Alabama, 1908.



Metallurgist.  Born– Birmingham.


Files at Birmingham Public Library and at Alabama Department of Archives and History.


Nonce, a Novel. New York; Coward, 1944.



Historian; archivist; pharmacist. Born– August 30, 1882, Seale. Parents– George Thomas and Stephie (Greene) Brannon. Married– Frances Frazer, October 5, 1904. Children– Three. Education– Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Ph.G., 1900. Worked as a pharmacist chemist, 1900-1910; spent the remainder of his career with the Alabama Department of Archives and History, serving as curator, 1910-1941; archivist, 1941-1955, and as director, 1955-1967. Wrote many books and articles on Alabama history. Led the state’s commemoration of the Civil War Centennial, 1961-65; helped create the Alabama Historical Commission. Editor of the Alabama Historical Quarterly.  Member of the Commission on State Archaelogical Surveys, Alabama Confederate History Society, American and Alabama Anthropological Societies, Alabama Library Association, Alabama Academy of Science, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Montgomery Glass Collectors. Died January 5, 1967.


Marquis Who’s Who online.


Aboriginal Remains in the Middle Chattahoochee Valley of Alabama and Georgia. Lancaster, Pa.; New Era Publishing, 1909.

Adventures on the Highroad, Here and There in Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.; Paragon, 1930.

Alabama Trade Bead Checklist. Lancaster, Pa.; G. B. Festermaker, 1974.

By-paths in Alabama and Some Houses by the Side of the Road. Montgomery, Ala.; Paragon Press, 1929.

Edward Harris, Friend of Audubon. New York; Newcomen Society, 1947.

Engineers of Yesteryear. Montgomery, Ala. ; Paragon Press, 1928.

Fourteen Adams Avenue; a Story of Two Houses. Montgomery, Ala., 1929.

Handbook of the Alabama Anthropological Society, 1920. Montgomery, Ala.; Brown Printing Co., 1920.

Highway Boats and Bridges. Montgomery, Ala.; Paragon Press, 1929.

Historic Highways in Alabama …. Montgomery, Ala.; Paragon Press, 1929.

Indians in Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.; Alabama State Department of Archives, 1950.

Lilies, Lions and Bag-pipes; Tales of Other Days in Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.; Paragon Press, 1930.

A Little Black Volume; the Story of Curiosity’s Reward. Montgomery, Ala.; Paragon Press, 1930.

Mile Stones Along Alabama’s Pathway. Montgomery, Ala.; Paragon Press, 1931.

Montgomery Glass Collectors Third Exhibition, May 8-16, 1938. Montgomery, Ala.; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 1938.

The Montgomery True Blues Scrap Book; Rebuilt June 28th, 1938. S.l.; s.n., 1955.

My Memories of John Witherspoon DuBose. Montgomery, Ala.; Walker Printing Co., 1966.

Old Volumes. Montgomery, Ala.; s.n., 1937.

The Organization of the Confederate Post Office Department at Montgomery and a Story of Thomas Welsh Provisional Stamped Envelope. Montgomery, Ala.; s.n., 1960.

The Pageant Book, Official Program of the Ceremonies and the Pageant in Celebration of Alabama Home Coming Week, May 5-6, WPWPC. Montgomery, Ala.; s.n., 1926.

Romance of Beginnings of Some Alabama Industries; an American Pilgrimage Address. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Publishing Co., 1939.

Secret Medicine Societies of the Seneca. Lancaster, Pa., 1909.

Some Old Alabama Books I Have Known. Montgomery, Ala., 1963.

The Southern Indian Trade; Being Particularly a Study of Material from the Tallapoosa River Valley in Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.; Paragon Press, 1935.

A Travel Log, One of a Series of Historical Stories of Trips Through Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.; Paragon Press, 1928.

Turning the Pages in Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.; Paragon Press, 1932.

Vilula and Something of the Brannons from There. Montgomery, Ala.; Walker Printing Co., 1966.

The Years of the Alabama Historical Society. Montgomery, Ala.; Walker Press, 1964.


Arrow Points; a Monthly Bulletin of the Alabama Anthropological Society. Montgomery, Ala.; Alabama Anthropological Society, 1920-

MONGLACO; Bulletin of Montgomery Glass Collectors. Montgomery, Ala.; Montgomery Glass Collectors, 1934.

Montgomery Glass Collectors Monthly Bulletin. Montgomery, Ala.; Montgomery Glass Collectors, 193?-.



Theologian; University professor, administrator, librarian. Born– December 25, 1894, Huntsville. Parents– Lewis Capers and Nancy (McAdory) Branscomb. Married– Margaret Vaughan, June 15, 1921. Children– Three. Education– Birmingham Southern College, A.B., 1913, Oxford University, Rhodes Scholar, 1914-1917; Columbia University, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., 1924. Served on the Commission for Relief of Belgium, 1914-15; served briefly in the U.S. Army, WWI.  Taught at Southern Methodist, 1919-1925; at Duke University, 1925-46, serving as director of the libraries, chairman of the division of ancient languages and literature, and dean of the divinity school; fourth chancellor of  Vanderbilt University, 1946-1967. Subsequently served as consultant to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Served on several United States and UNESCO councils and commissions. Member American Library Association; Society of Biblical Literature and Exegesis; American Council on Education. Honors; Medaille du Roi Albert and Medaille de la Reine from the government of Belgium;  Order of the Southern Cross, Brazil (for his work in reorganizing the national library of Brazil as chair of an ALA commission).  Awarded honorary degrees from Birmingham Southern College, Southwest College, Hebrew Union College, Northwestern University, Brandeis University, and Southern Methodist University. Awarded the status of Chancellor Emeritus on his retirement from Vanderbilt in 1967. Died July 23, 1998.


Directory of American Scholars, 1974; Marquis Who’s Who online; obituary.


The Competent College Student; …. Nashville; Tennessee Higher Education Commission, 1977.

The Contribution of Moral and Spiritual Ideas to the Making of the American Way of Life …. Madison, Wisc., 1952.

The Gospel of Mark. New York; Harper, 1937?.

How Should We Develop the Kenyon Libraries? S.l.; s.n., 1942.

The Message of Jesus; …. New York; Abingdon Press, 1926.

Purely Academic; an Autobiography. Nashville; Vanderbilt University, 1978.

Teaching With Books; a Study of College Libraries. Chicago; Association of American Colleges and American Library Association, 1940.

The Teachings of Jesus. Nashville; Cokesbury Press, 1931.

Vanderbilt University; the Commodore’s Best Investment. New York; Newcomen Society in North America, 1950.

BRANTLEY, MARY E., 1906-1982


Teacher; historian. Born– May 4, 1906, Burnt Corn. Parents– Henry H. and Eugenia (Betts) Brantley. Education– Alabama College (Montevallo), A.B, 1930; graduate work at the University of Alabama. Taught in the Birmingham City Schools, 1930-1945; Atmore City Schools, 1945-1972. Died December 1982.


Who’s Who in Alabama, 1972 and the jacket to Early Settlers Along the Old Federal Road in Monroe and Conecuh Counties.


From Cabins to Mansions. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode, 1981.

Early Settlers Along the Old Federal Road in Monroe and Conecuh Counties, Alabama. Baltimore; Gateway Press, 1976.

(Booklet) “Poetry for the First Grade.”

(Booklet) “Recollections and Reflections of Childhood.”



Attorney. Born– September 17, 1898, Pike County. Parents– William High and Mary (Henderson) Brantley. Married– Evelyn Ann Hassinger, June 23, 1924. Children– Three. Education– University of Alabama; Harvard University Law School. Employed as a lawyer in Birmingham with avocation of amateur historian. Long-time trustee of Samford University. Died June 19, 1964.


James I. J. Brantley’s Dear Grandchildren and Three Capitals (1976 reprint)


Banking in Alabama, 1816-1860. Birmingham, Ala.; Author, 1961-1967.

The Battle of Horseshoe Bend in Tallapoosa, County, Alabama, March 27, 1814. Birmingham, Ala.; Southern University Press, 1969.

Chief Justice Stone of Alabama. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Publishing Co., 1943.

Three Capitals; a Book About the First Three Capitals of Alabama. S.l.; Privately printed, 1947.


Papers of William H Brantley are held by the Samford University Law Library.



Teacher, school superintendent. Born– September 28, 1890, Kennedy. Parents– John S. and Alpha (Smith) Branyon. Married– Nell Emily Walker, 1919. Children– Two. Education– Florence State College, two years; Peabody College, B.S., 1916; M.S., 1919; further graduate work at the University of Alabama, Cornell University, and Auburn University. Taught at rural schools in Fayette County, Walker County High School, Albertville High School, Hamilton High School, and at schools in Memphis, Tenn. and Jackson, Miss. Superintendent of Education for Marion County, 1940-1959; chairman of the Marion County Democratic Party and a member of the Alabama and National Education Associations.  Died May 6, 1982.


Who’s Who in American Politics, 1975 and  Alabama’s Distinguished.


Fifty Years in Educational Work; 1960 History of Hamilton High School. S.l.; s.n., 1954.

History of Marion County, Alabama. S.l.; s.n., 1960.

History of My Life. S.l.; s.n., 1965.

People are Funny. S.l.; s.n., 1956.



Writer; homemaker; nurse. Born– December 1, 1912, Perry County. Parents– Monte Zuma and Dovie (Stone) Hughey. Married– Leonard Brasher, April 19, 1938. Children– Four. Education– Attended high school in Perry County and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Trained as a licensed practical nurse. Wrote a column in the Birmingham Post-Herald called “Page From a Diary,” 1966-1974; contributed to Teen With a Future and to Alabama Prize Short Stories, 1970. Member National League of American Penwomen and Quill Club of Birmingham.  Died January 1992.


Contemporary Authors online.


Angel Tracks in the Cabbage Patch. New York; William Frederick Press, 1972.

Daddy Poured the Coffee. Gretna, La.; Pelican, 1978.

Heart Streams. Birmingham, Ala.; Thomas Hendricks Associates, 1966.

Queenstown Chronicles: Autobiography.  N.Brasher, 1959.

You’ve Got to be Kidding! Trussville, Ala.; N. Brasher, 1981.



Teacher, salesman. Born– March 23, 1900, Decaturville, Tenn. Parents– George Walter and Arbia Ann Brasher. Married– Eleanor Buck. Children– Three. Education– Union University in Jackson, Tenn.; graduate work at Peabody College. Employed as a chemist for Dupont Engineering Company and the Mobile County (Alabama) Citrus Fruit Growers. Taught chemistry in high schools in Columbus, Miss. and in Mobile; salesman for a school scientific equipment company for six years; state sales representative for McGraw-Hill Publishing Company for thirty-one years. Helped organize the United Cerebral Palsy Association. Died April 26, 1994.


Shadows and Sunshine ….; Obituary, Birmingham News, April 26, 1994.


Shadows and Sunshine With Cerebral Palsy. Birmingham, Ala.; Title Books, 1982.



Clergyman. Born– December 9, 1905, Texas. Parents–George and Frances Bratcher. Married– Eva Howard. Education– Tennessee State University; American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville; studied at Morehouse College; Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta; and Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va.  Served as minister of the Morning Star Baptist Church in Demopolis, the First Baptist Church, Montgomery, and Canaan Missionary Baptist Church in Birmingham. Served as treasurer-manager of the BBM Federal Credit Union and on the advisory board of Citizens Federal Savings and Loan Association in Birmingham. Honorary degrees:   Selma University, D.D.; Baptist Bible College in Birmingham, LL.D. Died February 3, 1990.

Source: Alfred L. Bratcher, Birmingham, Ala..

Publication(s): Eighty-Three Years. Montgomery, Ala.; Paragon Press, 1950.



Historian; university professor of history.  Education; Auburn University, M.A., 1980; Florida State University, Ph. D., 1986.  Hollifield Professor of history, Auburn University.  Author of many articles in professional journals.  Member Friends of Horseshoe Bend; Alabama Historical Association; Bartram Trail Conference.


Auburn University website.


Deerskins and Duffels: The Creek Indian Trade with Anglo-America, 1685-1815. Rev. ed. University of Nebraska Press, 2008.


Adair, James.  History of the American Indians. University of Alabama Press, 2005.

Romans, Bernard. A Concise Natural History of East and West Florida. University of Alabama Press, 1999.

Tohopeka: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812.  University of Alabama Press, 2012.


Fields of Vision; Essays on the Travels of William Bartram. University of Alabama Press, 2010.

William Bartram on the Southeastern Indians. University of Alabama Press, 1995.



Illustrator, librarian. Born– Albany, N.Y., August 5, 1908. Parents– Gustave M. and Mary Ida Braune.  Spent her childhood in Cincinnati, Ohio; Chapel Hill, N.C.; and Fairhope, Ala. Studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts, and at a school in Monton, France. Worked as a librarian at Fairhope and in the personnel division of a large corporation in Mobile. Died November 26, 1988.


Files at Birmingham Public Library and Alabama Department of Archives and History;


Honey Chile. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1937.

Wonderful Toys. New York; Harper and Row, 1990.


The Bojabi Tree. 1956 edition. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1956.

Timothy’s Tunes. Boston; Boston Music Co., 1943.

Up Creek and Down Creek. New York; Random House, 1936.



Writer; librarian; sportscaster.  Born– November 8, 1943, Montgomery. Parents– Frank William and Margaret Wolfe Breen. Married– Rita A. Gunson, 1970. Education– Pepperdine University, B.A., 1965; University of Southern California, M.S. in Library Science, 1966. Served in the U.S. Army. 1967-1969; sports broadcaster, Radio KWAV, Los Angeles,  1963-1965. Librarian, California State University, Long Beach 1966-1967; California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1969-1975;  Rio Hondo College, Whittier, Calif., 1975-2000. Published short stories in periodicals and anthologies; books of fiction as well as critical and bibliographical works.  Member Mystery Writers of America, Science Fiction Writers of America, Sierra Club. awards:  Edgar Allen Poe Awards from Mystery Writers of America, 1982 and 1985; Anthony Award for Best Critical Work, 1991 and 1994; Macavity Award from Mystery Writers International, 1994.


Contemporary Authors online; Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers. 2nd. ed. 1985.


The Drowning Icecube and Other Stories.  Unity, ME: Five Star, 1999.

The Eye of God: A Mystery.  Palo Alto:  John Daniel and Company, 2006.

The Gathering Place. Walker, 1984. (British ed. published; London; Macmillan, 1984)

Hair of the Sleuthhound; Parodies of Modern Fiction. Metuchen, N.J.; Scarecrow, 1982.

J. B. Must Die: An Ed Gorgon Story.  Norfolk:  Crippen and Landru, 2003.

Kill the Umpire: The Calls of Ed Gorgan.  Norfolk:  Crippen and Landru, 2003.

Listen for the Click.  New York:  Walker, 1983.  (British ed. published as The Vicar’s Roses.  London: Macmillan, 1984.)

Loose Lips. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1990.

Novel Verdicts: A  Guide to Courtroom Fiction. Metuchen, N.J.; Scarecrow Press, 1984.

Probable Claus.  Waterville ME, 2009.

Touch of the Past. New York; Walker, 1988.

Triple Crown. New York; Walker, 1985.

What About Murder; a Guide to the Books About Mystery and Detective Fiction. Metuchen, N.J.; Scarecrow Press, 1981.


The Girl in the Pictorial Wrapper.  California State College Library, 1972; rev. ed., 1973.

A Little Fleshed up around the Crook of the Elbow.  California State College Library, 1970.


The Fine Art of Murder:  The Mystery Reader’s Indispensable Companion.  Carroll and Graf, 1993.

American Murders; 11 Rediscovered Short Novels from American Magazines, 1934-1954. New York; Garland, 1986.

Murder California Style; a Collection of Short Stories. New York; St. Martin’s, 1987.

Synod of Sleuths: Essays on Judeo-Christian Detective Fiction.  Metuchen Press, 1990.


Book Reviewing.  Writer, Inc., 1978.

Murder in Los Angeles. New York; Morrow, 1987.

Murder Off the Rack; Critical Study of Ten Paperback Masters. Metuchen, N.J.; Scarecrow Press, 1989.



Author; editor; bookseller.  Born July 28, 1949.  Married; three children.  Owner of Over the Transom Bookstore in Fairhope, 1997- .  Editor,  Mobile Bay Monthly; editor and publisher, Eastern Shore Quarterly, Red Bluff Review.  Founder, Southern Writers Reading Conference and chairperson, Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts.  Received the Alabama Library Association award for fiction for The Widow and the Tree, 2011.


Contemporary Authors online.


Cormac; The Tale of a Dog Gone Missing. San Francisco, CA; MacAdam/Cage, 2007.

The Poet of Tolstoy Park. New York; Ballantine Books, 2005.

Rembrandt the Rocker.  Fairhope: Over the Transom Publishing Co., 1994.

A Sound Like Thunder.  New York; Ballantine Books, 2006.

The Widow and the Tree.  San Francisco; MacAdam/Cage, 2009.

A Yin for Change.  Fairhope; Over the Transom Publishing Co., 1996.


A Cast of Characters and Other Stories. San Francisco; MacAdam/Cage, 2006.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Acclaimed Authors and the Day Jobs They Quit.  MP Publishing Co., 2011.

Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe’; Anthology of Southern Writers (series).  San Francisco:  MacAdam/Cage, 2002-  .



Editor, lawyer, legislator. Born– March 15, 1844, Brewerville, Sumter County. Parents– Robert Willis and Jane (Hadden) Brewer. Married– Mary Baine. Children– Four. Began working in a printing office at age fourteen and three years later was editing a newspaper in Milton, Fla. Attempted three times to enlist in the Army during the War Between the States, but failed because of health problems. Served briefly on the staff of General Wirt Adams and briefly as aide-de-camp to Governor Robert M. Patton; made an honorary colonel. Admitted to the bar in 1865. Became part owner and editor of the Wilcox Times, 1865; established the Hayneville Examiner, 1868, and published it until 1880. President, State Press Association, 1876. Served as treasurer of Lowndes County; elected and served as State Auditor, 1876-1880; served in the Alabama House of Representatives, 1880-1882, 1890-1894; served in the Alabama Senate, 1882-1890; served in the U. S. House of Representatives, 1896-1901. Had extensive land holdings and was an owner and director of the Montgomery, Hayneville and Camden Railroad. Died October 30. 1912.


Owen’s Dictionary of Alabama Biography; Alabama Review, July 1965; Marks’ Alabama Past Leaders; and Brewer’s granddaughter, Miriam Russell Black.


Alabama; Her History, Resources, War Record, and Public Men. Montgomery, Ala; Barret & Brown, 1872.

The Children of Issachar; a Story of Wrongs and Remedies. New York; Putnam, 1884.

Egypt and Israel; an Inquiry into the Influence of More Ancient People Upon Hebrew History …. Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Torch Press, 1910.

The Secret of Mankind With Some Singular Hints Gathered in the Elsewhere of After-Life …. New York; Putnam, 1895.



Professor of English. Born– July 25, 1919, Nashville, Tenn. Married Mary Ann Bugg; Children– Three. Married Betty Jane Slemp.  Education– Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1939; Louisiana State University, M.A., 1940; University of Virginia, Ph.D., 1948. U.S. Army, World War II. Professor of English at the University of Arizona, 1947-1949, and Auburn University, 1949-1985.  Awarded professor emeritus status on retirement.  Died May 17, 1999.


Directory of American Scholars, 1982.


A New Look at Julius Caesar. Nashville; Vanderbilt University Press, 1955.

Towards an Interpretation of Kubla Khan. Charlottesville, Va.; University of Virginia Press, 1953.


A collection of the correspondence of Bernard Breyer and Professor Donald Davidson is held in the  Special Collections and Archives Departmen of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt University.



Artist. Born November 10, 1847,  Tuskegee. Parents– Frederick and Lovina Jennings Bridgman. Married– Florence Mott Baker, 1977 (died 1901).  Children–three.  Married–Marthe Jaegar, 1904.  Children–one. Education– Brooklyn Art School and the National Academy of Design; study under J. L. Gerome at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, 1866-1870. Identified as an “Orientalist” for his use of Eastern subjects, based on extensive travels in Algeria, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, and Morocco, beginning in 1872-74.   Extremely popular during his lifetime. Participated in the Paris Salon; elected to the National Academy of Design, 1874 (associate member), 1881 (full member).  Honors; Won first and second class medals at Paris and Continental Exhibits. Awarded the Cross of the Legion of Honor. Died January 13, 1928.


American National Biography online.


The Ignoramuses. Boston, 1887.

Winters in Algeria. New York; Harper & Brother, 1890.



Research scientist; administrator. Born– January 28, 1948, New York City. Parents– Henry and Lotte (Seligmann) Barak. Married– David Elwood Briles; married–Eugene Abraham Davidson, 1990. Education– Brown University, A.B., 1968; Rockefeller University, Ph.D., 1974; post-doctoral work at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, 1978-1982. Researcher at UAB, 1979-1982; Research associate at the University of Texas System Cancer Center in Houston, 1983-86. Administrator at the National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, 1986-.  Wrote many journal articles, book chapters and abstracts published in scientific publications. Member Society for Glycobiology and Society for Cell Biology.


Eve Briles, Houston, Texas; Marquis Who’s Who online.


Moods, Seasons, and Love. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Printing and Publishing Co., 1982.


Points of Perception; a Mosaic of Verse. Houston, Texas; Bridgeport Press, 1984.



Editor, journalist. Born April 22, 1907, Wilmington, N. C. Parents–Lloyd and Blanche Twining Crocker. Married– (1) Edwin T. Brinkley (died 1949). Children–three.  Married (2) Richard Lee Wortham.   First husband was managing editor of the Anniston Star and city editor of the Birmingham Post.  Served as a society and church editor for newspapers in Birmingham and Anniston. Died December 22, 1988.


Files at Birmingham Public Library and Alabama Department of Archives and History.


The Crossover. Bloomfield, N.J.; Carlton Press, 1974.

Nothing Ventured.  Carlton Press, 1990.

BRISTOW, GWEN, 1903-1980

Journalist; writer.  Born– September 16, 1903, Marion, S.C. Parents– Louis Judson and Caroline Cornelia Winkler Bristow. Lived in Selma during her childhood and youth.  Married– Bruce Manning, June 14, 1929.  Education–Judson College, B.A., 1924; Columbia University School of Journalism.  Reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, 1925-34; afterwards a free-lance writer.  Lived in New York, Connecticut, and Hollywood.  Member Authors’ League of American; PEN International (international corresponding secretary). Several of her novels were Literary Guild selections. Elected to Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, 1989. Died August 16, 1980.


Contemporary authors online; Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame website; obituary


The Alien and Other Poems.  Boston:  Badger, 1926.

Calico Palace.  Crowell, 1970.

Celia Garth.  New York: Crowell, 1959.

Deep Summer.  New York:  Crowell, 1937.

Golden Dreams.  Crowell, 1980.

Gwen Bristow:  A Self-Portrait.  New York: Crowell, 1940.

Handsome Road.  New York: Crowell, 1938.

Jubilee Trail.  New York:  Crowell, 1920.

This Side of Glory.  New York: Crowell, 1979.

Tomorrow Is Forever.  New York: Crowell, 1943.


Gutenberg Murders.  New York: Mystery League, 1931.

The Invisible Host.  Mystery League, 1930.

Mardi Gras Murders.  Mystery League, 1932.

The Ninth Guest.  Popular Library, 1975.

Two and Two Make Twenty-two.  Mystery League, 1932.


Papers of Gwen Bristow are held by several libraries, including those at UCL, and LSU.




University professor. Born Sept. 9, 1906,  Syracuse, N.Y. Parents– Lewis J. and Grace (Aylsworth) Brittin. Married– Florence Mellor, March 1, 1929 (died 1951). Children– Two. Married– Ruth Harris Lowe, 1951. Education– Syracuse University, A.B., 1927, A.M., 1930; post-graduate work at the University of California, 1934-1937; University of Washington, Ph.D., 1947.    Taught English at the University of Utah, 1937-44; at the University of Chicago, 1947-48; at Auburn University, 1948-1977;  Molly Hollifield Jones Professor of Humanities, 1966-77. Co-founder and Co-editor of Southern Humanities Review, 1966-1977.  Professor Emeritus at Auburn, 1977. Died April 4, 2004.


Who’s Who in America, 1980.

Obituary, Auburn-Opelika News, April 8, 2004.


Edna St. Vincent Millay. Boston; Twayne, 1967.

A Reading Apprenticeship; Literature. New York; Holt, 1971.

Thomas Middleton. Boston; Twayne, 1972.

A Writing Apprenticeship. New York; Holt, 1963.

Writing Description and Narration. New York; Holt, 1969.



Librarian; teacher. Born– May 13, 1902, near Russellville. Parents– Boyce and Margaret Russell (Sargent) Broadus. Education– Judson College, A.B., 1923; George Peabody, M.A., 1926, B.S. in Library Science, 1933. Taught in Jefferson County Schools, 1923-1927, and at Henry County High School, 1927-1932. Librarian at Tarrant High School after 1933. The Sunday School Board chose some of her stories for publication in Storytime. Died August 26, 1974.


History of First Baptist Church, Russellville; Who’s Who in Library Service.


History of the First Baptist Church, Russellville, Alabama, 1867-1967. Birmingham, Ala.; Banner Press, 1967.



Teacher; College president.  Born– February 18, 1864, Etowah County. Parents– Josiah and Louisa (Riggs) Brock. Married– Carrie L. Luttrell, July 6, 1899 (died 1908).  Children–one. Married– Mary A. Boyd, August 10, 1910. Education– Graduated from the State Normal School at Florence; University of Alabama, A.B., 1900; studied at the University of the South. Teacher and principal at several Alabama public schools, 1883–1902; Superintendent of schools in Opelika, 1902-1907; instructed in summer schools at the University of Alabama, 1905-1908. State Normal School in Livingston, business manager and chairman of the faculty 1907-1910; president, 1910-1936. Member of the State Board of Examiners (for the certification of teachers). Awarded the status of president emeritus on his retirement as president in 1936. Howard College, LL. D. , 1921; University of Alabama, LL. D., 1920. Died May 20, 1941.


Who Was Who in America, Vol. 2.; “Historical Sketches.”


Historical Sketches; State Teachers College, Livingston, Alabama. Livingston, Ala.; s.n., 1928.

BROOKINS, DEWEY C., 1904-1982


Salesman, newspaper columnist. Born– June 4, 1904, Dothan. Parents– Frank and Eolin Brookins. Married– Marguerite Frederickson. Children– five. Education– Attended the U.S. Naval Academy and worked as a naval inspector. Automobile salesman in Montgomery; newspaper columnist. Died August 27, 1982.


Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature; Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.


Flying High. New York; Vantage Press, 1965.



Social worker. Born– August 4, 1882, Springville, Tenn. Parents– Henry Eugene Atkins. Married– Eugene Clifton Brooks, March 24, 1899. Children– Two. Education– Attended the University of Alabama and Tulane University. Was with the Jefferson County Department of Public Welfare from its beginning in 1921 to 1953. Served as president of the North Alabama chapter of the American Association of Social Workers; member, Jefferson County Social Workers Club. Died September 20, 1964.


Files at Alabama Department of Archives and History.


A Half Century of Progress in Family Welfare Work in Jefferson County. Birmingham, Ala.; Roberts, 1936.



Editorial cartoonist. Born– November 22, 1920, Andalusia. Parents– Gordie and Emily Elizabeth (Smith) Brooks. Married– Virginia Matson, 1943. Children– Two. Education– Studied at Birmingham Southern College, 1940-1941 and Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, 1941-1942. Served in the 3053rd Engineer Combat Battalion, WWII; took part in the D-Day landing and the Battle of the Bulge. Editorial cartoonist for the Birmingham News, 1948-1985.   Member Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (president, 1969), Birmingham Press Club, and other professional organizations. Founded the series Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year in 1972 and edited it for many years. Honors; Sigma Delta Chi Service Award and the Bronze Medallion, 1960; Vigilant Patriot Award from the DAV., 1968; thirteen Freedom Foundation awards; and the first annual Grover C. Hall Award for Excellence in Alabama Journalism from Troy State University, 1974.  UAB School of Community and Allied Health created the Charles Brooks Award for a graduating senior who has made a creative contribution to the school.  Died September 29, 2011.


Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1978; obituary, Birmingham News, October 2, 2011.


The Real Spiro Agnew. New York; Pelican Publishing, 1970.


Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year, 1972-. New York; Pelican Publishing, 1972-.

BROOKS, OLIVE, 1897-1985


Clerical worker; public relations; journalist. Born–  July 23, 1897, Mobile. Parents– Stewart and Emma Connor Brooks. Education– Attended Shorter College, Randolph Macon Woman’s College, the University of Arizona, Columbia University and the New School of Social Research. Worked as a secretary in Mobile; Deputy clerk in the U.S. District Court in Mobile; worked in public relations in New York;  chief of the public relations unit for the U.S. Army District Engineers in the Panama Canal, 1941-1946; writer-editor for the Panama Canal Company and the Canal Zone Government, 1962-1964; vice chairman for the Canal Zone Regional Democratic Party, correspondent for various U.S. newspapers and news magazines; copyreader, reporter and desk editor for The Panama American, 1949-1969. Died January 1985.


Who’s Who in American Politics, 1979;


Panama Quadrant, poetry. New York; s.n., 1960.



Domestic Worker. Born– Black belt of west central Alabama. Parents– Will Brooks. Her mother died when she was one year old. Married– Jesse. Children– Five.  After working on her father’s farm she eventually moved to Cleveland and went into domestic service for thirty years.


You May Plow Here.


You May Plow Here; the Narrative of Sara Brooks. New York; Norton, 1986.


See Reid, Panthea



University professor, college president. Born– October 1, 1827, Middleburg (Loudoun County), Va. Parents– Edwin Conway and Elizabeth (Channel) Broun. Married– Sallie J. Fleming, November 1, 1859. Children– Seven. Education– University of Virginia, A. M.,  1850; postgraduate course in mathematics and German at UVA, 1852.  Taught at Oakland College in Mississippi, 1852-1854; University of Georgia, 1854-1856. stablished and served as president of Bloomfield Academy in Virginia, 1857-61.  Served in the  Confederate Army as commandant of the Richmond Arsenal, 1863-65; attained rank of lieutenant colonel. After the war he taught at the University of Georgia, Georgia Agricultural and Mechanical College (1865-75), Vanderbilt University (1875-1882), University of Texas (1883-84), and served twice as president of Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 1882-1883 and 1884-1902. Led in focusing the curriculum on agriculture and mechanical arts; increased state support for the school. Considered one of Auburn’s most important leaders.  Awarded honorary degrees by St. Johns College, Maryland (1874) and the University of Georgia (1892). Died January 24, 1902.


Who Was Who in America, Vol. 1; National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Vol. 19; Dr. William Le Roy Broun.


Dr. William Le Roy Broun. New York; Neale Publishing Co., 1912.

The Richmond Arsenal. Baltimore, 1869. (extracted from the New Edition Magazine, v.4, April 1867.)


Papers of President William Leroy Broun are held in the special collections department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library at Auburn University.



University professor, state legislator, U.S. Congressman.  Born– January 15, 1943, Sumter, S.C. Parents– Archie Calvin and Ila (Frierson) Browder. Married– Sara Rebecca Moore, February 4, 1967. Children– One. Education– Presbyterian College (SC) B.A., 1965; Emory University, M.A., Ph.D., 1971. Taught political science at Jacksonville State University, 1971-87; head of Data Associates (Polling firm), 1978-87.  Elected to the Alabama House of Representatives, 1982; Alabama Secretary of State, 1987-89; U.S. House of Representatives, 1989-97. Ran unsuccessfully for U.S.Senate, 1996. Taught at Naval Postgraduate School and at Jacksonville State after leaving the House.  Retired from JSU, 2005.


Glen Browder.


The Future of American Democracy:  A former Congressman’s Unconventional Analysis.  Lanham, MD:  University Press of America, 2002.

The South’s New Racial Politics:  Inside the Race Game of Southern History.  Montgomery:  NewSouth Books, 2009.


Stealth Reconstruction; The untold story of racial politics in recent Southern History.  Montgomery: NewSouth, 2010.


Civics and Law in State and Nation.  Woodville, AL:  Viewpoint Publications, 1986.


The papers of Glen Browder are held by the library at Jacksonville State University.



Teacher, writer. Born– July 24, 1855, Tuscaloosa. Parents– Thomas Finley and Virginia (Owen) Greene. Sister of Frances Nimmo Greene. Married– Eugene Levert Brown, July 10, 1883.  Children– two. Education– At home by her mother; Tuscaloosa Female Academy, earning the M.A. degree. Taught in the public schools for some time and at a college for girls at Sweetwater, Tenn. for at least two years. Stories published in Youth’s Companion, Harpers, and other periodicals. Died November 19, 1923.


Owen’s Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Vol. 3.


Fireside Battles. Chicago; Laird & Lee, 1900.



University professor. Born– November 25, 1943. Married– July, 1963. Children– Two. Education– Rutgers University, B.S., 1966; Montana State University, M.S., 1967; Texas Tech University, Ph.D., 1969. Taught at Texas Tech University, 1967-1969; Rutgers University, 1969-1972; Auburn University after 1972. Principal investigator for many studies for the Alabama Office of Highway and Traffic Safety and conducted studies for the New Jersey Hospital Association, Mid Atlantic Power Company, Alabama Industrial Relations Department, and U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics; served as consultant on computerization and on safety planning for local, state, and national organizations. Between 1969 and 1984, published more than two dozen articles, papers, and reviews in periodicals; wrote more than 100 technical reports for the Alabama Highway Department.


David B. Brown, Auburn, Ala.


Systems Analysis and Design for Safety. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey; Prentice-Hall, 1976.

Systems Analysis For Applications Software Design. Oakland, California; Holden-Day, 1984.

BROWN, EMILY (Pseudonym)


Sterne, Emma Gelders

BROWN, JOE DAVID, 1915-1976


Journalist, novelist. Born– May 12, 1915, Birmingham. Parents– William Samuel and Lucille (Lokey) Brown. Married– Mildred Harbour, October 24, 1935. Children–two. Married– Frances O’Reilly, 1945. Children–one. Education– Attended the University of Alabama. Military service:  46th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, WWII.  Worked as reporter and editor for newspapers in Alabama, Tennessee, Atlanta,  and Missouri; feature writer for the New York Daily News, 1939-1946; foreign correspondent for Time and Life, 1949-1957; free-lance writer, 1957-1976. Honors; Alabama Library Association, Alabama Authors Award, 1974. Died April 26, 1976.


Contemporary Authors online, bhamwiki


Addie Pray. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1971. (also published in 1972 as Paper Moon)

The Freeholder. New York; Morrow, 1949.

Glimpse of a Stranger. New York; Morrow, 1968.

India. Chicago; Time-Life, 1961.

Kings Go Forth. New York; Morrow, 1956.

Stars in My Crown. New York; Morrow, 1946.


Can Christianity Survive. Chicago; Time-Life, 1967.

The Hippies. Chicago; Time-Life, 1967.

Sex in the 60s. Chicago; Time-Life, 1967.

BROWN, LOIS L., 1908-2008.


Born– October 10, 1908, Laurel, Miss. Parents– Eugene and Donnie (Howse) Saul. Married– Grady Brown, October 3, 1938. Children– One. Education– Junior college in Ellisville, Miss. Worked as a laboratory technician at a Hattiesburg hospital. Won story contest sponsored by Birmingham Age-Herald; published several children’s stories and poems. Used the pseudonym “George Saul.”  Lived at Oneonta after moving from Mississippi. Died May 2, 2008.


Ruth A. Estes, Oneonta Public Library.


Echoes of the Winds. Boston; Bruce Humphries, 1957.

BROWN, LOU, 1898-1982


Columnist. Born– January 24, 1898, Opp. Parents– Joseph Jerall and Missouri Scofield Barnes. Married– Warren Hathaway Brown, June 24, 1924. Children– Seven. Education– Judson College; Troy State Teachers College. Served as hostess for the Community Club in Andalusia. Wrote weekly column for the Andalusia Star News for thirty years. Honors; Named Star Scribe of the South in a contest sponsored by the Progressive Farmer Magazine, 1954. Died July 16, 1982.


Montgomery Advertiser and Alabama Journal, November 25, 1979; and Buck Publishing Co.


My Country Roads. Birmingham, Ala.; Buck Publishing Co., 1979.



Librarian; historian; writer; bookseller. Born May 29, 1916, Birmingham. Parents– John Lewis and Virginia Lawson Pounds.  Married– John Lassiter (died in 1943).  Married– William Bestor Brown, November 1, 1947.   Education– Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, A.B., 1937; Emory University, M.L.S., 1942.  Librarian, Birmingham Public Library, 1938-41; Birmingham-Southern College Library. librarian, 1941-44, director, 1944-48. With her husband,  operated bookstore, The Book-Keepers, in Mountain Brook, 1950-75. Honors; Alabama Library Association, Alabama Authors Award, 1976; Award of Merit, Alabama Historical Commission, 1976; Vita Abundautoir Award, Randolph-Macon Women’s College.  Died May 26. 2014.


Contemporary Authors online; Files at Alabama Public Library Service; obituary, Birmingham News, May 27, 2014..


Cochula’s Journey.  Montgomery:  Black Belt Press, 1996.

The Gold Disc of Coosa. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode, 1978.

Grand Old Days of Birmingham Golf, 1898-1930.  Birmingham: Beechwood Books, 1984.

Mother and Me:  An Intimate Memoir of her Last Years.  Montgomery: New South Books, 2003.


Alabama Heritage. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode, 1967.

Alabama, Mounds to Missiles. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode, 1966.

Creek Indian History; a Historical Narrative of the Genealogy, Traditions, And Downfall of the Ispocoga or Creek Indian Tribe of Indians. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Public Library, 1989.

Toting the Lead Row: Ruby Pickens Tartt, Alabama Folklorist. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1981.

Winnataska Remembered.  Beechwood, 1992.

The World of Southern Indians. Birmingham, Ala.; Beechwood Books, 1983.


Around the Spiral Staircase; Recipes …. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode, 1977.


Mary Gordon Duffee’s Sketches of Alabama.  Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1970.

Mr. Gillespy of Glen Iris Park: Journals of James McAdory Gillespy, 1890-1911.  Birmingham Public Library.

Southern Indian Myths and Legends. Birmingham, Ala.; Beechwood Books, 1985.

BROWN, MARY WARD, 1917-2013


Writer.  Born June 18, 1917, Hamburg, Ala.  Parents– Thomas Ira and Mary Hubbard Ward.  Married– Charles Kirtley Brown, June 18, 1939.  Children– one.  Education– Judson College, B.A., 1938.  Additional study in creative writing– University of Alabama, University of North Carolina.  Publicity director at Judson College, 1938-39; affiliated with the Office of Guidance and Counseling, Marion Military Institute.  Contributed short stories to periodicals and anthologies. Received the Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award/PEN American Center Award, 1987; Alabama Library Association Fiction Award, 1987 and 2002; Lillian Smith Award, 1991; the Harper Lee Award from the Alabama Writers Forum, 2002; Hillsdale Fiction Prize from the Fellowship of Southern Writers.  Died May 14, 2013.


Contemporary Authors online; obituary


Fanning the Flame: A Memoir.  University of Alabama Press, 2009.

It Wasn’t All Dancing, and Other Stories.  University of Alabama Press, 2002.

Tongues of Flame.  New York: Dutton, 1986.


Papers of Mary Ward Brown are held by the Special Collections Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library at Auburn University.