Writer.  Born: October 19, 1895, Muir’s Station, Kentucky.  Parents:  Clifton B. and Lilla May (Hall) Smith.  Married (1) Robert Peddicord of Birmingham, September 16, 1916  (died 1935);  (2) John Albion Dahl of Mobile, January 29, 1946.  Education:  attended Ward-Belmont College, Nashville,  for two years; later attended the Cincinnati School of Expression. Worked as an accountant’s clerk at TVA, 1940’s.  Began writing for magazines and newspapers in 1940; worked as a staff writer for the Southern Hotel Journal.  Member of the Alabama Quill Club and the National League of American Penwomen; president of the Alabama Writers Conclave;  organizing president of the Mobile Branch of the National League of American Penwomen. Died April 1977.


Montgomery Advertiser, December 5, 1958.

Files at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery.

Atchison, Ray M., and Barefield, Paul.  “Evelyn Dahl:  Author of Belle of Destiny, ” Alabama Librarian, XIII (1962), 45-46.


Belle of Destiny.  New York:  Greenberg, 1958.



Professor of public administration; consultant. Born– October 3, 1919, Milton, Wisconsin. Parents– John Norton and Nellie (Furrow) Daland. Married (1) Dorothy Shaw, June 6, 1942; children–two. Married (2) Edwina Nary, November 20, 1979.  Education– Milton College, B.A., 1942; University of Wisconsin, M.A., 1947; Ph.D. 1952. U.S. Army service, 1942-45. Taught at the University of Alabama, 1949-1956; the University of Connecticut, 1959-61; the University of Southern California, 1961-63; University of North Carolina, 19636-1985.  Ford faculty fellow at the University of California, 1954-1955;  Metropolitan Region Program fellow at Columbia University, 1958-1959; Fulbright Fellow, Rio de Janeiro, 1968-69. Member of American Political Science Association, Southern Political Science Association, Policy Studies Association, American Society for Public Administration, Sierra Club, North Carolina Coastal Federation. Named professor emeritus, UNC, 1985.  Died July 22, 1994.


Contemporary Authors online; Marquis Who’s Who online


Brazilian Planning; Development, Politics, and Administration. Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1967.

A Brief Survey of Auditing Practices in Alabama.  University, Ala.:  Bureau of Public Administration, University of Alabama, 1954.

Bureaucracy in Brazil; Attitudes of Civilian Top Executives Toward Change. Austin, Tex.: Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas, 1972.

The County Buys Dunwoodie Golf Course. University, Ala.: University of Alabama Press, 1961.

Dixie City: A Portrait of Political Leadership. University, Ala.: Bureau of Public Administration, University of Alabama, 1956.

An Evaluation of Annexation Procedures in Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.: Alabama League of Municipalities, 1954.

Exploring Brazilian Bureaucracy; Performance and Pathology. Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, 1981.

Financing Municipal Sewerage Systems in Alabama.  Montgomery, Al.:  Bureau of Public Administration, University of Alabama, and the Alabama League of Municipalities, 1953.

Government and Health, the Alabama Experience. University, Ala.:  Bureau of Public Administration, University of Alabama, 1955.

Municipal Fringe Area Problem in Alabama. University, Ala.: Bureau of Public Administration, University of Alabama, 1953.

Public Health Administration in Alabama.  Dissertation, University of Wisconsin, 1952.

Public Recreation as a Municipal Service in Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.: Alabama League of Municipalities, 1953.

Some Aspects of Municipal Utility Administration in Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.: Alabama League of Municipalities, 1954.

A Strategy for Research in Comparative Urban Administration. Bloomington, Ind.: Comparative Administrative Group, American Society for Public Administration, 1966.

The Transfer of the Children’s Camps. New York; Inter-University Case Program, 1960.


(With David A. Johnston). A Brief Survey of Municipal Auditing Practices in Alabama. University, Ala.; Bureau of Public Administration, University of Alabama, 1954.

(With Asa Green). Revenues for Alabama’s Cities. Montgomery, Ala.; Alabama League of Municipalities, 1956.


Comparative Urban Research: The Administration and Politics of Cities. Beverly Hills, Calif.: Sage Publications, 1969.

Perspectives of Brazilian Public Administration. Los Angeles, Calif.: School of Public Administration, University of Southern California, 1963.



Businessman (banking, insurance, real estate). Born– September 16, 1864, Philadelphia, Pa. Parents– Joseph and Mary (Lasserre) Dangaix. Education:  Institute d’Etudes francaises de Touraine, Tours, France; Sorbonne, Paris.   General agent, Southern States Agricultural Insurance Co. Organized and served as first president of the Birmingham Savings Bank, which later merged into the First National Bank of Birmingham. Retired from active business, 1908. Travelled widely; lived principally in Paris after retirement. Foreign agent of War Trade Board, Berne, Switzerland, 1918-19.  Died September 7, 1943.


Marquis Who’s Who online.


How Latin America Affects Our Daily Life. New York; New York Institute for Public Service, 1917.

How We Affect Latin America’s Daily Life. New York; New York Institute for Public Service, 1919.



Historian, university professor. Born– October 13, 1921, Talladega Springs. Parents– James Grady and Annie Lee Blalock Daniel. Education– Florence State Teachers College, 1940-1941; Abilene Christian College, A.B., 1957; University of Alabama, M.A., 1959. U.S. Army, 1942-45; 1946-54.  Taught history and Spanish, Huntsville High School, 1959-1960; taught history at the University of North Alabama, 1960-83. Member of the Alabama and American Historical Associations and the Alabama and National Education Associations.  Died December 27, 1983.


Library of Alabama Lives by Frank L. Grove.


Formative Period of TVA. New York; Carlton Press, 1973.



Geologist. Born– January 24, 1922, Wetumpka. Parents– T.W. and Anne M. (Thomas) Daniel. Married– Madge Downing Cyr, June 15, 1948. Children– Three. Education– attended Port Arthur College, Tex., 1946-1947; University of Florida, B.S., 1952.  Served in U.S. Army Air Corps, WWII. Worked for Century Geophysics Corporation in Tulsa, 1952-1954.; radioactivity logging operator for Welex Corporation in Fort Worth, 1954-1955; a radio broadcasting technician in Bessemer, 1955-1956; staff geologist for the Geological Survey of Alabama, 1956-1960; head of the Office of Coal Research and a consultant to Public Service Coal, 1960- . Died June 21. 2014.


Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1976; obituary.


Mineral Resources Map of Winston County, Alabama. University, Ala.; Alabama Geological Survey, 1969.

Mineral Resources of Bibb County, Alabama. University, Ala.; Alabama Geological Survey, 1976.


Exploring Alabama Caves. University, Ala.; Alabama Geological Survey, 1973.

Geologic Map of Limestone County, Alabama. University, Ala.; Alabama Geological Survey, 1960.

The Geology and Mineral Resources of Limestone-County, Alabama. University, Ala.; Alabama Geological Survey, 1968.

Mineral Resources Map of Choctaw County, Alabama. University, Ala.; Alabama Geological Survey, 1969.

Mineral Resources Map of Marion County, Alabama. University, Ala.; Alabama Geological Survey, 1969.

The Mineral Resources of Limestone County. University, Ala.; Alabama Geological Survey, 1976.

Mineral Resources of Marion County, Alabama. University, Ala.; Alabama Geological Survey, 1972.

Mineral Resources of Wilcox County, Alabama. University, Ala.; Alabama Geological Survey, 1970.

Rock and Minerals of Alabama; a Guidebook for Alabama Rockhounds. University, Ala.; Alabama Geological Survey, 1966.

Strippable Coal in the Fabius Area, Jackson County, Alabama. University, Ala.; Alabama Geological Survey, 1970.

A Strippable Lignite Bed in South Alabama. University, Ala.; Alabama Geological Survey, 1973.



Librarian; editor. Born– July 8, 1888, Jackson, Miss. Parents– Thomas Marshall and Anna Letitia Dabney Miller. Married– J. Peran Danton. Education– Newcomb College, B.A., 1907; additional study at Columbia University. Certified as a librarian in New York in 1911.  Branch assistant for the Minneapolis Public Library, 1911-1914; reference librarian in Birmingham Public Library, 1914-1920;  hospital librarian for the U.S. Public Health Service and the U. S. Veteran’s Bureau, 1920-1923; editor of the ALA Booklist and other ALA Publications, 1923-1925; freelance worker for ALA, 1935-1937; director of Birmingham Public Library, 1947-55;  executive assistant in the Alabama Public Library Service, 1954.  Died August 1982.


Who’s Who in Library Service, 1955.


The Library of Tomorrow, a Symposium. Chicago; American Library Association, 1939.

Pioneering Leaders in Librarianship. Chicago; American Library Association, 1953.



Community and civic leader. Born June 1, 1876, Jacksonville. Parents General John H. and Septima Sexta Middleton (Rutledge) Forney, Married–  Clarence William Daugette,  December 22, 1897.  Children–five. Education– Graduate of Jacksonville State Normal School, 1893; attended Cooper Union School and National Academy of Design in New York. “First lady” of Jacksonville State, during her husband’s forty-three years as president. Active in many cultural, service, and historical organizations.  Organized the Civic League of Jacksonville; served on the State Advisory Committee of the Federal Writers Project, the State Advisory Committee of the Works Progress Administration, and other governmental agencies and commissions. President of the Alabama Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy; made honorary Life President in 1952. Campaigned for the restoration of Alabama’s Great Seal; personally helped design the  Seal adopted  by the Legislature in 1939. Compiled biographies of Alabama Civil War Generals; wrote historical articles about Jacksonville and Calhoun County.  Received the Jefferson Davis Medal for distinguished service by the UDC. Awarded the honorary Doctorate of Humanities, Jacksonville State University, 1970. Scholarships were established in her name at Huntingdon College and Jacksonville State University.  Elected to Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, 1978.  Died  September 11, 1974.


Forney Forever, by Lee Forney Crawford; Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame Website.


Historic Jacksonville, Semi Centennial, 1902-1952. Jacksonville, Ala.; General John H. Forney Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1952.

The Life of Major General John H. Forney. Jacksonville, Ala.; (mimeographed), 19–.



Teacher, school administrator. Born– December 16, 1869, Centerville (an early variant spelling of present Centreville).  Parents– Damon and Adaline (Woods) Davidson. Married– Lula Julia Davis, February 16, 1899 (died 1908); (2) Elizabeth M. Campbell McClellan, September 4, 1913. Education– high school classes at Selma University, graduated from Payne University, Selma, 1893; B. S., Tuskegee Institute, 1934; additional study at Hampton Institute, Columbia University and Fisk University. Established the Centerville Industrial Institute in 1900; it became the Bibb County Training School, 1918. Served as teacher and principal of the school for many years.  Active in African Methodist Episcopal church and in community and civic activities. Served as president of the alumni association for Payne College while it was located in Selma. Honorary Master’s Degree, Selma University. Died 1955.


Ellison, Rhoda Coleman.  Bibb County, Alabama:  The First Hundred Years.  University of Alabama Press, 1984.

Inching Along.


Inching Along; or, the Life and Works of an Alabama Farm Boy, an Autobiography. Nashville; National Publication Company, 1944.

DAVIDSON, WILLIAM H., 1913-2006.


Historian. Born-May 30, 1913, West Point, Ga. Parents Robert C. and Annie D. Davidson. Military service, U.S.Army, World War II.  Worked for West Point Pepperell for forty seven years; after retirement worked as a title and historical researcher in a legal office. Charter member of the Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society; later vice president and president of that organization; member of the Alabama Historical Association; member of the Board of Directors of Bradshaw Regional Library as a representative of Cobb Memorial Archives. Died August 30, 2006.


Files at Alabama Department of Archives and History.


Architectural Heritage of West Point-Lanett in the Chattahoochee Valley; in Compliment to Georgia Architectural Seminar and Tour of Georgia College. West Point, Ga.; s.n., 1975.

Brooks of Honey and Butter; Plantations and People of Meriwether County, Georgia. Alexander City, Ala.; Outlook Publishing Co., 1971.

One Hundred Fifty Years of West Point Methodism, 1830-1980. West Point, Ga.; First United Methodist Church, 1980.

Pine Log and Greek Revival; Houses and People of Three Counties in Georgia and Alabama. Alexander City, Ala.; Outlook Publishing Co., 1964.

Proudest Inheritance; a Bicentennial Tribute of the Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society. S.l.; s.n., 1975.

Word From Camp Pollard. West Point, Ga.; Hester Printing, 1978.

Young Folks’ Primer of Historic West Point, Georgia. West Point, Ga.; Hester’s Print Shop, 1960.


The Cobb Memorial Archives at Bradshaw Regional Library hold papers related to William H. Davidson’s historical research.



University professor, writer, activist. Born– January 26, 1944, Birmingham. Parents– B. Frank and Sally E. Davis. Education– attended the Sorbonne, 1963-64; Brandeis University, B.A., 1965; graduate study, University of Frankfurt, 1965-1967; University of California at San Diego, M.A., 1968; additional study, 1968-1969. Ph. D. Humboldt University.   Taught philosophy at U.C.L.A., 1969-1970; University of California at Santa Cruz, 1991-2008; San Francisco State University.  Member Black Panthers, Communist Party.  Candidate for U. S. Vice President, Communist Party, 1980 and 1984.  Honorary doctorate, Lenin University. Awarded emerita status at the University of California Santa Cruz on her retirement in 2008.


Contemporary Authors online and Who’s Who of American Women, 1979-1980.


Abolition Democracy; Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture. Seven Stories Press, 2005.

Angela Davis; an Autobiography. New York; Random House, 1974.

Are Prisons Obsolete?  Seven Stories Press, 2003.

Beyond the Frame;  Women of Color and Visual Representation.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

The Black Woman’s Role in the Community of Slaves. Somerville, Mass.; New England Free Press, 1970.

Blues Legacies and Black Feminism; Gertrude ‘Ma’ Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday.  Pantheon Books, 1998.

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle.  Haymarket Books, 2015.

The Meaning of Freedom, and Other Difficult Dialogues.  City Lights, 2012.

Policing the National Body; Sex, Race, and Criminalization.  South End Press, 2002.

Violence Against Women and the Ongoing Challenge to Racism. Latham, N.Y.; Women of Color Press, 1985.

Women, Culture, and Politics. New York; Random House, 1989.

Women, Race, and Class. New York; Random House, 1981.

Joint Publications;

If They Come in the Morning; Voices of Resistance.  Third Press, 1971.


The Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama holds a collection of Angela Davis papers and ephemera covering the years 1971-1984.



Professor of history, college president. Born– August 13, 1910, Mobile. Parents– Matthew and Ruth (Shepard) Davis. Married– Mary Greenfield Merritt, June 6, 1936.  Children–three. Education– Auburn Polytechnic Institute, B.S., 1931; M.S., 1932; Duke University, Ph.D., 1938. U.S. Army Air Force, 1942-45. Assistant professor of history, Auburn, 1937-1942; Florida State University, 1947-1959; professor of history and president of Winthrop College, South Carolina, 1950-1973.  Member of American Council on Education and International Association of College Presidents. Died April 13, 1993.


Directory of American Scholars, 1978.

Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1973-1974.


Colin J. McRae; Confederate Financial Agent. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Confederate Publishing Co., 1961.

Cotton Kingdom in Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.; Alabama State Department of Archives and History, 1939.


Report of Operations of the U.S. Seventh Army, 1945.


Papers of Dr. Davis’ tenure as president of Winthrop College are held by the Louise Pettus Archives at Winthrop.



Botanist; university professor. Born– January 12, 1916, Charleston, Ill. Parents– Leonard Ernest and Jessie Allie (Echard) Davis. Married– Dorothy Dale Richey, June 5, 1940. Children– Two. Education– Eastern Illinois State University, B.Ed., 1938;  Ohio State University, M.S., 1940; Ph.D., 1947.  Served in the U.S. Army during WWII; awarded four battle stars and the Combat Infantry Medal. Oak Ridge Institute Fellow, 1951. Taught Plant physiology and ecology at Auburn University, 1952-1982.  Member American Society of Plant Physiologists; Weed Society of America; Alabama Academy of Science. Awarded status of professor emeritus on his retirement in 1982.  Honorary D. Ped. by Eastern Illinois State University, 1956.  The Donald E. Davis Arboretum on the Auburn campus, dedicated in 1977,  is named in his honor. Died February 21, 2007.


Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1975-1976, and Library of Alabama Lives.


Effects of Herbicides on Submerged Seed Plants. Auburn, Ala.; Auburn University Department of Botany, 1980.


Atrazine Fate and Effects in a Salt Marsh. Gulf Breeze, Fla.; Environmental Research Laboratory, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1979.

Guide and Key to Alabama Trees. Dubuque, Iowa; W. C. Brown, 1965. [Editions 2-5 published by Kendal/Hunt, 1972-1999].



Engineer; professor of engineering; university dean. Born– June 28, 1876, Washington, D.C. Parents George Jacob and Nora Ninette Jones Davis.  Married– Ardelia Barbara Meyer, June 28, 1905.  Children– Two. Education– Attended George Washington University; Cornell University, B.C.E., 1902. Taught engineering at  the University of Wisconsin, 1902-1912; University of Alabama, 1912-1946; dean of the College of Engineering, 1912-46.  Served as engineer for the Alabama State Advisory Committee for Public Works, 1933.  Designed bridges and tunnels for the Tuscaloosa city water works.  One of the original twelve honorary judges for the Fisher Body Craftsman Guild, 1950-53. Member of Phi Beta Kappa; International Rotary Club; Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce; Sons of the American Revolution; American Society of Civil Engineers and several other professional engineering organizations.  Honorary D.Sci., University of Alabama, 1931. Died February 28, 1958.


Alabama Alumni Magazine, May-June 1958.

Davis, George Jacob.  Family History.  Tuscaloosa, 1955.

Files at Alabama Department of Archives and History.


Family History, With Special Emphasis on the Ancestors of the Brothers, Philip Christopher Davis, George Graham Davis, (and others). Tuscaloosa, Ala.; s.n., 1955.



Teacher;  writer.  Born– October 22, 1896,  Guntersville. Parents–James K. and Mary Ann Copeland Morrow.  Married–Hugh McCrory,  Tennessee legislator, January 2, 1921 (died 1935); married George Harding (died 1958); married Clyde J. Davis. Education:  graduated from Chilton County High School, 1915; studied at Howard College and Peabody Insitute, Nashville.  Worked as a  schoolteacher in Birmingham; freelance reporter; clerk, Tennessee legislature. Died August 23, 1978.


Alabama Journal, March 23, 1967; Clanton Union Banner, April 13, 1967, and Montgomery Advertiser-Journal, 1974.


Dixie Poet Tree; a Collection of Verses. New York; Carlton Press, 1974.

Rhymoods; an Accumulation of Rhymes. New York; Exposition Press, 1967.



Attorney; State government official;  college president. Born– November 23, 1882, Marengo County. Parents:  Thomas Wyley and Mary Kate Goodwin Davis. Married– Lena Vail, December 15, 1917.  Children– Three. Education– South Alabama Baptist Institute at Thomasville, A.B., 1899; University of Alabama, Bachelor of Laws, 1903. Military service:  U. S. Army Infantry, WWI, 1918-1919; retired at the end of the war with the rank of major. Served as Alabama’s first assistant attorney general, 1915-1917; attorney general, 1921-1927; state internal revenue collector, 1933-1939.  Codefied the first Educational Code of Alabama and the first Agricultural Code of Alabama. President, Howard College (now Samford University), 1939-1958. Led in the building of the new Samford campus in Shades Valley and the move to the new campus in 1957. Life member of the Alabama Bar Association;  life member of the Historical Association of the Southern Baptist Convention; Phi Beta Kappa; Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Delta Phi; the Masons and the Knights of Phythias.  Awarded the honorary LL.D. by the University of Alabama; the honorary Doctorate of Humanities by Birmingham Southern, and the LL.D. by Mobile College.  The Harwell Goodwin Davis Library at Samford University is named in his honor. Died August 5, 1977.


Obituary, Birmingham News, August 6, 1977.

Sulzby, James F., Jr. Toward a History of Samford University, Vol. II.  Birmingham:  Samford University Press, 1986.

Dust Jacket, The Legend of Landsee.


Alabama School Code. Montgomery, Ala.; Alabama State Department of Education, 1927.

Holdings of Physical Copies of Newspapers from Jefferson County Courthouse. S.l.; s.n., 1979.

Legend of Landsee. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode, 1976.

The Life and Achievements of Joseph Linyer Bedsole. New York; Newcomen Society in North America, 1962.


The papers of Harwell Goodwin Davis are held by the Special Collections Department at the Harwell Goodwin Davis Library at Samford University.



Writer; editor, socialite. Born– April 12, 1844 in White Plains, Benton County (became Calhoun County, 1858).  Parents– John and Marian Lucinda (Crutchfield) Moore. Married– Thomas Edward Davis, October 20, 1874.  Educated at home by her mother and intermittently at local schools in Alabama and Texas, where her family moved in 1855. Continued her education as an adult by studying music, French, and other subjects with tutors. Employed as “second assistant” teacher at Professor Hand’s Charnwood School in Tyler, Texas, 1860-61.  Began publishing poems on patriotic and other themes in Texas newspapers in the 1860’s; published her first volume of poetry in 1867. Wrote fiction and poetry throughout her life; employed as an editor on the New Orleans Picayune.  Moved to New Orleans in 1879 with her husband, editor of the New Orleans Times and later editor-in-chief of the New Orleans Picayune; maintained a literary salon at her home on Royal Street. Died January 1, 1909.


Dictionary of American Biography; American Authors and Books; Who Was Who in Alabama.


Antiques: A Rare Collection from Old Creole Families.  New Orleans:  A. H. Thiberge Printing Co., 1894.

A Bunch of Roses.  Boston: Small, Maynard, and Co., 1903.

A Christmas Masque of Saint Roch.  Chicago: McClurg, 1896.

An Elephant’s Track, and Other Stories.  New York:  Harper, 1897.

In War Times at La Rose Blanche.  Boston:  D. Lathrop Co., 1888.

Jaconetta: Her Loves.  Boston:  Houghton, 1901.

The Little Chevalier.  Boston:  Houghton, 1903.

Minding the Gap, and Other Poems.  Houston:  Cushing and Co., 1867.

The Moons of Balbanca.. Boston: Houghton, 1908.

Poems.  Houston:  E. H. Cushing, 1872.

The Price of Silence. Boston:  Houghton, 1907.

The Queen’s Garden.  Boston: Houghton, 1900.

Selected Poems. New  Orleans:  Green Shutter Book Shop, 1927.

The Wire Cutters.  Boston: Houghton, 1899.



Teacher, writer, clerical worker. Born– October 20, 1862, Huntsville. Parents– Zebulon Pike (an early mayor of Huntsville) and Williametta (Eason) Davis. Education– Private tutors. Taught in public schools in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas, 1893-1900; worked as a stenographer and newspaper writer; held various government positions, including deputy clerk for U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 1901-05. Died June 10, 1936.


History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, vol. 3.

Who Was Who in America, Vol. 6.


The Northerner. New York; The Century Company, 1905.

The Other Woman. New York; Century, 1920.

Wallace Rhodes. New York; Harper and Brothers, 1909.

The World’s Warrant. Boston; Houghton, 1907.



Microbiologist; university professor. Born– May 7, 1928, San Diego, Calif. Parents– Richard Earl and Cora Elsie Bolin Davis.  Married– Juanita Loudermilk.  Children–two. Education– University of Georgia, B.S., 1953; Ohio State University, M.S., 1955; Ph.D. 1957. Taught at the University of Georgia, 1957-1958; Auburn University, 1958-1990. Member of several professional organizations including the  American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Microbiology, Society for Industrial Microbiology, American Chemical Society, and the American Peanut Research and Education Society. Professor emeritus, Auburn, 1990. Fellow of the American Academy for Microbiology.  Received the Golden Peanut Research Award.  Died July 3, 2011.


American Men and Women of Science, 14th edition.



Guide and Key to Alabama Trees. Dubuque, Iowa; W. C. Brown, 1965.  [editions 2-5 published by Kendall/Hunt, 1972-1999].



Agricultural Extension Service official; college administrator; radio pioneer.  Born– August 15, 1890, Athens. Parents– Richard Scoggins and Elizabeth (Barker) Davis. Married– Mildred Kilburn, June 19, 1918. Education– Attended Potter College, Bowling Green, Ky.; Alabama Polytechnic Institute, B.S., 1916; graduate study at API. Employed by Agricultural Extension Service to work with 4-H Clubs, beginning in 1918;  director of the Alabama State Agricultural Extension Service, 1937-1959. Founded  radio station WAPI at Auburn, which later became associated with the National Broadcasting Company, the first radio network in the state. . Executive secretary of Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 1932-37 (during this period the school was run by an administrative committee made up of three members, the “executive secretary” being one member). Member of Phi Kappa Phi, Masons, Shriners, and Kiwanis.  Named Man of the Year in Alabama Agriculture, 1939, by the Progressive Farmer magazine; awarded a Citation for Distinguished Service to American Agriculture by the American Farm Bureau in 1946. Died January 17, 1973.


Library of Alabama Lives, 1961.


A Century of Science on Alabama Farms. Auburn, Ala.; Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 1952.

Extension Work:  Its Origin, Nature, Value, and Opportunity.  API, 1949.

My Davis Ancestors and Relatives.  N.P., n.d.

One Man; Edward Asbury O’Neal III, of Alabama. Auburn, Ala.; Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 1951.


The papers of Posey Oliver Davis are held by the Ralph Brown Draughon Library at Auburn University.



Historian; university professor. Born– August 28, 1910, Birmingham. Parents– William Columbus and Maude (Gray) Davis. Married–(1) Mildred Dorman, July 24, 1948 (died 1986); married (2) Dorothy Ann Fleetwood, 1987.  Education– University of Alabama, A.B., 1931; M.A., 1932; Harvard, M.A., 1943; Ph.D. 1948. Held several staff positions at the U.S.Senate, 1933-46; taught Latin American Studies at the University of Georgia, 1948-1951; George Washington University, 1951-1966; National War College, 1963-1974. Member Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Phi. Died December 24, 2003.


Directory of American Scholars, 7th ed.

Who’s Who in America online


The Columns of Athens, Georgia’s Classic City. Athens, Ga.; University of Georgia Press, 1951.

The Last Conquistadores; the Spanish Intervention in Peru and Chile, 1863-1866. Athens, Ga.; University of Georgia Press, 1950

Warnings from the Far South: Democracy versus Dictatorship in Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile. 1995..


Soviet Bloc Latin American Activities and Their Implications for United States Foreign Policy. Washington, D.C.; Government Printing Office, 1960.


American Historical Association Guide to Historical Literature.  1960.

Index to Writings in American History, 1902-1940.  1956



University professor of philosophy. Born– January 5, 1939, Frankewing, Tenn. Parents– George B. and Lois Sawyers Davis. Married–Jill Hunt. Children–four. Education– Abilene Christian College, B.A., 1960; M.A., 1961; Rice University, Ph.D., 1965. Taught at the University of Houston, 1964-1966; Auburn University, 1966-2013. Member of the American, Southwestern, and Alabama Philosophical Associations, the C.S. Peirce Society, the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology. Named to the Auburn Academy of Teaching and Outstanding Teachers, 2004.  Awarded the status of  professor emeritus upon his retirement at Auburn in 2013. Died May 13, 2017.


Contemporary Authors online; obituary


The Freewill Question. The Hague, Netherlands; Nijhoff, 1971.

Philosophy of Religion. Abilene, Kan.; Biblical Research Society, 1969.

Peirce’s Epistemology. The Hague, Netherlands; Nijhoff, 1972.

Science and Christian Faith. Abilene, Kan.; Biblical Research Society, 1968.



Historian; University professor.  Born February 12, 1884,  Pensacola, Fla. Parents–Mathew L. and Annie Laurie Lane Davis.  Married–Roxana Henderson, 1915. Children–one. Education– Mobile Military Academy; Alabama Polytechnic Institute, B.S. and M.S.; Columbia University, Ph.D., 1913. Professor of history  at the University of Kansas, 1912-1954.  Died April 5, 1960.


Encyclopedia of Southern History;  files at Alabama Public Library Service; ancestry.com.


Ante-Bellum Southern Commercial Conventions. Montgomery, Ala.; s.n., 1905.

The Civil War and Reconstruction in Florida. New York; Columbia University Press, 1913.



Writer. Born– October 2, 1927, Birmingham. Parents– James Toliver and Lucile (Thiemonge) Dawkins. Education– University of Alabama B.A., 1950;  Stanford University, M.A. 1953. English instructor,  Stephens College, 1953-1958; writer-in-residence at Stephens College, 1961-1962, 1973-1976. Distinguished Visiting professor, University of Hawaii, 1991; visiting professor, Georgia College, Milledgeville, 1996-97.  Contributed to the Paris Review, Sewanee Review, McCalls, Redbook, Saturday Review, and to various anthologies. Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, 1966; Harper-Saxton Fellow, 1968; National Endowment for the Arts grant, 1976. Received the McGinnis Award in 1963 and the Harper-Saxton Prize in 1971.


Contemporary Authors online.


Charleyhorse. New York; Viking, 1985.

Clay Dancers.  New York, 1995.

The Live Goat. New York; Harper, 1971.

The Quiet Enemy. New York; Atheneum, 1963; rpt. University of Georgia Press, 1995.

Rare Earth.  Random House, 1995.

The Santa Fe Rembrandt.  1993.

Turtle Truths.  New York, 1997.


The Displaced Person [play based on stories of Flannery O’Connor]. Produced at the American Place

Theater, New York, 1966.


A Woman of the Century, Frances Minerva Nunnery:  Her Story in her Own Words as Told to Cecil Dawkins.  University of New Mexico Press, 2002.



Professor  of French language and literature; college administrator;  college president. Born– Aug. 10, 1876, Huntsville. Parents– Granville J. and Alice (Roberts) Dawson. Married — Fletcher Stinson, 1906 (died 1927). Children–one. Married– Avis Marshall, December 25,1930 (died 1938).  Education– Georgetown College, Kentucky, A.B., 1901; Howard College, M.A., 1910; Columbia University, Ph.D., 1921. Principal of Scottsboro Baptist Institute, 1901-03; taught at Howard College, 1903-1917; dean, 1917; acting president, 1917, 1921; president, 1921-31. Head, Department of Romance Languages,  University of Alabama, 1930-1947; Howard Payne College, 1947-1948. Also taught at Western State College, 1923, and the University of Toulouse, 1919. Editor of Howard College Studies in History and Literature, 1921-1930. Contributed to various periodicals, including Romantic Review and Modern Language Notes. Member of the educational board of the Southern Baptist Convention; president of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Member of Kappa Phi Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa and the Authors’ Club of London. Awarded the honorary D.D. by Howard College, 1918. Received the Officer d’Academie decoration from the French government. Died April 9, 1966.


Marquis who’s who online

James F. Sulzby, Jr., Toward a History of Samford University.  Samford University Press, 1986.


A French Regicide in Alabama. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1939.

Lakanal the Regicide. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1948.

Picard’s ‘La Petite Ville.”  Ginn and Company, 1912.

Poems. Birmingham, Ala.; s.n., 1919.

Toulouse in the Renaissance. New York; Columbia University Press, 1923.



Baptist clergyman. Born– April 24, 1865, Chambers County. Parents– Andrew Jackson and Marie Antoinette (Bailey) Dawson. Married– Margaret Samuel Lewis, October 30, 1890. Children– Two. Education– Howard College, A.B., 1886;  Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, (graduated 1889); studied at Columbian University (became George Washington University in 1904), the University of Alabama, and the University of Berlin, Germany. Ordained in Baptist ministry, 1888; pastored churches in Kentucky, 1888-1892; pastor of First Baptist Church,  Tuscaloosa, 1892-1924; taught at Howard College, 1924-1938; founded Edgewood Baptist Church, Birmingham, in 1926 and served as its pastor, 1926-1938. Served as president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention, Southern Baptist Young People’s Union, and Rotary International. Member of the Alabama Baptist State Executive Committee and Southern Baptist Educational Association. Trustee, Central Female College, Tuscaloosa; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Druid City Hospital. Awarded the honorary D.D. by Howard College, 1897.   Edgewood Baptist Church was renamed Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in his honor.  Died January 14, 1938.


Guffin, R.L.  A Legacy of Love: The First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa.  Available on First Baptist Church website.

Marquis Who’s Who online.


After Fifty Years. Nashville; Broadman, 1965.

Light Spots. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Weatherford, 1933.


Historian; university professor; administrator. United States Military Academy, B.S., 1979.  Active duty in U.S.Army, 1979-95. Taught history at the U.S. Military Academy,  (1989-92); Marion Military Institute (1995-96);  Judson College (1996-99); and Auburn University at Montgomery (1999-2000);  at the University of Montevallo, 1997-  ; served in various administrative posts,  including assistant vice president for academic affairs, at  Montevallo. Delivered many lectures and presentations; author of numerous articles in professional journals  Member of several local historical organizations.  Named the University Scholar at Montevallo, 2014. Received the Clinton Jackson Coley Award for best work on Alabama local history, awarded by the Alabama Historical Association, 2014.
University of Alabama Press catalog; University of Montevallo website.
Diamonds in the Rough: A History of Alabama’s Cahaba Coal Field. University of Alabama Press, 2013.



Medievalist; translator; college instructor.. Born– January 25, 1929, Birmingham. Parents– Howard and Marjory Leake. Married- Jim Day, 1950. Children– Five. Education– Northwestern University, B.S., 1950; Samford University, M.A., 1970; University of Alabama, Ph.D., 1975. Postgraduate fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles, 1981-82. Taught at Southern Benedictine College, 1975-1979; adjunct professor at Birmingham Southern College, 1979. Edited Quondam Et Futurus, Newsletter of Arthurian Studies, 1979. Contributed to the Proceedings of the Colloquium of Ghent and Literature at the University of Ghent, Belgium, in 1981.


Directory of American Scholars, 1982; The Rise of Gawain; bhamwiki


Latin Arthurian Literature.  Rochester: Boydell and Brewer, 2005.

The Rise of Gawain; Nephew of Arthur. New York; Garland Publishers, 1984.

The Story of Meriadoc, King of Cambria.  NY: Garland, 1988.


Gawain:  Knight of the Goddess:  Restoring an Archetype.  Aquarian Press, 1990.


King Arthur Through the Ages. New York; Garland, 1990.


Popular Arthurian Traditions.  Madison, WS, Popular Press, 1992.




Editor, writer. Born– February 23, 1858, Montevallo. Parents– William Phineas and Margaret Elizabeth Warwick (Stevens) Browne. Married– John MacMurphy de Cottes, February 8, 1877. Education– Attended Ursuline Convent in Tuscaloosa; graduated from Saybrook Hall, Montreal, Canada. First woman to work for the Montgomery Advertiser; women’s editor of Advertiser, 1890-1908. Founded the magazine Social World in 1890 and published it for many years.  Died July 10, 1936.


Owen’s The Story of Alabama, Vol. 3.


A Social Directory of Montgomery, Alabama, 1900-1901. S.l.; s.n., 1900.



Editor, writer. Born– May 21, 1839, Columbia, S.C. Parents– Mardici Heninrich and Rebecca (Lopez y Nunez) De Leon, Education– Attended Rugby Academy and Georgetown College, Washington, D.C. Employed as a clerk for the Topographical Engineering Bureau, 1858-1861; served in the Confederate Army, 1861-1865; edited Cosmopolite Magazine, 1865-1866; wrote for various New York newspapers and magazines, and translated French novels, 1866-1867; managing editor of Mobile Register, 1868-1876; editor, 1877-, while continuing to write for national publications;  edited the Mobile papers The Gossip and The Gulf Citizen, 1873-1896. Managed the Mobile Theater, 1873-1885. Organized and managed the Mobile Mardi Gras Carnival for 25 years; created carnivals for several other cities.  Published political writings under the name Dunne Browne. Lost his eyesight in 1903; sometimes called “The Blind Laureate of the Lost Cause.”  Died March 19, 1914.


Chaudron, Louis de V.  Biographical Sketch of the Author, in De Leon, Four Years in Rebel Capitals.  Mobile, Al.:  Gossip Printing Company, 1982.

Marquis Who’s Who online, and the Dictionary of American Biography, Vol. 5.


Belles, Beaux and Brains of the 60s. New York; G.W. Dillingham, 1907.

Coqsurcus; a Lay of a Very Late Encampment. Chicago; The Hanscom Printing Co., 1887.

Crag-Nest. Mobile, Ala.; Gossip Printing, 1897.

Creole and Puritan. Philadelphia; J. B. Lippincott, 1889.

Creole Carnivals. Atlanta; Author, 1899.

Cross Purposes. Philadelphia; Lippincott, 1871.

East, West and South. Mobile, Ala.; The Gossip Printing Co., 1891.

Four Years in Rebel Capitals. Mobile, Ala.; Gossip Printing, 1890.

An Innocent Cheat; or, Episodes of the Everlasting Comedy. New York; F. T. Neely, 1898.

F. John Holden, Unionist. St. Paul, Minn.; Price-McGill, 1893.

Joseph Wheeler; the Man, The Statesman, The Soldier. Atlanta; Byrd Printing, 1899.

Juny; or, Only One Octoroon’s Story. Mobile, Ala.; Gossip Printing Co., 1889.

A Novelette Trilogy. London; F. T. Neely, 1897.

Our Creole Carnivals. Mobile, Ala.; Gossip Press, 1890.

The Pride of the Mercers. Philadelphia; Lippincott, 1898.

The Puritan’s Daughter. Mobile, Ala.; Gossip Printing, 1891.

The Rending of the Solid South. Mobile, Ala.; Gossip Printing Co., 1895.

The Rock or the Rye. Mobile, Ala.; Gossip Printing, 1888.

Schooners That Bump on the Bar. Mobile, Ala.; Gossip Printing, 1894.

Society as I Have Foundered It. Mobile, Ala.; Gossip Printing, 1890.

Sybilla; a Romaunt of the Town. Mobile, Ala.; The Gossip Press, 1891.


South Songs. New York; Bleilock & Co., 1860.


A collection of the papers of Thomas Cooper De Leon is held by the Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.



Poet; college professor. Born– January 19, 1930, Birmingham. Parents– Robert and Alice (Webb) Fleming. Married– Donald Deagon, June 29, 1951. Children– Two. Education– Birmingham-Southern College, B.A., 1950; University of North Carolina, M.A., 1951; Ph.D., 1954. Taught classics at Furman University, 1954-1956; at Guilford College, 1956-94. Published poems in various periodicals. Member of the Academy of American Poets, American Philological Association, American Classical Association, Vergilian Society, North Carolina Writers Conference, Alabama State Poetry Society, Alabama Writers Conclave, Greensboro Writers Club, and Phi Beta Kappa.  Recipient of many awards for poetry.


Contemporary Authors online


Carbon 14. Amherst, Mass.; University of Massachusetts Press, 1974.

Habitats. University Center, Mich.; Green River Press, 1982.

Indian Summer. Greensboro, N.C.; Unicorn Press, 1975.

The Pentekontaetia (The Great Fifty Years). Huntington, N.Y.; Water Mark Press, 1985.

Diver’s Tomb. New York; St. Martins, 1984.

Indian Summer. Greensboro, N.C.; Unicorn Press, 1975.

Poetic South. Winston-Salem, N.C.; Blair, 1974.

There is No Balm in Birmingham. Boston; Godine Press, 1976.

Women and Children First. Emory, Va.; Iron Mountain Press, 1976.

DEAL, BABS HODGES, 1929-2004.


Novelist. Born– June 23, 1929, Scottsboro. Parents– Hilburn Tyson and Evelyn (Coffey) Hodges. Married– Borden Deal, 1952 (divorced 1975).  Children– Three. Education– University of Alabama, B.A., 1952. Employed by Jackson County School System, 1950; typist for U.S. Army, Washington, D.C., Birmingham Brass Company, 1951-1952. Began writing fiction in 1956; published her first short story in 1958.  Published novels, poetry, and short stories.  Member of the Authors Guild. Received awards from Mystery Writers of America, 1967; Alabama Library Association. Died February 20, 2004.


Contemporary Authors online.

Atchison, Ray M., and Eubanks, Jen.  “Babs Hodges Deal:  Alabama Novelist,”  Alabama Librarian, XIII (1962), 93-94.


Acres of Afternoon. New York; McKay, 1959.

The Crystal Mouse. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1973.

Fancy’s Knell. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1966.

Friendships, Secrets and Lies. New York; Fawcett, 1979.

Goodnight Ladies. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1978.

The Grail. New York; McKay, 1964.

High Lonesome World. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1969.

It’s Always Three O’Clock. New York; McKay, 1961.

Night Story. New York; McKay, 1962.

The Reason for Roses. Garden City, N.Y; Doubleday, 1974.

Summer Games. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1969.

Waiting to Hear from William. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1975.

The Walls Came Tumbling Down. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1968.

DEAL, BORDEN, 1922-1985


Novelist. Born– October 12, 1922, Pontotoc, Mississippi. Parents– Borden Lee and Jimmie Anne (Smith) Deal. Married–(1) Lillian Slobtotsky, 1950. One child. (2) Babs Hodges, 1952. Children-three. (3) Patricia Deal.  Education–attended business school in Jackson, Mississippi;  University of Alabama, B.A., 1949; graduate study at Mexico City College 1950. Military service U. S. Navy 1942-45. Published his first short story in 1948; worked at various short-term jobs until 1955, when his first novel was published. Published over one hundred stories as well as reviews, essays, and  novels. Member of the Authors Guild. Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, 1967; a McDowell Colony Fellowship; the Literary Award of the Alabama Library Association, 1963. Designated “Sesquicentennial Scholar”, during the University of Alabama’s 150th Anniversary, 1981.  Died January 22, 1985.


Contemporary Authors online;  Alabama Alumni News, Vol. 65, Number 4, and files at Alabama Public Library Service.

Lives of Mississippi Authors, 1817-1967.  Jackson:  University Press of Mississippi, 1981.


Adventure. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1978.

The Advocate. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1968.

Bluegrass. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1976.

The Devil’s Whisper. New York; Avon, 1961.

Dragon’s Wine. New York; Scribner, 1960.

Dunbar’s Cove. New York; Scribner, 1957.

The Insolent Breed. New York; Scribner, 1959.

Interstate. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1970.

Killer in the House. New York; New American Library, 1957.

The Least One. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1967.

A Long Way to Go. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1965.

The Loser. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1964.

A Neo-Socratic Dialogue on the Reluctant Empire. Baldwyn, Miss.; Outlaw Press, 1971.

Search for Surrender. Greenwich, Conn.; Gold Medal, 1957.

The Other Room.  Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1974.

The Secret of Sylvia. Greenwich, Conn.; Gold Medal, 1958.  [as Lee Borden].

The Spangled Road. New York; Scribner, 1962.

There Were Also Strangers. Far Hills, N.J.; New Horizon Press, 1985.

The Tobacco Men. New York; Holt, 1965.

Walk Through the Valley. New York; Scribner, 1950.


The papers of Borden Deal are held by Boston University.



Teacher, naturalist.  Born–June 13, 1892, Brownville,  Clay County.  Parents -John James and Catherine Evans. Married William Ratchford Dean, 1939. Education– Attended Jacksonville State University, 1915-16; Valparaiso University, 1916-18;  the University of Alabama, B. S., 1924. Taught in Jefferson County schools for thirty-two years. Founded the Alabama Outdoor Nature Camp for high school biology teachers, 1950; served as director, 1950-63.  Leader of Nature Lore at the American Youth Foundation camp in Michigan fourteen years. Member of the Alabama Academy of Science, Alabama Conservation Council, National Association of Biology Teachers, National Wildlife Federation, American Fern Society, National Audubon Society, and Delta Kappa Gamma. Recognized for distinguished service in the field of conservation education by the National Audubon Society, 1967. Inducted into Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, Judson College, 1985.  Died May 31, 1974.


Christenson, Alice S., and Davenport, Larry J.  “Blanche Dean, Naturalist,” Alabama Heritage, summer 1997, 16-25.

Files at Alabama Public Library Service.


Birds. Birmingham, Ala.; Southern University Press, 1969.

Ferns of Alabama and Fern Allies. Northport, Ala.; American Southern Publishers, 1964.

Happy Trails. Birmingham, Ala.; Southern University Press, 1972.

Let’s Learn the Birds in Alabama. Birmingham, Ala.; AAA Letter Service, 1958.

Trees and Shrubs of Alabama. Birmingham, Ala.; Coxe Publishing, 1961.


(with Joab Thomas and Amy Mason). Wildflowers of Alabama and Adjoining States. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1973.



Music teacher; composer. Born– June 14, 1938, Coleman, Texas. Parents– Elmer Joe and Edna Erle (McCorkle) Blair. Married– Frank Deaver, August 22, 1957. Children– Two. Education– Sam Houston State University, B.S., 1959; M.A., 1960; University of Alabama, Ed.S., 1974; additional graduate study at the Universities of Oklahoma and Oregon. Taught voice and piano privately in Texas and Alabama; taught in public schools of Texas and Alabama, including Partlow State School and Tuscaloosa City Schools. Hosted a music series on Alabama Education Television, 1971-1972; worked with continuing education at Druid City Hospital.


Mary Jo Deaver, Northport, Ala.


From Here to There… and Back; a Sketch of the Ancestory [sic] of Robert Edmund McCorkle and Oma Pearl Owen McCorkle. Northport, Ala.; Deaver, 1976.

In Tune With The Times. University, Ala.; Alabama Educational Television Commission, 1978.

Music Time. Tuscaloosa, 1969.

Rhythms and Rhymes for Remedial Learning. Montgomery, Ala.; Alabama State Department of Education, Division of Exceptional Children and Youth, 1973.

Sing a Song of Yesterday. S.l.; Media Consultants, 1980.

Sound and Silence; Developmental Learning for Children Through Music. Pikeville, Ky.; Curriculum Development and Research, Inc., 1975.


The Comforter. S.l.; Lorenz Music Publishers.

For Everything, a Season. Oklahoma City, Okla.; Melody House Records, s.d.

I Can Trust His Love. S.l.; Ad Libitum Records, 1977.

I Have Touched the Hand of Jesus. Atlanta, Ga.; LeFevre, s.d.



Writer, editor. Born– January 14, 1951, Fort Meade, Md. Parents– Douglas Morgan and Evelyn (Mueller) Dederer. Married– Melissa. Children– Two. Education– University of South Florida, B.A., 1980; M.A., 1982; University of Alabama, Ph.D., 1988.  Served in the U.S.Army, 1974-77. Visiting scholar at Brown University. Employed by PanAmerican Airways, Aerospace Division, British West Indies, 1968-1969; Surfside Slant Islander Weekly, Cocoa Beach, Florida, 1970-1975; U.S. Army, 1974-1977; Lecturer in history at Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, Connecticut. Graduate Council Fellow at the University of Alabama.  Received a Colonial Dames Award, a University of Alabama Graduate Research Fellowship, Southern History Award, the A.B. Moore History Award; U.S. Army Center of Military History Fellowship.


John Morgan Dederer, University, Ala.


Making Bricks Without Straw; Nathanael Greene’s Southern Campaigns and Mao Tse-Tung’s Mobile War. Manhattan, Kan.; Sunflower University Press, 1983.

War In America to 1775; Before Yankee Doodle. New York; New York University Press, 1990.

DeFOREST, LEE, 1873-1961


Inventor; radio pioneer. Born– August 26, 1873, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Parents– Henry Swift and Anna Margaret (Robbins) DeForest. Moved to Talladega, Alabama, at the age of six, when his father became president of Talladega College.  Married– Lucille Sheardown, 1906; Nora Staton Blatch, 1908;.  Mary Mayo, 1912; Marie Mosquinti, 1930. Children– Three. Education– Yale University, Ph.B., 1893; Ph.D., 1899. Began inventing mechanical devices while still a boy; patented some 300 inventions during his lifetime.  In 1907 patented his most important invention, the “Audion tube,” the elementary form of the vacuum radio tube, which was capable of more sensitive reception of wireless signals than any of the other receptors then in use.  Over the next few years DeForest developed and perfected Audion technology to amplify as well as transmit and receive radio signals–an essential development for both radio and television communication.  After failing in several attempts to form his own manufacturing company, DeForest sold his patents to communications firms for commercial development.  The Audion tube became the key component for all sophisticated radio, telephone, radar, television, and computer systems;  it remained in use until the invention of the transistor in 1947.  DeForest was also important for his early promotion and popularization of radio technology; he began public demonstrations of wireless telegraphy as early as 1902.  In 1910 he broadcast a live performance by Enrico Caruso at the Metropolitan Opera, the first production of its type.  In the 1920’s DeForest developed a system for recording and reproducing sound motion pictures, but the operating quality was poor and the system was not commercially successful.  Widely honored as the “father of radio” and the “grandfather of television,” DeForest was strongly though unsuccessfully supported for the Nobel Prize for Physics.  He received an Honorary Oscar from the Motion Picture Academy in 1960. He was awarded a gold medal at the 1904 World’s Fair; the Medal of Honor of the Institute of Radio Engineers; and the Edison Medal for 1946.  Died June 30, 1961.


American National Biography Online; Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th edition, vol. 5;  Who Was Who in America, Vol. 4;  Current Biography, 1941, and files at Alabama Public Library Service.

Papers: Papers of Lee deForest are held at Yale University; at the Library of Congress; and at the Perham Collection of Early Electronics, San Jose, California.


The Audion. Philadelphia; J. B. Lippincott, 1920.

Father of Radio; the Autobiography of Lee DeForest. Chicago; Wilcox and Follett, 1950.

How to Set Up an Amateur Radio Receiving Station. New York; De Forest Radio and Telegraph, 1920.

Reflection of Hertzian Waves from the Ends of Parallel Wires.  Yale Thesis, 1899. [Possibly the first thesis on the subject that was later to become known as radio.]

Television, Today and Tomorrow. New York; Dial, 1942.

Wireless in the Home. New York; De Forest Radio and Telegraph, 1922.



Archaeologist, museum curator, university professor of anthropology. Born–June 2, 1907, Bessemer. Parents– James Terry and Daisy Marbut DeJarnette.  Married Elizabeth Lavonda Jennings, 1935.  Children– One. Education– University of Alabama, B.S. in electrical engineering, 1929; University of Illinois Field School in archaeology, 1931; University of Alabama, M.A., 1959. Served in the Coast Artillery in World War II.  Served as curator for the Alabama Museum of Natural History, 1930-1948; Chairman, Museum Division, Oak Ridge Institute for Nuclear Studies, 1948-1953; archaeologist at the Mound State Monument, 1953-1954; professor of sociology and anthropology at the University of Alabama, 1955-1976.  Participated in many field expeditions and excavations, including the excavation of Moundville and other Alabama sites, as well as several Mayan sites.  A founder of the Alabama Archaeological Society and editor of its journal for many years.  Member of the Society of American Archaeology and the American Anthropological Association.  The David and Elizabeth DeJarnette Scholarship at the University of Alabama was established in his honor, awarded to a graduate student for the study of the Moundville site. Died January 16, 1991.


Knight, Vernon James, “David Lloyd DeJarnette, 1907-1991,”American Antiquity, vol. 58 (4), (1993). 622-625.

American Men and Women of Science, 13th edition.


Archaeological Excavations at Gaineswood, Demopolis, Alabama. S.l.; s.n. (typescript), 1973.

Archaeological Salvage Excavations at Two French Colonial Period Indian Sites on Mobile Bay, Alabama. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1976.

An Archaeological Study of a Site Suggested as the Location of the Upper Creek Indian Community of Coosa Visited by Hernando de Soto in 1540. Master’s thesis, University of Alabama, 1958.

An Archaeological Survey of Pickwick Basin. Washington, D.C.; Government Printing Office, 1942.

The Archaeology of the Childersburg Site, Alabama. Tallahassee, Fla.; Department of Anthropology, Florida State University, 1960.

The Bessemer Site. University, Ala.; Geological Survey of Alabama, 1942.

Blue Eye Creek Watershed Archaeological Site Survey. University, Ala.; University of Alabama, 1974.

Cypress Creek Watershed Archaeological Site Survey. University, Ala.; University of Alabama, 1974.

Highway Salvage Excavations at Two French Colonial Period Indian Sites Mobile Bay, Alabama. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Museum, 1976.

An Inventory and Evaluation of Archaeological Resources in and around the proposed Alabama Enrichment Plant Site in Houston County, Alabama. University, Ala.; Department of Anthropology, University of Alabama, 1976.

Little Bear Creek Site. University, Ala.; Alabama Museum of Natural History, 1948.

Mud Creek Watershed Archaeological Survey. University, Ala.; University of Alabama, 1974.

The Perry Site. University, Ala.; Alabama Museum of Natural History, 1948.

Preliminary Archaeological Investigations, Second Field Season at the X-Kukican Zone, Yucatan, Mexico. University, Ala.; University of Alabama, 1948.

A Selected Bibliography of Alabama Archaeology. University, Ala.; Alabama Archaeological Society, 1970.

Stanfield-Worley Bluff Shelter Excavations. University, Ala.; University of Alabama, 1962.

Upper Bushy Creek Watershed Archaeological Site Survey. University, Ala.; University of Alabama, 1974.

The Whitesburg Bridge Site. Montgomery, Ala.; Alabama Museum of Natural History, 1948.


The Flint River Site, Ma 48. University, Ala.; Alabama Museum of Natural History, 1948.

Handbook of Alabama Archaeology. Moundville, Ala.; Archaeological Research Association of Alabama, 1964.


Point Types. Moundville, Ala.; Archaeological Research Association of Alabama, 1975.

Unifare Blade and Flake Tools. Decatur; J. W. Cambron, 1967.


A collection of the papers of David Lloyd Dejarnette is held by the Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama.



School administrator, museum director, writer. Born– January 1, 1918, Danville, Va. Parents– Thomas C. and Ethel (Loving) Delaney. Married– Lois Jean Fitzsimmons, July 20, 1960. Education– Spring Hill College, B.S., 1941; University of Alabama, M.A., 1952. Served as dean of the University Military School, 1941-1956; founder and superintendent of Julius T. Wright School for Girls, 1956-1965; museum director for City of Mobile, 1965-1992. Member of the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission, 1958-1965; Historic Mobile Preservation Society, Alabama Historical Association, International Institute of Arts and Letters, Phi Delta Kappa, and Phi Theta Kappa. Selected one of Mobile’s forty outstanding citizens on its 250th Anniversary, 1961. Received the Alabama Penwomen Scroll, 1962.  Served on the U.S.Civil War Centennial Commission, 1958-65. Died November 13, 2007.


Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1978, and Who’s Who in Alabama, 1972; obituary


Craighead’s Mobile. Mobile, Ala.; Haunted Bookshop, 1968.

Deep South. Mobile, Ala.; Haunted Book Shop, 1942.

Madame Octavia Walton LeVert. Mobile, Ala.; Historic Mobile Preservation Society, 1961.

Mary McNeil Fenellosa: An Alabama Woman of Letters.  University, Alabama, 1963.

A Mobile Sextet; Papers …. Mobile, Ala.; The Haunted Book Shop, 1981.

The Phoenix Volunteer Fire Company of Mobile, 1838-1888. Mobile, Ala.; Phoenix Museum, 1967.

Remember Mobile. Mobile ; s.n., 1948.

The Story of Mobile. Mobile, Ala.; Gill Printing, 1953.


Infant Mystics. Mobile, Ala.; s.n., 1968.


Raphael Semmes, Rear Admiral, Confederate States:  Documents Pertaining to the Charges Preferred against Him by the U.S> Government, with a Pictorial History of the Voyages of the Sumter and the Alabama.  Museum of the City of Mobile, 1978.


Papers of Thomas Caldwell Delaney Jr. are held by the library at the University of South Alabama.



Episcopal priest. Born– September 18, 1942, Warren, Ohio. Parents– Donald James and Virginia Louise (Murberger) DelBene. Married– Eleanor Ann McKenzie, July 6, 1968. Children– Two. Education– Marquette University, B.A., 1963; Mankato State University, M.A., 1969; the University of the South, M.A., 1978. Ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church, December 1979. Taught at Mary Manse College, Toledo, Ohio, 1965-1967; director of campus ministry at Newman Center, Oshkosh, Wis., 1967-1968; consultant to Winston Press-CBS, 1968-1976; director, The Hermitage, a spiritual retreat in  Trussville, 1977-; rector of the Church of the Holy Cross, Trussville, 1980. Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati, 2010-2013.


Episcopal Clerical Directory, 1983.


Alone With God. Minneapolis; Winston Press, 1984.

The Breath of Life. Minneapolis; Winston Press, 1981.

Hunger of the Heart. Minneapolis; Winston Press, 1983.

Into The Light; the Simple Way To Pray With The Sick and The Dying. Nashville; The Upper Room, 1988.

Near Life’s End; What Family and Friends Can Do. Nashville; The Upper Room, 1988.

A Time To Mourn; Recovering From The Death Of A Loved One. Nashville; The Upper Room, 1988.

When I’m Alone; Thoughts and Prayers That Comfort. Nashville; The Upper Room, 1988.



Teacher. Born– May 18, 1915, Cleburne County. Parents– George Henry and Naomi (Hicks) Thompson. Married– Thomas Earl DeLoach, June 25, 1938. Children– Three. Education– Attended Livingston State Teachers College, 1934-1936; Jacksonville State University; Alabama Polytechnic Institute, B.S., 1954; the University of Alabama in Birmingham, M.A., 1973. Served as secretary for national defense classes for Randolph County Board of Education, 1941-1942; taught school in Autauga County, 1936-1938; Etowah County, 1950-1975. Edited State Kappan. Member and president of Etowah Classroom Teachers and of Etowah County Retired Teachers. Member of the Advisory Councils for Walnut Grove’s Nutrition Programs and for East Alabama Commission on Aging. Delegate to England for the John Wesley Tour and for the 13th World Methodist Conference, Dublin, Ireland. Named Walnut Groves’s Senior Citizen of the Year. Named to Alabama Senior Citizen Hall of Fame.  Died September 7, 2006.

Source: Altha DeLoach, Walnut Grove, Ala.  Obituary.


Facts and Fancy. Rainsville, Ala.; Sand Mountain Printing Co., 1984.

Out of the Mouths of Grandkids… Happenings Across the Generations. Rainsville, Ala.; Sand Mountain Printing Co., 1985.

Things Round About. Rainsville, Ala.; Sand Mountain Printing Co., 1983.



Historian; University professor. Born– May 10, 1936, New York, N.Y. Parents– Nicholas and Delores (Ricaurte) Delpar. Education– Rutgers University, B.A., 1957; New York University, M.A., 1961; Columbia University, Ph.D., 1967. Taught at Indiana State University, 1967-1969; Florida State University’s Canal Zone Branch, 1969-1973; visiting professor at Ohio Wesleyan University, 1973-1974; University of Alabama, 1974-2006.  Member American Historical Association; Conference on Latin American History. Received the A.B. Thomas Award from the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies.  Awarded professor emerita status on her retirement from the University of Alabama. Died July 14, 2018.


Contemporary Authors online; obituary


The Enormous Vogue of Things Mexican:  Cultural Relations between the United States and Mexico, 1920-35.  Tuscaloosa; University of Alabama Press, 1992.

Instructor’s Manual for Hubert Herring’s A History of Latin America. New York; Knopf, 1964.

The Liberal Party of Colombia, 1863-1903. New York; s.n., 1967.

Looking South:  The Evolution of Latin Americanist Scholarship in the United States, 1850-1975.  University of Alabama Press, 2008.

Red Against Blue; the Liberal Party In Colombian Politics, 1863-1899. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1981.


Borzoi Reader in Latin American History. New York; Knopf, 1972.

The Discoverers: An Encyclopedia of Explorers. New York:  McGraw-Hill, 1980.

Encyclopedia of Latin America. New York; McGraw, 1974.


A Reference Guide to Latin American History.  Armonk, N.Y.: M.E.Sharpe, 2000.



Lawyer, banker. Born– June 10, 1885, LaFayette. Parents– Nimrod Davis and Carrie (Vernon) Denson. Married– Clara Ellen Forbes Owens, December 10, 1940. Education– Alabama Polytechnic Institute, B.S., 1905; M.S., 1906; University of Alabama, LL.B, 1908. Military service–U.S. Army captain, WWI. Practiced law in LaFayette, 1908; in Opelika until 1940; president of Farmers National Bank. Member of the Board of Directors, West Point Manufacturing Company; Board of Trustees of Alabama Polytechnic Institute.  Died December 17, 1940.


Owen’s The Story of Alabama, Vol. 5.


Slavery Laws in Alabama. Auburn, Ala.; Auburn University Historical Studies, 1908.



Naval officer, U.S. Senator. Born– July 15, 1924, Mobile. Parents– Jeremiah Andrew and Irene (Steele) Denton. Married– Kathryn Jane Maury, June 6, 1946. Children– Seven. Education– Attended Spring Hill College, 1942-1943; U.S. Naval Academy, B.S., 1946; George Washington University, M.A., 1964.  Entered the U.S. Navy in 1946, serving aboard the USS Valley Forge until 1947; involved in testing airships, 1948-1952; worked on airborne early warning systems, 1952-1956; aboard USS Independence, 1964-1965; prisoner of war in North Vietnam, 1965-1973; Commandant Armed Forces Staff College, 1974-1977; retired from U.S. Navy in 1977; executive assistant to president of Spring Hill College, 1977-1980; elected to U.S. Senate, 1980. Member of the Senate’s Armed Services, Judicial, Labor and Human Resources, and Veterans Affairs Committees. Founded the Coalition for Decency. Honorary doctorate of humane letters, Spring Hill College, 1973. Honored by resolution by the Alabama State Legislature and received two awards from the Freedom Foundation. Elected to the Alabama Academy of Honor, 1982.  Died March 28, 2014.


Contemporary Authors online, and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1982; Website of Alabama Academy of Honor; obituary, March 29, 2014.


The Meaning of Freedom. West Point, N.Y.; United States Military Academy, 1975.


When Hell Was in Session. New York; Readers Digest Press,



Librarian. Born– December 5, 1925. Montgomery. Parents– Arthur Taylor and Ruby Marie (Brown) Dickinson. Married– Marjorie Faye Sutton, June 14, 1954. Children– Two. Education– Huntingdon College, B.A., 1953; University of Chicago, M.A., 1957. Worked as clerk for the Midwest Inter-Library Center in Chicago, 1953-1954; Mansfield, Ohio Public Library, 1954-1977, serving as a reference librarian, head of the county department, assistant librarian; Library Director, 1964. Member of the American and Ohio Library Associations and the Ohio Genealogical Society. Died September 4, 1977.


Who’s Who in the Midwest, 1976, and the files at Alabama Public Library Service.


American Historical Fiction. New York; Scarecrow, 1958.



Congregational clergyman. Born– December 21, 1857, West Springfield, Mass. Parents– Henry Kirke White and Angeline (Dunham) Dickinson. Married– Mary Lord Thorn, January 20, 1886. Children– Two. Education– Amherst College, B.A., 1881; Yale Divinity School, B.D., 1884; graduate work at Yale, 1884-1889; an honorary D.D., 1903. Organized a Congregational ministry in 1885 and served as pastor, Wallingford, Conn., until 1893; Canadaigua, N.Y. until 1901; Fargo, N.D. until 1905; Middlebury, Vt. until 1911; Boston until 1913. In charge of religious and extension work in Calhoun, Ala., 1913-1924 and 1932-1935. Member of the Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions. Honorary D.D., Fargo College, 1903. Died April 12, 1938.


Marquis who’s who online


The Christian Reconstruction of Modern Life. New York; Macmillan, 1913.

The Religion of the Social Passion. Chicago; Christian Century, 1923.

The Social Aims of Jesus. New York; R. R. Smith, 1930.

DICKMAN, BYRON A., 1916-2005


Engineer, businessman. Born– January 22, 1916, Defiance, Ohio. Parents– Blaine and Grace (Burkett) Dickman. Married– Nell Chester, December 24, 1941. Children– One. Education–graduated from high school in Bay Minette;  Alabama Polytechnic Institute, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 1943. Worked for York Corporation, in York, Pennsylvania, 1943-1945; for Nolin Manufacturing Corporation, 1948-1970. Founded Summit Equipment Corporation in 1972 and sold it in 1975. Member of the Society of Professional Engineers, Gideons, and Optimists.  Died November 20, 2005.


Byron A. Dickman, and You’re Fired.


You’re Fired. Montgomery, Ala.; Gracelaine Publications, 1978.



Foreign service officer; professor of political science. Born– October 17, 1923, New York, N.Y. Parents–Thomas I Dickson Sr. and Isabel Anna Keo Dickson. Married–Mona Faye Carroll, September 28,  1948. Children–two. Education– University of Texas, B.A., 1943; M.A., 1948; Ph.D., 1951. Worked as research associate in tax administration for the Texas Legislative Council, 1951-1952; as a foreign officer in the U.S. State Department, 1952-1968; as a professor of political science at Auburn University, 1968. Served as member of the U.S. Marine Corps Command and General Staff College, 1969-1973; N.S.F. Participant in Math Applications in Political Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1971; project director, training/education master plan for criminal justice personnel, Alabama Law Enforcement Planning Agency, 1973-1974; research director for the Alabama Development Office’s County Finance Study, 1976-1977. President Auburn-Guatemala City Partners. Member Southeastern Conference on Latin American Studies; International Studies Association; American Political Science Association.  Died September 20, 1999.


American Men and Women of Science, 1976.

Marquis Who’s Who online.


Land Use in Alabama’s Counties. Auburn, Ala.; Office of Public Service and Research, School of Arts and Sciences, Auburn University, 1977.

A summary of County Finance Trends in Alabama, 1950-75.  Auburn University, 1977.


Expenditures of Alabama Counties. Montgomery, Ala.; State Planning Division, Alabama Development Office, 1977.

Income to Alabama Counties. Montgomery, Ala.; State Planning Division, Alabama Development Office, 1977.

A Summary of County Finance Trends in Alabama, 1950-1975. Auburn, Ala.; Office of Public Service and Research, School of Arts and Sciences, Auburn University, 1977.

Trends in Legal Authority to Raise Revenue; Alabama Counties. Montgomery, Ala.; Alabama Development Office, 1977.

DINOFF, MICHAEL, 1933-1982


Psychologist. Born– April 30, 1933, New York. Parents– David and Dorothy (Schwartz) Dinoff. Married– Sondra Miselson, June 27, 1953. Children– Three. Education– Indiana University, B.A., 1955; University of Alabama, M.S., 1957; University of Tennessee, Ph.D., 1960. Held various assistant teaching and training positions in Knoxville and Bristol, Tennessee, and at Birmingham, Alabama, 1955-1961; research psychologist for the Veterans Administration and visiting lecturer at the University of Alabama, 1961-1963; joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama, 1963; director of the Psychology Clinic, 1965-1982. Died May 17,1982.


Who’s Who in Alabama, Vol. III.


Aspects of Community Psychiatry. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1978.

Behavior Modification in Children. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1974.

Psychotherapy–The Promised Land? University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1977.


Neglected Problems in Community Mental Health. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1981.

Outpatient Psychiatry; Progress, Treatment, Prevention. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1985.



Linguist; University professor. Born– November 17, 1932, York, Pa. Parents–Joseph and Nevada Diehl DiOrio. Education– Bucknell University, B.A., 1954; Middlebury College, M.A., 1960; University of North Carolina, Ph.D., 1971. Taught at Neshaminy, Pa., High School, 1954-1958; La Chatelaine, St. Blaise, Switzerland, 1956-1957; the  American School of Paris, 1957-1962;  American School of Munich, 1962-1965; University of Maryland Overseas Division in Munich, 1965-1967; College of William and Mary, 1967-1968; West Virginia University, 1971-1972; Auburn University, 1972-1993. At Auburn, served as Castanoli Professor of French (1977); head of Foreign Language Department, 1972-78 (first woman to serve in that position). Member of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, ASUP, and the American Association of Teachers of French. Received the Auburn College of Liberal Arts Faculty Achievement in the Humanities Award, 1984.  Named a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Palmes Academiques, for contributions to the expansion of French culture throughout the world.  Awarded the status of professor emerita on her retirement, 1993.


Auburn University website.

Directory of American Scholars, 7th edition.


Leconte de Lisle: A Hundred Years of Criticism, 1850-1920. Oxford, Miss.; University of Mississippi Press, 1972.



Attorney; 40th governor of Alabama. Born– July 25, 1892, Oakland, Calif. Parents– Frank and Launa (Murry) Dixon. Married– Juliet Jolly Perry, November 3, 1920. Children– Two. Education– Phillips Exeter Academy; Columbia University; University of Virginia, LL.B.  Admitted to the bar and joined the Frank S. White Law Firm  in Birmingham, 1917; managed White’s campaign for the U. S. Senate.  Served in WWI; lost his right leg in action. Returned to Birmingham after the end of the war and formed the law firm of Bowers and Dixon.  Served as governor of Alabama, 1939-1943; credited with reorganization of state government; the system of taxation; educational structure in the state. Returned to law practice, 1943. Member of the American Legion, American and Alabama Bar Associations, Kappa Alpha, and Phi Delta Phi. Received the Croix de Guerre with Palm and was made a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor by the French government for heroism in WWI. Received the honorary LL.D. from Birmingham-Southern in 1940; from the University of Alabama in 1946. Died October 11, 1965.


Biographical Directory of Governors of the United States, 1789-1978.  Westport, CT:  Meckler Books, 1978.

Marquis who’s who online


The Public Life of Frank M. Dixon; Sketches and Speeches. Montgomery, Ala.; Skinner Printing, 1979.