ELLISON, RHODA COLEMAN, 1904-2005

College professor, administrator. Born February 15, 1904, Centreville. Education: Randolph-Macon Women’s College, B.A., 1925; Columbia University, M.A., 1929; University of North Carolina, Ph,D., 1945. Taught at Huntingdon College, 1930-1971. Served as Chairman of English Department, 1959-1971. Member of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, National Council of Teachers of English, Modern Language Association, Alabama Historical Association, and Phi Beta Kappa. Received the award for best non-fiction book by an Alabama author from the Alabama Library Association, 1985, for _Bibb County_.  The annual Ellison Writers Festival at Huntingdon College is named in her honor.  Died September 12, 2005.

Source:

Directory of American Scholars, 7th edition, and Alabama Public Library Service files.

Publication(s):

Bibb County, Alabama; the First Hundred Years, 1818-1919. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1984.

A Checklist of Alabama Imprints, 1807-1870. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1946.

Early Alabama Publications; a Study in Literary Interests. University, Ala.; University of Alabama, 1947.

History and Bibliography of Alabama Newspapers in the Nineteenth Century. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1954.

History of Huntingdon College, 1854-1954. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1954; rpt. Montgomery:  New South Books, 2004.