Historian; professor of history; journalist. Born– September 7, 1921, in Kansas City, Mo. (grew up in Birmingham). Parents– McClellan and Dorothy (Rainold) Van Der Veer.  Married– Lowell S. Hamilton, August 4, 1946.  Children– two. Education– Birmingham Southern College, A.B., 1941; University of Alabama, M.A., 1961; Ph.D., 1968. Staff writer for Associated Press, Washington, 1942-1946; Birmingham News, 1948-1950. Taught at the University of Montevallo, 1951-1955; Birmingham Southern College, 1955-1965; University of Alabama in Birmingham, 1965-87. Member of several historical associations. Awarded status of professor emerita on her retirement at UAB, 1987; LittD, University of Alabama, 1992. Died April 4, 2016.


Who’s Who of American Women, 1979. Marquis Who’s Who online.


Alabama; a Bicentennial History. New York; Norton, 1977.

Alabama; a History. New York; Norton, 1984.

Ancestors: The Reinfort, Renauld, Pickles, Halliday Families in Louisiana, 1848-1991.  Birmingham, 1991.

Hugo Black; the Alabama Years. Baton Rouge, La.; Louisiana State University, 1978.

Hugo Black; the Road to the Court. Georgetown, Tex.; Southwestern University, 1978.

Lister Hill: Statesman from the South.  Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 1987.

Looking for Clark Gable, and other Twentieth Century Pursuits: Collected Writings.  Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1996.

Seeing Historic Alabama; Fifteen Guided Tours. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1982.

The Story of Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.; Viewpoint Publications, 1980.

Teddy’s Child:  Growing up in the Anxious Southern Gentry between the Great Wars:  A Family Memoir.  Montgomery: New South Books, 2009.

Your Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.; Viewpoint Publications, 1986.


Hugo Black and the Bill of Rights; Proceedings of the First Hugo Black Symposium in American History …. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1978.


A collection of the papers of Virginia van der veer Hamilton is held by the Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama.