Historian; professor of history; journalist. Born– September 7, 1921, in Kansas City, Mo. 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.