Historian; university administrator. Born–April 24, 1935, Birmingham. Parents– Jack and Lena Margaret Jones Rawls. Married– George Arthur Atkins, June 7, 1954. Children– four. Education; Birmingham schools; Auburn University, B. A., 1956; M.A., 1960; Ph. D., 1974. Taught history at Auburn, 1960-69; at UAB; at Samford until 1985. Director of the Center for Arts and Humanities at Auburn, 1985-1995 . Published widely in history journals, especially about the history of Alabama. Consultant for many libraries, literary and historical groups. A world champion water skier; first woman inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, 1976. Member of Alabama Historical Association; Friends of Alabama Archives. Inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor, 2007.
Women who Made a Difference in Alabama. Compiled by the League of Women Voters of Alabama, 1995.
Blossoms amid the Deep Verdure; A Century of Women at Auburn, 1892-1992.
The Valley and the Hills; A History of Birmingham and Jefferson County.
Alabama; The history of a Deep South State. University of Alabama Press, 1994.