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 Club:  A History, 1951-1986.  Birmingham, 1986.

Developed for the Service of Alabama:  The Centennial History of the Alabama Power Company, 1906-2005.  Birmingham:  Alabama Power Co., 2006.

John M. Harbert III:  Marching to the Beat of a Different Drummer.  Birmingham:  Tarva House, 1999.

A manual for writing Alabama State and Local History.  Alabama Historical Commission, 1976.

Nineteenth Century Club:  Celebrating 100 Years of ‘Mutual Mental Improvement’ (1895-1995).  Birmingham:  The Club, 1995.

‘Tasso’:  The Bower House at Molette’s Bend.  Alabama Power Company, 2010.

The Valley and the Hills; A History of Birmingham and Jefferson County.  Woodland Hills, CA:  Windsor Publications, 1981; rpt. 1996.

The Warrior and the Tombigbee:  Two Rivers Flowing through History.  Mobile, AL:  Warrior-TombigbeeWaterway Association, 2000.


An Alabama Legacy:  Images of a State.  Virginia Beach:  Donning Co., 1995.

Alabama:  The History, Geography, Economics, and Civics of an American State.  Montgomery: Crystal Clear Press, 2005.

Alabama; The history of a Deep South State.  University of Alabama Press, 1994.

“I Am a Telephone Man”:  Wallace R. Bunn’s Life in the Bell System.  Birmingham:  Pine Ridge House, 2009.

The Jones Family of Huntsville Road.  Birmingham, 1981.

Made in Alabama:  A State Legacy.  Birmingham Museum of Art, 1995.

People of Power:  Images from the Collection of the Alabama Power Archives.  Alabama Power Company, 2011.