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.