AGEE, RUCKER, 1897-1985


Investment banker; historian; civic leader. Born– October 22, 1897, Birmingham. Parents– Walter Claybrook and Louise (Rucker) Agee. Married– Margaret Dixon Minge, March 27, 1927. Children– Two. Education– University of Alabama, B.S., 1919. U.S. Army, WWI. A principal in the investment securities firm Sterne, Agee and Leach, Inc. from 1919.  Member and leader of many state and local civic, educational and charitable organizations in Alabama, including the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce, the Boy Scouts of America, and Children’s Hospital of Alabama. Active in research and preservation of regional and local history and culture. Amassed an outstanding collection of more than 600 maps and atlases, which he donated to the Birmingham Public Library, and a library of Southern History, which he donated to the Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama. Member Alabama Historical Association; president, 1951-52; and many other local and regional historical groups; a trustee of the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Honors– elected to Alabama Academy of Honor, 1975; LL.D., University of Alabama, 1981; Special Award from the Alabama Library Association, 1977; Award of Merit, American Association of State and Local History; Distinguished Service Award, Alabama Historical Commission; Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts of America. Died November 1, 1985.


Alabama Academy of Honor website


Birmingham Historical Society Newsletter, November 2002.

Who’s Who in Alabama, Vol. 2.


An Exhibit in Commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of Publication by Abraham Ortelius of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the World’s First Atlas. Birmingham, Ala.; s.n., 1970.

Forrest-Streight Campaign of 1863, Preliminary Report. Milwaukee; s.n., 1958.

Let’s Keep the Record Straight; a Vaudeville of Historical Incidents. Birmingham, Ala.; s.n., 1963.

Twenty Alabama Books. Miami, Fla.; E. A. Seemann, 1975.


Early Mapping of Alabama. Montevallo, Ala.; s.n., 1957.

Maps of Alabama; the Evaluation of the State Exhibits in Printed Maps from the Age of Discovery; a Preliminary Catalogue. Birmingham, Ala.; s.n., 1955.