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This page contains names of manuscript collections with brief descriptions of them. Highlighted collection names link to finding aids in PDF format that offer more detailed descriptions of the collections. The highlighted collections do not represent all available finding aids at the W.S. Hoole Library. We will add more to the list as we convert our paper finding aids to electronic aids for web presentation.

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T. Y. K. Poem , 1880 , 0.1 linear feet
A poem, "Reveries", written by T. Y. K. in Chicago about an old bachelor who lives in his dreams to dispell his loneliness.

Oliver Jack Kaneft letters , 1940-1943 , .4 linear feet
A collection letters from O. Jack Kaneft to his girlfriend, Teddy Love, who later became his wife. Many of the letters were written while Kaneft was a flight instructor for WWII fighter pilots at the Alabama Institute of Aeronautics in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Kapa Alpha Photograps, 1951 - 1988, 1.50 linear feet
This collection depicts individual and group photographs of members of Kappa Alpha Order at the University of Alabama, including scenes at order social events such as Old South Ball and joint parties with sororities.

Kappa Alpha Fraternity convention minutes, 1894, 1 item, 6 pieces
Minutes of the fourth annual convention of the Kappa Alpha order, held at Auburn, Alabama, 8 June 1894.

Kappa Alpha Fraternity Photographs, 1951-1988, 173 photographs
Individual and group shots of Kappa Alpha Fraternity members at the University of Alabama. Includes scenes at fraternity social events like the Old South Ball and joint parties with sororities.

Elizabeth M. Karcher Postcard , 1943 February 19 , 0.05 linear feet
Postcard from Elizabeth ("Betty") M. Karcher in Alhambra, California, on 19 February 1943, to her family in Battle Creek. Michigan, telling them that she would be starting an aircraft drafting course the following month.

Donald and Betty Katz letters , July, 2013 , 0.1
Letters written to Dr. Donald and Elizabeth "Betty" Katz, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, between 1980 and 1985.

M.E. Kaylor paper, not dated, 1 item
A typescript copy of a paper titled "Capital Punishment under the George Wallace Administration: a summary."

Mrs. S. G. Kean letter , 1877 August 27 , 0.05 linear feet
Letter from Mrs. S. G. Kean of Richmond, Virginia, in 1877, to Mrs. Daniel London also of Richmond, discussing her nurse/servant and accommodations for an upcoming trip.

Susan E. Kean Diploma , 1858 June 24 , 1.0 linear feet
Diploma awarded in 1858 to Susan E. Kean, by the La Grange Female College in La Grange, Tennessee.

James W. Keating Consular Credentials , 1902 May 24 , 1.0 linear feet
Credentials of James W. Keating's appointment by Secretary of State, John Hay, as Consular Agent to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, in 1902.

Francis Johnson Keene papers, 1843-1855, 1.0 inch
Ledger sheets of accounts recording the sale of lumber, flour, corn, and other commodities. The collection also contains poems written by and arithmetic exercises done by Frances Johnson Keene.

Oliver Keene papers, 1845-1958, 10 items
A collection of miscellaneous legal documents, including a slave purchase contract, tax receipts,a copy of the oath of allegiance; and histories of the Keene family and of the PTA of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Edwin Keiger Letters , 1862-1863 , 0.1 linear feet
Seven letters sent to Edwin Keiger of the 53rd North Carolina Regiment, 1862-1863.

Francis William Kellogg Letter , 1861 April 29 , 1 letter
ne letter written by Francis William Kellogg to the Secretary of the United States Navy recommending Malcolm Maurice Moore to the Naval School at Annapolis.

Mollie Kelly Autograph Album , 1861-1866 , 1 item
Memory book kept by a young woman in Tuskegee, Alabama. Entries span between 1861 – 1866 and include several by Confederate soldiers.

John and William Kelly & Co. Letter, 1838 March 9, 1 item, 2 pages, encapsulated
A letter dated March 9, 1838, introducing Frederick Augustus Porter Bernard to James Hogan of Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Letter from Ken to His Mother, Mrs. W.C. Caufield , 1918 October 31 , 1 letter, 1 envelope
Letter to Mrs. Caufield from her son, Ken, a factory worker in New Jersey. He appologizes for a lost letter and thanks her for gifts she has sent to him.

Amos Kendall letter, 1831 April 4, 1 item, 1 page
A letter written by Amos Kendall dated April 4, 1831, to Captain Joseph L. Kuhn, late paymaster of the Marine Corps, regarding accounts.

E. J. Kennedy papers, late 1800s-early 1900, 1 linear foot
A substantial collection of unsorted correspondence, legal documents, clippings, photographs, and other items.

Edward J. Kennedy papers, 1875-1900, 1 item, 31 pieces
A collection of personal and business correspondence, cancelled checks, and miscellaneous other materials.

J. Robert Kennedy autograph journal , 1859-1885 , 1 item
Contains one journal of autographs, belonging to J. Robert Kennedy, a University of Alabama graduate. Some of the autographs belong to those who fought in the Civil War.

John Percy Kennedy, Sr., papers, 1854-1915, 0.33 linear feet
Includes personal papers of John P. Kennedy, Sr., who lived in Centerville, Bibb County, Alabama, and worked in the cotton industry.

John Spinks Kennedy papers , 1858-1892 , .2 linear foot
Includes financial and other business related papers of John Spinks Kennedy, a Civil War veteran and lawyer who lived in Lauderdale County, Alabama.

Letters to Margaret Kennedy , 1944 , 0.1 linear feet
This collection contains letters to Margaret Kennedy from two airmen, Homer Hendon and Harold Wallace. The letters discuss life in military service at Maxwell airfield in Alabama.

Jane Kent College Notebook , 1936-1937 , 0.1 linear feet
Jane Kent used this notebook during her college studies of English: Shakespeare, Modern Drama, Essays of Francis Bacon, and classical poetry.

John L. Kent Letter , 1902 March 14 , 1 letter
John L. Kent of Garnerville, New York, writes to Lewis Ottenberg about stamp collecting. The letter is on regular paper but elaborate letterhead appears to be hand drawn in black with green and yellow accents.

Kentucky Poetry Review records , 1973-1991 , 5 linear feet
Papers and correspondence chiefly relative to the production of individual volumes of the Kentucky Poetry Review, 1973-1991, during the editorship of Wade Hall. The collection contains letters and poems by many very distinguished authors. It also contains a small amount of material relative to other undertakings by Hall.

Kentucky Postcards from Nele to John Bovard , 1910 , 0.1 linear feet
Three early 20th century postcards depict colorized photographic scenes of Louisville, Kentucky, with images of Union Depot, Wharfboat, and U.S. Life-Saving Station, and the City of Louisville steamboat. A fourth postcard depicts Boone's Ferry on the Kentucky River.

Letter from Ma Kenyon to William , 1923 June 9 , 0.05 linear feet
One letter written from Ma in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to William Kenyon (presumably her son) in Lebanon, New Hampshire. She tells news of family and friends and mentions she and Pa will be home soon. Letter mentions a major fire in Canaan, New Hampshire.

Nathaniel C. Kenyon diary, 1862-1865, 1 item, 36 pieces; photocopy, typescript
Contains a photocopy of a typescript of the diary this Union officer with the 11th Illinois Infantry kept from before and during his capture in Tennessee. He provides fairly detailed descriptions of life as a prisoner of war in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and other southern cities.

Ruth Anna Ketring paper, not dated, 1 item, 24 pieces
An essay entitled, "Clay of Alabama: Two Generations in Politics"

Kettledrum Club records, 1888-1965, 1.4 linear feet
The records of this Tuscaloosa literary club for Alabama women, including meeting minutes and scrapbooks. The latter contain photographs of and articles on early members, their husbands, their residences, and club meetings. The collection also includes papers presented at meetings.

Francis Scott Key letter, 1834 February 4, 1 item ; photostat
A letter dated 4 February 1834, to Alabama Governor John Gayle, thanking him for a nice visit to Tuscaloosa, probably during Key's mission to resolve a dispute between the U.S. government and Alabama over the dispostion of lands taken from the Creek Indians. Key's letter also discusses congressional debates on the Bank of the United States.

Keyes Family papers , 1846-1944 , 2.4 linear feet
A collection of correspondence, diaries, biographical notes, scrapbooks, photographs, memorabilia and other papers. It concerns the emigration of the family of John Washington Keyes and his wife Julia Hentz Keyes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after the Civil War, and their subsequent travel all over the world.

Thomas E. Kilby letter, 1921 April 20, 1 letter, 2 pages
A letter written by Thomas E. Kilby, as Governor of Alabama, dated April 20, 1921, to F. T. Raiford, the editor of the Selma Times.

Julia Praytor Killingsworth paper, 1934, 1 item, 2 copies
Two versions of an article, "Vienna on the Tombigbee River" written by Julia Prayter Killingsworth about this Pickens County, Alabama town, published in 1964 as part of a series she wrote about Pickens County.

Robert Kilroy Letter, 1943 July 10, 1 letter, 2 pages
Letter from Pvt. Robert Kilroy of the 56th Medical Battalion stationed at Camp Barkeley, Texas, to Mr. M. L. Watson of Keyser, West Virginia, asking Mr. Watson for a letter of recommendation in support of Kilroy’s application to the flying cadets.

William Edward Kimbrough thesis, 1940, 1 item
Kimbrough's 1940 University of Alabama MFA thesis, titled "From Hell to Breakfast: A Novel."

Nanci Kincaid papers, , 6.4 linear feet
Includes manuscripts and notes related to several novels written by Nanci Kincaid along with several personal items such as correspondence and date-books.

King family papers , 1803-1894 , 0.8 linear foot
Includes the papers of the King family of Perry County, Alabama, who owned plantations and other businesses.

Frank Ragan King letters, 1854; 1859, 2 items
Two letters to King, one from Burwell Boykin Lewis, the other from Richard C. Jones.

I. A. King Letter , 1862 March 21 , 1 item, 2 pages
A letter dated 21 March 1862, from the Marine Hospital in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to his brother. It requests money for tobacco and other necessaries. Printed on patriotic stationery; the last page has the song "Run , Yank, or Die," composed by T.W. Crowson of the Alabama Hickories, printed on it.

"Letter from Birmingham Jail", 1963 April 16, 1 item, 23 pieces
Contains Martin Luther King's "Birmingham Jail Treatise" or as it is commonly known, "Letter from Birmingham Jail," originally written by King on scraps of paper. This iteration is a copy transcribed and then sent to various clergymen in Birmingham, Alabama, including Rev. Joe C. Higginbotham, and includes the original envelope and transcription control sheet.

Drawing of Martin Luther King, Jr. by C. Downey with Poem "He Changed the Course of History" by Tomm , 1991 , 2 linear feet
Color print of a drawing of Martin Luther King, Jr., by C. Downey that includes the poem He Changed the Course of History by Tommye Nious.

Sarah E. King trust records, 1852-1860, 65 items
Contains financial records kept by the Sarah E. King trust in Marion, Perry County, Alabama, and includes receipts for household purchases as well as payment to physicians for treatment of King and her slaves

E.B. Kink Letter , 1863 October 24 , 0.1 linear feet, 1 letter
Letter to Lieutenant Colonal A.J. McKay form Lieutenant E.B. Kink, an officer serving in the United States Army during the Civil War at Camp Stevenson, Alabama. He discusses condition of the camp, including the arrival of supplies of wagons and mules. He mentions needing more workmen and asks for help to get action taken on papers already sent to Washington.

Gideon Kinports Letter , 1848 April 22 , 0.1 linear feet
A letter from Gideon Kinports of Cherry Tree, Pennsylvania, to Eliza who is moving away from Cherry Tree.

Ephraim Kirby papers, 1787-1804, 3 pieces
A small collection of letters concerning Kirby's business dealings and activities as a land commissioner.

Mary Wallace Kirk papers, 1877-1898, 1978, 3 items, 39 pieces
A typescript of Kirk's story “The Law and the Land,” copies of obituaries of her, and miscellaneous business and legal documents of James T. Kirk, attorney.

Robert N. Kirk letter, 1848 June 23, 2 items, 6 pieces ; photocopy & typescript
A copy of a letter dated 23 June 1848, from Pickens County, Alabama, to his uncle Matthew Biggert Kirk, Lancaster Court House, South Carolina in which he tells of setting up his medical practice and recounts family news.

Kirkman and Jackson letter, 1818 September 8, 1 item, 1 piece
A letter dated 8 September 1818, to James Penn, transmitting account against Mr. David Miller, “a merchant established at the falls of the Black Warrior” (i.e., Tuscaloosa, Alabama) regarding recovery of a debt owed by Miller.

Rosser Kirkman and Company receipt, 1837 June 2, 1 receipt
A receipt from Kirkman, Rosser and Company, for the shipment of several items by steamboat from New Orleans to Tuscumbia, Alabama for Joseph Johnson and Company of Madisonville, Tennessee, 2 June 1837.

Foster Mark Kirksey papers, 1795-1953, 15 linear feet
An extensive collection of business and personal papers and correspondence of this Greene County, Alabama planter, commission merchant, sheriff, and Confederate commissary agent, and his extended family.

Menial Horton Kiser Letters , 1943-1946 , 6 letters, 7 photographs, 2 envelopes
This collection consists of six letters from Corporal Menial Horton Kiser, United States Army, during World War Two, to his family in Kentucky and Indiana. Also includes seven photographs.

Thomas E. Kilby, 1921 April 20, 1 letter, 2 pages
A letter written by Thomas E. Kilby, as Governor of Alabama, dated April 20, 1921, to F. T. Raiford, the editor of the Selma Times.

Knabe and Scott records, 1887-1888, 2 items, 2 pieces
Two bound volumes, one a daybook covering August 1, 1887 through August 1, 1888, the other an index.

Thomas Y. Knies Letters , 1880-1889 , 0.2 linear feet
Letters to Thomas Y. Knies of Chicago, Illinois, written between 1880 and 1889, from his "Cousin Jane," Wm. F. and Mary R. Cottle, Katie Bell Cooper ("Cousin Katie"), "friend Lizzie," and "Cousin C.S. Cooper." There are several undated letters to Thomas and a couple from Thomas to his Cousin Katie. There is also a letter from "Uncle Robt" telling of the death of Arthur along with Thomas' letter of condolence.

Edward M. Knight Letters , 1943-1945 , 0.1 linear feet12 letters and envelopes, 1 V-Mail,
Letters from Army sergeant during World War Two to friend Lacey Ennis in Fitzgerald, Georgia. Author trains at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and serves in Africa, Italy, and France. Discusses army life, news from home, travels in Europe, and army censorship.

Knights of Pythias records, 1905-1912, 1 ledger
Records of African-American lodges around the state of Alabama and their officers.

Edward Knox Letter , 1891 February 5 , 0.1 linear feet
A letter from Edward Knox of Chicago, Illinois to Michael Knox of Nunda, Illinois about the health of friends and Edward's job.

Kolb Family Letters , 1861-1868 , 17 letters
John Frederick Kolb and Valentine Bruner Kolb were from Frederick County, Maryland, and fought for the Union in the Civil War. Valentine Kolb's letters to his family discuss battles, artillery, and prisoners; John F. Kolb's notification to enroll is included as well as a letter he wrote to his parents. Letters to their father are also included.

C.A. Koop Letter, 1898 July 12, 1 letter and 1 envelope
Letter from C.A. Koop, a Spanish American War soldier, to his sister. He writes that the camp training keeps him busy, asks about various friends and relatives, and wonders why his father has not written to him yet.

George Kresal Letter and Newspaper Clipping , 1946 February 11 , 1 letter and 1 clipping
One letter written from George Kresal, stationed at a naval base in Apra Harbor, Guam, to his parents in Omro, Wisconsin. He wrote of daily life on base and service in the honor guard for the departure of Admiral George Murray.

Grandma Kroff Diary , 1932 , 0.1 linear feet
Diary of Grandma Kroff of Akron, New York, given to her by Emma Kroff Yoder on 25 December 1931.

Maria Kruper Letters , 1947-1948 , 0.1 linear feet
Two letters (one in German and one in English) from Maria Kruper of Munster, Westphalia, British Zone, Germany to relatives (family Herm. Kreienbrink) in Louisville, Kentucky in 1948. There is no translation available at this time for the letter in German.

Ku Klux Klan songbook , circa 1925 , 1 songbook
Contains typewritten lyrics to thirteen Klan songs, many of which are based on patriotic, popular, or religious songs.

Ku Klux Klan, Sylacauga, Alabama, seal, circa 1915, 1 item
Impression of seal used by the Klan in, Alabama Sylacauga during the 1910s and 1920s.

Walter H. Kurtz Letter, 1945 February 4, 1 letter, 1 page
A letter from Captain Walter H. Kurtz written on February 4, 1945 to his uncle, Will C. Hensyl of Berwick, Pennsylvania. The letter describes the people of the Philippines and the weather conditions.

Letters to Elisabeth Koffka-Ahlgrimm , 1927 , 0.05 linear feet
This collection contains three letters written to Elisabeth Koffka-Ahlgrimm in London, England, from a friend in Madison, Wisconsin. The letters are written in German.

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