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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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Notes on the Choctaw Indians, Their Language, etc. , circa 1900 , 0.05 linear feet
Nineteenth century ledger with handwritten notes regarding the history, legends, significant members, and language of the Choctaw Indians

George Nichols Photographs, 1945 - 1960, 0.5 linear feet
George Nichols collection consists of black and white photographs of him as a student at the University of Alabama and Theta Chi fraternity member in the late 1940s. Collection depicts Theta Chi fraternity parties; scenes of coed couples; ROTC members and events; football and basketball games; several photographs of a young toddler and a woman from 1958 and 1959; photograph from June 1958 in downtown Tuscaloosa of John Patterson's campaign run for the governor of Alabama; and photograph of Frank Rose, president of the University of Alabama.

Note in German , unknown , 0.1 linear feet
A brief note written in German. Translation not available at present.

Nagel Family Postcards , 1943-1952 , 23 postcards
The collection contains postcards written both to and from different members of the Nagel family. The postcards describe daily life in Dubuque, Iowa, during and after World War II.

J. S. Nance letter, 1861 July 16, 1 item, 1 piece
A letter dated 16 July 1861, from Huntsville, to somebody named Charlie. Nance complains that he has had no letter from Sallie, writes of the weather, and describes church services.

Ely Naparstek Papers , 1938-1945 , 0.2 linear feet
Miscellaneous papers and photographs of PFC Ely Naparstek of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Napoleon film script, 1933, 2 items, 111 pieces
Typed carbon copy of a film script titled "Napoleon: A Picture in Six Parts." The script is in English, interleaved occasionally with pages of German translation. It is contained in two folders dated 13 October 1933 and 15 October 1933.

Frank Nash Letter , 1901 April 25 , 0.1 linear feet
A letter from Frank Nash of Oskaloosa, Iowa, to Zoe Seevers about a collection of bills and receipts relating to a building.

Postcard from Nate to Dorothy McKillop , 1905 August 14 , 0.05 linear feet
The collection contains one postcard written from Nate to "Papa, mamma, and baby" while on vacation in Troy Center, Wisconsin. It features a small image of a young man and gives information regarding daily activities.

National Alliance of Postal Employees. District Four, Birmingham Branch, records, 1951-1953, 17 items
Material related to the Birmingham chapter of this organization of African-American postal employees, 1951-53.

National Freedmen's Savings & Trust Company, Huntsville, Alabama branch, deposit book, 1870-1874, 1 item
National Freedmen's Savings & Trust Company, Huntsville, Alabama branch, deposit book.

National States Rights Party broadside , circa 1960 , 1 broadside
A broadside by this neo-Nazi organization, with headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, that warned members of a splinter group, the American States Rights Party.

Nazareth Primitive Baptist Church minutes, 1899-1936, ledger
Minutes of monthly meetings of this Alabama Baptist church

John M. Neel letter, 1818 September 22, 1 item, 1 piece; printed
A printed transcript of a letter from Neel to the U.S. Secretary of War, describing a battle with Creek Indians near the Black Warrior River.

Mrs. R. D. Neeley diaries and papers, 1925-1931, 2 inches; 3 ledgers
A diary kept by this noted Selma, Alabama vocalist, 1925-31. It iincludes clippings about concerts and performances, impressions of Depression life, and accounts of trips to Florida and Cuba in 1931.

Neenah, Wilcox County, Alabama store ledger, 1903-1906, 1 ledger
A ledger from an unidentified store in Neenah, Wilcox County, Alabama.

James Neff Civil War diary , 1864 , 0.02 linear feet
Diary of Union soldier during the final year of the Civil War.

Mary Jane Neilson law notebook , 1859 , .04 linear feet
Notebook of law cases

Letter from Nellie to Will , 1889 November 25 , 0.1 linear feet
A letter from Nellie to her cousin, Will, about a friend's new typewriter and the death of Uncle Albert.

Letter from Nellie to Margaret Burke , 1938 August 11 , 1 letter
One letter from Nellie of Methuen, Massachusetts, to her friend Margaret Burke of Hingham, Massachusetts. She thanked Margaret for her recent visit and talked of the weather and mutual friends.

Ford W. Nelson Letter , 1856 December 5 , 0.1 linear feet
A letter from Ford W. Nelson of Toledo, Ohio, to Mrs. Jakey about hog prices.

George W. Nelson Letter , 1951 October 13 , 1 letter
One letter from George Nelson, an Army corporal in San Francisco, California, to his grandmother, Mrs. C. O. Peterson of Bemidji, Minnesota. He asked about her recent move from country to city and told of happenings at his camp.

Marcus Nelson Letter , 1918 February 9 , 0.05 linear feet
Letter from Captain Marcus Nelson in Rock Island, Illinois, to John H. Hamberg, also in Rock Island. Marcus Nelson reports the names of the Minute Men under his direction.

Letter from Nettie to Milla and Henry , 1898 May 20 , 0.1 linear feet
Contains one letter from Nettie in Ludington (Ohio or Michigan) to her aunt Milla and uncle Henry. She discusses the end of the school year, recent storms, and family matters.

Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL) records, 1983-1991, 10 linear feet including 14 volumes
Records of this organization dedicated to the coordination of academic library resources in Alabama.

Forrest Neumeyer Letter , 1919 February 11 , 0.1 linear feet
A letter, written on Y.M.C.A. stationary, from Forrest Neumeyer, a soldier in the American Expeditionary Forces, to Ruth Frantz of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, about the rainy and cold conditions overseas.

Letter from Neva to W.H. Nichols , circa 1920 , 1 letter
Neva writes from Ohio to her boyfriend, whose business ventures have taken him to Indiana. She mentions outings with female friends and moving arrangements, and asks for news from him.

Bert Neville COllection of Steamboat Documents , 1820-1945 , 0.8 linear feet
A collection of bills of lading and receipts for freight costs, passage, storage, and other documents, relating to steamboat lines, mostly within Alabama, plus some receipts from stagecoaches, warehouse and storage companies, and railroads.

New England Almanac Fragment , 1803 , 0.1
Several pages from a New England almanac printed in 1803.

New Hope Baptist Church of Christ records, 1881-1883, 1 item, 72 pieces
This collection consists of photocopies of the Wiley, Alabama New Hope Baptist Church of Christ meeting minutes, letter of faith, and financal records, 1881-83.

New Hope Presbyterian Church records, 1818-1972, 1 linear foot (includes 6 ledgers)
This collection includes lists of marriages, deaths, baptisms, members and pastors, and monthly meeting minutes, Women's Auxiliary proceedings, and financial records of this Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Alabama.

New River Primitive Baptist Church minutes, 1826-1911, 1 item
Church register of this Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, Baptist church including lists of members and minutes of monthly meetings.

Newbern (Ala.) Methodist Church membership register , 1950 , 0.05 linear feet (1 item; photocopies)
The signatures of the members of this Methodist Church in Newbern, Perry County, Alabama, in 1950

Newbern Circuit, Alabama Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, South, records , 1858-1951 , 0.05 linear feet
A register of members of several churches in this Perry County, Alabama, circuit and minutes of quarterly conferences. The collection includes records pertaining to Newbern, Craig's Chapel, Flatwoods, Hamburg, Mt. Carmel, Wesley's Chapel, and Scott's Station churches.

Newell Family Letters , 1900-1917 , 26 letters
All letters in this collection were sent to the Newell family home in Lima, Ohio, with the majority of the letters addressed to John Wesley (called Wesley) Newell, and/or his wife, Sadie Newell. Most have been written by Newell family members and contain news of acquaintances, leisure activities in New York state, and other daily news.

Grace Meredith Newhill letter , 1916 July 18 , 1 item, 3 pieces
A letter dated 16 July 1918 to a Mr. Owen on the differences between Ku Klux Klan's original prescript and the revised prescript.

Hiram Newkirk Correspondence , 1885-1887 , 0.1 linear feet
Letters to Hiram Newkirk about the marriage of Lizzie Pryor to Mr. Deauval, and proposed visits to Huntington, Indiana and Walton, Kentucky.

John Newland and George Wilcox receipt, 1811 March 6, 1 receipt
This collection consists of a single receipt dated 6 March 1811 and signed by Newland and Wilcox, acknowledging payment of $3 by Hugh Lemasster [sic] for taxes owed for 1809 on a farm of 100 acres of second-rate land, 2 tiths (?), 3 slaves, and 7 horses. No location specified.

Petey Newman Letter , 1858 July 25 , 0.05 linear feet
Letter from Petey Newman written to his daughter, on 25 July, 1858.

Mrs. C. Newton Letter , 1849 February 11 , 0.1 linear feet
A letter to Mrs. C. Newton of Waynesville, Ohio, from her sister, Emily, from Liberty, Indiana, about home, friends and family.

Newtown (Tuscaloosa), Alabama collection, 1977-1979, 1 inch, photocopies
Documents and manuscripts regarding the early history of Newtown (later Tuscaloosa), an early Alabama settlement which was the site of the first Tuscaloosa County courthouse and also the state capitol. The collection includes copies of maps of the Newtown area, early deeds, and newspaper articles on local history.

Charles McKinney Nice papers, 1938-1982, 5 linear feet
The papers of a District Family Court judge in Jefferson County, Alabama, 1938-82.

Nichols Family Letters , 1914 January , 3 letters
Contains news from home about the weather and the doings of family and friends from a mother and a brother to a man traveling on business across the U.S.

E. F. Nickerson Letter , 1945 November 15 , 0.1 linear feet
A letter from Corporal E. F. Nickerson, stationed in Fort Barrancas (Pensecola), Florida, to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Nickerson of Worcester, Massachusetts

Staci Niemeyer paper "Folk Dancing at the Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education" , 1990 April 1 , 0.05 linear feet (1 item, 17 pieces)
Essay about folk dancing at the Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education, a school founded in 1907 in Fairhope, Alabama, by progressive educator Johnson.

Ellen Nilson Letter , 1858 October 23 , 0.1 linear feet
A letter from Ellen Nilson of Berlin, Wisconsin, to her aunt about the death of her grandmother and the funeral.

Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Autograph Albums and Diaries , 1876-1987 , 0.4 linear feet
Autograph albums and diaries from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Nineteenth Century Mourning Illustration , 19th century , 0.05 linear feet
A mourning illustration from the nineteenth century.

Letter from Nip to Ellen , 1872 July 14 , one letter
Contains one letter written from Nip of South Haven, Michigan, to Ellen. He discussed family news and crops.

Elbert Nixdorf Letters , 1937-1954 , (Twelve letters)
Letters written to Nixdorf of Lancaster, Pennsylvania who served in the U.S. Army Special Services during World War Two. Some letters are from friends he made while abroad. They discuss daily life, the war, school, and gifts, and some are in French and Spanish.

Stephen N. Noble legal papers, 1888-1911, 15 items
Deeds for land in Calhoun County, Alabama, a United States Land Office document, and West Anniston Land and Improvement Company deeds. The collection also contains administrator's records for Stephen Noble Sr. and papers pertaining to land in Haralson County, Georgia.

Roy L. Nolen correspondence, 1925-1944, 1.5 linear feet ; letters
Correspondence between Montgomery, Alabama postmaster and Democratic Party activist Roy L. Nolen and U.S. Senator Lister Hill and a few other persons. The letters address appointments, elections, political campaigns, the war effort, and etc, 1928-44.

Eliza Thomas Nolley papers, 1862-1866, 1 items, 14 pieces
This collection consists of entries taken from Nolley's “Album of Friendship,” copies of outgoings letter to her brother, Edward Dromgoole Nolly and sister Martha Ann Otey, extracts from her theme book, and a letter from a friend, Annie Glascock (?). Except for last, all are from the period when Nolley was a student at Tuscaloosa Female College. The items are annotated with information about her family and Nolley herself. The items by Nolley contain news about the school and school entertainments, school faculty, Tuscaloosa, and her family.

Norfolk County, Virginia documents, 1755, 2 items
A petition dated 1755 for the valuation of land on which sat Robert Tucker's mill, and a summons for Isaac Moore and his wife Ann in the matter of Richard Harris, executor of estate of David Dears, vs. Robert Barr.

Helen Norris papers , after 1950 , 2 linear feet
Typescript copies of several plays, poems, and novels

John Norr[?] and Richard S. Jones letters, 1844, 2 letters
Two letters on the same sheet of paper to G. R. Frienson or Freinson of Livingston, Sumter County, Alabama by John A. Nool[?] and Richard S. Jones, relating to business matters.

North East and South West Railroad Company records, 1854-1870, .1 linear foot
This collection includes financial statements, mortgage bonds, the secretary's and treasurer's reports, mortgage statements, and reports on work done. See also the Robert Jemison Papers.

James Heyward North diary, 1861, 1 item
A copy of the 1861 diary written by a former U.S. Navy officer who sided with the Confederacy. It describes his efforts to acquire ships and position coast defenses, and his travels to Ireland, London and Paris. The original is in the University of North Carolina Southern Historical Collection, Chapel Hill.

Northport Study Club records , 1978-1990 , 0.2 linear feet
Minutes and correspondence of this Tuscaloosa, Alabama, women's club.

E. L. Northrop Letter , 1908 August 9 , 1 letter
One letter from E. L. Northrop of the Hotel Pleasant of West Upton to Clara E. Perkins regarding a reservation

Lissie Nortin letter, 1852, 1 letter, 3 pages
The collection contains one handwritten letter from Lissie Nortin to her sister, Mary Ellen Nortin. She writes about coming home late, Phil's illness, finding Mary Ellen a dress, Miss Clark's anxiety, and a friend's teaching.

Luther Norton Letters , 1915-1923 , 0.15 linear feet
The bulk of the collection contains outgoing correspondence from Norton, written primarily from Louisiana, Missouri, and Texas, to Lottie Irene Hooks Norton, dating from the period of their courtship through their marriage and the births of their daughters, recounting information about family matters, difficult economic times, and providing news of Norton’s recreational activities.

S.R. Norton Letters , 1864-1865 , 0.2 linear feet
Letters of a Union soldier in the 18th Michigan Infantry to his wife, written from Decatur, Stevenson, and Huntsville, Alabama and Nashville, Tennessee, during the Civil War.

Josiah and Sarah Deas Nott papers, 1855-1882, 9 items, 10 pieces ; typescripts, photocopy
Documents and letters of a Mobile, Alabama, physician and his wife, dealing with property and her family's estate.

Novelty Wood-Working and Repair Shop Records , 1898 , (Two transaction records and one letter)
Two transactions records pertaining to H. C. Weisenburger's Novelty Wood-Working and Repair Shop and one letter to Weisenburger from C. Locklin asking about money owed.

Nuckols Family Photographs, circa 1900, 3 photographs
Three black and white mounted photographs, possibly from Greensboro, Alabama. Scenes include a sawmill, a group of female students in commencement attire and the interior of an office building.

R. Nulton Letters , 1868 , 0.1 linear feet, 2 letters
Two letters written in Kittanning, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania reporting on money, property, livestock, and a business dispute.

James E. Nunn diary, 1854-1856, 1 item
Diary of this Mooresville, Limestone County, Alabama resident

Deborah Nygren paper, 1976, 1 item, 18 pieces
A paper written by Deborah A. Nygren for the University of Alabama's History 567 class in 1976 entitled "The Carpetbaggers of the 1867 Alabama Constitutional Convention: A Study of Personal and County Characteristics on Carpetbaggers in Alabama during the Reconstruction era." It examines the relationship between the popular conceptions of carpetbaggers and the role played by black voters in electing them to office, as they related to pre-war anti-secession sentiment and voting patterns, and to Alabama's slave population.

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