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The Rare Book Collection
It includes incunabula, titles from seventeenth and eighteenth century France and Britain, and eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century American works, including significant holdings documenting the Mississippi valley and travel and exploration in early America. Additionally, there are significant holdings relating to New Orleans and Louisiana. Our earliest imprint in the Rare Book Collection is a rubricated copy of the Missale Romanum
, printed in Venice by Bernardinus Benalius, dated 1483.
The Alabama Collection is long recognized as a significant collection of published Alabamiana. We strive to build a continuously growing, comprehensive collection of books by Alabamians, about Alabama and aspects of Alabama, and/or published in the state of Alabama. These materials document the unique cultural and historical experience of Alabama. Alabama authors are encouraged to contact the Hoole Library regarding the donation of a signed copy of their work to the collection.
David Walker Lupton African American Cookbook Collection
The Lupton Collection currently consists of over four hundred and fifty volumes covering the period from 1827, when the first book with recipes by an African American was published, through the year 2000. Additional volumes within the scope of the collection have been added since 2000.
The Jeanne N. and Joseph M. Smith Collection on Alcohol and Addiction Studies
The Smith Collection consists of several hundred volumes, published between the late eighteenth century to the present that document facets of drug and alcohol use and abuse in the United States. Holdings represent such historical phenomena as the Temperance Movement (especially the role of the Washingtonian Society during the 1840s), Prohibition, and the rise of the modern Recovery Movement (especially the origins of Alcoholics Anonymous).
The Selesky Comics Collection
The Selesky Comics Collection contains nearly 3500 issues of American comic books from the years 1949-1991.
Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture
A continuing gift of Alabama native, Dr. Wade Hall, published materials pertaining to literature, music, and popular culture fall under the area of Rare Books and Special Collections. This includes an extensive collection of sheet music, recorded sound, and Southern literature from the 19th through the 21st century.
Confederate Imprints Collection
The Hoole Library is home to a sizable and significant collection of over 1100 Confederate Imprints, that being publications that were produced during the Civil War in the Confederate States. All of the Confederate Imprints have been cataloged to include the Parrish and Willingham number.
John Crowley Collection
A continuing gift of English professor, John Crowley, the foci of the collection includes American literature, American humor, and the literary works of specific authors including John O’Hara.
Book Arts Collection
Supporting the MFA Program in the Book Arts, this collection includes fine press, small press, and other examples of artists’ books.Our Book Arts Collection, comprised of examples of fine and experimental printing and binding, supports the MFA program in the Book Arts in the School of Library and Information Studies at The University of Alabama.
Roland Harper Photograph Collection
The Roland Harper photographs consist of more than 8,700 images, primarily view of plants and their environs taken over a fifty-year period. Though most of the photographs were taken in Alabama, many were taken in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, New York, and some in other states.
Rucker Agee Collection
A gift of Rucker Agee, this collection includes materials relating to the history and culture of Alabama.
Wade Hall Gender Studies Collection
Part of the gifts from Dr. Wade Hall, this collection includes materials relating to human sexuality and issues of gender, including literary materials and popular culture materials.
Wade Hall Photographs and Photographic History Collection
The collection of books about photography, the history of photography, and on individual photographers, this collection supports the library’s rich photographic holdings. The Wade Hall Photography Collection, a continuing gift of Union Springs, Alabama native Dr. Wade Hall, is a truly international collection, and provides a unique view of American life and experiences around the world, including Europe, South and Central America, Asia, the South Pacific, North Africa, and the Middle East. The collection of more than 24,000 images includes photographs taken by families on vacation trips in both the 19th and 20thcenturies, portraits of floods, fires, and other catastrophes. The collection comprises a broad scope of subject matter ranging from images of farm life in rural America to images of historic events and locations, including the American liberation of a Nazi concentration camp and the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Photographs of African-Americans make up a significant part of the collection. The collection contains examples of almost every type of popular 19th and 20th century photographic process.
Lafcadio Hearn Collection
The Hearn Collection includes rare and early editions by the author, translator, and scholar, Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904).
Robinson Jeffers Collection
The Jeffers Collection focuses on the works of the American poet, Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962)
Richard Minsky Collection
This collection of late 19th and early 20th century American books were assembled for their exquisite decorated covers. The entirety of the collection was included in the digital project, Publishers’ Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books.
Sir Walter Scott Collection
This collection includes first editions of the works of the beloved Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet, Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832).
George Edwin Starbuck Collection
This collection is the personal library of the American poet, George Edwin Starbuck (1931-1996). The papers of George Starbuck are also housed in the Hoole Library.
E. Dudley Stephens Mystery and Thriller Collection
A collection of signed first editions of American mysteries and thrillers from the second half of the 20th century.
Charles Summersell Maritime Collection
A gift of longtime University of Alabama history professor, Dr. Charles Summersell, this collection focuses on Maritime history with an emphasis on the Gulf Coast.
U.S. World War II Armed Services Editions
A nearly complete collection of these small, compact, paperback books printed by the Council on Books in Wartime for distribution within the American military during World War II between 1943 and 1946. They were designed to provide entertainment to soldiers serving overseas, while also educating them about political, historical, and military issues.