Want to drill down to a new level in your research? Here are some subject-based online research portals and guides for our collections.

Latin America and the Caribbean

This guide is designed to identify the materials in our collections related to Latin America — that is, to Central and South America. Most of it was in the Spanish sphere of influence, with the notable exception of Brazil, which was colonized by the Portuguese. We have included the Caribbean region in this survey, as the island played a significant role in European interest in the Americas and were subject to similar colonial pressures and part of the same broader conversation. It is divided into three main sections:
  • Manuscripts
  • Rare Books
  • Maps

Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation

This guide is designed to give an overview of our holdings on the subject of the slavery debate and emancipation, with commentary to put various categories of resources into perspective. It offers a robust list of resources reflecting the history of and discourse surrounding domestic slavery in the United States, as well as advice on how to find more such items and collections. It is divided into three main sections:
  • Archival Sources
  • Public Conversation
  • Narratives

From Jim Crow to Black Power: African American History and Culture, 1877-1970

This guide is designed to show what kinds of materials are available at Hoole Library on topics related to African American history during the Jim Crow era, which starts with the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and ends in the 1960s, with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1960, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
  • Everyday Life
  • Ideas about Race
  • Information Sources
  • Special Topics
  • At the University of Alabama

Rare Maps Collection

This guide provides a list of our rare maps, which date from 1570 to 1864. It also gives context for each region’s geography, particularly territorial changes over time, including colonization of the non-European world. It is divided into four categories:
  • World
  • New World
  • United States
  • Alabama

Alabama Women’s Lives

With so many collections focused on local people and places, the Division of Special Collections is a good place to research the lives of Southern women, in particular those from Alabama. Their stories, in journals, scrapbooks, and oral histories, are spread out through dozens of collections, so they have been brought together here, so as to emphasize their depth and breadth and facilitate research. This resource includes
  • Maps of Collections by Format and Time Period
  • Glossary of Format Terms
  • List of Collections
  • Suggested Secondary Sources

Native American Primary Sources

Because our holdings on local Native American history are not numerous, it is useful to comb for them carefully and gather them in one place. This LibGuide addresses primary sources, both published and unpublished, in the following areas:
  • Archeaology
  • Travel Narratives
  • Indian Removal
  • Land Grants and Sales
  • Native Americans in War
  • Research on Native Americans

War and Military Archival Collections

Our holdings include a wide range of materials related to wartime service, from as early as the Mexican-American War (1840s) to as late as the Korean War (1950s). Soldiers, sailors, medics, chaplains — all their stories, told in diaries, correspondence, and reports, contribute to our understanding of why and how we fought. Our collections, as listed in this LibGuide, are especially strong in the following:
  • American Civil War
  • World War I
  • World War II
There is also a tab with suggestions for teaching with collections in these areas, with physical materials in person or digital surrogates.