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University Libraries Special Collections


University Libraries Special Collections, The University of Alabama, uses finding aids as guides to manuscripts, photographs, and other archival collections.



University Libraries Special Collections
The University of Alabama
W.S. Hoole Special Collections & A.S. Williams III Americana Collection
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266

Special Collections Access and Use Policy Statement


The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections is committed to acquiring, processing, preserving, and making available primary sources and other rare materials that support the teaching and research missions of The University of Alabama. The specific policies and procedures listed below are created to fulfill these objectives.


The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections is committed to providing open and equitable access to its collections in accordance with legal requirements, privacy considerations, donor agreements, and institutional policies. For more information on access policies for specific archival collections, please refer to the collection’s finding aid.

Use and Reproduction

The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections provides photocopying, photographic reproduction, and digitization services to researchers for a fee. All duplication is done by Special Collections staff. For publication, presentations, commercial use, or reproduction, in print or digital format, of all images and/or the accompanying data, users are required to secure prior written permission from the copyright holder and from When permission is granted, please credit the images as Courtesy of The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections.


Researchers are responsible for using Special Collections physical and digital materials in conformity with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions and institutional policies accompanying the materials. Copyright for official University records is held by The University of Alabama. The library claims only physical and digital ownership of many collections. For more information about copyright policy, please visit: