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General Arts and Leisure Materials, 1854-2005


Scope and Contents

From the Collection: The Wade Hall Collection on Arts and Culture contains poetry, correspondence, drawings, ephemera related to theater, music, sports, and crafts, and other items gathered by author and professor Wade Hall (1934-2015) that document participation in arts and leisure activities in the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The materials in this collection are arranged into three series: Poetry, Lyrics, and Other Writings; General Arts and Leisure Materials; and Celebrity Materials, which is restricted for privacy.

The Poetry, Lyrics, and Other Writings Series primarily contains poems and song lyrics. Many of the poems are anonymous. The song lyrics include a copy of "In the Baggage Coach Ahead," a popular song by Gussie L. Davis, as well as some folk songs and Christian hymns. There is also a typed science fiction short story, "My First Ride in an Airship."

The General Arts and Leisure Materials Series includes a 1918 postcard to Hendrik van Loon, a Dutch author who won the first Newbery medal in 1922 for his children’s book The History of Mankind; gloves that once belonged to boxer Muhammad Ali; invitations and playbills for concerts and theater performances; and a number of files related to stamp collecting. The series also contains articles about artists including Marian Anderson, Martha Graham, Duke Ellington, and many others.

The Celebrity Materials Series is currently restricted.


  • 1854-2005

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to portions of this collection has been restricted by Archives and Special Collections in order to preserve the original materials. Contact University Libraries Special Collections at or 205.348.0500 for information on access to the restricted portions of this collection.

The rest of the collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.


From the Collection: 3.8 Linear Feet

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266