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McCorvey and Tutwiler families papers

Identifier: MSS-0947

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A collection of correspondence, diaries, clippings, scrapbooks, and photographs created by these families.


  • 1830 - 1969
  • Majority of material found within 1900 - 1950


Biographical / Historical

Thomas Chalmers McCorvey, son of Murdoch and Lydia Ranaldson McCorvey, was born on August 18, 1852, in Monroe County, Alabama. His father taught him at home until 1870 when he entered Erskine College in South Carolina, as a sophomore. He transferred to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and graduated in 1873 with high academic orders and as a captain in the University's Corps of Cadets. Three days later he was elected Commandant of Cadets, even though he was younger than a number of the cadets. He also became a professor in philosophy and political economy.

McCorvey graduated from the University of Alabama's Law School in 1875, but did not enter private practice, deciding to retain his position in the University. He met and in 1880 married Henrietta "Netta" Tutwiler, daughter of Henry Tutwiler and sister to Julia Strudwick Tutwiler, both imminent scholars and educational reformers. Thomas and Netta had four children: Jean C., Groove T., Eleanor P., and Thomas C.

Thomas McCorvey died in Tuscaloosa on April 2, 1932. Netta also died in Tuscaloosa on November 19, 1944.


3.7 Linear Feet

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A collection of correspondence, clippings, scrapbooks, and photographs created by these families.


Gift of Netta Johnston Holley; additional gift of the Tuscaloosa Public Library, 2007.


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S. M. Braden, 2008; updated by Martha Bace, 2014, 2017, 2018



Guide to the McCorvey and Tutwiler families papers
June 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266