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Birmingham News Photographs

Identifier: 2008-007

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of thirty-eight black and white photographs of Alabama football players from 1930, Alabama football games from 1965, basketball games from 1964, Alva Woods, first president of the University of Alabama, Senator John Sparkman from 1966, pro-administration protest from 1970, SGA votes, Autherine Lucy with her legal team in 1956, and other images of civil rights protest in the 1950s.


  • 1835 - 1974


Conditions Governing Access

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.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are responsible for using the materials in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright claimants in collection materials. Copyright for official University records is held by The University of Alabama. The library claims only physical ownership of many manuscript collections. Anyone wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of literary property rights or copyrights. Please contact Special Collections ( with questions regarding specific manuscript collections. For more information about copyright policy, please visit: Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal implications, for which the University of Alabama assumes no responsibility.

Birmingham News has the copyright on this collection. Patron is required to seek the permission from the Birmingham News to use any photographs from this collection.

Biographical / Historical

The Birmingham News was launched on March 14, 1888, by Rufus N. Rhodes as The Evening News. Before launching his newspaper, Rhodes was working as the editor of the Daily Herald when he found his campaign for a viaduct spanning the "Railroad Reservation" dividing Birmingham's north and south opposed by his publisher. This event led Rhodes to start his newspaper. The News circulation grew from 628 to over 7000 in 1891, when it became the largest daily in Alabama and won the contract to publish the General Laws of Alabama. In 1891 the name was changed from The Evening News to The Daily News and then, in 1895, the name was changed again to The Birmingham News. In 1909 the News circulation reached 17,000. In 1900 Rhodes died and was succeeded by his vice-president and general manager, Victor H. Hanson. He was only 33 years old but was already an accomplished newspaperman. At the age of 11, he found the City Item in Macon, Georgia. Hanson helped modernized the newspaper's format, tone, and operations. Subscriptions continue to increase from 118,000 in 1910 to 40,000 in 1914. In 1912 the News began Sunday edition. The Birmingham News continues to grow, and today is the largest newspaper in the State of Alabama.


0.416 Linear Feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of photographs depicting the Alabama football, basketball, and civil rights movement in the 1950s.

Processing Information

Processed by Anthony Fava and Marina Klarić, 2008.


Guide to Birmingham News Photographs
Finding aid created by Marina Klarić, June 2013
June 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266