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Sesquicentennial Ball Photographs

Identifier: 2008-023

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of fourty two color prints capturing the celebration of hundred and fifty years of The University of Alabama.


  • 1981-04

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.

Biographical / Historical

The University of Alabama opened its doors to students on April 18, 1831. Eleven years earlier, 1819, the General Assembly authorized the search for a site for the University. They appointed agents to search for a site of the future University, and authorized Alabama's governor William Wyatt Bibb to appoint commissioners to leas lands to finance the University. Governor Bibb died in 1820 and his brother Thomas Bibb assumed governorship. He was opposed to the leasing of University lands because he thought it would be more difficult to raise money this way, and 1821 he recommended to the General Assembly that lands to be sold at public auction for cash. That was just the beginning of many obstacles that had to be overcome before the University opened its doors in 1831. In 1827 enough money was raised to finance the construction of a campus, and board has decided to locate the institution in the center of the State. The legislators selected the state capitol, Tuscaloosa, on December 29, 1827, and on March 27, 1828 the board selected Marr's Spring as a site on which the campus would be built.


0.5 Linear Feet (This collection consist of 42 color prints.)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of fourty two color prints capturing the celebration of hundred and fifty years of The University of Alabama.

Processing Information

Processed by Marina KlariĆ, 2007.
Guide to Sesquicentennial Ball Photographs
Finding aid created by Marina Klaric, July 2013
July 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