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Mignon Smith and Carol Bennett Alabama Radio Network papers

Identifier: MSS-3369

Scope and Contents

The collection contains newspaper clippings, correspondence, transcripts of interviews, press releases and presidential convention media packets, covering people and events, and their influence on Alabama. As stated in an advertisement for the Mignon Smith Alabama Radio Report from Washington, "Not only do Washington politics affect Alabama, and Alabamians affect Washington politics, but there is the same interplay in other areas such as civic organizations, trade associations, agriculture, the arts, etc. Alabama radio listeners should be kept abreast of this Washington news and how it affects them."

The collection is arranged in three primary series: Subjects, Presidential Conventions, and Alabama People. Another smaller group of materials includes some information about Mignon Smith, the Alabama Radio Network, and the Washington/Alabama News Report.

The collection also included several video tapes (Beta and VHS), books, and periodicals listed below. The books and periodicals have been added to Hoole's Alabama Collection, and the audio video materials have been added to the Manuscript's photographic unit.

AV materials * Beta - Heflin on the Bork vote * VHS - George Wallace movie, 1998 * VHS - Anita Hill Hearings * VHS - Thomas [Clarence] 10/91 * CD - Washington/Alabama News Reports, 1988-2000 (42 CDs in a binder) * Audio Cassette - Howell Heflin's last speech in the Senate, 1996 * Audio Cassettes(2) - House eulogies for Bill Nichols, 1988 * Audio Cassettes(3) - Montgomery Bus Boycott reunion, 1996 * Audio Cassette - Interview with Pat Blaylock, retired director of the Selma Library, 1990

Books Lister Hill: Statesman from the South, by Virginia Van der Veer Hamilton. That's the Way I Saw It, Bob Ingram. Poor But Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites, Wayne Flynt. Voices Rising: Alabama's Women at the Millennium, curated by Ruth Stevens Appelhof, Jennifer Orpha Kelly. William Christenberry: The Early Years, 1954-1968, J. Richard Gruber. Practical Guide to the Law of Political Broadcasting, M. Scott Johnson

Periodicals Alabama News Media Directory, 1989-1990 Alabama Broadcasters Association - 1982 Radio & Television Membership Directory - 1984-1985 Radio & Television Membership Directory - 1986 Radio & Television Membership Directory - 1986 Directory - 1989-1990 Directory - 1986 Advertising Agency Directory Alabama Broadcaster - nos. 190-252, May 1986-December 1992 (missing nos., 200, 203-204, 208-209, 224, 227, 231-239.)


  • 1963-2007


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Biographical / Historical

Mignon Smith was born in Birmingham, Alabama. Her father, J. Craig Smith, was the head of Avondale Mills, a large textile company manufacturing mainly denim cloth and cotton yarn. She attended school in Sylacauga, Alabama, through the ninth grade and then graduated from the Madeira School in Virginia, and later from Briarcliff Junior College in New York. She transferred to the University of Alabama as a junior and majored in political science and journalism.

The youngest Joint Master of Fox Hounds in the United States (in 1954), after college, Mignon started a riding school and small stud farm south of Birmingham. When her lease on the farm ran out, she moved to Washington, DC, where she became a radio news reporter for Alabama stations. After thirty years, she retired from radio reporting and worked fulltime in the thoroughbred breeding, racing, and sport business. She died in Washington, DC, on February 10, 2012.


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Newspaper clippings, transcripts of interviews, press releases and presidential convention media packets, covering people and events and their influence on Alabama.


Gift of Mignon Smith, 2007

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Martha Bace, 2011


Guide to the Mignon Smith and Carol Bennett Alabama Radio Network papers
April 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266