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President Frank A. Rose Records

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-006

Scope and Contents

The record group contains records created by or used by University of Alabama President Frank A. Rose. These records include correspondence, president’s reports, and financial reports and statements. One accession group contains the records of James Newman, who served as executive vice-president. Another accession group contains the records of Assistant to the President, Colonel W. V. Brown. Of special interest within the Rose records is material related to Governor George C. Wallace’s “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” and the integration of The University of Alabama in 1963.

The record group contains nine accessions. Each accession arrived at the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections as a discrete group of materials. This arrangement has been retained.


  • 1958-1969

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 thenature 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

Frank Anthony Rose was born October 16, 1920, in Meridian, Mississippi. He graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1942 and a bachelor’s degree in divinity in 1946. He was an ordained minister in the Disciples of Christ church. Rose was named president of Transylvania University in 1951, at the age of 31.

In January, 1958, Rose became president of The University of Alabama. He raised faculty pay, hired new faculty members, and improved academic standards. In 1963, when Alabama governor George Wallace came to the University to prevent two African American students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from enrolling, Rose worked to ensure that the integration of campus was carried out safely and orderly.

Rose stepped down as University of Alabama president in 1969, and became a consultant in Washington, D.C. He and his wife Tommye had four children: Susan, Elizabeth, Frank Jr., and Julian. Frank Rose died in Washington, DC, on February 1, 1991.


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This record group contains the records of University of Alabama president Frank A. Rose. The records document his years as president, from 1958-1969, and include information on the integration of The University of Alabama in 1963.


The arrangement of items in this record group has not been completed. Email us at for more information.


Transferred to university archives from the Office of the President, The University of Alabama, 1980-1990.

Processing Information

Deborah Nygren; Tom Land; updated by Kevin Ray, January 2019
Guide to the President Frank A. Rose Records
October 2013; updated 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266