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President Raymond R. Paty Records

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-011

Scope and Contents

The record group contains records created by or used by University of Alabama President Raymond R. Paty. These records include correspondence, president’s reports, and financial reports and statements. The record group contains two accessions. Each accession arrived at The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections as a discrete group of materials. This arrangement has been retained.


  • 1942-1954


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

Dr. Raymond Ross Paty was born November 4, 1896, in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. He attended the University of Tennessee, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1921. After graduation, he became the first principal of the newly opened Cumberland Mountain School, a preparatory school in Crossville, Tennessee. While serving as principal, he attended graduate school at Columbia University in New York City during the summers and received a Master of Arts Degree in 1927. In 1929 he joined the faculty of Emory University, and later became Dean of Men. Paty left Emory in 1938 to become president of Birmingham-Southern College in 1938 and served in that capacity until 1942. He was given an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Emory in 1938.

Paty was named president of The University of Alabama in 1942. He guided the campus through the difficult years of World War II. Notably, it was during his tenure as president that the Medical College of Alabama was established at The University of Alabama’s Birmingham extension center. The medical college and the extension center would later become the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

After leaving The University of Alabama in 1947, Paty became Chancellor of the University System of Georgia. He later became public relations director for Rich’s Department Store and a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Paty married Adelaide Martha Pund, of Augusta, Georgia. He died in Knoxville, Tennessee on August 7, 1957.


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This record group contains the records of University of Alabama president Raymond R. Paty. The records document his years as president from 1942-1947.


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, 1980-2009.

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Katherine Lammers, 2013; Updated by Kevin Ray, April 2019
Guide to the President Raymond R. Paty Records
January 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266