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President John M. Gallalee Records

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-012

Scope and Contents

The record group contains records created by or used by University of Alabama President John M. Gallalee. These records include correspondence, reports, and financial information. Accession group 20144853 contains letters of appreciation sent to Gallalee on his retirement. The record group contains three accessions. Each accession arrived at The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections as a discrete group of materials. This arrangement has been retained.


  • 1927-1975


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

John Morin Gallalee was born May 4, 1883, in Portsmouth, Virginia. He received an M.E. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia in 1911 and became a professor of mechanical engineering at The University of Alabama in 1912. From 1933 to 1945 Gallalee served as Supervisor of Campus Construction and from 1945 to 1947 he was director of technical staff for the Alabama State Building Commission. He received an honorary D.Sc. in 1938 and an honorary LL.D. in 1948, both from The University of Alabama.

In December, 1947, Gallalee was named President of The University of Alabama. He served during a time of postwar growth. The increase of students after World War II led to a shortage of dormitory and classroom space on campus. Gallalee oversaw a sustained building effort on campus to try and solve the problem of inadequate space. He also was instrumental in the creation of the School of Nursing. In 1952, during Gallalee’s term as president, the university denied admission to two African American students, Autherine Lucy and Pollie Ann Myers. Lucy eventually became the first African American to enroll in The University of Alabama, in 1956, before being expelled shortly thereafter.

John Gallalee married Lua Vaughn Caulkins. He retired in 1953 and died in Tuscaloosa on December 4, 1961.


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This record group contains the presidental records of John M. Gallalee, president of The University of Alabama from 1948 to 1953.


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, 1980-2014.

Processed by

Deborah Nygren and Tom Land, 1980; Tim Cary, 1984; updated by Katherine Lammers, 2013; updated by Kevin Ray, April 2019.
Guide to the President John M. Gallalee 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