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Peter Brannon papers

Identifier: W-0009

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, and other materials created by Peter A. Brannon, highlighting his career as pharmacist, anthropologist, and archivist. Included are Brannon's incoming and outgoing correspondence; family documents; legal and financial documents; two diaries; manuscripts on a variety of subjects, including banking in Alabama, the spelling of "Tuscaloosa", the history of pharmacy, and "John Bascom," a racehorse from Alabama; a typed manuscript of an untitled novel; a handwritten journal documenting his archeological collections and expeditions between 1905 and 1907; a handwritten list of selected ordinances from Lowndesboro, Alabama in 1866; correspondence between Alabama archivist Peter Brannon and researchers J. Edward Smoot and William Henry Holt relating to Pasqual Luciani and Marshal Ney, French soldiers who reportedly immigrated to America after Napoleon's defeat in 1814; and legal documents, correspondence, receipts, and newspaper clippings created by or related to the institutions and residents of Russell County, Alabama.


  • 1900-1966


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.

Biographical / Historical

Peter A. Brannon (1882-1967) was a pharmacist and archivist. He received his PhD from Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1900 and worked as a pharmacist in Alabama and Georgia from 1900-1910. After 1910, he began a career at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, working as a curator, archivist, and finally serving as the third director of the institution from 1955-1967. Brannon was a member of the national and state Anthropological Society, the Alabama Library Association, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Source: Alabama Author Database.


1.6 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, and other materials created by Peter A. Brannon, highlighting his career as a pharmacist, an anthropologist, and an archivist.

Physical Location

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Related Materials

Brannon's papers are also held by the Alabama Department of Archives and History. See Peter A. Brannon Papers, 1860-1964, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama.


Titles on phase box spines: Peter Brannon's Medical Formula Book; Peter Brannon's "Lan-Uska Record, 1924"; Diary of an Archaeological Trip to Georgia - Brannon; Personal File of Peter Brannon; Peter Brannon's Ancestors: The Bass and Perry Families of the Chattahoochee Valley Collection; Miscellaneous Alabama Source Material from the Brannon Collection; Miscellaneous Writings of Peter Brannon; Peter Brannon's Catalog of his Indian Relic Collection; Lowndesboro, Alabama, Manuscript Ordinances, 1866; Correspondence Regarding Marshall Ney and ''Peter Ney"; Russell County, Alabama: Manuscripts and Documents from the Brannon Collection

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013



Guide to Peter Brannon papers
August 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266