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Virginia J. Hanson papers

Identifier: W-0018

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a high school memory book, correspondence, research notes, and manuscripts written by Birmingham teacher Virginia J. Hanson.

The high school memory book, designed and illustrated by Louise Perrett and Sarah K. Smith and published by The Reilly and Britton Co., documents the senior year of Virginia J. Hanson, a 1912 graduate of Birmingham High School. In addition to handwritten notes from classmates and teachers, the book includes photographs of students and classrooms, social invitations, programs from school events, newspaper clippings, and illustrations.

The collection also contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, and research notes related to Hanson's master's thesis, completed in 1937. Correspondence written in 1935 documents Hanson's attempts to collect African American and Native American stories for inclusion in her thesis. These stories are collected in three research binders titled "Negro Lore," "Indian Lore," and "Traditional Stories of Slaves and Civil War." Unbound typescript drafts of her thesis, containing extensive handwritten edits, are also included. The thesis, Alabama in Legend and Lore , was never published.


  • 1912-1937


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Biographical / Historical

The daughter of Alexander B. Hanson and Harriet A. Harrison, Virginia J. Hanson was born on July 22, 1893, in Georgia. Hanson graduated from Birmingham (Alabama) High School in 1912 and received an MA from Birmingham Southern College in 1937. Hanson and her sister both worked as teachers in Birmingham public schools. Hanson died on August 11, 1989, and was buried in Birmingham's Elmwood Cemetery.


0.6 Linear Feet

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Contains a memory book documenting the senior year of Virginia J. Hanson, a 1912 graduate of Birmingham High School. Also contains research notes, correspondence and manuscripts related to Hanson's thesis, "Alabama in Legend and Lore."

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

Hanson, Virginia. "Alabama in Legend and Lore." Master's Thesis, Birmingham Southern College, 1937.

There are also other high school memory books in the A. S. Williams III Americana Collection and in the W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library. See staff for assistance.


Title on phase box spines: Birmingham Hight School 1907; Negro and Indian Folklore of Alabama by Virginia Hanson of Birmingham: Correspondence, Notes and Drafts

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013



Guide to Virginia J. Hanson papers
September 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266