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Fitts and Alston Families Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-4198

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the papers, correspondence, and photographs from three generations of these two Tuscaloosa, Alabama, families. The largest group of materials concern the capsizing of Samuel Fitts Alston's yacht "Mary Frances" during a philanthropic cruise on the Black Warrior River in June 1919, where twenty-five people, mostly children, were drowned.

There are also materials from Samuel's wife, Fannie Fitts Alston and their children, James Fitts Alston and Marilou Alston Rudulph, inlcuding Marilou's postcard collection.

The collection also has two photograph albums and a small box of cabinet cards and carte de visite, as well as a portrait of Fannie Alston painted by Nicholas R. Brewer.

Dates

  • 1900-1966

Creator

Extent

1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Papers, correspondence, and photographs from three generations of two Tuscaloosa, Alabama, families.

Provenance

gift of Murray R. Summers, 2011

General

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Title
Guide to the Fitts and Alston Families Papers
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
December 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500