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President John W. Abercrombie Records

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-248

Scope and Contents

This record group contains the records of University of Alabama President John W. Abercrombie, who served from 1902-1911. The records include correspondence and committtee and departmental reports. The record group contains one accession.


  • 1902 - 1911


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.

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Biographical / Historical

John William Abercrombie was born in St. Clair County, Alabama, on May 17, 1866. He graduated from Oxford College, in Oxford, Alabama, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1886,and from The University of Alabama with a law degree in 1888.

Abercrombie pursued a career in education and politics. He held various administrative positions in small colleges and public schools in Alabama and Georgia. He was active in state and local Democratic Party politics. In 1898 he was elected State Superintendent of Education for Alabama and served until 1902 when he was named president of The University of Alabama. He served as president until 1911. Afterward, he was elected to two terms in the United States Congress and then served as Acting Secretary of the United States Department of Labor. From 1920-1927 he served once again as State Superintendent of Education.

John Abercrombie married Rosa Merrill in 1891 and the couple had four children. He died in Montgomery, Alabama, on July 2, 1940.


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This record group contains the records of University of Alabama president John W. Abercrombie. The records document his years as president, from 1902-1911.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to university archives from the Office of the President, The University of Alabama, in 1980.

Processing Information

Deborah Nygren; Tom Land; Updated by Kevin Ray, April 2020.
Guide to the President John W. Abercrombie Records
Finding aid created by Kevin Ray, April 2020.
April 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266