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A. S. Williams III Alabama Locales Photograph Collection

Identifier: WP-015

Scope and Contents

The A. S. Williams III Alabama Locales Photograph Collection consists of approximately [###] photographs depicting images of people and places in Alabama. The photographs feature buildings, streets, stores, restaurants, and club groups, among other subjects, highlighting both well-known and forgotten places.


  • 1880 - 1980

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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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

A native of Eufaula, Alabama, A. S. "Steve" Williams III graduated from The University of Alabama in 1958 with a bachelor of science degree in finance. While attending UA, he was a member of Phil Delta Theta social fraternity. He also earned a bachelor of laws degree from the Birmingham School of Law in 1964. Mr. Williams began his banking career with First National Bank of Birmingham in 1959 and joined Protective Life Corporation in 1964. He remained for more than 30 years and retired in 2001 as executive vice president and treasurer. A trip to Williamsburg, Va., in the early 1960s sparked his passion for collecting. With a growing interest in the founding fathers and the roots of our nation, Mr. Williams proceeded to create one of the greatest individual collections of American and Southern history ever assembled, and the collection represents a lifetime of avid collecting. Mr. Williams presented this collection, originally housed in Eufaula, to The University of Alabama in 2010. A generous community supporter, Mr. Williams has been active with many local organizations, including the Alabama Symphony association, the Vulcan District Boy Scouts of America, the Emmet O’Neal Library, the Birmingham Kiwanis Club and the Birmingham Historical Society. Mr. Williams and his wife, Rosemary Hoover Williams, live in Birmingham. They have three children and five grandchildren.


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Language of Materials



A large photographic collection of Alabama cities and locations.


The archivist kept the original arrangement of the collection. A. S. Williams III acquired the images individually or in small groups—under the collecting area of Alabama Locales—and arranged the items or groups of items alphabetically by city name.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Rayman, March 2021.
Guide to the A. S. Williams III Alabama Locales Photograph Collection
Jessica Rayman
March 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266