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Geological Survey of Alabama Photographs

Identifier: 2007-002

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 531 photographs documenting Alabama Geological Survey field trips throughout Alabama. Some of the campsites depicted in this collection are in Helena and Allentown. The collection also contains images of early nineteenth-century on are buildings on the University of Alabama campus.


  • 1885 - 1938
  • Majority of material found within 1900 - 1930

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.

For more information about copyright policy, please visit: Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

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

The Alabama State Legislature created the position of the State Geologist in late 1847 to document the state’s geological resources. Michael Tuomey was appointed as the first State Geologist in 1848. With his appointment, the Geological Survey of Alabama was created. He held the position until he died in 1857. Another notable state geologist who helped developed the agency was Eugene Allen Smith. He served as the State Geologist from 1873-1911. The first state geological map was created under his tenure. Smith was instrumental in the development of the Geological Survey of Alabama library. He also helped organized the Alabama Museum of Natural History, still housed in Smith Hall, and named after him. Walter B. Jones was appointed as the State Geologist in 1927. He helped expand the focus of the agency to archaeology and was instrumental in establishing the Moundville Archaeological Park. He retired from the position in 1961. The current State Geologist is Berry H. "Nick" Tew Jr.


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Language of Materials



This collection consists of 531 photographs documenting Alabama Geological Survey field trips and the growth of the University of Alabama campus from the 1880s through 1930s.
The Guide to the Geological Survey of Alabama Photographs
Marina Klarić
May 2013; revised 2021
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266