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A. S. Williams III Collection Aquisition Paperwork

Identifier: W-0116

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence, cost estimates, brochures, plans, notes, and various other documents regarding the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection and the University of Alabama Libraries' acquisition of the collection from Mr. A.S. Williams III. Correspondence is primarily between the University of Alabama's Dean of Libraries, Louis A. Pitschmann, and various university offices and personnel, Mr. Williams, and Stephen Rowe (curator and archivist of the Eufaula Athenaeum). Also included are descriptions and illustrations (including some photocopy facsimiles) of the Eufaula Athenaeum and its holdings, inventory lists of the materials being transferred to the University of Alabama Libraries, proposed plans (including architectural renderings) for the renovation of space to house the collection at the University of Alabama, details of how the collection was moved and how it was to be processed upon arrival at the University of Alabama Libraries, policies regarding cataloging of, and access to, the collection, cost estimates and financial considerations, ms. notes by Dean Pitschmann, plans for honoring Mr. Williams and his gift, information concerning the publishing of the book "From a love of history," and 2 newspapers with articles celebrating the opening of the collection at the University of Alabama Libraries.


  • 2008 - 2010

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 A.S. Williams III Americana Collection contains books, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps, prints, photographs, and other items which document American history. The collection's main emphasis is on Southern and Alabamian history, culture, and literature, with the Civil War being particularly well represented in all aspects, including Confederate imprints. Also represented is the American presidency, the African-American experience in the South, the financial history of the early United States, and various other subtopics. The collection was assembled over a period of 40 years by bibliophile A.S. Williams III, a Birmingham, Alabama insurance executive, who created the Eufaula Athenaeum to house his collection. The collection moved to the University of Alabama in 2010.


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Physical Location

These materials are stored at our A. S. Williams III library and may require up to two business days for retrieval and delivery for use in our Hoole Library reading room. Please email or call 205-348-0513 for more information.


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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266