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Hugo F. Biedermann papers

 Collection — Box: 5041
Identifier: MSS-0155

Scope and Contents note

The collection includes copies of patents granted Biedermann, as well as contracts and some scattered miscellaneous papers. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs of projects worked on by Skinner and Biedermann, including the Anniston Army Depot and many buildings on the University of Alabama campus, such as the engineering building, Lloyd Hall, Denny Chimes, Denny Stadium, Doster Hall, Graves Hall, and others, as well as several houses in Tuscaloosa.

Dates

  • circa 1940s

Conditions Governing Access

None

Biographical/Historical note

Before coming to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Hugo F. Bidermann worked in the lumber industry in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He came to Tuscaloosa to build a sawmill for the Kaul Lumber Company. Largely self-educated, he subsequently operated a handle company and, for a time, was a silent partner with S. W. Skinner, general contractor, before forming the partnership of Skinner and Biedermann, General Contractors, in the late 1930s. According to information found in the papers, the two entered into a partnership contract in 1934 for the building of an addition to the Tuscaloosa Senior High School, and later they were partners with James M. Waddell, which arrangement was dissolved in 1945. The Biedermann-Skinner partnership ended with Skinner’s death in 1964.

Extent

0.4 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The collection includes copies of patents granted Biedermann, as well as contracts and some scattered miscellaneous papers. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs of projects worked on by the firm of Skinner and Biedermann, including the Anniston Army Depot and many buildings on the University of Alabama campus, including the Engineering building, Lloyd Hall, Denny Chimes, Denny Stadium, Doster Hall, Graves Hall, and others.

Provenance

Gift of Laura Jane B. Smith, 1997

General

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Processed by

Unknown; updated by Andrew Harris, 2012
Title
Guide to the Hugo F. Biedermann papers
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
May 2009
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