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Emmett Bryan Carmichael collection

Identifier: MSS-0278

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of about 300 letters sent to Emmett Carmichael by "renowned Americans." The letters are primarily from prominent physicians and university administrators from Alabama. The letters are bound together.


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Biographical / Historical

Emmett Bryan Carmichael, son of George Frank and Amelia Grant (Tingle) Carmichael, was born on 4 September 1895, in Shelbyville, Missouri. He received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Colorado. He married Lelah Marie Van Hook.

A biochemist by profession, he received his doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati. Following service as an ordinance officer in World War I, Carmichael came to the University of Alabama in 1927 and served as head of the Department of Physiological Chemistry. In 1945 he moved to Birmingham, Alabama, with the Medical College of Alabama and was named the first chairman of the Department of Biochemistry. He later served as Assistant Dean for both the Medical College of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. Carmichael was editor of the Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science and the Alabama Journal of Medical Science. He received the William Crawford Gorgas Award from the Alabama Medical Association in 1966. Dr. Carmichael was also instrumental in founding the Alabama Academy of Honor and the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Carmichael died November 1985, in Birmingham.


0.08 Linear Feet (1 item, approximately 300 pieces)

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Approximately 300 letters sent to Emmett Carmichael by "renowned Americans," primarily from prominent physicians and university administrators from Alabama.


Purchased from Cather & Brown Books, 1989


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S. Braden, 2009; updated by Martha Bace, 2012
Guide to the Emmett Bryan Carmichael collection
January 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266