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Eugene Allen Smith Glass Negatives

Identifier: 2007-005

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of seven hundred and sixty-five glass plate negatives and thirty-two nitrate negatives of numerous Alabama Geological survey trips, various scenes of the University of Alabama campus, Central Iron & Coal Company at Holt, Alabama, mining sites of Central Iron & Coal Company, and Eugene Allen Smith at home with his family.


  • 1861 - 1932


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

Eugene Allen Smith was an Alabama State Geologist for fifty-four years, from 1873 through 1913. He surveyed and explored the assets of Alabama. He was a pioneer in discovering, mapping, and publicizing the rich mineral deposits in Alabama. Eugene Allen Smith was born in 1841 in Washington, Alabama. He received his degree in 1862 from the University of Alabama and his Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Dr. Smith was a professor of Chemistry and Mineralogy at the University of Alabama, from 1871 through 1913. He became president of the American Geological Society in 1913. Dr. Smith was an author of over 100 publications, including a monumental study on the Cretaceous and Tertiary formations of the Gulf Coast. He was the first to realize the historical value of Moundville and focused public interest on the ancient Indian burial grounds, which now attract thousands of visitors annually. After federal troops burned the University of Alabama during the civil war, the original museum was destroyed, and the specimens were burned or scattered. With Dr. Smith's help new Museum of Natural History, as it stands today, was erected, and he brought back from his surveys hundreds of thousands of minerals and other specimens.


8.5416 Linear Feet (21 containers)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of glass plate negatives depicting Eugene Allen Smith's geological survey trips; various scenes from the University of Alabama campus, building the Smith Hall, Central Iron & Coal in Holt, Alabama, and mining sites, museum artifacts, maps, pages from books, and his family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by the Museum of Natural History at the University of Alabama.

Processing Information

Processed by Marina Klarić, 2008.
Guide to Eugene Allen Smith Glass Plate Negatives
Finding aid created by Marina Klarić, September 2011; updated by Marina Klarić, May 2022.
September 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266