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Echola School papers

Identifier: MSS-0470

Scope and Contents

The collection contains photocopied registers of W.M. White, township superintendent of free public schools in Township 19 Range 12W (Echola, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama). The registers document the attendance of students in the Echola Schools between 1896 and 1905. There is also a photocopy of an essay written by Mrs. Julie White Matthews, entitled “The Growth of Echola Schools” that describes the funding for public schools, the development of roads and buses, and life at the schools.


  • 1883-1976


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.

Biographical / Historical

The Echola School was established in 1883 in Echola, Alabama, on land donated by Sarah E. Mayfield and Nancy White. James White, superintendent of free public schools in Township 19-R-12W (part of Tuscaloosa County, although there is no information exactly where this land was situated). In 1921, community members pledged and donated money to match state funding to construct a five-room building on land donated by Oscar Pearson and Henry McFerrin.

Echola School was closed at the end of the 1949-1950 academic year. The building was bought by the community from the state for $500 for use as a community building.


0.4 Linear Feet (photocopies)

Language of Materials



Photocopies of attendance and tuition records, as well as a short history of the school written by one of its teachers.




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S. Braden, 2009; updated by Martha Bace, 2013


Guide to the Echola School papers
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