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J. C. Faulkner postcard and letter collection

Identifier: MSS-0508

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of over three hundred pieces of correspondence and various financial documents, such as contracts and receipts. The collection spans the years 1808-1968, with the majority falling between the 1820s and the 1930s. Major correspondents include members of the Chandler, Johnson, Kennedy, and Power families. There are also two letters to and from (one each) Landon C. Garland, an early president of the University of Alabama.


  • 1808-1968
  • Majority of material found within 1830 - 1920

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

John Calvin Faulkner was born in 1919 and was educated in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, public schools, where he finished high school at the age of 16. He attended the University of Alabama and served in the Navy during World War II. Upon returning to Tuscaloosa in 1946, he opened the first of his many businesses.

In 1972, Faulkner began buying up real estate, especially shopping centers, and was responsible for the renovation of several apartment complexes and shopping centers. He also played an active role in such organizations as the Tuscaloosa Preservation Society and the Boy Scouts.

Faulkner was well-travelled, visiting some 30 countries in South America, the Orient, and the Near East. He was married to Bonnie Farris Faulkner.


0.8 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Postcards and letters collected by this Tuscaloosa, Alabama, native.


gift of the Estate of J. C. Faulkner, 1981


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Kirstin Steele, 1989; updated by C. Doughty, 2009; updated by Martha Bace, 2013
Guide to the J. C. Faulkner Postcard and Letter collection
August 1989
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266