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Alston Fitts Letters and Photograph

Identifier: MSS-0520

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters from this Tuscaloosa, Alabama, physician to his wife and children during World War I. The letters are addressed from various U.S. cities and military installations and from France. It also includes a photograph of Fitts.


  • 1917 - 1919


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Biographical / Historical

Alston Fitts, son of James H. and Mary E. Fitts, was born on 10 March 1867 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was a graduate of the University of Alabama (A.B., 1886; LL.B, 1887) and Columbia College, New York (M.D., 1895). He married Mary Shiras on 30 October 1901 and they had three children: (1) James Harris; (2) Mary Shiras; and (3) Alston II. Although he was 50 at the out break of World War I, Fitts volunteered for the Army Medical Corps, and served overseas.

He died 29 May 1950, in Tuscaloosa.


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Language of Materials



Letters from this Tuscaloosa, Alabama, physician to his wife and children before and after he was shipped to France during World War I, as well as a photograph of Fitts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Bennet, 1999


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Processing Information

updated by John McIlwain, 2007; updated by March Bace, 2013
Guide to Alston Fitts Letters and Photograph
November 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266