About the Alabama Room

The Alabama Room at The University of West Alabama houses the library’s special collections and archives. Several collections make up the Alabama Room holdings, including the Alabama Collection.

Mrs. Mary Brock, the University Librarian during the 1930s and 1940s, started the collection when the University was known as the State Teachers College at Livingston. The library was then housed in Bibb Graves Hall.

The core of the Alabama Collection included the titles which Miss Julia Tutwiler had donated to the Alabama Normal College at Livingston during the years she served as president of the school. Over the years the Alabama Room has grown to include rare books, manuscripts, and archives. Please see our Collection Policy for a full scope of the collection.

Visiting the Alabama Room

Visitors to the Alabama Room are asked to read and sign a policy form once each fiscal year. On each visit visitors are requested to sign in on the log book. Please view our collection usage policy.


Access to the Alabama Room archival and special collections is available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

General circulating books, reference books, and microfilm can be accessed during the library’s normal hours of operation. Please see Library Hours.

Depending on staffing and the school calendar the Alabama Room may be closed during certain times. Please contact the Library at (205) 652-3613 for more information.

Due to limited staffing in the Alabama Room please call ahead so we can ensure a staff member will be available to assist you in your research.


The Alabama Room is located on the second floor of the Julia Tutwiler Library on The University of West Alabama campus. The University of West Alabama is located on Highway 11 in Livingston, AL, approximately 116 miles southwest of Birmingham, 130 miles west of Montgomery, and 37 miles east of Meridian, Mississippi. Livingston is accessible from Interstate 20/59, US Highway 11, and US Highway 28.


You can view our Collection Development and Use Policies here.

Alabama Room Finding Aids

The Alabama Room contains multiple special collections. Items in these collection range from personal documents to artifacts.

To view items contained in each collection, please select a collection of interest from the menu below.

Print versions of the finding aids are available or may be searched by entering a term in the Google TM   Custom Search box below.

Finding Aids in Alphabetical Order
Allison Lumber Company Collection
Ann Harwell Gay Collection
Anne True Honeycutt Collection
Arrington Collection
Augustus Mechling Collection
Burleson Scrapbook
Burr Letters Collection
Catalog of Pupils for Alabama Normal College for Girls 1893-94
Delta Kappa Gamma
Derby Family Papers Collection
Eltie Haynie Collection
Frances Roberts Collection
Frank Inge Derby Scrapbook
Genealogy Resources
Geneva Mercer Collection
Guiseppe Moretti Collection
Historical Images
James Pate Survey of Black Churches in Sumter County Alabama 1980-1981
John Titcomb Sprague Collection
Julia Tutwiler Collection
Livingston Book Club
Local History Resources
Martha Moon Fluker Local and State History Collection
Materials Concerning Sumter County
Miscellaneous Publications
Primrose Club Collection
Ralph Hammond Collection
Ruby Pickens Tartt Collection
Stallworth/Scaggs Collection
Sumter County Historical Society Collection
Sumter County History Collection
Susalee Smith Collection
University Collection of Photographs
University Records
York Presbyterian Church
Zion Baptist Church Collection

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Alabama Room Archives & Special Collections
The University of West Alabama
Julia Tutwiler Library
Station 12
Livingston, AL 35470

Telephone:  205.652.3626

E-mail: slimerick@uwa.edu

Alternate contact numbers:
205.652.3613 – Main library reference desk
Fax: 205.652.5530