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IMPORTANT: While the majority of our manuscript and photograph collections are at least minimally described on our manuscript and photograph indexes (which can be reached by clicking on "Guide to Collections" in the above menu), this Website only provides in-depth information on select collections. We encourage our patrons to call, email, or drop by to inquire about other collections we may have. New material arrives almost daily.
Since its founding in 1978, the mission of The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library has been to identify, acquire, appraise, preserve, organize, and describe important historical material relating to the history of the Alabama Black Belt and its families, the history of Mobile and southwest Alabama and its people, and the history of the University of South Alabama, and to make these materials available to scholars; to university students, staff, faculty, and administrators; and to the general public. In addition to the Alabama Black Belt, the focus of our collections is the civil rights, cultural, economic, educational, environmental, legal, literary, military, political, and social history of the region from the early nineteenth century to the present. We also actively collect historic photographs and rare books, and we preserve incunabula and other rare volumes that have been donated to the university.

We invite you to explore our collections, policies, and fees using the menu above.

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