Exhibition of Civil War, naval, postal and Alabama history artifacts opens at Draughon Library

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – An exhibition of historic items representing American postal, Civil War, Alabama and naval history will be on display through August in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. The pieces in the exhibition were donated to the library by John and Faye Vick of Andalusia.

“We are very proud and pleased to be making this exhibit of significant pieces from the John and Faye Vick donation available to the public,” said Dwayne Cox, head of Special Collections and Archives. “The Vick donation was literally thousands of items. It was hard choosing which ones to exhibit, but in the end we managed to narrow it down to some really fine pieces I think the public will enjoy seeing.”

The exhibition includes a collection of Confederate Marine Corps letters from Lt. Edward Crenshaw of Butler County; correspondence signed by Raphael Semmes, captain of the raider C.S.S. Alabama; and a wide variety of philately materials, including both historic and international postal stamps and marks.

The Vick donation has added to the university’s growing collection of 19th-century artifacts. John Vick, Auburn class of 1962, has had a lifelong interest in U.S. postal history, Alabama postal history and other related Alabama history, Civil War and naval history.

The exhibit is on the ground floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library and is open during all regular Special Collections and Archives Department hours. For a full detail of hours, go to http://www.lib.auburn.edu/hours/spec.

Hesper and Hector Montford, both graduate students in the archival training program in the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts, prepared the Vick Exhibit for display.

Collections such as the Vick Collection are among the types of in-kind donations received by the Auburn University Foundation on the university’s behalf. For more information about making donations of this nature, contact Auburn’s Office Development at (334) 844-7375.

(Written by Jayson Hill.)

Contact: Jayson Hill, Auburn University Libraries, (334) 844-7439 (wjh0008@auburn.edu), or
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