Authors of ‘Auburn: A Pictorial History of the Loveliest Village’ to give talk on new edition April 15

Latest edition of 'Auburn: A Pictorial History of the Loveliest Village'AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University journalism professors emeriti Jack Simms and Mickey Logue will present images from their recently published third edition of “Auburn: A Pictorial History of the Loveliest Village,” in a Discover Auburn program at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

Simms will show slides and discuss additions to the book, which chronicles the history of the city from 1836 and the university from 1856 to 2013. The presentation and a book signing by Simms and Logue afterward will take place in the library’s Special Collections and Archives Department.

The authors also will have book signings at J&M Bookstore from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 18; at the Auburn University Bookstore on May 3, prior to commencement; and at Anders Bookstore on Aug. 29, before the Auburn-Arkansas football game.

The new edition updates previous ones published in 1981 and 1996. At 458 pages and more than 800 photos, the book is 80 percent larger than the 1981 edition. Simms described the new edition as “monstrous, but full of rich Auburn history.” The book is a limited edition with 2,000 copies in print. It is on sale at local bookstores, and available through its authors.

The supplemented text and new pictures illustrate the earlier eras of town and university life. Simms described the book as a mixture of the city, community, banks, schools and Auburn University. Bringing Auburn’s history into the 21st century, the authors added a new chapter with pictures illustrating events, people and changes since 1996, including the Tigers’ 2010 National Championship in football.

In creating the book, Logue and Simms traveled around the Auburn area to hear stories from local people, searched through the university’s archives and used other local resources.

“You never knew what you were going to find when you opened up the archives at Auburn University,” Simms said. “Stuck in there somewhere was a good picture with a story.”

Simms said one of his many favorite pictures in the book is a photo of Langdon Hall. Logue and Simms had been looking for a photo of a pep rally at Langdon Hall and thought they had found what they needed. Once the negative was developed, the two men were surprised at what they discovered.

“I was actually in the photo at about 12 years old,” Simms said. “In those days when they had a pep rally a lot of the kids would go to them. I’m very easy to spot in the picture.”

The authors said surprising and interesting stories are what encourage them to continue updating and revising the book. Simms described his time developing the book as fun, and said that he hopes to publish a new edition in the future as Auburn continues to change.

“It’s an all new book to more than half the people who buy it,” Simms said. He said current Auburn University students would also enjoy the book because a lot has changed at the university since the second edition.

Allen Jones, a retired historian and former director of Auburn University Libraries, described the book as “the best history of Auburn and Auburn University with its up to date events in pictures and text.”

“If you love Auburn, you will want a copy of this book,” Jones said.

(Written by Susie Bridges.)

Contact: Jack Simms, Auburn University Journalism Professor Emeritus, (334) 887-8858,
Roy Summerford, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (summero@auburn.edu),
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)