Category Archives: Libraries

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.

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Auburn Library to host Auburn alumnus, an inventor who’s the subject of new biography ‘Genius in America’

Inventor and Auburn University alumnus C. Harry KnowlesAUBURN UNIVERSITY –Inventor and Auburn physics alumnus C. Harry Knowles will be the featured guest Thursday, March 27 at an Auburn University Libraries event marking the publication this month of his biography, “Genius in America: The Story of C. Harry Knowles, Inventor.”

At 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library, the author of “Genius in America”, Mary Ellen Hendrix, will read from the book. Knowles will discuss his career and answer questions from the audience. Immediately following the program there will be a reception and a book signing.

Knowles recently donated his personal papers and photos to the university. Some of the photos include glimpses of Auburn life from 1945 to 1951 and will be on display.

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Auburn University Libraries’ collection of Civil War artifacts expands with recent donation

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn University Libraries has added another significant historical document to its collection of materials documenting the American Civil War. Through a donation by the family of Nancy Eckert Galbreath, the Thomas Thompson Eckert diary has become a permanent part of Special Collections and Archives’ documents available to scholars studying this chapter of American history.

The Eckert diary, with entries written between Jan. 2 and Dec. 1865, offers a glimpse into a time when the United States was preparing for the end of the Civil War and the period immediately after. Eckert, at the time the general superintendent of military telegraph at the War Department with the rank of major, was a confidant of President Lincoln and Secretary of War Stanton. He participated in the failed Hampton Roads peace conference in February 1865 and was at Lincoln’s bedside when the president died on April 15, 1865.

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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.”

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Business of oyster production in Alabama topic of Discover Auburn lecture April 18

AUBURN UNIVERSITY –Aquaculture expert William Walton will discuss the business of oyster production on Alabama’s Gulf Coast Thursday, April 18, at 3 p.m. in Special Collections and Archives at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Walton’s talk is part of the Discover Auburn lecture series.

Walton is an assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture and is also a specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. He is stationed at the Auburn University Marine Extension and Research Center in Mobile and conducts research at the Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory on Dauphin Island.

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Early Auburn University catalogs digitized, show campus and academic life from 1860-1904

1871 Catalog for Agricultural and Mechanical College of AlabamaAUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Libraries has produced a digital collection of school catalogs dating from 1860-1904. It includes catalogs from the East Alabama Male College, the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama and the Alabama Polytechnic Institute – predecessors of Auburn University.

In addition to course information, the catalogs list names of faculty members and students, admissions criteria, expected costs, graduates, board members, rules of conduct and images of life on campus.

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