Photographs, 1901-1941.


Alabama Writers' Project. Photographs, 1901-1941.

Photographs, 1901-1941.

The function of the Alabama Writers' Project was to provide employment for journalists, free-lance writers, and college instructors. One of the activities performed by the project was to record images for use as illustrations. The series consists of photographs taken or acquired for use in AWP publications, most notably the Guide, Alabama Hunter, Fish are Fighters in Alabama, (the latter two were published by the Alabama Dept. of Conservation) and an unpublished work titled Alabama in Profile. The subjects include: agriculture, architecture, bridges and dams, education, churches, African Americans, industry, recreation, parks, and transportation. Almost all Alabama counties are represented in the photos but some communities are especially well-documented. These include: Eufaula, Montgomery, Mobile, Birmingham, Lee County, Sumter County, Baldwin County, and Monroe County. Photographs of colleges and universities are also prominent, including Alabama College (now the University of Montevallo), Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University), Florence State Teacher's College (now the University of North Alabama), Huntingdon College, Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University), and the University of Alabama. The series contains photos or sketches of such prominent Alabamians as Helen Keller, Julia Tutwiler, John Anthony Winston, Judge J. S. Williams, Pushmataha, Octavus Roy Cohen, William C. Gorgas, George Washington Carver, and Frederick D. Patterson. Also included are images of: Yoholo Micco, Tah-Chee, Sequoyah, Rosa Lee Duncan, Ralph Duncan, B. B. Ross, Annie Blair, Ola Titus, Hattie Thomas, Eugenia P. Smartt, J. C. (Doc) Hughes, Burnett Carter, and Chester Latham. Black Alabamians photographed include: Arthur McKimmon Brown, William L. Dawson, James Perry, George Harris, Plummie Rhett Tucker, Dora Green, and Jorena Pettway. Several well-known photographers recorded images for the Writers' Project, including W. Lincoln Highton, Arthur Rothstein, Marion Post Wolcott, Walker Evans, and Dorothea Lange.

2.5 cubic ft. (5 archives boxes).

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