State institutions files, 1942-1946.


State institutions files, 1942-1946.

The Governor is the chief executive of the state whose function is to administer the laws of the state. One of the activities used to accomplish this function is the administering of executive decisions and actions. This series consists of correspondence, reports, telegrams, agendas, newspaper clippings, and various publications regarding colleges, universities, reform schools, state hospitals, and other institutions funded by the state of Alabama. Most of the routine correspondence was handled by George Bliss Jones, Governor Chauncey Sparks' secretary. The majority of the files provide information on the colleges and universities in the state. In addition to the two largest institutions, the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and Alabama Polytechnic Institute in Auburn, the state maintained Alabama College in Montevallo; A ? Tuskegee Institute; and the State Teacher Colleges at Florence, Jacksonville, Livingston, Montgomery, and Troy. Events of special note include the establishment of a four-year medical school in Birmingham. The files contain correspondence, reports, and minutes of the Building Commission for the Four-Year Medical School. A statement from the Alabama Educational Survey Commission challenging the timing for building and funding the new school is contained in the records. These files also document the development of a veterinary program at Tuskegee Institute. Governor Sparks' interest in the growth of agricultural programs in the state is reflected in the Tuskegee files and those of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. The state also established an Engineering, Science, and Management Defense Training (ESMDT) Program for Negroes in conjunction with the Alabama Polytechnic Institute and the University of Alabama. The Governor's records also reveal Sparks' role in reinstituting the Auburn-Alabama football rivalry that had been dormant since 1907. This series also contains reports and correspondence on the Alabama Insane Hospitals. In addition to correspondence with W.D. Partlow, superintendent of the entire system, there is correspondence from patients at the hospitals and family members of patients. There is also information on the Alabama Citizens' Committee to Serve in the Interest of the State Hospitals and Public Health, including correspondence from the organization's secretary, Hopson Owen Murfee. Alabama's mental health facilities suffered greatly during World War II due to a shortage in personnel to staff the hospitals. Other state institutions documented in this series include the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, Alabama Boys Industrial School at East Lake, the Alabama Reform School for Negro Boys at Meigs, the Alabama School of Trades at Gadsden, the Alabama Vocational School for Girls at Birmingham, and the Alabama Training School for Girls at East Lake.

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Alabama School of Trades (corporateBody)

Alabama Vocational School for Girls. (corporateBody)

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Bryce Hospital (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) (corporateBody)

Corinne (Corine) Peteet was born in Livingston, Sumter County, Alabama in November 1866. She attended the Livingston Female Academy from 1879 through 1884 . She married Benjamin F. Eborn on 21 March 1885 from her parents’ home in Livingston, Alabama. The couple lived in the Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama area and had four daughters: Edith C. (1887–); Mary L. (1890–); Estelle (1893–); and Lela M. (1894–). Benjamin, born in 1859, died on 20 December 1945. From the guide to the E...

Alabama College (corporateBody)

A. W. Vaughan, Head, Department of English, Alabama College. Gordon McCloskey, Professor, Department of Economics. From the description of Letters, 1938-1943, to Lewis Mumford. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155877669 ...

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Jones, George Bliss. (person)