Publishers’ Bindings from the Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture

pba00051The Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture is an extensive collection of materials housed at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama.

Dr. Wade Hall, a native of Union Springs, Alabama, and a retired professor of English at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky, has given the University Libraries at the University of Alabama several extensive gifts, including books, sheet music, sound recordings, and photographs.pba00782

In selecting specific titles for inclusion in the Publishers' Bindings Online project, we have found that the Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture had much to offer in the realm of publishers' bindings. We included well over 1,000 titles from the Wade Hall Collection because of their beauty, uniqueness, condition, and because they support and represent one of the greatest strengths in the University of Alabama's contribution to the PBO project -- that being materials relating to the Southern United States.

One of Dr. Hall's objectives in collecting the works included in his collection at the University of Alabama, was to obtain at least one book autographed by all the significant Southern writers, past and present. The strengths of Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture include signed first editions written by Southern authors, as well as numerous titles that capture aspects of Southern history, culture, and literature. Users will find that many of these titles focus on the state of Kentucky, the place Dr. Hall has called home for several decades.

On learning of the PBO project and the inclusion of his materials in the collection, Dr. Hall expressed the following -- "I am delighted with the many dimensions being discovered in my collections by the faculty of the library, as well as the students, scholars and historians who are using my donations to the University of Alabama."

Biographical/Bibliographic Sketch of Dr. Wade Hall

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