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In addition to the Overbey negatives, which document numerous aspects of Mobile and the surrounding area, our collections also include:
- An extensive set of negatives related to World War II (ca. 25,000 items);
- Circa 10,000 negatives from the S. Blake McNeely collection, which documents many events and places in and around Mobile from the 1930s and 1940s;
- The Mobile Press Register collection, which dates from 1970 to 1975 and consists of approximately 60,000 negatives taken by newspaper photographers for inclusion in the local paper;
- The Julius E. Marx collection, images taken by a local realtor who donated 10,000 negatives taken between 1927 and 1985 showing the exteriors of houses and businesses;
- The Azalea City News Collection, which contains 100,000 negatives showing local people and events in the 1980s that were produced by photographers for this local alternative newspaper;
- The History Museum of Mobile collection depicts life during the 1950s;
- The Alabama Department of Transportation collection, which shows construction of both the Bankhead and Wallace tunnels;
- The Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company (ADDSCO) collection, which is made up ca. 30,000 negatives taken from the 1930s to the 1950s that show ship construction and repair, employees and events, ship launchings, and bond rallies;
- More than 150,000 portraits.
Of course, our most prized collection is that of Doy Leale McCall, which consists of approximately 1,000,000 documents from about 8 different families and spans the years between 1757 and about 1965 with the bulk of the documents falling between the years of 1820 and 1965. You can read about the collection here. Our other manuscript collections include:
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