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The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Welcome!

The McCall Library is now open in its permanent location within the Marx Library on USA's main campus. Visitors are welcome! Please pick up a parking pass at the circulation desk to display on your vehicle.  Though not required, we encourage you to make an appointment so that staff is available to assist you. Please email mccalllib@southalabama.edu (open email inbox) or phone (251) 341-3900.

Mission Statement

Since its founding in 1978, the mission of The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library has been to identify, acquire, appraise, preserve, organize, and describe important historical material relating to the history of the Alabama Black Belt and its families, the history of Mobile and southwest Alabama and its people, and the history of the University of South Alabama, and to make these materials available to scholars; to university students, staff, faculty, and administrators; and to the general public. In addition to the Alabama Black Belt, the focus of our collections is the civil rights, cultural, economic, educational, environmental, legal, literary, military, political, and social history of the region from the early nineteenth century to the present. We also actively collect historic photographs and rare books, and we preserve incunabula and other rare volumes that have been donated to the university.

We invite you to explore our collections, policies, and fees using the navigation bar on the left. Check out our News page for recent additions to the collections.

IMPORTANT: While the majority of our collections are described on our manuscript and photograph indexes (see "Guide to Collections"), this website only provides in-depth information on select collections. We encourage patrons to call, email, or drop by to inquire about other collections we may have. New material arrives almost daily.

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