PurposeThe purpose of the Special Collections and University Archives of the University of Mobile is to collect, preserve, organize and make available unique materials that support the teaching and research needs of the University and the community at large. This includes the preservation and promotion of collections that hold particular historical, religious and cultural significance to Mobile and the surrounding Gulf Coast region.
ResourcesThe Special Collections include the Caldwell Delaney collection of artifacts, maps, documents, prints, and monographs about the history and culture of Mobile and the extended Gulf Coast. Mr. Delaney, former director of the City of Mobile Museum, also maintained an extensive vertical file of newspaper clippings, correspondence and other materials relating to the greater Mobile area. The Delaney Collection includes material on subjects of local interest such as the Civil War, Mardi Gras, maritime history, architecture, education, politics and athletics.
The Jay Higginbotham collection includes a diverse selection of papers and personal correspondence of Jay Higginbotham, long-time archivist for the city of Mobile and author of several books, including Old Mobile: Fort Louis de la Louisiane, 1702-1711. Mr. Higginbotham was also an active member in several local organizations and was the primary facilitator in securing Mobile's sister city in Cuba. The collection spans from 1986-2009 and contains items relating to Cuba, the League of Women Voters, the Quest for Social Justice and the Mobile Area Democratic Association.
The University Archives contain photographs, maps, official documents and other materials relating to the history and development of the University.
LocationThe Special Collections and University Archives are located on the second floor of the J.L. Bedsole Library.
Contact InformationThe Special Collections and University Archives are open by appointment only during regular library hours. To make an appointment contact the library at 251-442-2243/2246 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.