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Art History Collection
The Art History Collection contains images contributed by the Department of Art and Art History to support and enhance the curriculum. This collection is available to UAB faculty and students and requires a valid BlazerID and password.
Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences Exhibits
When there is an opportunity to enhance exhibitions in the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences with material images from the Reynolds-Finely Historical Library, the UAB Archives, and their own collection, it is taken! Enjoy these panel series that feature collection items from UAB Historical Collections.
Birmingham Medical College Collection
The Birmingham Medical College Collection highlights Birmingham's first medical school, which operated between 1894 and 1915. This school provides an interesting glimpse of early medical education in the South. Items from the UAB Archives include photographs, diplomas, correspondence and printed material such as programs, invitations and matriculation cards.
Civil War Items from UAB Libraries
This collection on the American Civil War includes material held by the Mervyn H. Sterne Library, the Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences, or the UAB Archives. Items found in this collection include surgical instruments and medical equipment, diaries, photographs, correspondence, digitized books and other original material.
Dr. Lawrence Reynolds WWI Photographs
In 1917 Dr. Lawrence Reynolds (1889-1961), an Alabama native, sailed from New York for France to begin work as a radiologist at an American-supported hospital in Paris. The photographs in this collection document his tenure in the American Military Hospital No. 1, the hospital's staff and patients, and the hospital's annex in the Village of Juilly. Additionally, the images document the trenches along the front, shell-damaged villages, military officials and soldiers, tourist sites in Paris and the French countryside, and various friends and associates photographed in leisure activities. Upon his discharge in 1919, Dr. Reynolds returned to the US. The Reynolds photographs are housed in the UAB Archives.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) repository at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Beginning Fall semester 2006 UAB implemented a policy encouraging students to submit theses and dissertations electronically. All theses and dissertations submitted to UAB beginning Spring semester 2007 are submitted electronically. ETDs are published through a joint effort of the Graduate School and the UAB libraries.

Ethnographic Films
Since 1999, UAB students enrolled in the Ethnographic Filmmaking course have made documentary films about communities and issues in the Birmingham area. Students work collaboratively to research a community or subculture, conduct qualitative interviews of community members, film significant activities and events that reveal the shared culture of the group, and edit their footage to create a documentary account of their community.

Florence Nightingale Collection
The Florence Nightingale collection consists of 50 personal letters, dated 1853 to 1893, covering military and civil hospitals, nursing, sanitary affairs in India, and various charitable contributions. The letters were acquired by Dr. Lawrence Reynolds in February of 1951. An original photograph of Florence Nightingale was donated by the Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and the University of Alabama School of Nursing in honor of Dr. Marie O'Koren.
Instruments, Equipment and Devices
Dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these catalogs feature a variety of instruments, tools, and supplies that were available to medical practitioners during this time period. Each catalog contains black and white drawings of the equipment being sold, alongside descriptions and prices. Some also contain photos or color drawings, and testimonials or instructions in using the equipment and performing new procedures are sometimes included. The catalogs are housed at the Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, and some of the objects can be found in the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences.
Marcel Proust
Beginning with the 1988 conference Marcel Proust at UAB, the Mervyn H. Sterne Library began aggressively collecting works by and about Marcel Proust and currently has the third best collection of Proust material in the United States.

Many of the rare works were a gift from Birmingham native and Proust scholar, Professor William Stewart Bell. Professor Bell was in Paris after World War II and was able to purchase many of the unique works he later donated to Sterne Library. In addition to the works contributed by Professor Bell, UAB has acquired several letters written by Proust. The Proust letters are housed in the UAB Archives.
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
The Reynolds-Finley Historical Library holds seven medieval and Renaissance manuscripts dating from the mid-14th through the 16th centuries. These works are mostly medical and scientific tracts, including ones by leading thinkers of the period such as Arnold of Villanova, Petrus Peregrinus, and al-Razi (Rhazes).
Mr. Mervyn Hayden Sterne Collection
Mr. Mervyn Hayden Sterne, 1892-1973, was a local businessman and philanthropist. On October 23, 1974, the new University College Library at the University of Alabama at Birmingham was dedicated in memory of Mervyn Hayden Sterne. The Sterne collection, which contains many of Mr. Sterne's personal items including awards, degrees, letters and photographs, is housed in the UAB Archives.
Oral History Collection

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Oral History Collection contains interviews on Alabama political and civic leaders, civil rights in Alabama, ethnic history of Alabama, folk history of Alabama, labor history of Alabama, history of Alabama women, historic Alabama communities, Alabama refugee experiences, and history of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Pellagra in Alabama
In the U.S. the nutritional deficiency disease, pellagra, which became epidemic in the South, had its beginning and end in Alabama, being first recognized in epidemic proportions by Alabama physician Dr. George H. Searcy in 1906, and ending with Dr. Tom D. Spies' nutritional treatment clinic in Birmingham, which operated from 1937 to 1960. In 1914, Dr. Carl A. Grote, Walker County public health officer, was the first to conduct field work to determine the etiology of the disease in an actual community setting, prior to and independent of Dr. Joseph Goldberger who is righty credited for discovering the nature of pellagra but who at Grote's writing had only studied the disease in controlled environments. This collection chronicles Alabama's valiant campaign against pellagra.
StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

In January of 2011, members of the StoryCorps staff parked their Airstream mobile recording studio outside of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama to record the stories of local residents. This is a collection of edited versions of those interviews. To listen to any of the complete interviews, please contact the Mervyn H. Sterne Library, Digital Collections staff at 205-934-6347. For more information about StoryCorps, please visit on the web:
UAB Course Videos
UAB Course Videos Collection contains video materials that are available for learning and teaching on campus. The collection includes locally licensed streamed videos, online course lectures from UAB departments, and other general webinars of interest to the campus community.
UAB Electrical and Computer Engineering Collection
The Electrical and Computer Engineering (E&CE) collection includes scholarly materials contributed by the ECE department in the form of Technical Reports. These contributions involve faculty, collaborators, and students from diverse fields related to electrical and computer engineering.
UAB Faculty Works
Scholarship submitted by U.A.B. Faculty.
UAB Historical Collection
This collection contains miscellaneous items from the three components of the Historical Collections unit of UAB Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences: Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences, Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, and the UAB Archives.
UAB Portrait Collection
An ongoing project to photograph and document the portraits in UAB buildings. Check back for updates.
UAB Publications
A collection of publications by and for the UAB community.
William C. Carter Collection
This collection of material was donated to UAB by Dr. William C. Carter, a Distinguished Professor at UAB. The Carter Collection is housed in the UAB Archives.

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