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The Special Collections and Archives Reading Room is open by to visitors from 8:15 to 4:45 Monday through Friday. Due to COVID-19 distancing requirements and limited staffing, we recommend making an appointment.

To make an appointment or consult with Special Collections and Archives staff, email or call 334-844-1732.

For in-person research requests, we recommend that patrons contact the department at least 24 hours in advance of their preferred appointment time. Please include in your appointment request a list of the materials you wish to access. If it is possible for us to digitize and provide your requested materials remotely, we will do so. To support remote access, digitized scans of materials sent via email are available in many cases free of charge.


Featured Collection

20th Century Paperbacks from the Wade Hall Collection

Cover of The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fifth Series, edited by Anthony Boucher, published by Ace Books, 1956. The cover features a color illustration of a futuristic helmet and a spaceship with missiles being loaded. 50 cents. Cover of Mosquitos by William Faulkner, published by Dell [1927?]. 25 cents.

In 2018 Special Collections received an extensive collection of more than 1,600 20 th century paperbacks from the estate of Dr. Wade Hall, an Alabama native as well as an educator, author, and avid collector of Americana. These books are excellent examples of paperback novel production, illustration, and popular entertainment during the modernist and postmodernist eras.

An exhibit of volumes from the collection is currently on display in Special Collections & Archives. Graduate Assistant Britt Henry selected and arranged works dating from the 1910s to 1950s that highlight the exciting artwork and fiction that came to be representative of "pulp" novels and revolutionized the publishing industry.

Science fiction novels the exhibit.

Questions? Contact us at or 334-844-1732.

Last updated: 10/01/2020