Tuscaloosa County Places & Events

The  following is a listing of local newspaper clippings that were collected by Tuscaloosa County historian the late Marvin Harper (1919-2009) over a forty-plus year span. The listing is as it was assembled and placed in files by Harper. Hayse Boyd M.D., Chairman of the Board of Directors for the West Alabama Heritage Learning Center has reviewed each file and made minor rearrangements in order that the list is more user-friendly. Each document is available for review at the Learning Center.












Agriculture: speech by Lewis Harper, brother of Marvin Harper, made February 25, 1970.

Alabama Cadets at the University of Alabama: the story of the military science program at the University of Alabama that was begun in 1860 and later became the “reason” that led to the Federal raid on Tuscaloosa in April 1865.

Alabama National Register Properties: an inventory of local sites and buildings on the National Register of History Places.

Alabama Preservation Alliance: a personal letter to Marvin Harper.

Alabama in the 1830’s, As Recorded by British Travelers: a book about said subject by history Prof. Walter B. Posey of Birmingham Southern College, published in 1938.

Alabama Legislators from Tuscaloosa County: a listing of said individuals 1819-1977; the biggest man (500 pounds) on Capitol Hill—Dixon Hall Lewis.

Alabama “State of” Elections”: state governors’ returns since 1900, as of 1978.

Almanac: Almanacs for the years 1851, 1861, 1878, 1886, 1901, 1972, and 1878; an account of Thomas and Robert Maxwell’s store in Tuscaloosa, along with a history of the arrival of the first members of the Maxwell family in Tuscaloosa circa 1826.

American Preservation: a brochure about preservation; The Old House Journal January 1980, a newsletter.  

Alabama Main Street News: a publication of the Alabama Historical Commission.

American Legion Military Graves: instructions for completing registry forms.

Antiques: a news article about said subject; instructions for using Singer Manufacturing Company’s attachments.

Archeology: a news article about said subject.

Architecture / Greek Revival in Alabama: a reprint from Alabama Architect giving a textbook-like discussion of said subject.

Architecture / General: early Tuscaloosa architecture on tour April, 1970; publication of the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society newsletter; news articles; living architecture “Old and New”; “Authenticity in the Architectural Interior.”

Architecture / Greek Revival: many articles about said topic.

Architect, Ward: Tuscaloosa architectural firm doing business in a historic home.

Antique / Interior Furnishings: Meissen porcelain; drop leaf tables; spice containers; Japanese wood block prints; Spatterware and Spongeware; teacups; soda fountain collectables; Henkel’s furniture; Phoenix/consolidated glass.

Armory: Headquarters Company 31 Separate Armored Brigade and the 31st Signal Detachment, a new facility that opened in Northport in 1979 or 1980.

Art Nite: a time of music, art, food, and fellowship that is celebrated in downtown Northport on the first Thursday night of each month; FHN Newsletter November 2001 “October art nite—a true celebration.”

Artist, Alabama: local artists Richard Brough and Jimmy Lee Sudduth.

Avenue of Flags: displayed on special occasions along McFarland Boulevard in Northport.

Alabama Governors from Tuscaloosa County prior to 1930: Joshua L. Martin, elected in 1845; Henry W. Collier, elected in 1849; William W. Brandon, elected in 1922.


Bama Belle: a recreational craft used by Gulf States Paper Company that sank in 1974.

Bands: FHN Newsletter February 2005, the 5th Alabama Infantry Regiment Band.

Banjo Maker: self-taught, Randy Arnold had a shop in downtown Northport.

Banks, State: City National Bank, Tuscaloosa’s oldest bank, became First Alabama Bank in 1975.

Bells, Historic: Northport Baptist Church; Northport First United Methodist Church; St. Johns Catholic Church; First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa; First United Methodist Church Tuscaloosa; private collection of Mrs. Joseph Banks in Northport; additional news items.

Bicycling: community bike ride February 1971.

Big Medals, States: an advertisement for the fifty-state bicentennial medal collection by the Franklin Mint.

Blacksmithing: photos about “a vanishing breed.”

Boat Accident: a tragic event on the Black Warrior River aboard the Mary Francis on Sunday, June 15, 1919.

Brick Pavers at the Palmer House: the Palmer house, located at the intersection of Park Street and Lurleen Wallace Boulevard, is now (2015) the Northport Museum; the file has a list of subscribers, as of 2004.


Alabama Covered Bridges: a listing of several.

Covered Bridge: the old Naheola Bridge on the Tombigbee River between the Alabama counties of Marengo and Choctaw County.

Covered Bridge: a plan to construct a replica of the entrance to the Captain (CSA) Ben F. Eddings covered bridge at Northport. The plan was never brought to completion. In addition, the file contains multiple articles relating to the history of bridges over the Warrior River connecting Tuscaloosa and Northport.

Bridge Dedication: the printed program for the May 4, 2003, dedication of an Alabama Historical Marker at the site of the old bridge connecting Tuscaloosa and Northport. Also a picture of the old draw bridge.

Draw Bridge: pictures and stories of the March 1974 demolition of the old draw bridge in Northport.

Interstate 20/59 Bridge at Fosters: opened 1973.

Historic Bridges: a typed account of the six bridges over the Warrior River at Northport; an article regarding a span of the 1882 Northport bridge that was relocated to New Lexington; June 24, 1965, issue of Northport Graffic has pictures of North River bridge on Hagler Road collapsing when a truck was driven over it.

Hugh Thomas Bridge: the program for the December 19, 1973, dedication of the Hugh R. Thomas Bridge; numerous news articles and histories of prior bridges at Northport.

Preservation efforts to save the old Northport-Tuscaloosa draw bridge: a failed effort.

Sambo Harper Bridge: the bridge over Harper Creek on the Flatwoods Road; FHN Newsletter May 2005.

Shirley Bridge: story and pictures of the bridge over the Sipsey River at Echola.

Tuscaloosa County Bridges: news articles; FHN Newsletter August 2003 Six different bridges have spanned the Warrior from Northport; FHN Newsletter November 1998 The bridges of Tuscaloosa County.

Whitson Bridge: spans North River.


Alabama Power: an account of the railway (trolley car) system in the streets of Tuscaloosa.

Anders Hardware: a Northport business established in 1909.

Banks in Northport: First National Bank of Tuscaloosa established a branch in Northport in 1956; Citizens Bank of Northport was organized in 1978; a canceled check written to Holley Brothers on The Northport Bank dated November 8, 1943 and signed by Spencer and Evans.

Barber Shop: the building was built circa 1900.

Barnes & Norris Gin: established 1905.

Bell’s Drug Store: the store was located at the northeast corner of Main Avenue and 5th Street. The file includes the story of Dr. Charles Patton Bell (1878-1935), eminent Northport doctor and the developer of the first subdivision in Northport, Bellwood, circa 1922.

Blackmon’s Shoe Store: a Northport store established in 1947.

Blacksmithing: a short article describing the trade.

Bottom Feeders: a Northport restaurant at the corner of 5th Street and 30th Ave.

Boyd Brothers Lumber Company: a time book for the year 1947.

Business: a notation of Northport businesses contained in papers given FHN by Mike and Kaye Bigham in 1949; Bell Drug Company, June 1917; Northport Lumber Company, September 1916; Northport Drug Company, August 1914; Northport Coal Company, 1914 and 1926; Northport Furniture Company, May 1910; E. C. Hagler, MD., August 1914; Holley Brothers, July 1918; Holley and Faucett, 1940s; Albert Holman Lumber Company, 1926; Bell Auto Repair, 1948; T. H. Powell and Company, August 1916; E. J. Palmer, July 1913; Boyd-Palmer Lumber Company,1948; Barnes and Norris Gin and Warehouse Company, September 1942 and a biography of Largus Fletcher Barnes; City of Northport, September, 1943; White Mercantile Company; The Northport Bank, 1918. J. H. Anders Mercantile Company March 1914; Maxwell Tire and Oil, June 1940. NOTE: None of the papers are in this file. They may be at the Northport Museum. Also, there are several news articles of various Northport businesses in Northport in the file.

Businesses / General: news articles of several businesses in Northport, including a list of businesses in operation in the year 1871.

Businesses in Northport: a history of several buildings in downtown Northport, along with Matt Clinton’s book Historic Downtown Northport: A Genealogy; A&P opened in June 1975; Long John Silver opened in October 1975.

Businesses Before 1920: a collection of family records and receipts regarding Rice Brothers Gin and Warehouses; J. H. Anders Mercantile; E. J. Palmer blacksmith; T. H. Powell and Company; E. C. Hagler, M. D.; Northport Furniture Company; Northport Coal Company; Northport Drug Company; Northport Lumber Company; Bell Drug Company; a long article on Northport’s first neighborhood bakery opened in 1948 as Wright Bakery in the current (2015) building that is home to Sue’s Flowers; FHN Newsletter November 1999.

Camp’s Garage: 202 Main Avenue, founded in 1946 by Hubert W. Camp.

Carl C. Adams Drug Store: 430 Main Avenue, founded in 1946. Also included is a picture of Northport Officials, August 24, 1949.

Central Foundry: founded in 1901, closed 1989. News articles about Holt, Alabama and Paul Singleton, longtime general manager of Central Foundry.

Christian Store: building built in 1904, renovated in 2005.

City Cafe: the story of Trannie Barnett, operator of the cafe starting circa 1943;FHN Newsletter November 2000.

City National Bank: personal correspondence from Marvin Harper.

Coal Mining: 1897 newspaper articles about coal mining in Tuscaloosa County with mention of Miller Coal Company, Blair Coal Company, and Standard Coal Company; FHN Newsletter.

Competing cleaners on Main Street in Northport in 1949: Cole Quality Cleaners opened in 1935; Dixie Cleaners opened in 1943. Dixie was owned by Coach Adrian McKinzey, longtime TCHS coach.

Cotton Ginning & Warehousing: an oral history by Mr. B. Tannehill recorded November 10, 2006.

Cotton Ginning & Warehousing: multiple stories and articles; FHN Newsletter February 2005; boll weevils; reprint from the March 21, 1874, The Spectator; FHN Newsletter March 2004—cotton samples from the 20th century; FHN Newsletter Vol. 3, # 1, cotton ginning died out.

Curb market: FHN Newsletter March 2004.

Dairy: a news bulletin from January 30, 1925.

Dixie Cleaners: opened in mid-to-late 1920s by Howard “Dixie” Hamner, the store met its demise in 1997 as part of the revitalization effort in downtown Northport. The file also has a biography of Howard “Dixie” Hamner.

Dime Store (Northport Five and Dime): the building was built in 1850.

Drake Printers: an article from the August 15, 1976 newspaper about this Tuscaloosa business.

Dreamland Bar-B-Q: a personal letter to Marvin Harper.

Duckworth-Morris: a pamphlet about the company.

Dugan’s Shoe Store: the story about the July 2, 1989, closure of this Tuscaloosa business.

Early Northport Businesses: (1) a copy of a news article from the March 21, 1874  found in The Spectator about the Eagle Bar, including a poem; (2) an advertisement from The Spectator for Cox and Williamson, the “New Drug Store in Northport”; (3) watch repair at the R. Simpson Store; (4) picture of Christian-Faucett Store, circa 1880; (5) Dr. S. T. Hardin Drug Store.

Faucett Brothers: news article from August 24, 1949.

First Northport Filling Station/Lackey Stephens Studio and Gallery: the history of the building that housed Northport’s first filling station and now (2015) is the home of Lackey Stephens Studio and Gallery.

First Mortgage Company Incorporated: a news article from September 16, 1975.

First National Bank of Tuscaloosa: several news articles.

Gardens on Main: a Northport business.

Gillis Jewelers: a Northport business.

Globe Restaurant: an article from Tuscaloosa Magazine Winter 2004 edition.

Golden Rule Grocery: history written by Owen White and Milton Sims.

Goodrich: a news article of June 14, 1979.

Greene Cleaners: a combination dry cleaner and self-service laundry, opened in Northport in January 1949.

Grist Mills in early Northport: an article by Eloise Prewitt—(1) Hagler Mill; (2) Hargrove Mill; (3) Snow’s Mill; (4) Northport Grist Mill; (5) Barringer Mill; (6) Ward’s Mill; (7) Jones Mill.

Gulf States Paper: articles, booklets, and stories.

Harco: the story of James I. Harrison’s Central Drug Store in downtown Tuscaloosa that opened in 1941 and its growth that ultimately led to the birth of the Harco drug chain.

Hardin’s Drug Store: picture of Dr. S. T. Hardin’s drug store circa 1905 in the same building that later housed Bell’s Drug Store.

Holman Lumber: a Northport business that opened in 1916 with Albert Holman sole proprietor.

Hunt Oil Company: a news article from January 30, 1977.

Invoices from Old Northport Businesses: J. H. Anders Mercantile Co., March 26, 1914; Northport Drug Co, August 5, 1914; Northport Coal Co., October 1, 1914; E. J. Palmer, blacksmith and wood workman, July 1, 1915; T. H. Powell & Company, dealers in staple and fancy groceries, November 1, 1916; Bell Drug Company, June 1, 1917; Holley Bros. General Merchandise, June 1, 1918; Albert Holman Lumber Company March 8, 1926; Albert Holman Lumber, April 15, 1926; Maxwell Tire and Oil, June 8, 1940; Barnes & Norris Gin and Warehouse, September 18, 1943; Bell Auto Parts, March 1, 1948; W. W. White, March 1, 1948; The Blossom Shoppe, November 10, 1955; W. W. White Estate, February 28, 1956; W. W. White Estate, March 31, 1956; Bell Auto Parts, April 27, 1956; Sentell Oil Company, September 5, 1956; Holley and Quarrels, May 16, 1957; Holley and Quarles, August 22, 1957; Holley and Quarles, August  22, 1957; W. F. Mitchum, August 30, 1957. Included in this file is a very nice poem, “The Minister.”

Johnson Cabinet Shop: originally opened at the corner of Main Avenue and 20th Street in Northport by W. E. Johnson circa 1915.

Jones Grocery: located in Alberta City, the building was torn down at the end of 1975 in order to make way for a new Alabama Power substation.

Kyle Office Supply: the celebration of its 50th anniversary in May 1979.

Lackey Stephens Studio: a news article from Wednesday, January 1, 2000.

Lindsey, W. A. & Son: an advertisement in 1874 for saddles, bridles, and harness.

Maxwell Tire & Oil Co: an article from August 24, 1949.

McFarland Mall: a news article of its opening February 19, 1969.

McKinney’s Grocery: located at 3000 Columbus Road, the store opened 1934.

Miscellaneous: (1) Northport merchants agree to close stores at 12:00 noon on Thursdays; (2) display ads in the Northport Methodist Membership Directory; (3) horse and buggy history; (4) Northport’s first automobile and auto license; (5) family businesses in downtown Northport—Anders, Christian, Faucett, and Maxwell.

Nick’s: news article and picture of the old restaurant in Knoxville, eighteen miles south of Tuscaloosa.

Northington: a U. S. Army hospital from 1943-1947. Buildings destroyed 1978 to make way for University Mall.

Oak City Hotel: advertisement from March 21, 1874 The Spectator.

Old pictures sought during Northport Centennial: a news article requesting said items.

Poor House of Tuscaloosa County: opened in 1836.

Pressed Tin Ceilings in Northport: FHN Newsletter May 2005.

Pro-Built Construction: FHN Newsletter November 2002.

Pure Process Company: Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society article July 15, 1990.

Radio Stations in Northport: WNPT goes on air first time December 6, 1951.

Regions Bank (the former First Alabama Bank): news articles.

Reichold Chemical Plant: articles and photographs. NOTE: Marvin Harper was a longtime employee.

Saloons: the story of saloons in Tuscaloosa.

Stafford Hotel: opened December 1956.

Try Me Beverage: opened in 1925 in Northport next door to Patton Drug Store; FHN Newsletter August 2003.

Tuscaloosa Iron & Metals: the scrapyard of West Alabama.

Tuscaloosa News regarding businesses in Northport: (1) a play, “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean”;(2) Kennedy Bottling Works; (3) Alabama Slat and Lumber Company; (4) Northport Drug Company, opened 1903. Originally this was the location of a frame drug store built by Dr. B. F. Powell. It burned, and in 1852 it was replaced by a James Shirley brick building and was operated by Dr. Powell 1849-1883. It remained a drug store until about 1932 under ownership of first W. E. Bingham, then Dr. J. L. Williamson, and later Dr. S .T. Hardin?

Warrior Auto Parts/ Warrior Fertilizer Company/Maxwell Tire: news articles.

White Brothers General Merchandise: a picture from 1910.

Wright’s Bakery: Northport’s first bakery, opened by Walton H. Wright in the late 1940s. It was located at the current (2015) site of Sue’s Florist; it closed after one year.

Yellow Front Store: located in Tuscaloosa’s Southside area, the business closed in 1971 after forty years.

Buggies & Wagons: 1966 news article of the restoration of a buggy and Model T and Model A Ford by Wallace Jones.



Calendars: there are a number of calendars that include history and photos of Northport faces and places in the 1976 Bicentennial calendar; Tuscaloosa County Preservation Calendars of churches for 1989 and buildings for 1990; calendars of Union Furniture featuring local historical sites for 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000; WAPDC calendar for 1986.


Big Creek Cemetery: the cemetery is located on US Highway 82 in Coker, Alabama and on July 16, 1995, it celebrated its 175th anniversary (1820-1995).

Evergreen Cemetery: located at the corner of 10th Avenue and Bryant Drive in Tuscaloosa, the land was acquired by the City of Tuscaloosa from the Monnish family. The first burial occurred in 1851.

Greenwood Cemetery: located at the corner of 9th Street and 27th Avenue in Tuscaloosa; its oldest marker dates to 1821. Only one other cemetery in Tuscaloosa County, Grants Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Ralph, Alabama, has a marker that gives an earlier date.

History of Cemeteries: news article from August 5, 1979, stating there are more than 200 grave sites in Tuscaloosa County, many containing only a few graves; photographs from Greenwood Cemetery, Evergreen Cemetery, and Pine Ridge Cemetery.

Jenkins family cemetery: FHN Newsletter November 2000.

Jennings Chapel Church Cemetery: located next to the church in Flatwoods.

Old McGee Family Cemetery: located on private property near Sexton’s Bend Road.

McGuire Cemetery: located in the Samantha area. John Harris McGuire died December 31, 1843. FHN Newsletter November 2002.

Prewitt Slave Cemetery: located on the Old Fayette Road near Lake Tuscaloosa.

Robertson-Stone/Old Northport Cemetery: called the old Northport Cemetery. The file includes preservation efforts, the history of the cemetery, inventory, and survey. Genealogy information about those interred therein. Photographs; information about the individuals interred; an essay by Hayse Boyd “An old hill, an old house, an old cemetery, and an old road”; a list of burials in the cemetery complied February 5, 2009; a map showing plots of land in and around the cemetery and a copy of deed for cemetery.

Waldrop Cemetery: located off the Hagler Road near North River, a dedication ceremony was held for the long-abandoned cemetery on October 3, 2002.

Williamson Cemetery: a list of Civil War veterans buried therein, FHN Newsletter May 2004; program of Williamson Cemetery Heritage Tour—voices from the Past. FHN Newsletter, November 2001—donation from Jerry Cooper.

Windham Moore Cemetery: located twenty miles north of Northport on Highway 171, FHN Newsletter August 2005.

Census of the Inhabitants of Northport 1870: copied by James C. Adams giving the household number (a total of 137 households in Northport), the name of each family member and others living in the household, age, sex, race (white, black, mulatto), occupation, and the state in which each was born.

Census 1880: copied by Dr. J. Selwyn Hollingsworth (UA professor) giving the household number (a total of 105 households in Northport), the name of each family member and others living in the household, age, sex, race (white, black, mulatto), occupation, and the state in which each was born.

Census: a listing of the population of Tuscaloosa County 1820-2000 and the populations of Tuscaloosa and Northport 1870-2000; article by Betty Booth “Northport’s Census Counts Over the Years.” Note: Northport experienced a decline in population between 1870 and 1910.


Northport bicentennial: celebrated 1976 FHN Newsletter August 2004–1976 Bicentennial Calendar.

Bicentennial celebration of the US Constitution: celebrated 1987.

1994 Sesquicentennial (175 years): multiple news articles.

Celebrate the Century, 2000: correspondence with the City of Northport regarding said subject.

Chamber of Commerce: newsletter from 1993.


Children’s booklets, puzzles, and pictures: a collection of said items. Has good material to be given to school children who tour the facility

Children’s Hands on Museum—the story of its founding by Marvin Harper.


Churches about which Marvin Harper wrote stories: (1)

Bethel Baptist, established, January 1, 1818; (2) Flatwoods Baptist Church,

organized in 1888, constituted in 1891; (3) Jennings Chapel United Methodist,

organized in 1847 as the first Methodist Protestant church in Tuscaloosa County;

(4) Northport Baptist Church, organized in 1839; (5) Northport First United

Methodist Church—its history and its stained glass windows; (6) Porter Saint

Paul CME Church, organized in 1870.

Churches on Alabama National Register: Methodist churches so

listed in Tuscaloosa County include: (1) Hunter’s Chapel, African Methodist

Episcopal Zion; (2) Jennings Chapel UMC; (3) Northport First UMC; (4)

Tuscaloosa First UMC.

Bethel Baptist Church: located on the Watermelon Road near Lake Tuscaloosa; the church was established January 18, 1818. In 1901 the church was reorganized into the Bethel Presbyterian Church; FHN November 2002.

Big Creek Baptist Church (Coker, Alabama): established July 20, 1820.

Big Sandy Baptist Church: established 1854.

Ebenezer Baptist Church: located on the Old Jasper Road near Ebenezer Creek.

Gainesville Presbyterian Church: founded in Sumter County1837, Dr. C. A. Stillman became pastor in April 1853 and served for seventeen and a half years at which time he resigned to move to Tuscaloosa to establish Stillman College.

Hightown First Church of God: building built in Flatwoods by Jennings Chapel Methodist Church in 1891.

Jennings Chapel Church: founded in 1847; FHN article May 2007; Weekend History Notes from the Tuscaloosa News April 30, 1972; information on the Turner Hamner family.

Methodist/Protestant Church: a book, Centennial Memorial Volume Methodist Protestant Church 1928.

Northport First United Methodist Church: organized 1837; Weekend History Notes from The Tuscaloosa News May 13, 1972; FHN Newsletter August 2003; FHN Newsletter August 2005; booklet History of Northport Churches; an article by Marvin Harper “The History of Northport Methodist Church.”

Churches: a file containing information on several Northport churches including: Backbone (Mt. Bethel) Methodist Church, founded in 1859; Carthage Presbyterian Church, established 1829; First Baptist Church of Northport, organized in 1887; First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa, established 1818; First United Methodist Church of Northport, organized 1837; Flatwoods Baptist Church, organized 1888; Gilgal Baptist Church, established 1828; New Prospect Baptist Church, organized 1899; Northport Baptist Church, established 1838, FHN Newsletter May 2003, May 2004, and May 2005; Old Center Church, established ??; Porter Saint Paul CME, organized in 1870; Spring Hill AME Zion Church, organized 1900; Union Chapel Methodist Church, established 1885; West Blocton Methodist Church, organized 1883. In addition, there are other items in the files regarding early church history, including membership statistics from the 1800s; news article regarding Calvary Baptist Church. History of the First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa.



The burning of the University of Alabama: reprints from the October 28, 1896, The Tuscaloosa Times.

Confederate dead buried at Rock Island, Illinois: a thorough listing.

Civil War Grave sites: Williamson Cemetery in Northport.

Jefferson Davis: article from the December 8, 1889, issue The Montgomery Advertiser telling the account of his death and funeral.

Facts about the Civil War: the file contains multiple accounts of the invasion of Yankee soldiers in Tuscaloosa in April 1865. Also an account of Lumsden’s Battery is given.

Miscellaneous Civil War: Tuscaloosa County Plowboys, organized June 1861; Belle Boyd, Confederate spy; Matthew Clinton articles; FHN Newsletter November 2002; Tarrant’s Battery; Confederate soldiers buried in Greenwood Cemetery; FHN Newsletter May 2004; the Ben Eddins Covered Bridge Historic Military Site; list of Confederate veterans of Tuscaloosa County as they appear in a group picture in 1902; FHN Newsletter May 2001-Area’s Most Important Civil War Site Receives Nomination to Alabama Register; FHN Newsletter February 2003, Civil War Recounted by Rachel Holley; FHN Newsletter February 2003-Civil War veterans buried in Williamson Cemetery; FHN Newsletter May 2004-Confederate soldiers’ hats made in Northport; FHN Newsletter November 2002 -military uniform collection finds home at Northport Museum; FHN Newsletter November 2002 Newsletter – Protecting Our Food from Federal Civil War Troops.

DC (92nd annual convention in 1988)

Christmas Parade in Tuscaloosa 2004: FHN Newsletter February 2005.


Tuscaloosa County Citizens of Note: multiple newspaper clipping,

largely from the 1970s.

Citizen of the Year nominees: Dawson Christian, William N. Dansby, DDS., Mrs. Shelley E. Jones, Dan Kilgo, and Anthony J. Topazi for the year 1994.

Citizen of the Year: the file contains nominations and awards for multiple years; newspaper articles about many senior citizens of Northport.

Civic Hall of Fame for Tuscaloosa County: a list of yearly inductees for the years 1934-2003.

Capitol Park (the site of Alabama’s capitol 1826-1846): in 1988 the Thrift Foundation acquired Capitol Park from the University of Alabama and deeded it to the City of Tuscaloosa to be used as a public park.

Children Hands on Museum: a letter dated September 3, 2003, from Marvin Harper giving the history of the founding of the Museum.

Clara Verner Apartments: built in 1975 by the Retired Teachers Association of Alabama, a non-profit organization, to be used as a complex for retired teachers.

Chip Mill: a proposal by Donahue Pulp of Alabama, a South Korean based company to build a chip mill beside the Warrior River in downtown Northport. The proposal was rejected by city fathers.

Chamber of Commerce: Northport and greater Tuscaloosa promotional material.

Christmas Parade in Tuscaloosa 2004: FHN Newsletter February 2005.


Civic Club (Northport) 1948: a nice history of the city.

Tuscaloosa Civitan Club Directory: membership 1977.

Civitan Park Northport: letter from Judy Hayes to Scott Collins.

Clubs: Northport Lions Club; Tuscaloosa Elks Club; Northport Southern Culture Club 1947-1989; Northport Present Day Study Club; Tuscaloosa Worthwhile Study Club; Northport Elysian Club; Northport Study Club; Pilot Club of Northport 1961-1978; Northport Book Club; 1939-1940 Present Day Study Club Year Book.

Women’s Clubs: a special forty-nine page publication of The Tuscaloosa News regarding clubs in the area.

Tuscaloosa Women’s Clubs Speech: a speech about local history given in May 1992.

Civic Clubs / Buyers guide, Chamber of Commerce: a membership directory for 1967, 1968, 1970, and 1972.

Northport Civic Club, Luncheon 2000: a history of Northport that includes information about old businesses, the water system, early newspapers, schools, parks, the airport, and the Constitution and By-laws of the Northport Civic Club.

Coal Mines: reprints from old newspapers, FHN Newsletter August 2002.

Alabama Coal Resources: article about coal resources in the United States.

Collections: news articles about local collections of arrowheads, antique automobiles, buggies, insulators, stamps, objects from world travelers, helmets, wood carved map, bowie knife, coins, antique musical devices and clocks.


Abernant: a coal mining town; Rockcastle Cemetery.

Alberta City: a news article from January 21, 2001.

Bethany: Weekend History Notes from the Tuscaloosa News; Bethany’s early churches; Bethany’s early schools; the W. S. Hughes family.

Brookwood: coal mining town; the history of Brookwood High School established 1928.

Buhl: photographs; a listing of graduates of Buhl High School 1921-1930; Buhl Elementary School.

Coaling: a history of the community; picture of John Foster’s Country Store and Coaling Post Office.

Coker: 1892 photo Old Forkland School located three-quarters of a mile south

of Coker on the Romulus Road; photo of Coker Town Hall; news articles about the community.

Community: Hunter’s Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, the first black church in Tuscaloosa County, organized in 1866; the Huntsville Road; Hurricane Creek and River; Hurricane Baptist Church, organized in 1890; Keene’s Mill and Keene’s Mill Road.

Duncanville: news article.

Echola: photographs; articles on Echola School; Echola’s first post office read “Fox, Alabama”; the story of James and Elizabeth McGee Cooper; Francis Cooper; John Cooper landmark; Dunn’s Creek Baptist Church; early businesses; old churches; the Crossland murder on November 14, 1868; doctors; early families; log houses; senior citizens.

Elrod: news article giving the memories of Sonny Booth, October 22, 2007.

Holt: home to the Central Foundry, established in 1901; history of Holt Baptist Church; Holt Community reunion in 1992.

Kaulton: a planned industrial lumber town on the southwestern side of Tuscaloosa, founded in 1912.

Kellerman: a fledgling coal mining community between Bessemer and Tuscaloosa; post office established in 1902.

Lafoy: undated news articles 4-H Club; Lafoy home demonstration club.

Log Town: originally a slave camp on John Welch Prewitt’s property near Samantha; Weekend History Notes in Tuscaloosa News on February 27, 1972.

Moore’s Bridge: news story Otha “Hut” Hudson and his wife Theta Mae.

Peterson: a deed executed September 2, 1942.

Pickens County: an account of the election of John J. Lee to Alabama Legislature in 1853.

Ralph: a printed history of the community by Mrs. Ellen H. Walker.

Romulus: a history of the community summarized by Marvin Harper from a book on the subject written by Mrs. Shandry C. Dorroh in May 1988.

Springer Town: reprint of Weekend History Notes in the Tuscaloosa News. The community is between Buhl and Echola.

Vance (once known as Trion): file contains stories of early days; Dr. William Vance family; Huntsville Road; Civil War days; the first school, Lee Institute, was established 1872; Vance School, a free school; early industry; railroad; post office; doctors; cemeteries; Blue Pond; Davy Crockett; old handwritten letters.

Windham Springs: located twenty-five miles north of Tuscaloosa on Highway 69, the area has sulfur springs that were held to be of medicinal value; prior to the Civil War a sixteen-room hotel and surrounding cabins were present for guests who came to the springs.


Cotton: FHN Newsletter March 2004

Counterfeiters in West Alabama in the 19th Century: reprint from The Mountain Eagle 1889.

County Industrial Authority: newsletters from the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority July 1994 and December 1994.

Curb Market, Tuscaloosa County 1931: a history of the curb market written by Fannie Spiller; FHN Newsletter February 2004.


Declaration of Independence: a copy of the original handwritten document.

Dickens and Northport Christmas: multiple news articles and related material.

Doctors (early) of Northport: a biographical sketch of George W. Hall, M. D.; a May 27, 2004 listing of early Northport doctors done by Marvin Harper that includes the names  and a brief note about the following doctors—Dr. B. F. Powell; Dr._____Thomson; Dr. A. A. Kirk; Dr. Mayfield; Dr. ____Trim; Dr. J. E. Shirley; Dr. Hagler; Dr. C. P. Bell; Dr. S. T. Hardin; Dr. James M. Wheat; Dr. James L. Booth; Dr. _______Patton; Dr. Howard Darden; FHN Newsletter May 2001, Early Doctors in Northport; bio on Dr. James L Williamson; account of the sudden death of Dr. James Lewis Williamson; bio of Dr. James M. Wheat; FHN Newsletter August 1998—Early doctors in Northport; undated news account of a fight between J. P. Clements and Lucien Strong requiring the medical attention of Dr. Hardin.

Draft Board of Northport: a February 12, 2002 letter to Jewel Summerlin Springer; photos are mentioned but are not in the folder.


Elections in Northport: candidates for the 2004 and 2006 elections for Northport City Council and Mayor elections; FHN Newsletter August 2004 giving a history of Northport elections.

Electricity to Northport: electricity first came to Northport in 1897. The first street lights were installed in 1905; FHN Newsletter November 2003.


Farm Bureau: FHN Newsletter February 2005.

Flea Market & Trade Days: a news article.


FHN, The beginning: the history of the birth of FHN; FHN charter membership application.

FHN articles: subjects for articles; letters of correspondence; Northport students at the University of Alabama prior to 1902; Arthur Laycock; Anderson Cameron Roycroft; Northport Post Office; Big Mamma Christian; Moses Shirley; Northport historic properties; Northport Renaissance; Commemorative issue of Old Northport; the signing ceremony of Historic Shirley Place over to the City of Northport April 20, 1997; Downtown Northport, A Place of Beauty; Family Business Names in Northport; FHN Newsletter May 2007-hair cuts in Northport; FHN Newsletter August 2002—The Ice man comes today; FHN Newsletter May 2003—Northport incorporation more than once before final in 1871; FHN Newsletter August 2002, Mondays were wash days; FHN Newsletter Summer 1997—Northport Book Club founded in 1898; FHN Newsletter May 2004—Northport Fire Department established in 1964; FHN Newsletter November 2003—Northport’s first filling station; FHN Newsletter November 2005—Funeral notices found in Bible; Merchandise shipped to Northport before railroads and highways; Northport people news form 1911, 1919 newspapers; FHN Newsletter 30 years ago in Northport; FHN Newsletter May 2000 members say they enjoy newsletter; FHN Newsletter November 2001 UA Interior Design students do measured drawings at historic Northport houses; FHN Newsletter March 2006 Northport Heritage museum—a series; FHN Newsletter Neighborhood stores were popular to Northport history; FHN Newsletter February 2005, 2004 West Alabama Parade draws huge crowds; FHN Newsletter August 2005 Local history highlights from 41 years ago—1964FHN Newsletter November 2001 Swimmin’ in the creek—a southern tradition; FHN Newsletter November 2003 Corner of the room.

FHN Newsletter: a floppy disc of photos; revenue laws for Northport in 1908; Anderson house; Gabriel Clements; town clock; Rat Harper; Dempsey Williamson; John Welsh Prewitt.

FHN General: internal memos and letters regarding membership; Shirley Place; Northport Heritage Museum.

FHN Uniform Collection: the FHN Newsletter November 2002 tells of the gift of Dr. J. L. Peterson’s, a former principal of Tuscaloosa County High School, collection of American military uniforms.

Flag of the Union: reprint of Vol. 1 No. 1 of The Flag of the Union newspaper for March 30, 1846 giving the By-laws and ordinances of the City of Tuscaloosa. In addition, there are multiple floppy discs and CDs.

Floods in Northport: multiple news articles.

Furniture: 19th century furniture.


Geological Survey 1927 by Dr. Eugene A. Smith: news articles; Soil survey of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.

Gold production in Alabama: download from internet.

Ghost Stories: news articles and two books: (1) Ghosts with Southern Accents and Evidence of Extra Sensory Perception; (2) Jeffrey’s latest 13.

Grist Mills: Jones or Reuben’s Mill located at the mouth of Binion Creek on the Old Fayette Road; story of Elijah Marshall Jones; Hagler Mill; William L. Adams Mill; Jemison Mill; Snow’s Mill; Barringer Mill; Fox’s Mill; Snider’s Mill; Ward Mill; FHN Newsletter May 2003—Our Daily Bread (the Barringer Mill);


City Government / Miscellaneous Number One: Northport city government 1916-1917; Northport and Tuscaloosa newspapers 1901-1902; theaters 1901-1902; Northport city clerks; city halls in Northport 1926-1985; Northport mayors FHN newsletter May 2004; Northport city councilmen; FHN newsletter November 2004; FHN newsletter August 2003.

City Government / Miscellaneous Number Two: numerous news articles.

Fire Department: FHN Newsletter May 2004; first independent Northport Fire Department established in mid-1960s.

Housing Authority: Northport Housing Authority established in 1958.

City Ordinances: revenue laws for City of Northport in 1894, 1901, 1908, and 1975.

City Political Forum: Northport Improvement Committee 1972.

City of Northport Birthday: a celebration on February 7, 1996 of the city’s 125th birthday. Note: the area was first settled circa 1818, but official incorporation did not occur until 1871.

City of Northport Beautification: communications to city fathers from Marvin Harper regarding beautification of Northport.

City Clerks: a list of some elected city officials in Northport and appointed city planner.

City Elections: many news articles, primarily about John Quarles’ candidacy for mayor in 1972.

City Election 2000 and 2008: several news articles.

City General History: 2001 report from FHN to Northport City Council.

City Government Zoning: article from Alabama League of Municipalities entitled “Zoning for Aesthetics.”

Senators & Representatives, Alabama: Sen. Bert Bank (May 1975); Sen. John Sparkman (October 1966); Rep. Armistead Selden (1968); Gov. Forrest Hood “Fob” James, Jr.

Northport Commercial Development: revitalization of old Rice Brothers Gin and Cotton Warehouse; reclaiming Main Street and the riverfront property 2003; gin property condo proposal.

Renaissance River Project: a controversial proposal begun in the 1990s; many letters, news articles, and maps about the project.

Report to Northport Council: a failed effort to save the Old Tuscaloosa County High School building; the cotton warehouses on the riverfront along with a history of the Barnes and Norris cotton gin and warehouse; historic water tank; historic district preservation.

Town Clock: donated by Stan Pate, it was dedicated December 31, 1999.

Town Marshall: James C. McGee 1880 and J. M. Hardin 1887.

Tuscaloosa City Hall: renovated in 1989.

Street Scraping: brick pavers in downtown Northport.

West Alabama Planning: publication by West Alabama Planning and Development Council.



Heritage Learning Center: photographs of the cottage at Shirley Place; fund raising; suggested topics for programs; news article Saturday 4, 2008; committees; history of Shirley Place home.


Hilbish, W. A.: a speech delivered by said individual, a man who came to Tuscaloosa 1897, of businesses in Tuscaloosa at the end of the nineteenth century.

History Miscellaneous: a news article about Southern history; reflections by Ted Northington; kudzu; mental health; a log house in Cottondale.

History Alabama: many news articles; a poem “Alabama’s Brood”;

Alabama’s first college, La Grange College, opened January 11, 1830 in Colbert

County; Hugo Black; tobacco grown in Alabama; Alabama moves to the

Republican Party; Indian monument in Dothan; Fort Mims massacre; Historic 

Tuscaloosa, a self conducted tour. Article National Geographic” Smoke Over

Alabama,” news article “The Folsom Record.”

Historic Tuscaloosa, A Self Guided Tour: written by Matthew W. Clinton.

Scrapbook: a collection of articles about early Tuscaloosa written by Matthew W. Clinton and published in The Tuscaloosa News under the heading “Tuscaloosa Scrapbook.”

Dixie in the Making of the Nation: a news article from the September 18, 1930, issue of The Alabama Christian Advocate, a publication of the Methodist church.

Alabama Records: compiled by Pauline Jones Gandrud noting two books; (1) Alabama, An Index to the 1830 United States Census; (2) Alabama Soldiers (Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and Indian Wars); news article on Mrs. B. W. Gandrud, Tuscaloosa genealogist.

General History Northport: research data on early Northport businesses; cemeteries; churches; elected officials in Northport 1916-1917; elected officials in Tuscaloosa 1924-1925, 1938; disasters; Northport doctors; ferries across the Warrior River; newspapers; public education; Northport schools; Northport Female Academy; civic institutions; Robert Cook; Robert Loveman; a poem “Northport Town”; Chelsea Monroe Cook; Dr. Gideon Lincecum; Thomas Maxwell; Robert Neilson; various deeds; John W. Prewett; Fleetwood Rice; James Christian; George Curling; Ann M. Curling; Otis Dyer; Gwendolyn Faucett; Thomas Glays; Ben Green; John Smith; Laura Childress; James Yerby; John White; Tuscaloosa County Government 1924-1925; Tuscaloosa City Directory 1902-1903;weather 1932 and 1849.

Early Northport History by Persinger: the complete document in cursive handwriting.

The un-incorporation of Northport 1852: FHN Newsletter May 2003 by Marvin Harper gives information about the change in town boundaries of 1839 and gives reference to an Act of January 2, 1833, and the repealing of the act. Research of acts of the legislature by Hayse Boyd in 2013 did not find an 1833 act recorded. Further, there is no record on file at Northport City Hall of such act.

Historical Marker, Black Warrior Town: erected in 1973.

Powell, E. A. 55 Years in West Alabama: published in the Alabama Historical Quarterly Winter issue 1942.

History of Northport and Tuscaloosa from The Tuscaloosa Times 1881-1886: brief notes about routine life during the period.

Snow’s Letters: a collection of letters written in the 1820-1840 period. These letters served as the basis for Hayse Boyd M. D.’s book, Cotton Warehouses, Saloons, and Killings, on the history of Northport prior to the Civil War.

Weekend History Notes by M. Harper, 1971: a collection of articles about local history written by Marvin H. Harper and published in the Tuscaloosa News during the 1970s.

Dates in history: flow chart 1657-1980.


Historic District in Northport: the story of the establishment of a historic district in Northport that was accomplished in 1980.

Historical Markers: multiple letters and memos concerning the placement of historical markers in Northport.

Historic preservation: an article about on Ian Crawford, a University of Alabama student who served as Marvin Harper’s helper in the early 2000s.



History General: November 3, 1944, issue of The Birmingham News.

History, General Outside Alabama: several old newspapers in very fragile condition.

Old Homes in Greene County and other Counties: a forty-six page booklet giving photos and articles about Green County antebellum homes and churches.

History-Outside Tuscaloosa County: Clem Hicks, retired sharecropper in Clinton, Alabama; Pickens County Courthouse; Lowlands pilgrimage: Remorseless; the Casaba River.



Archaeological Dig 1987: the city block in Tuscaloosa now (2015) home to Embassy Suites Hotel.

Barrett’s Brew Pub: located in the Old Brown’s Dollar Store at the northeast corner of University Boulevard and Greensboro Avenue.

Board of Trade Report: an excellent book on Tuscaloosa’s business district during the 1900s.

Caffee, Dr. Samuel R.: an original letter in cursive penmanship by said doctor written in 1874.

City Elections in Tuscaloosa: a photo Tuscaloosa police force in 1930; Tuscaloosa election in August 1973.

Farmer’s Market: newsarticle October 1, 1974.

Finnell, Colonel Woolsey: history of early Tuscaloosa.

History of Tuscaloosa: a color booklet of the city; a booklet of historic homes and public buildings.

History on tape: this is missing.

Miscellaneous History Tuscaloosa: numerous newspapers and individual articles.

Median Removal 1977: a letter requesting the City of Tuscaloosa not to remove medians on downtown streets.

Matt Clinton’s History of Early Tuscaloosa: the entire book in non-bound form. Note: a bound book of same is in the book room here in the learning center.

Leadership Tuscaloosa: January 1992.


Miscellaneous items in The Tuscaloosa News: annual reports; house plans; Mrs. Clara Verner; office complex at Druid City Hospital; Armistice Day 1979; West End; sesquicentennial edition; University of Alabama Law School; VA Nursing Home; 50th anniversary of Tuscaloosa Jaycees; Indian Rivers Mental Health Center.

Ode to a Druid Oak: a tale told by William Stanley Hoole, University of Alabama librarian.

Tuscaloosa Heritage: a history of the town.

Tuscaloosa History by John Pearson: a history of the town told by Mayor John Pearson.

Tuscaloosa History by Sarah Marr Carson (1826-1916): a hand written note about Tuscaloosa by said individual (in 1916?).

Tuscaloosa News 1952: newly-opened Druid City Hospital.

Tuscaloosa, The Druid City: a booklet, Tuscaloosa Alabama, The Druid City, written in 1939 by H. G. Dowling.

Graphic 1964: news articles about Southern elegance; 1907 and 1962 Tuscaloosa County Court House; sample ballot April 30, 1964; the J. T. McKee party for senior citizens; other news items.

Graphic, The Young Alabamian: several copies of the newspaper The Young Alabamian.

Tuscaloosa History by A. B. McEachin: a news article in the 1880 Tuscaloosa Times by said person.

Tuscaloosa Genealogical Society 1984 newsletter: as stated.

Tuscaloosa News, History Data July 31, 1949: a very fragile newspaper for stated date.

Tuscaloosa Bayonet by Paul A. Hout: letters to said person from Marvin Harper regarding the purchase of a bayonet used in the USS Tuscaloosa CA 37.

Tuscaloosa News Special Edition, January 28, 1959: Benjamin Barnes branch of Tuscaloosa YMCA.

Tuscaloosa News/Tuscaloosa History April 21, 1969:  articles on King Cotton; the story of the University of Alabama’s struggle and triumph.

Tuscaloosa History 1819 to 1969 Tuscaloosa News 1969: multiple issues.

Tuscaloosa History in Tuscaloosa News April 24, 1969: Matthew Clinton’s history of Tuscaloosa as printed in said addition of newspaper; Verner Academy; Tuscaloosa’s first brick home was built by James Guild.

Tuscaloosa History, bibliography: a list of books written about the Tuscaloosa area.

Memoirs of John Little III: memoirs written in the 1940s by said person who was a graduate of the University of Alabama and Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Kentucky.

Randolph, Ryland, the editor of The Independent Monitor: the file contains an editorial correspondence dated January 25, 1870, by Ryland, a rabid segregationist.

Remember When, The Graphic: memories of Fred Maxwell that include: first aviation landing; steamboats; era 1905-1912; Black Warrior River; first family auto (a 1910 Cadillac touring car); the Druid city; Windham Springs; wagon travel; navy reunion; local railroads; steam boiler explosions; University bath house; the first swimming pool; early automobiles in town; grocery stores; naming of streets; weather box; local parades; early electricity; street cars; local cigar factory; carnivals; first telephone; McLester Hotel; picture from 1912 of leading town men; Stafford School first grade 1909 picture; Tuscaloosa City Hall picture 1936; Central Female College 1920; Tuscaloosa Times Gazette; photo Tuscaloosa police department 1934; photo Tuscaloosa Fire Department; class 1918 University of Alabama; photo Confederate veterans 1900; Alston Building photo1916; H. A. Snow Co. photo.

Rose Apartments: constructed circa 1915.

Southern History Foundation: this is missing

Tuscaloosa Warrior: a local newspaper March 2, 1934 issue.

William Weatherford: an Englishman born circa 1780 moved to Creek Indian territory in Alabama.

Pipe Progress, Water for Bear Country: brochure on American Ductile Iron piping.

Tuscaloosa History 1887: a book on the history of Tuscaloosa published in 1887.

Tuscaloosa History: Tuscaloosa Female College; White Elephant Saloon and other saloons. Publications of the West Alabama Planning and Development Council.


After slavery: Weekend History Note by Marvin Harper on the Frank Wilson

family and the Pole Bridge Baptist Church.

Commissioners of Road and Revenue for Tuscaloosa

County: a listing from the Tuscaloosa Times for the period 1822-1896.

Tuscaloosa County Courthouse: a portrait of Miss Totsie Jones, a

fifty-four year employee in the Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge’s office.

Forestry: an issue of The Green Tree published by Gulf States Paper


Historic Preservation in Northport: By-laws of Northport Historic

Preservation Commission; list of historic districts, landmarks, and properties in

Northport; a booklet A Plan for Historic Preservation in Northport, Alabama.

History Highlights, Tuscaloosa County: publications from the Chamber of Commerce and news stories of human interest.

History Records Tuscaloosa County: stored in attic of the courthouse.

Tuscaloosa miscellaneous history: a fatal automobile crash; Brookwood; Clements family; history of Tuscaloosa from the Alabama Encyclopedia; antebellum photos; History of Tuscaloosa County Tuscaloosa News 1989; decoration day; county store; floppy disc giving information about the curb market; a bulletin of the Antiques Book Society.

Transportation in Tuscaloosa County: a news article from 1977.

Northport Housing: a news article and picture of Fletcher Barnes, leader in housing development in Northport; FHN Newsletter November 2003—Northport Housing Authority.


Druid City Hospital: multiple news articles about said institution.

Bryce Hospital Project: photos and multiple news articles about said


History of Mental Health in Alabama: a scholarly review of said subject by Katherine Vickery, PhD. D.

Partlow: a photo of the building being razed in January 1991.

Shady Dale: a neighborhood established on the Bryce Hospital grounds in 1887 and 1888 for its employees.

Northport Hospital: acknowledgment of a book, The History of the Hospital in Northport, Alabama by Hayse Boyd M. D.; multiple news articles; FHN Newsletter November 2001.

Indians: Chief Fulton Battise of the Alabama Coushatta tribe visits Tuscaloosa

in May 1975; effort to protect historic Indian site; article from Old Tuscaloosa

County Magazine about the Indian stopover here while on Trail of Tears journey

to Oklahoma in 1834 and 1836; community play regarding Pushmataha.


Jail houses: the first Tuscaloosa County jail built in 1818 by John Baker at

a cost of $138; news articles and photos about local jails.

Jemison Property in Northport: 130 acres near the airport given to FHN in 2006 to be dedicated as a public park.



Kentuck: a history of the organization; board of directors members; budgets; Dickens; FHN Newsletter May 2002; museum; programs; letters of correspondence with City of Northport.

Kiddie College: a large collection of photographs of students (none are labeled).



Anders – Adams House: a photo but no information.

Barringer / Swink House: 2520 5th Street, Northport.

Battle – Friedman House: the Tuscaloosa house was built circa 1840;

photos; a garden commission was formed in 1843; notation of items in the

house; biography of James Edwin “Jimmy” Walker.

Bungalows of the 1920s: photos and an article.

Burnum House built in 1910: located in Tuscaloosa at 820 Queen City Avenue.

Caples House: located 815 17th Avenue in Tuscaloosa; the house was built 1838.

Century Old Landmarks in Northport, as of 1971. In 2015 some are no longer standing: Anders Hardware, 419 Main Avenue, built 1891; Barber Shop, built circa 1900;  Barringer Swink house, 2520 5th Street, built in 1850s; Beale residence 2114 13th Street, Northport; Bell-Sims-Bishop house in Bellwood, built 1920 ; Clements Home 1802 20th Avenue in Northport, built circa 1837;Findley Stone house 2320 Main Avenue Northport, built circa 1825; Flatwoods Baptist Church, 4520 70th Avenue, built in 1888; Darden Hagler house, 3916 66th Avenue, built in 1880s by William Jefferson Darden; Hall Yerby Yanaura house, 602 25th Avenue, first house built on the site in 1844; Hardin Darden house, 606 25th Avenue, built in the 1890s; Hightown Church of God, 3926 28th Avenue, built 1891; Hummers on Main, 433 Main, built circa 1895; Jobson Home 2209 5th Street Northport, built 1845; Koster Mathis House, 2414 Columbus Street, built prior to 1900; Lindsey house, 616 26th Avenue, built in 1880s; Maxwell Hamner house, 315 Main Avenue, built in 1890 by Richard Maxwell; John Maxwell house, 217 Main Avenue, built circa 1900; Maxwell Peters Home 302 Main Avenue in Northport built 1868-70; Sam Maxwell House  2315 7th Street in Northport, built in 1830s; Northport Five and Ten on Main Avenue built 1850; Northport Railroad Depot, built in 1899; Palmer House at corner of Tanyard Street and Bridge Avenue in Northport, built circa 1820; Rice Home on Main Avenue in Northport, built circa 1837; Robertson Stone Cemetery in Northport, first burial 1821; Rushing Jones house, 615 26th Avenue, built in 1910; Shepherd Bridges house, 614 25th Avenue, built in 1890s; Shirley house, 2707 5th Street, built circa 1850; Shirley Place, (George Christian Home), 512 Main Avenue in Northport built 1838; Snider House, 2303 9th Street, built in 1900; Spencer Burnett House, 3909 28th Street, built in 1886; Whitson Darden House, 1702 20th Avenue, original house built in 1830s.


Clements House: a booklet giving its history; photographs; news articles; Weekend History Notes; personal letters; dedication and acceptance of the home by The City of Northport and Friends of Historic Northport on November 10, 2002.

Chabannes / Sealy House: built in 1847 on Greensboro Avenue in Tuscaloosa on the site that the chapel of First Presbyterian Church is now located.

Collier – Boone Home: 901 21st Avenue, Tuscaloosa, built circa 1820s.

Collier / Cunningham Home: 1003 Queen City Avenue, built in 1906. Beautiful photographs are in the folder.

Dearing / Swain: memoir by John L. Cunningham of the post-Civil War “Reconstruction Period” in Alabama.

Drish Home: in the circle of 23rd Avenue and 17th Street in Tuscaloosa; news articles and photos.

Fitch / Boykin House: 3404 6th St. Tuscaloosa.

Folk Houses & Guide to Rural Houses of Alabama: a book with photos and articles of stated subject.

Foster – Kennedy House: 1824 25th Ave. Tuscaloosa.

Gilchrist Home: located in Walker County, built 1812.

Gorgas House: located on the campus of the University of Alabama.

Guild – Verner House: the oldest brick house in Tuscaloosa, located 1904 University Boulevard, was destroyed by fire in 1971.

Hamner House: built circa 1840 by Richard Hamner on Main Avenue at 4th Street.

Hanly Home: 1423 Greensboro Ave. in Tuscaloosa built 1873.

Hardin House: built 1906 at the intersection of Main Avenue and 10th Street in Northport.

Jemison – Brandon House: built in 1844 at 1007 17th Avenue Tuscaloosa.

Jemison Van-de-Graff: built 1859-1861 at 1305 Greensboro Avenue, the home of Robert Jemison.

Little / Hale: built 1841-1842, Queen City Avenue.

Log Houses: the restoration of old houses.

Martin / Ray, 4th Street: built in 1915 at 1810 4th Street Tuscaloosa.

Maxwell / Campbell House: 2212 Park Street, Northport built circa 1900.

Maxwell / Peters Home: located on Main Avenue in Northport. The original building on this site was the Globe Hotel, a structure destroyed by fire in the late 1830s. The house was built 1868 by Richard Maxwell. FHN Newsletter November 2002.

Maxwell House: 217 on Main Avenue, built 1890 by John Maxwell, home to The Parlour on Main in early 2000s.

Mosley Home: built in 1824 in Tuscaloosa at the crossroads of Hargrove Road and 10th Avenue.

Mayfield – Sutley: built in the 1820s at 610 36th Avenue near the entrance of the Tuscaloosa Country Club.

Murphy African/American Museum: collection of African American memorabilia.

Old Homes & Buildings: the relocation of the old Gainesville Bank to New

Watermelon Road; Smith Hall and the Gorgas home located on the University of

Alabama campus; Mildred Warner House; Capitol Square; Murphy-Collins

House; restoration of old houses; FHN Newspaper February 2004.


Old Tavern: news items about the old stagecoach inn built in 1827 by William Dunton; fund raising; photographs.

Old Tavern / Capitol Park Redevelopment: the comprehensive plan by which the restoration occurred.

Gifts / Loans to Old Tavern: a listing thereof.

Initial Fund Raising for Old Tavern: a listing thereof.

News Stories / Old Tavern: many articles.

Preservation Day March 6, 1966: tours of The Old Tavern, the Verner Home, the Moody Home.

Rededication of Old Tavern: October 13, 1968.

Relocation Authorization for Old Tavern: letters of communication between the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society, the City of Tuscaloosa, and the University of Alabama.

Save Old Tavern Day, July 31st 1966: a meeting in Capitol Park to support the idea.


Olmstead / Bealle Home: an account of this 1841-house at 2114 13th Street, Northport.

Ormond / Little House: news article and photo of this 1838-built house at 325 Queen City Avenue, Tuscaloosa.

Opera House: article and photo of the 1890-built building; in 1940 the building was converted into twenty-one apartments.

Owenwood: article and photos of the 1820-built home on the Old Birmingham Highway near the 2015 site of Tuscaloosa Memorial Cemetery.

Prigmore House: photo.

Searcy House: built in 1904 for the family of George Searcy, the file contains multiple news articles and photographs.

Strickland Home: built on Greensboro Avenue in Tuscaloosa in 1820, the house has been relocated to Capitol Park and is home to Capitol School.

Tierce House: build in 1897 on the Crabbe Road nine miles north of Northport.

The president’s mansion at the University of Alabama: a history and photos of the building.

Tuscaloosa Landmarks: a 1969 publication of the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society that includes – the Old Tavern, built in 1827; Christ Episcopal Church, built in 1829; St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, built in 1845; the First Presbyterian Church, organized in 1820; Westervelt-Warner Chapel; the Friedman home; Friedman Memorial Library; the Swaim home, built in 1835; Foster-Shirley-Cook home, built in 1827; the Washington Moody home; the Verner home, built in 1822; the University Club; the Little home, built 1836; the President’s Mansion, built in 1841; the Gorgas Home; Bryce Hospital; the Mildred Warner house, built in 1822. Also included are several news items.

Watson – Buford Home: located on the Old Watermelon Road near North River.

Whitley House: located in Cherokee Hills in Tuscaloosa.

Winn / Rice / Prigmore House: file contains photos and a well-research account of the house and land, along with an account of early land deals in Northport.

Landscaping Historic Properties: references regarding said topic.

Lawyers of Early Tuscaloosa County: a reproduction of an October 28, 1896 article in the Tuscaloosa Times.

Lumber, Sipsey Valley: newspaper article.


McKinley, U. S. President: reprint of news article about the attempted assignation; original copy of the Atlanta Semi-weekly Journal of September 10, 1901.


Marker, 1856: a rock marker at the site sections 15, 16, 21, and 22 intersect just north of the railroad trestle near the north bank of the Warrior River.

Masonic Lodge #252: the story of its founding in 1858.

Ma’Cilles Museum: news article of the Pickens County establishment.


Leading Routes to Tuscaloosa: too fragile to use.

Tuscaloosa Area of Alabama: good map of Tuscaloosa County in 1968; several maps given by filling stations.

Maps: excellent maps of Tuscaloosa, New Town, and Northport in 1887.

Maps and Survey 1854: of Northport.

Mental health: Bryce–Partlow news article.

Milking Cows: news article and photo.

Molasses / Syrup Making: news articles and photos.

Murders in Northport in the 19th Century: copy also scanned.



National Trust: correspondence between Marvin Harper and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington D. C.; tour schedules; building codes in historic structures; legislation; annual reports.

National Trust Preservation News: a collection of newspapers published by National Trust for Historic Preservation.

National Trust Grant: correspondence between Marvin Harper and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

National Trust Correspondence: correspondence between Marvin Harper and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Newtown: an excellent history of Newtown; newsletter of Tuscaloosa Genealogical Society for July 1993; capitol park historic district.


Birmingham News, December 3rd 1944: the newspaper is in fragile condition.

The Northporter, 1964: several issues of the Northport-produced newspaper from 1964.

Warrior Citizen: one issue of the Northport-produced newspaper from 1978.

Northport Eagle: several issues of the Northport-produced newspaper from 1995.

Northport Eagle: June 24, 1965, issue.

Northport Gazette: June 24th 1965, issue of the Northport-produced newspaper.

Northport Gazette: November 6, 1969, issue of the Northport-produced newspaper.

Northport Gazette: March 26, 1970, issue of the Northport-produced newspaper.

Northport Gazette: several issues from 1998 and 1999 of the Northport-produced newspaper.

Northport Gazette 2006: several issues of the Northport-produced newspaper.

Northport Gazette 2007: January 10, 2007 issue of the Northport-produced newspaper.

Northport Newspaper editors: (1) the Northport Spectator was published in the 1870s with H. B. Persinger publisher and William Smith, editor; (2) Northport Herald saw a brief career just after the Northport Spectator; (3) Northport Breeze 1899-1909, Reverend John T. Beale, editor.

Northport Graphic, 1964 and 1968: several issues of the Northport-produced newspaper.

Northport Herald 1911: miscellaneous information.

Northport Journal, 1951: Ralph Williams editor and Sonny Booth associate editor.

Northport / West AL Breeze, Misc. History 1899-1909: article on neighborhood news of 1916.

Northport Spectator – 1870s: notations regarding editors of local newspapers.

Old Tuscaloosa Magazine: an issue of the newspaper, date not given.

Recap of local Newspapers: Tuskaloosa Gazette October 22, 1891.

Tuscaloosa News 1969 – 1992: photographs of Northport historic buildings.

Tuscaloosa Gazette 1887: news bits of Northport news for June 23 and July 28, 1887.

Tuscaloosa News 1985: Heritage week for 1985; photo of Confederate Brigadier General George Doherty Johnston’s grave.

History—Tuscaloosa News, 1984: the July 29, 1984 issue of said newspaper.

Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa & Northport: a review of the year 1988.

Tuscaloosa News 1971: a review of the first 100 years in Northport.

Tuscaloosa News, August 24, 1949: an issue that gives the story of Northport’s growth since 1900.

Tuscaloosa News, February 2000: an issue devoted to the civil rights movement.

Tuscaloosa Times, Re-print 1896: a reprint of The Tuscaloosa Times Special Souvenir and Industrial Edition of October 28, 1896, that gives a list of city officials for Tuscaloosa from 1852-1896, county buildings, and people.

Tuscaloosa Times: notations of day to day life in Tuscaloosa 1886 and 1887.

Whipping post: a newspaper for June 1986 that gives a lot of history of Northport.



Northport Academy: an ad from the March 10, 1874, The Spectator stating tuition costs.

Northport 130 year Anniversary: an article in April 8, 2001, The Tuscaloosa News.

Northport Acts of the Legislature regarding incorporation; Northport Incorporation more than one prior to 1817.

Northport Barber Shop: article with photo from October 30, 1988 The Tuscaloosa News.

Beginning of Town: an article written in 1888 by Lucille Griffith.

Northport, Bellwood subdivision

Northport was Canebrake: article in October 10, 1971 The Tuscaloosa News. 

“Canebrake” by Clinton: long article by W. W. Clinton.

Bicentennial: news article of March 22, 1975, stating that Northport is a certified bi-centennial city.

Centennial: multiple newspapers giving the story of said event in 1971.

Chamber of Commerce: multiple articles about Northport Chamber of Commerce.

Northport City Administrator City mess: news articles regarding squabble among city fathers in 2007.

Northport City Hall: demolition of Old Northport City Hall in 2006.

City of Northport, Main Street Project: 1982 application to the Alabama Historical Commission for the Main Street in downtown Northport project.

Domino Game: one of Northport’s oldest leisure activities.

Early Businesses: reprint from May 12, 1899, issue of Tuscaloosa Times Shirley and Williamson Mercantile; Christian and Moore Mercantile.

Early Histories: the file has multiple accounts of early Northport, including one by Sue Rudd.

Early Street names: a listing of early street names; FHN Newsletter Fall 1997—Where are they now? (Street names.)

Fire Department: a photograph of Northport fire department circa 1915; news regarding growth of fire department.

Fire Destroyed Palmer Block: news article of said topic. No date is given.

Geist, History: a 1984 booklet written about early Northport history by Maggie Geist, a local teacher.

General History: a collection of several writers about Northport history.

Hagler Column, 1940s: Tuscaloosa News articles from the 1940s regarding social events in Northport written by Marie Louse Hagler.

Heartbeat—Pageant about Northport: a pageant written by Bessie Blackmon in 1972 about Northport.

Heritage Hall: FHN August 2003.

Heritage Issues, City of Northport: correspondence urging the City of Northport to be supportive of Historic Shirley Place, written in September 2000; Mission Statement of Heritage Learning Center of West Alabama.

Historic District: a description of said topic; Chamber of Commerce budgets; Williamson Cemetery regulations.

Historic Preservation: a letter to the editor by Neil Hyche, Ed. D.

History, 20th Century: a history of the last ten years of the twentieth century by Marvin Harper.


History of Northport and surrounding area: downloaded from internet by Hayse Boyd.

History by Clinton: copies of Matt Clinton’s articles on the city of Northport written May 1916.

History by Ben Green: copies of history of Northport by newspaperman Ben Green in 1949.

Nursing Homes: opening of Forest Manor Nursing Home in 1976.

History at a Glance: article about the history of Tuscaloosa and Northport that includes population and incomes statistics.

History by Northport Chamber of Commerce in 1970s: article by Northport Chamber of Commerce during the 1970s goal of potential growth.

Histories Highlights: written by Marvin Harper to be used in the 125th anniversary in February 1996.

History Miscellaneous: multiple articles regarding early Northport history; an article by Charlotte Hereford that appeared in the March 10, 1931 Tuscaloosa News that gives an account of town’s name, first settlers, four bridges, gambling, newspapers, schools, churches, and air field.

Horse Show July 1974: held July 12, 1974.

Miscellaneous History: news articles from 1974; Northport commercial buildings that include Anders hardware, Northport Barber Shop, Northport Railroad depot, The Renaissance Gallery, Northport Five and Ten; Northport’s first homecoming luncheon sponsored by FHN; a very old and tattered, but readable, cookbook of the Northport Baptist Church Women’s Missionary Union Cook Book, along with a membership directory; singing school music; memories of Main Avenue by Jane M. Ball; the old gray mules; a list of historic downtown Northport businesses; Bessie Booth, Mitt Lary; other newspaper clippings; Northport Civic Club, 1954 History Pamphlet; FHN Newsletter May 2005 Tin ceilings still found in Northport; FHN Newsletter November 1999 A history of the lot that now is home to the Northport Museum, originally a stagecoach stop; FHN Newsletter November 2003 New owners for older houses in Northport; FHN Newsletter November 2000 Northport architecture offers many examples of visual art; an article “Historic District in Northport.”

Miscellaneous History: early bridges at Northport; FHN newsletter on tourism; internal memos FHN.

Northport 1975: multiple news items from 1975.

Northport Downtown History markers: the file has a list of all the downtown business sites, the original owners, and the various businesses that have operated at those sites. The actual metal makers still stand on the sites. Christian, Shirley, Tierce, Rice, Faucett, Maxwell and other names appear. The file also gives the genealogy of town’s businesses and owners.

Miscellaneous History from Newspapers: a great number of newspaper articles.

Music boxes / machines: several articles on music box machines.

Northport in 1880s: several clips from newspapers for the period.

Northport post office: articles about said topic.

Northport Main Avenue Brick Paver Project: instituted in 1996.

Memory Lane Highway 43: FHN Newsletter May 2005 by Marvin Harper and Eloise Prewitt.

Mule Barns, Mule Capitol of Alabama: FHN Newsletter November 2002; news article and photographs; essay by Hayse Boyd “Mules and horses play an important role in Northport’s history.”FHN Newsletter November 2000- When mules and horse provided the power for growth.

Northport, Political Capital of Tuscaloosa County: FHN November 2002; an article “Historic Day-election day August 2000; political family tree spans generations—Shirley, Palmer, Faucett.

Northport Neighborhood Association: articles of incorporation for said entity in1987; multiple memos and letters; list of leaders in the movement.

Northport Playground: 1954 news article and photo regarding the former city dump next door to Northport First Baptist Church.

Northport Police Department:  news articles about said topic; FHN Newsletter Summer 1997 Northport’s first motorcycle cop.

Northport time line from Carl Adams this has been scanned in. hard copies to be made and placed here—January 27, 2017

Persinger (W. S.) History of Early Northport: This is one of the most reliable and historically accurate of all written articles on said subject.

Reminiscing 1994: a public meeting held June 10, 1994, that dealt with the topic of preserving Northport history.

Reunion 1989: Alabama Reunion is a state organization of preservation-minded individuals and organizations of which Northport is a part.

Snow of 1911: news clip of the April 25, 1911, snow. FHN Newsletter May 2005—Winter of 1940 Coldest ever in Northport

Water System: items related to said topic.

20th Century Publication: a story of the city’s life prior to 1900; the period of the 1990s; a list of elected officials, doctors, religious leaders citizen of the year; highlights of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century; legislative officials; schools.

Southern Heritage Foundation: a program from the October 1967 meeting.



Oral History: a collection of CDs containing recorded interviews with several citizens of Northport.



Arts & Humanities: internal memos of said organization.

P.A.R.A.: numerous articles regarding activities of the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority.


Cole, Houston: this educator served as principal of Tuscaloosa County High School at the time of its first graduating senior class in 1927. The file contains a biography of this amazing man’s life.

Persinger Manuscript: the complete manuscript of Northport historian

Winfield Scott Persinger’s Early History of Northport, written in 1913.

Photos of Governor Wallace and local officials: date not given.

Photos (unknown): three elderly women.


Postmasters of City of Tuscaloosa: for the years 1897-1972. City Hall Building was last used as a post office in 1970.

Post Offices in Tuscaloosa County: a list of approximately 100 post offices in Tuscaloosa and the date each postmaster assumed charge. Some antedate the Civil War.

Brownsville Post Office: a request in 1992 to remove the said post office from the Ward’s Mill area to Northport. The effort failed.

Northport Post Office: numerous articles and picture about said building.

Tuscaloosa Post Office: a news article from the October 28, 1896, Tuscaloosa Times.


The Preservationist: invitation to open house Battle-Friedman House November 2008.

Preservation Easement: donation of a historic preservation easement of the Walter Maxwell House.


Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society

TCPS: news articles; Marvin Harper’s influence upon the birth and growth of said topic.

TCPS General: letters of correspondence.

Miscellaneous TCPS: many news articles.

News articles TCPS: many news articles.

Activities with City of Tuscaloosa: requesting financial help from City of Tuscaloosa with Friedman Home.

Brochures: 1967 Pilgrimage of Homes and Gardens.

Miscellaneous: numerous news articles.

Guy W. Hubbs: author of Tuscaloosa, Portrait of an Alabama County, by noted local artist, Guy Hubbs.

Letters to and from Anne Harris: regarding the purchase of letters for the TCPS.

Preservation Benefits: solicitation for the TCPS.

Books or material ordered: as stated.

Preservation Grant Application: request for said matter.


Heritage Week Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society

Heritage Week 2008: 1885 photo and article Ezekiel Joshua Palmer in front of Josh’s Bar in Northport.

Heritage Week 1971: numerous news articles.

Newspaper Clippings Heritage Week: 1967; 1968; 1978.

Heritage Week Booklet/s: 1971; 1972; 1973; 1974.

Heritage Week 1984: news article; brochure.

Natchez Speaker 1978: Bethany Lambdin, resident of a Natchez landmark, spoke at a luncheon promoting preservation.

Heritage Week: news articles and photos from 1972, 1976, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1990.

Pilgrimage News Stories 1966: the first year of an annual heritage week.

Pilgrimage News Stories 1967: includes a photo of the Jack Warner Gardens at 11 Pinehurst.

Pilgrimage News Stories 1968: news articles for said year.

Pilgrimage News Stories 1969: news articles for said year.

Historic Districts

Preservation Report: copies of the February 1999 and the March/April newsletter Alabama Historical Commission Preservation Report.

30 Years of Preservation: a review of said topic written by Marvin Harper November 13, 1999.

The Preservationist: copies of The Preservationist, a publication of the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society for Fall 1997, February 2000, and March 2000.

Preservation Society: file contains newsletters, letters, and lists of individuals.

TCPS General: a history of the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society written by Marvin Harper in September 2008. an essay by Hayse Boyd “The Birth of the Children’s Hands On Museum (CHOM) photographs of early homes.

Preservation Articles by M. L. H. – focus 1979: numerous news articles and photographs.

Membership Roster 1972: as stated.

Loaned Items to TCPS: at the Old Tavern, the Battle-Friedman House, and the Strickland House.

Membership Drive: as stated.

Ideas for new members & renewals: as stated.

Chinese Dinner 1978: held on behalf of the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society.

Banquet: February 12, 1980.

Programs for Meetings of TCPS: for the year 1978.

Picnic: July 15, 1976.

Thank You Notes / Miscellaneous: as stated.

Member duties / assignments: as stated.

CETA employees: Tuscaloosa County Comprehensive Employment and Training Act.

Greg Free, Summer of 1976: as stated.

Judy Upton: as stated.

Donna Bennight: as stated.

Preservation Award / Tuscaloosa Federal: as stated.

Director: as stated.

Executive Committee: agendas and budget.

Executive Committee 1977-1978: agendas and budget.

Coordinator – TCPS: as stated.

Finance – Budget 1979-1980: as stated.

J. C. Faulkner: celebration of his 60th birthday.

TCPS works with Realtor 1978: as stated.

Century Club Account – 1978: as stated.

Past Horizons marketing 1978: as stated.

Century Club: as stated.

Century Club members 1978: as stated.

Century Club: as stated.

Newsletter, TCPS: many, many issues of the publication.

Publications, TCPS – Past Horizons: as stated.

Publication, Past Horizons: as stated.

Publicity: as stated.

Jeff Mansell: 1994 news article by said writer.

Realtors Conference Meeting: as stated.

Preservation / Renovators – PRG: the Jemison-Van de Graff mansion.

Speeches Regarding Preservation: as stated.

Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society: as stated.

Landmark Plate: eight inch crystal plates.

Projects, TCPS – Club Notes: as stated.

Preservation Activity in Tuscaloosa County: as stated.

Preservation Tax Benefits – Easements: as stated.

P.R.I.D.E.: several copies of Straight Talk, a drug education newsletter for the Tuscaloosa community.

Publications Re: History: as stated.


Quilting: news article.


Radio – Tuscaloosa County’s First Radio Station: news article on WJRD.


Bridge, Railroad: GM&O Bridge, built in 1896.

Railroad Bridge & Trestles over Warrior River: several articles and photos.

Heart of Dixie Railroad Club: opened October 1999; FHN Newsletter August 10, 1999.

Railroad History: the original program given by A. S. Van de Graff at the opening of the Tuscaloosa Mineral Railroad August 8, 1912; the Tuscaloosa AGS Railroad depot; FHN Newsletter May 2007 Railroad into Northport; FHN Newsletter August 1998 Train memories; FHN Newsletter February 1999 Trains, Trains, and More Trains; every time a train whistle blows, photographs of railroads; news article September 14, 1975, about railroad buff Dean Gardner.

Logging Railroads: Northport Lumber Company, logging rail line, and Fleetwood Rice.

Northport Railroad: multiple articles including an original copy of the 1902 report of the president and directors of the Mobile and West Alabama R. R. Company.

Northport Railroad Depot: multiple articles.

The Rebel: news articles about the famed locomotive from the Civil War that came to Tuscaloosa in 1962.

L & N Railroad: an article on the gasolier in the L & N railroad station in Tuscaloosa.

Tuscaloosa Belt Railway Company: a copy of a news article from the October 28, 1896 The Tuscaloosa Times.

Southern Railway Family Tree : a history of said topic.

Reference Data: reference date used by Marvin Harper in writing Weekend History Notes in The Tuscaloosa News during the 1970s.


Revolutionary War Veterans of Tuscaloosa County


Reunion: the renaming of Park Street to Martin Luther King Boulevard in 1988.

Revolution War: a listing of Revolutionary War soldiers who once lived in Alabama.


Locks & Dams on the Warrior River: news articles about said topic.

River, Warrior: towboats; burning of the bridge by Yankees; floods; maritime archeology in the Oliver pool; life of river boat pilot; industrial growth beside the Warrior River.

River’s importance regarding shipping: FHN Newsletter February 2004.

Alabama Rivers: articles about several rivers including the Tombigbee and Hurricane Creek in Tuscaloosa County.

Creeks: Snow Mill Creek, Hargrove Creek.

Parker / Findley River Project 1995: an account of the 1995 effort of Stuart Parker and Ellis Parker to establish a waterfront pub beside the Warrior River in Northport.


Byler Road: a floppy disc; a biography of John Byler; old stagecoach inn sing in the Cherokee Shores subdivision; sketched map of the area; registration on the National Register of Historic Places; many news articles.

Roads, miscellaneous: the Watermelon Road.

Jackson Trace Road: a history of Jackson’s Military Road.

Rugs, oriental & other: a news article.


SAR (Sons of the American Revolution): two Newsletters of ALSAR.

Senators, Northport: a statement by Marvin Harper regarding photos of E. A. Powell, W.G.B. Pearson, Fleetwood Rice, Rev. John T. Beale, Edward Robertson, and Earl Mitchell.


Schools about which Marvin Harper wrote: Tuscaloosa County Board of Education Financial Report 1941-1942;   1916 Tuscaloosa High School graduating class of 1916; Colonel J. L. Peterson, Principal TCHS; Research on Northport schools uncovers much grit and pride, but also some sorrow—FHN Newsletter Fall of 1997; Northport public school board guided education growth—FHN March 2006; Coach McKinzey won 87 games in 18 years.

Adopt a School Program: 1990 news letter of The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.

Schools before 1900: Alabama Central Female College in Tuscaloosa was organized in 1830.

Tuscaloosa County Board of Education: FHN Newsletter August 2005 gives the financial report of said organization for the year 1941-1942; a booklet with many photos for 1954-1955; bulletin 1940-1941 News and Views in the Elementary Schools of Tuscaloosa County..

Schools, Miscellaneous: many articles including lists of faculty members; the story of the first TCHS class (1926).

Early Public Schools: commencement program for Tuskaloosa Female College session 1888-90; photograph of building; a copy of a $20 bond issued in 1874 to mature in 1879 that earned 8% interest; news article April 2, 1920, regarding school at Buhl, Alabama..

Education in Alabama: an update in 1992.


Early public schools: Northport schools 1816-1997; news article and photo of the burning of Northport Elementary School in 1972; letters relating to school preservation; photographs from the early 1900s.

Old Northport School: photo of stated school, date not given but circa early 1900s; a listing of the student body of the Northport High School in 1925; 1947 Northport Elementary first grade girls photo; news article dated may 28, 1972 with photo of school burning down.

1st Northport Public School: FHN Newsletter February 2005; school opened in 1901 and closed in 1920. It was located on 9th street just west of Main Avenue; old school building became home to Mrs. Nancy Elizabeth Snider.

Northport Academy: articles regarding said topic; school located on Academy Hill.

Tuscaloosa High School, Class of 1916: several news articles and photos; 50th year reunion was held in 1966.

Classes of the 1920s: first class graduated 1927. The file has graduation program for 1927, along with the program for the June 1980 reunion of the 1927, 1928, 1929, and 1930 classes.

Classes of the 1930s: a tape of 1980s reunion; an article about 1932 graduate Maurine Springer; 1987 banquet honoring Woodrow (“Foots”) Clements, a 1933 TCHS graduate;

Class of 1937: a book about what happened in the lives of the 103 TCHS graduates of 1937 over the next fifty years, then sixty years; Marvin Harper was a member of this class and the file contains his “memories” of the school.

Name Cards of the 1937 TCHS Graduates: as stated.

Northport TCHS Newsletter 1935 – 1937: as stated.

Classes of the 1940s: news articles and photos of returning graduates at a 1973 reunion; a list of graduating seniors for 1940.

TCHS, Class of 1945: a listing thereof.

Classes of the 1950s: reunion of class of 1951.

Classes, year of 2000: class of 2000.

Huntington Elementary “New School”, August, 2007: news article.

Northport Junior High: news article October 1972.

Matthews Elementary: a history of said school.

Old County High School Re-development: a proposal to preserve and restore the 1926 TCHS building.


Alma Mater: FHN Newsletter August 2005; information on Miss Lenora Deason, the composer of the words and music for the TCHS Alma Mater.

Alumni News: by-laws, mission, board of directors; news letter of homecoming 1989, Charlie O. Sealy (class of 1940); publications for, November 1988, December 1991, April 1994,  September 1994, March 1995.

Football / Sports: photo first County High team graduating 1927; a history of school’s football program, starting 1927; 1997 state champions; Black Bear rivalry; coaches at TCHS; year by year history1927-1998; 1960 state basketball champions; Wildcat band celebrated its 5th birthday in 1942; the new football stadium in early 3000s; November 22, 1964 edition of Graphic with multiple photos; excellent photo of the 1931 football team with members identified.

New County High, 2000: multiple articles regarding fund raising.

Miscellaneous: a listing of academic excellence in 1992 graduates; Mrs. Clara McRimmon reminisces about 44 years in education; ground breaking for the new 22 million dollar TCHS building in 0ctober 1997; FHN Newsletter May 2001 gives history of the school; Northport Times article dated December 28, 1967, spotlighting 1967 Tuscohi beauties.

Newsletters, The Blue White: FHN Newsletter November 2004; several issues of Blue White.

Echols Middle School: a history of said topic.

Northport Elementary School: a 1979 preservation effort to save the property on which Northport Elementary School was located.

Miscellaneous Northport Schools: the 1954-1955 Report to the Public from the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education; news clippings.

Northport Elementary School: 1949 newsletter from the school.

Schools outside of Tuscaloosa & Northport

Antioch School: located in the Hulls Community of Tuscaloosa, the one-room 18 by 25 foot building was the only Tuscaloosa County school for African Americans at the turn of the 19th into the 20th century.

Bethel School: article by Foster Owen regarding the said school on the Watermelon Road.

Buhl: school was open 1921-1930; sixty-seven students graduated over the time span; one was Miss Edith Poole, a longtime teacher at TCHS.

Flatwoods: a photo and an account of the school and the Flatwoods Community.

T. F. Montgomery School (Brownsville): teacher’s annual report July 1, 1878-October 30, 1878.

Westwood Elementary (Coker): an article regarding its parking lot.

Zion School: the name of a contact person.


Tuscaloosa City Schools: report of 1973-74; FHN Newsletter February

2005; articles relating to the integration of the school system; City School

Superintendents from 1885-present.

History of schools in the city of Tuscaloosa: a news article regarding the school system in 1925, including photos of The Kaulton School, the Jemison School, the Stafford School, and a one room school building; the Tuscaloosa Female College, the Central Female College, the West End School, and the East End School.

Miscellaneous Tuscaloosa Schools: a long account of Tuscaloosa schools written in cursive penmanship by Melissa Dearing Wyman; articles regarding the use of unused schools. Photo and article about Tuskaloosa Female College.

University High School: a publication of said school giving faculty, students and curriculum for the year 1890-1891.

Sesquicentennial: article telling of a $90,000 historical pageant to celebrate the 1965 sesquicentennial in Tuscaloosa.

Shopping Malls, Wood Square: article regarding the February 1975 opening of Wood Square Shopping Mall on McFarland Boulevard.

Shelton State Community College: letters and curriculum at Shelton State Community College’s studies regarding antiques and historic preservation;

W. G. Snider, Gospel Singer: the founder of the Rainbow Quartet 1945,

he was honored at Piney Woods Baptist Church October 26, 1975.

Smoke House: an architectural drawing for the renovation of the Freeman

Smokehouse in 1996.

Social security: article written 1941.

Southern Living: Philip Morris, executive editor for Southern Living, spoke to Tuscaloosa Exchange Club May 20, 1988.

Stillman College: articles about said topic.


Speeches, Briefs & Recaps: topics of speeches include: the 125th

anniversary (1996) of town of Northport’s incorporation; locks and dam;

churches; schools; public wells; bridges; river town with lawlessness; site of

Indian battle; road toll charges; businesses; cotton; early history of the town;


Speeches by M. Harper: a speech given to a history class at TCHS on December 5, 1974, regarding transportation in Tuscaloosa County.

Speech by Tom Martin, 1996: memories of a man who grew up in Northport and lived just across Main Avenue from the Northport Baptist Church.

Speech (1997) entitled Growing Up in Northport by George Hamner: born in the Maxwell-Peter’s house, this outstanding native son delivered a speech that gives a wonderful account of life in Northport during the 20th century.

Speech by Charles Swann entitled Why We Are Here

 (1996): topics included in the town’s charter are– (1) miscellaneous offenses;

(2) ordinances; milestones in the city’s history such as incorporation; town’s first

marshal; overseer of streets and roads; river flooding and other topics.

Reminiscing by Sam Faucett: another native son tells of growing up in Northport.

Speech by Charles Owens: another native son tells of growing up in Northport.

History of Transportation in Tuscaloosa County missing


Alabama State Docks FIND HOME FOR



Tuscaloosa, 1887 the Pittsburgh of the South: a booklet by

Tuscaloosa Coal, Iron, and Land Company; an article about farm land around

Tuscaloosa, the manufacture of cotton good, manufacture of brick, the

manufacture of agricultural implements and wagons.

Tuscaloosa, 1965: news article of new construction in 1965.

Tuscaloosa Art Organization: a booklet by the Junior League regarding art education in local schools.

Tuscaloosa Antebellum History: a 250 page book regarding the history of buildings in Tuscaloosa business district, photographs, and records of land ownership from deeds in the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse. 1819 Acts of Legislature incorporating the Town of Tuscaloosa.

Tuscaloosa Antebellum History Part 2: a 250 page book regarding the history of buildings in Tuscaloosa business district, photographs, and records of land ownership from deeds in the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse.

Tuscaloosa Bar Personnel in 1926 by A. K. Callahan: as stated.

Tuscaloosa County Beautification Council: a list of members of the 1976 Board of Directors; certificate of incorporation; beautification of Northport streets; news articles; photographs of deserted houses.

Business transactions 1865-1868: Robert Maxwell and James McLester.


Tuscaloosa Board of Industries, 1876: a twenty-page booklet about the City and County composed by the leading business men of the city.

Tuscaloosa Board of Trade, 1915: forth-four page book published by said entity contains many photos and information about businesses of said year.

Businesses, Tuscaloosa: the Downtown Trading Company closes its doors in 2008 after forty years of business.

Tuscaloosa Christian Family: the story of Cora Lee “Momma” Gentry.

Tuscaloosa City Government: news article regarding new annex, historical marker.

Tuscaloosa, Early Years: facts about the city; diary of city 1818-1940.

Tuscaloosa Clubs: 1949 yearbook for Tuscaloosa County Home Demonstration Club; Boys Club of Tuscaloosa 1975; Civitan Club 1975.

Tuscaloosa County Industrial Authority: news articles from 1980.

Tuscaloosa County Courthouses: book on the dedication of the new courthouse in 1964; articles from The Tuscaloosa Times 1896; picture of old courthouse 1960; article on Newtown Courthouse.

Tuscaloosa Deaf & Blind Institute: news article and photo.

Tuscaloosa General History: chronological time line for development in the area 1813-1970; written account of the early years; poems by Mrs. Belle Patterson written 1925 and 2003; grandson of Wyatt Earp; Tuscaloosa Historical Townscape Group; recalling July 4, 1929.;”Some notes from early history of Tuscaloosa County by William H. Brantley, Esq microfilm at Samford University –minutes of Tuscaloosa County Court commissioners of Road 1818-1827 taken from Alabama Genealogical Society Magazine.

Tuscaloosa General History April 1973 to Dec. 1974: many news articles about said subject.

Tuscaloosa County Commission: news articles regarding Marvin Harper, home demolition, preservation of old structures.

Tuscaloosa Mayors: articles about said subject.

County Government: a listing of probate judges from 1850 (Note: prior to 1850,

county sheriffs served as probate judge); FHN newsletter February 2005.

Tuscaloosa County Probate Judges: a listing thereof; FHN Newsletter February 2005;.

Tuscaloosa County Sheriffs: names and photographs of said subject; history of Tuscaloosa County Jail; FHN Newsletter November 2002; undated article “area officers attend sheriff’s school.”

Tuscaloosa, Photos: Tuscaloosa County Courthouse; parade downtown.

Tuscaloosa History, Labor Day 1970: article on labor history by Roy L. Allen.

Tuscaloosa Labor Day 1969: article about Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s second fastest growing city by Paul Davis.

Tuscaloosa Labor Day 1968: article on old cemeteries of Tuscaloosa

County, by Beasey S. Hendrix, Jr.

Tuscaloosa Labor Day 1967: article about Tuscaloosa in 1900 by M.

W. Clinton.

Tuscaloosa Labor Day 1965: article about Tuscaloosa in 1896 by M. W. Clinton.

Tuscaloosa Labor Day 1964: article about Rising Virtue Lodge No. 4 of Tuscaloosa 1819-1829 by M. W. Clinton.

Tuscaloosa Labor Day 1963: article about Tuscaloosa in 1887 by M. W. Clinton.

Tuscaloosa Labor Day 1962: article about Tuscaloosa in 1884 by M. W. Clinton.

Swimming Holes / Pools: news articles regarding several swimming holes in local creeks.

Tannehill: a list of twelve people who applied for the position of park administrator.

Telephone History: Tuscaloosa telephone directory for 1941.


1932 Tornado: several news articles regarding said topic, including a New York Times article.

Tornado, November 1988: article on said topic.

Tornado, December 2000: article on said topic.

Hurricane Ivan, 2004: article on said topic.



Tours, Miscellaneous: internal memos between Preservation Society and

Tuscaloosa Visitors Bureau regarding local tours.

Tuscaloosa Brochures, Tourism, Visitors: as per stated topic.

Alabama Tours: as per stated topic.

Tourist Committee, Chamber of Commerce: local attractions.

Slide Show: a listing of local attractions that go with a slide show. The slides are not in the file but there a many slides in another drawer marked “slides.”

Tours, Chamber of Commerce: as per stated topic.

Chamber of Commerce: as per stated topic.

University Walking Tour: as per stated topic.

Tours / Pilgrimages – other cities: as per stated topic.

Brochures, local heritage: as per stated topic.

Northport Tourism: as per stated topic.

Chamber of Commerce: as per stated topic.

Self Conducted Tour of Historic Tuscaloosa: Labor Day 1966.

City of Tuscaloosa Promotional Folders: as per stated topic.

Tours of Eutaw: brochure about said topic.

Travelers Guide, U. S. – 1850: a listing of stagecoach, steam boats

and railroad routes for 1850.

Sesquicentennial – Tuscaloosa, 1969: a 58 page booklet on the event; internal memos regarding preparation for the event.

Publicity, Sesquicentennial – 1969: as per stated topic.

Early Days in Tuscaloosa by Fred Maxwell: as per stated topic.


Fox Run: news article regarding stated topic.

River Road: news article regarding stated topic.

Tuscaloosa Neighborhood Association: news article regarding

stated topic.

Pageant of Tuscaloosa, 1816 – 1916: The Pageant of Tuscaloosa

was presented in Guild Woods on May 30, 1916 as a feature of the Tuscaloosa

Sentential Celebration. The file has one booklet whose pages are in good

physical condition but the second booklet is in very fragile condition.

Tuscaloosa Papers, 1870 – 1894: notes from the July 31, 1878 The Tuscaloosa Times; The Tuscaloosa Clarions, May 17, 1881; The Tuscaloosa Times May 30, 1883; The Tuscaloosa Times March 14, 1883; The Tuscaloosa Times January 9, 1894.

Telephone Directory, 1941moved elsewhere

Tuscaloosa before the Country Club by J. Pearson: article as per title.

Tuscaloosa Early Settlers – Cochrane, Maxwell: story of these two families written by Jennie Cochrane Maxwell Richardson in 1967.

Catholicity in Tuscaloosa by Thomas Clinton: a sixteen page booklet written by said author Christmas 1922.

Tuscaloosa City Farmer Agents: news articles and photographs of Tuscaloosa County Agents B. R. Holstun, James Cooper, French Sconyers, R.C. Lett, and Albert Pitts; also a 1927 photograph of the Tuscaloosa Curb Market.

History of Phoenix House: 1994 news article of the Phoenix House, a facility for men and women recovering from alcohol or drug addiction.

Tuscaloosa Police: several news articles about said subject.


Champion Trees: Champion Red Oak tree in Dearing Place and a pistachio tree on Bryce Hospital property.

Century Old Trees: a listing of old trees as related to heritage preservation.


United Fund: loaned executives for the year 1972.

U. S. Presidents: a page from Readers Digest about Dwight D. Eisenhower.

USS Tuscaloosa:  a tank-landing ship launched September 6, 1969; the history of and photo of said topic.

University of Alabama: the story of Woods Hall 1876-1976; news articles regarding graduation ceremonies; portrait of Dr. William Stanley Hoole; Tanglewood, a farmhouse near Akron; building new law center; David Matthews biography; Museum of Natural History; alumni news; numerous other news articles; Acts of State Legislature to organize a state university.

University of Alabama History Committee: planning a records and archives system.

Crimson White, 1995: an issue devoted to Northport.

University of Alabama: a reprint of the October 28, 1896, Tuscaloosa Times regarding Yankee soldiers at the University; news articles.

University of Alabama: unpublished manuscript of the history of the University of Alabama.


Veterans of WW1: news article from The Tuscaloosa News July 2, 1967.

Volunteer for Heritage Preservation: internal memos and letters regarding said topic.

Voluntary Action Center: letters and budget figures for said topic.

Revolutionary War Veterans of Tuscaloosa County: burial sites and biographical material regarding said topic.


Wallace, Governor: numerous articles regarding said subject.

Warrior Swimming Club: articles of incorporation 1917.

Wedding Gown, Antique: modeled by Linda Loper.

Wheat, Dr. James M. (1873-1925): physician in Mount Olive Community. l

West Alabama Planning & Development Council: opened May 28, 1981.

X. Y. Z.

YMCA: news articles.