A Tale of Two Mobiles

Kristina Polizzi


The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library recently hosted a photograph exhibit in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the Federal Depository of the University of South Alabama’s Marx Library. Government Documents created a display featuring various types of government documents. To complement their exhibit, Kristina Polizzi and Deborah Blakey co-designed an exhibit around the use of government sponsored photographs of historic buildings in Mobile, Alabama, created by the Historic American Buildings Survey and Mobile Historic Development Commission. The exhibit focused on buildings constructed in the nineteenth century. It was housed on the third floor of the Marx Library in the McCall Library exhibit cases along the main corridor leading to the archives.

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“Picturing the Century,” National Archives and Records Administration, accessed March 26, 2018, https://www.archives.gov/exhibits/picturing_the_century/home.html.

John Sledge, “Columns and Colonnades: After an 1827 Fire Destroyed Most of Mobile’s Downtown, the City Discovered a Flair for the Greek Revival Style,” Alabama Heritage 95 (2010): 26. Literature Resource Center, EBSCOhost.

“Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey—Background and Scope,” Background and Scope—Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (Library of Congress), accessed March 23, 2018, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/hh/background.html.

“FAQs and Timesavers,” Mobile Historic Development Commission, accessed March 30, 2018, http://www.mobilehd.org/faqs.html.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5860/dttp.v46i2.6769


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