Olliff receives Troy University Libraries’ Book Token Award

Dr. Marty Olliff receives the Troy University Libraries' Book Token Award from Dean of Libraries Dr. Chris Shaffer during a ceremony on Tuesday.

Dr. Marty Olliff receives the Troy University Libraries' Book Token Award from Dean of Libraries Dr. Chris Shaffer during a ceremony on Tuesday.

Dr. Marty Olliff, Professor of History and Director of the Wiregrass Archives, has been honored with Troy University’s Book Token Award for the support he has demonstrated for the University’s libraries.

Presented during a ceremony on Tuesday at the Troy Campus Library, the award recognizes faculty who provide service to and support of Troy University Libraries. The award has been presented periodically in the past but was reinstated as an annual award in 2014.

“I was thrilled because not only is Marty a colleague, he is also a really good friend. We’ve known each other for about 20 years now,” said Dr. Chris Shaffer, Dean of the Troy University Libraries. “I hope that this award and Marty’s example encourages other faculty to show support for the library. In general, I think it allows for everyone – faculty, staff and students – to be reminded that the library is here and it is here to serve them.”

Dr. Olliff earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Auburn University in 1976 and went on to earn a master’s degree in European history from Auburn in 1979. He received his Ph.D. in American History from Auburn in 1998, where his dissertation was titled “From Craft to Profession: The American Culinary Federation and the Organizational Identity of Twentieth-Century Chefs.”

Dr. Olliff became Director of the Wiregrass Archives at Troy University’s Dothan Campus in 2002 and became an Associate Professor in 2005. Prior to joining the TROY faculty, he served as Assistant Archivist for Electronic Media at Auburn University.

In 2008, the University of Alabama Press published his edited volume, “The Great War in the Heart of Dixie: Alabama in World War I” and, in 2017, also published his “Getting Out of the Mud: Alabama’s Good Roads Movement and Highway Administration, 1898-1928.”

In 2022, Dr. Olliff received the University’s Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award.

Dr. Olliff has served on the governing board of the Alabama Historical Commission, the Alabama Governor’s Mansion Commission, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, Dothan Landmarks Foundation, and the Wiregrass Museum of Art; and as president or chairman of the Alabama Historical Association, Historic Chattahoochee Commission, Alabama Association of Historians, and the Society of Alabama Archivists. He also served on the editorial board of The Alabama Review: A Quarterly Journal of Alabama History and is currently on the editorial board of Provenance: Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists.

Dr. Olliff is a regular contributor to TROY Today, the University’s blog, with his popular “It Came from the Archives” series, which is now also available as a podcast.

Dr. Olliff said he was honored to be associated with past recipients of the award.

“I’m both flattered and thrilled,” Dr. Olliff said. “I know many of the other recipients of this award so I am in august company. Everyone who has received this award before me has more than earned it and is more than worthy of it, so I feel very gratified to the committee to fit into that group.”