Tag Archives: It Came from the Archives

It Came from the Archives: 20th century Dothan socialite Pauline Burdeshaw

August 28, 2019
By Dr. Marty Olliff

Pauline (neƩ Byrd) Burdeshaw was an anomaly.

In an era when few women traveled far and most did not travel without their husbands, Polly, as she was known to her friends, made multiple trips in North America, South America, and Europe.  Staying in high-end hotels and traveling by luxury steam liners, she met the famous…

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It Came from the Archives: Photos of a Dothan neighborhood, 1958

July 11, 2019
By Dr. Marty Olliff

Archival collections sometimes tell stories beyond those on their face. Archivists talk about collections found in attics or on roadsides, and some collections have had narrow escapes from destruction.

The Bill Church Collection (record group 101) is one of those. A long-time Dothan resident, Mr. Church was chatting with a workman burning debris from a…

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It Came from the Archives: The Weems Family

June 5, 2019
By Dr. Marty Olliff

This 1941 photograph shows the first two graduates of the new 12th grade curriculum offered at Columbia High School in Columbia, Alabama, Mabel Weems (16) and Euffie Weems (18). The story of both their family and their journey to complete 12th grade is worth knowing.

The African American side of the Weems Family of Columbia,…

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