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It Came from the Archives: Private Hardy F. Scarborough, 1832-1864

Dr. Marty Olliff looks through the Wiregrass Archives to tell the story of a Civil War veteran.

Dr. Marty Olliff looks through the Wiregrass Archives to tell the story of a Civil War veteran.

The Wiregrass Archives has only one collection directly relating to the U.S. Civil War – the Jerrie Watson Bass Collection, record group 18, donated in 2003.

Ms. Bass was one of her extended family historians.  In addition to allowing us to scan photographs of her male relatives who served in World War 1, World War…

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It Came from the Archives: The tale of World War 2 newspaper ‘The Dixie’

Dr. Marty Olliff's monthly column examines a World War 2-era military newspaper that can be found in the Wiregrass Archives at TROY's Dothan Campus.

Dr. Marty Olliff's monthly column examines a World War 2-era military newspaper that can be found in the Wiregrass Archives at TROY's Dothan Campus.

In 2015, the Wiregrass Archives received a collection of newspapers published by the 31st “Dixie” Infantry Division beginning with issue 1, dated Jan. 10, 1941, and ending with issue 46, dated Nov. 24, 1941.  Only issue 35 is missing.

A search of library and archival catalogs reveals no other holding of this camp newspaper.

The…

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It Came from the Archives: Henry County’s ‘unusually complete’ history

Dr. Marty Olliff looks at the extensive documents in the Henry County Records at the Wiregrass Archives, located at TROY's Dothan Campus.

Dr. Marty Olliff looks at the extensive documents in the Henry County Records at the Wiregrass Archives, located at TROY's Dothan Campus.

Every genealogist, and everyone who has ever talked with a genealogist, knows the importance of probate records to family history work.  In 19th century Alabama, the probate judge was the most powerful official in the lives of common citizens, and county probate offices hold an array of important records that tell us about our ancestors…

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It Came from the Archives: ‘The biggest parade ever staged in Dothan’

Dr. Marty Olliff's monthly dig through the Wiregrass Archives focuses on a major parade held in Dothan during the Great Depression.

Dr. Marty Olliff's monthly dig through the Wiregrass Archives focuses on a major parade held in Dothan during the Great Depression.

The Great Depression had ravaged the United States for years when Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated president on March 4, 1933. His New Deal resulted in passage of 16 landmark bills in the first ever “Hundred Days” that ended on June 16.

On that 100th day, Congress passed the National Industrial Recovery Act, one…

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