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It Came from the Archives: A.A. Wiley and the founding of Troy University

In this edition of his column, Dr. Marty Olliff delves into the history of one of the men who helped TROY come into existence.

In this edition of his column, Dr. Marty Olliff delves into the history of one of the men who helped TROY come into existence.

Feb. 26, 2021, marks the 134th anniversary of Troy University’s original predecessor, the State Normal School at Troy.  This didn’t happen with a simple petition, as Troy’s former president Edward Shackelford notes in his 1937 history, The First Fifty Years of the State Teachers College at Troy, Alabama, but with lobbying committees and an enabling…

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Wiregrass Archives looking to preserve social history of COVID-19

Dr. Marty Olliff serves as director of the Wiregrass Archives, located in Everett Hall at the Dothan Campus.

Dr. Marty Olliff serves as director of the Wiregrass Archives, located in Everett Hall at the Dothan Campus.

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is a global historical event that continues to play out and affect our lives.

While news reports focus on the wide-scale issues caused by the pandemic, Troy University’s Wiregrass Archives is looking to the public for help preserving the day-to-day history of this ongoing crisis and its effects on everyday life.

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It Came from the Archives: The Alabama Bicentennial and You

Dr. Marty Olliff's monthly column turns its attention to Alabama's upcoming bicentennial and how current residents can preserve their history.

Dr. Marty Olliff's monthly column turns its attention to Alabama's upcoming bicentennial and how current residents can preserve their history.

Alabama will celebrate the bicentennial of its admission to the Union on Dec. 14, 2019. Such anniversary celebrations often lead to an uptick in interest in history.

This happened at the national level in 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, with many states funding historians to travel to colonial archives to copy…

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