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…

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Olliff receives Troy University’s Wallace D. Malone Distinguished Faculty Award

Dr. Marty Olliff, recipient of the 2022 Wallace D. Malone Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award, receives the University's Mace from Dr. Lance Tatum.

Dr. Marty Olliff, recipient of the 2022 Wallace D. Malone Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award, receives the University's Mace from Dr. Lance Tatum.

Dr. Martin T. “Marty” Olliff, Professor of History and Director of the Wiregrass Archives at the Dothan Campus, has been awarded Troy University’s Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award.

Dr. Olliff was presented the award during the University’s annual Faculty/Staff Convocation on Friday at the Troy Campus.

The award consists of a $1,500 cash…

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It Came From the Archives: Alabama Midland Railroad created ‘The Iron Link’ for Alabama’s Wiregrass region

The first freight train through Dothan on 'The Midland' railway, an effort to relocate commerce in the Wiregrass away from Columbus, Ga.

The first freight train through Dothan on 'The Midland' railway, an effort to relocate commerce in the Wiregrass away from Columbus, Ga.

[Note: A longer version of this article appears in the June 2022 issue of Business Alabama magazine.]

by Scotty Kirkland

In the 1880s, a group of investors created the first railroad to traverse the rich farmland and timber country of the Alabama Wiregrass. Armed with financial support from one of the largest railroad tycoons of the era,…

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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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