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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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Popular ‘It Came from the Archives’ post becomes TROY’s newest podcast

Wiregrass Archives Director Dr. Marty Olliff is featured on TROY's newest podcast.

Wiregrass Archives Director Dr. Marty Olliff is featured on TROY's newest podcast.

TROY Public Radio’s latest podcast features the history, culture and people of Alabama’s Wiregrass Region.

“It Came from the Archives,” a popular feature on the Troy.Today blog made its podcast debut in June with its first episode, “Troy University’s Origin Story” featuring Wiregrass Archives Director Dr. Marty Olliff and hosted by Greg Phillips and centering on A.A….

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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: Bookmobiles provide books to rural folks

Wayne Love, Director of the George S. Houston Memorial Library, ca. 1982, Doug Snellgrove Photographs, RG 099, Wiregrass Archives
 

Sometimes, an item buried in a collection is all a researcher needs to launch a tale.  A pair of ca. 1982 photos of the Houston Memorial Library bookmobile are responsible for today’s post.

Doug Snellgrove Photographs, RG 099, Wiregrass Archives

Bookmobiles are 20th century ways for city-based libraries to serve rural patrons.  Bookmobiles harken back to 1902,…

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