Since its founding in 1978, the mission of The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library has been to collect and preserve recorded evidence of the history of the people of southwest Alabama and to promote its use for original research by students, faculty and the public. Our collection scope covers the history of the Alabama Black Belt and its families, the history of Mobile and southwest Alabama and its people, and the history of the University of South Alabama. Our extensive photograph and manuscript collections broadly document life in the region from the early nineteenth century to the present. We strive for broad representation of all segments of the population and actively pursue community partnerships to this end.

Our collections currently encompass approximately 740 individual accessions of varying sizes including paper-based collections spanning 4,200 linear feet, and more than 2.2 million photographic negatives. In addition, we have growing digital collections which allow us to reach beyond the walls of the institution. The McCall Library serves University of South Alabama students and faculty, the city of Mobile and environs, and researchers from around the world.

We invite you to explore our collections, policies, and fees using the navigation bar on the left. Check our News page for events and additions to the collections. Follow us on Facebook @mccalllib, Twitter @USA_McCallLib, and Instagram @mccall_usa

IMPORTANT: While the majority of our collections are described for ease of use (see "Guide to Collections"), not all of our finding aids are accessible online. We encourage patrons to call, email, or drop by for assistance with their research needs. New material arrives almost daily.

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