Online Collection Guides and Inventories

Online Collection Guides and Inventories

Troy University Collection

West College Street, Troy, Alabama

Record Group 01 (Currently Processing)

Record Group 1 documents the history of Troy University from its establishment as a State Normal School in 1887 to its present status as a university serving undergraduate and graduate students worldwide. This extensive collection is chronologically organized by decade and then by functional grouping.

Community/Regional Collection

Pike County, Alabama, Courthouse

Record Group 02 (Currently Processing)

Record Group 2 documents the history of individuals and public/private organizations that have resided, or have been established, within the immediate geographical area surrounding Troy, Alabama. This collection is organized into 3 main groups: General Records, Church Records, and Public/Private Organizations.

University Leadership

Image of Campus Building

Dr. Charles Bunyan Smith Collection (Unprocessed)

This collection documents the administrative and philanthropic activities of former Troy State College President, Dr. Charles Bunyan Smith. Privacy issues or institutional concerns may limit access to some materials.  Record grouping is undetermined.

Dr. Ralph W. Adams Collection (Unprocessed)

This extensive collection documents the administrative and philanthropic activities of former Troy University President, Dr. Ralph W. Adams. Materials are organized as received from administrative staff to preserve original context. Privacy issues or institutional concerns may limit access to some materials. Record grouping is undetermined.

Faculty & Staff Collections

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Woody Ishmael Collection (Unprocessed)

Woody Ishmael was a a renowned artist and illustrator and instructed many classes at  Troy University in his role as resident artist in the 1970s and 1980s. This collection includes examples of his work and other documents related to his tenure at Troy University. Record grouping is undetermined.

Regional Interest Collections

View of Montgomery, Alabama

The Donnell Mercantile Collection (Unprocessed)

The H.T. Donnell Family operated a mercantile store in Daleville, Alabama, for several decades during the early 20th century. This collection includes numerous ledgers, order books, and receipts, recording the family's business transactions in Alabama while operating the store from the early 1900s until the 1940s. These documents include lists of community members and their store accounts, receipts for wholesale cotton purchases, letters of business correspondence, and numerous billing notices from wholesale suppliers. Many items in this collection are in poor condition and they are extremely fragile. In such case, the use of a digital surrogate will be employed for researcher access. Record grouping is undetermined.

Mark I. Pinsky: Drifting Into Darkness  (Unprocessed)

Journalist and author Mark Pinsky's book, Drifting Into Darkness,  was the result of a highly-detailed investigation into a high-profile double-murder case which occurred in an upscale Montgomery, Alabama community on Thanksgiving weekend in 2004. This collection documents his extensive research efforts and the inner workings of the criminal justice system in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Pinsky was a guest speaker at Troy University Library in October, 2022. Some portions of this collection have restricted accessibility per request of the donor. Record grouping is undetermined.

Vertical Files

In addition to collections designated with an institutional record group, TUASC also maintains a vertical file of tangible paper records documenting significant contributions or accomplishments by faculty, staff, alumni, or distinguished guests. For further information, please contact the University Archivist.

Digital Holdings

Although TUASC does not currently maintain an online database of digital holdings, our digital holdings are significant and growing rapidly. Analog materials, such as VHS recordings of graduation and award ceremonies, are currently being digitized. Many of these recordings are now available for student and faculty research. In addition, TUASC maintains a large quantity of digital images representing historical events pertaining to the University. For more information on these and other TUASC digital files, please contact the University Archivist.