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Browder Collection at JSU Library

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  • Amos J Wright
    ... From: History of Southern Industrialization [mailto:H-SOUTHERN-INDUSTRY@H-NET.MSU.EDU] On Behalf Of Michael Gagnon Sent: Friday, March 02, 2007 10:37 AM
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      From: History of Southern Industrialization
      [mailto:H-SOUTHERN-INDUSTRY@...] On Behalf Of Michael Gagnon
      Sent: Friday, March 02, 2007 10:37 AM
      Subject: H-Southern-Industry: New Primary Collection

      JSU Library Donation

      Jacksonville State University Eminent Scholar Glen Browder -who
      previously served as a U.S. Congressman, Alabama Secretary of State, and
      Alabama State Legislator has donated his public and private records to
      the JSU library. In this project, Jacksonville State University has
      inventoried, organized, analyzed, and made publicly available the
      Browder Collection, which consists of information, documents,
      manuscripts, and scrapbooks pertaining to the life and career of Glen

      The Browder Collection has been prepared as a resource for interested
      citizens, news journalists, and academic researchers. Over 300 boxes
      (450 linear feet) of material have been processed for housing at JSU's
      Houston Cole Library and the JSU McClellan Center in Anniston. This task
      is an ambitious undertaking, and it promises a uniquely valuable
      collection for several reasons: (a) Browder's broad combination of
      academic, political, and governmental activism at local, state, and
      national levels, (b) his realistic yet positive and effective style of
      civic service and democratic leadership, and (c) his assistance in
      compiling and structuring the material for open, objective analysis as
      well as his own approach to government, politics, and political science.

      To maintain the historical reality of the material as much as possible,
      the actual boxed files will remain for the most part in their original
      physical condition and order; however, the primary objective is to
      provide an analytic guidebook that enhances, in printed and electronic
      manner, the collection's value as an historiographic record of Browder's
      career and as useful insight into important aspects of Alabama politics
      and American democracy. Initially, we simply inventoried boxes of
      documents; now we are organizing a more comprehensive, coherent
      guidebook within a political and philosophical framework reflecting the
      nature of Browder's public service. Most of the material has already
      been reconfigured in thematic format; and various aspects of Browder's
      work are being analyzed and incorporated for easy access and usage.

      This analytic guidebook is available online at:

      For additional information, contact: JSU University Librarian Bill
      Hubbard (256-782-5248, bhubbard@...) or Glen Browder (256-782-5650,
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