What is Acumen?

What is Acumen?

Using our digital repository, ACUMEN, you
can access unique and historical items from the Hoole Special Collections Library, the
A.S. Williams Collection, and from other sources. Continually growing in content, Acumen offers
access to a broad range of special collections resources, including audio, books, finding
aids, images, manuscript materials, maps, research, sheet music, and University archives.
Our audio holdings feature oral histories, concert performances, and speeches. Including
a 1968 speech by Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy during the Emphasis program at
UA, where the theme was “America at the Crossroads.” (Robert F. Kennedy audio:) “For we speak as
citizens of the same nation, joined by a common history, heartened by common success, troubled
by common concerns.” Our books section includes University publications
such as Rammer Jammer and the Corolla, as well as rare books and pamphlets. Finding Aids are documents that describe manuscript,
photo and audiovisual collections. These aids can help you identify materials for your research.
Some include links to digitized items. The images section contains photographs from
the 19th and 20th centuries. Here you can find pictures of events on the University
of Alabama campus. Our largest image collections include botannical photos created by former
UA professor Roland Harper and images from geological studies taken by E. A. Smith, for
whom Smith Hall is named. Focusing on Southern and Alabama history,
the manuscripts section contains letters, diaries, and financial materials. These are
original, often unpublished items that document the history of events, families, individuals,
organizations and businesses. The maps section includes selected maps, such
as this hand-drawn map of the Atlanta campaign of the American Civil War, from the papers
Henry D. Lamar Clayton. The research section provides access to student
research including UA Theses and Dissertations and Undergraduate Research Projects submitted
since 2009. The sheet music section contains a rich collection
of American sheet music. This includes Confederate imprints and a wide array of music from the
Tin Pan Alley era. We hope you enjoyed this video. We’re constantly
adding unique and historical content to Acumen. What else would you like to see here? And
what other functionality should we add to this interface? Please click on the Acumen
Feedback button, at the top of the Acumen homepage, and let us know.

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