Photograph taken of 1928 women graduates in front of Carmichael Hall.
Photograph of 1930 women graduates taken in front of Doster Hall.
Photograph of 1931 women graduates taken in front of Doster Hall.
Photograph of 1932 women graduates taken in front of Doster Hall.
Brenda McCampbell’s cheerleading certificate; a newspaper clipping featuring McCampbell; and a vintage cheerleading uniform ca. 1974
UA ROTC Honorary Cadet Uniform ca. 1934-1935 (left) and UA Crimson Girls Blazer and Blouse ca. 1968-1969 (right)
Party dress ca. 1950s (left) and a salmon dress ca. 1936 designed by Marjorie Neal Duncan (right)
Off-white silk jacket, sash, and palazzo pants ca. 1970s printed in a brightly colored poppy design.
Two-piece red knit suit worn by Judith Bonner, first woman to be named president of Alabama’s flagship university.
Judy Bonner is pictured with President Barack Obama and with members of the UA football team on the South Lawn in front of the White House in Washington D.C. after the Crimson Tide’s BCS Championship win in 2012.
A gift from Sally Edwards after Bonner was named provost. The nameplate is made of marble from Sylacauga, Alabama.
Table decoration for the President’s table during the 2012 Championship NCAAF game against the University of Notre Dame.
This gavel was presented to the first female president pro tempore of The University of Alabama Board of Trustees, Karen Brooks in 2017.
Autographed Copy of “To Kill A Mockingbird,” 40th Anniversary Edition. Signed by Nelle Harper Lee to “Josephine Davis with best wishes, Harper Lee” circa 2000.
Personal letters from Harper Lee to her Public Relations liaison, Waverly Barbe ca. 2004.
The camera of Henrietta Thompson, a faculty member of the Department of Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design in the College of Human Environmental Sciences.
Two ticket studs were found inside this brown lizard handbag from the Alabama vs. Memphis football game on November 22, 1958.
This carpet style art deco flapper bag (center right) ca. 1920s features pink, yellow, and blue interlocking enameled tiles.
NCAA Championship Pendant of the 2012 UA Softball team, presented to Judy Bonner.
Game ball signed by players and coaches of the 2012 NCAA Championship Softball team of The University of Alabama, presented to Judy Bonner.
The Crimson Tide Swimming and Diving became the first women’s program at The University of Alabama to win a Southeastern Conference Championship in 1985.
Gymnastics uniform (center), autographed 1997 Women’s Volleyball game ball (left), and 1994 commemorative Women’s basketball (right)
SEC Championship Pendant of the 2014 UA Gymnastics team (center left) and National Championship Ring of the 2012 UA Gymnastics team (center right)
Once per year, “The Angelos of Kappa Delta” book ca. 1924 (back center) was sent to all members, and it provided an update on the activities of the chapters.
The “Angelos of Kappa Delta” serves to build pride in Kappa Delta members’ accomplishments and give a voice to the sorority.
The plaque was awarded in 1904 when the Zeta Chapter of Kappa Delta was chartered at The University of Alabama.
During sorority recruitment, members would stand on the lawn in front of the Kappa Delta house and sing to potential members.
Due to hot summer weather, sorority fans are traditionally handed out to potential new members as a part of their Bid Day Goodie Bag.
Artist rendition of New Kappa Delta house Zeta chapter by Kappa Delta member Lilly Alldredge.
Green Kappa Delta jersey, commemorative cup, and button.
Pink breast cancer ribbon badge, T-shirt showcasing the five-pointed crown, which is the official symbol of Zeta Tau Alpha.
The University of Alabama Museums is currently showcasing the contributions and achievements women have made at the Capstone through “Women of the Tide: 125 Years of Women at The University of Alabama,” an exhibit held at the Gorgas House Museum on the UA campus.
The exhibit highlights numerous individuals and organizations that have left a lasting legacy at the University. Noteworthy individuals include Julia Tutwiler, who lobbied the UA Board of Trustees to admit the institution’s first female students in 1893, and Dr. Judy Bonner, UA’s first female president.
“The Women of the Tide exhibit is a fascinating collection of artifacts depicting the significance of women throughout the 125 years that they have attended The University of Alabama,” said Elizabeth McGiffert, member of the exhibit advisory committee. “This exhibit represents inclusion, progress, and hope for the future.”
The exhibit features several themes, including women in the military, sports, social activities and celebrities, among others, with each theme having a multitude of artifacts. Artifacts include the first diploma awarded to a female student, athletic memorabilia from various women’s sports and items from Bonner and Karen Brooks, the first female president pro tempore of the UA Board of Trustees.
One section of the exhibit focuses on the efforts of Autherine Lucy Foster and Vivian Malone Jones to integrate the University. Foster and Jones paved the way for acceptance and equality, and the diverse and modern campus of today.
UA’s department of clothing, textiles and interior design also provided a fashion archive for the exhibit. The pieces, some of which date back to the 1930s, spotlight fashions worn by women students over the years, including Mary Harmon Black Bryant, wife of legendary UA football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.
The exhibit is part of UA’s 125 Years of Women celebration. Throughout the year, the University will honor women on campus through awareness, education, service, and special events.
“We want the campus community to understand that this is a milestone year,” said Dr. Mary Lee Caldwell, chair of the 125 Years of Women organizing committee. “Our goal is to educate everyone about roles women played in shaping UA’s history while imaging all of the possibilities for the future.”
The exhibit will run through Sept. 28 at the Gorgas House Museum, located at 810 Capstone Drive.
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