Auburn Community Contributes to Encyclopedia of Alabama's Content

Seventeen authors from the Auburn community of faculty, staff, and students were among those who wrote articles for the online Encyclopedia of Alabama (EOA) during the past year. Their topics cover a broad range of subjects including Alabama foodways, Confederados, a gospel singer, a professional football player, and harbor tugs named for Alabama cities. EOA currently offers more than 1,500 entries on Alabama’s history, culture, geography, and natural environment; new content is added each month. The free online resource, which is a project of University Outreach, celebrated its fifth anniversary in September 2013.

List of recent EOA authors from Auburn University:


Jonathan W. Bolton, College of Liberal Arts
John Stallworth: a Tuscaloosa native who had a 14-year NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers that earned him four Super Bowl rings.

Cyrus B. Dawsey, College of Science and Mathematics
The Confederados: people from the U.S. Confederate states, including 37 families from Alabama, who resettled in São Paulo, Brazil immediately after the Civil War.

John Jahera, Jr., Raymond J. Harbert College of Business
BBVA Compass Bank: a multi-state banking organization with headquarters in Birmingham.

Kasia Leousis, University Libraries
Paul Rudolph: internationally acclaimed architect who studied at Auburn and is associated with the chapel at Tuskegee University.

Charles Mitchell, College of Agriculture
Alabama "Old Rotation" Experiment: oldest continuous cotton experiment in the world (located on the Auburn campus).
Cullars Rotation: second-oldest cotton research experiment in the world (located on the Auburn campus).

James Nathan, School of Sciences (AUM)
Alabama World Affairs Council: a Montgomery-based nonprofit that promotes public awareness of international affairs as they relate to U.S. interests.

Greg Schmidt, University Libraries
William Flynt Nichols: represented Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District from 1966 until his death in 1988, known for his dedication to military veterans and defense policy.
William Richardson: represented the 8th Congressional District of Alabama from 1900 to 1914, promoting the development of the Tennessee River for hydroelectric power.
Jake Hess: a four-time Grammy winner gospel singer from Limestone County.

Aaron Trehub, University Libraries
co-author with Jessica Lacher-Feldman, University of Alabama
William March: Mobile native whose literary works drew from his early years in Alabama and his experiences in Europe during World War I.

Janice Wood, School of Liberal Arts (AUM)
The Huntsville Times: an Alabama newspaper that launched in 1910.


G. Travis Adams, Miller Writing Center
Auburn University at Montgomery: a branch of Auburn University located on a 500-acre campus in the state’s capital.

Emily Blejwas, Economic and Community Development Institute
Alabama Foodways: food traditions that illuminate the diversity of history, culture, and environment within the state's borders.

Jayson Hill, University Libraries
Natick Class Harbor Tugs Named for Alabama Cities: background on U.S. Navy vessels named Eufaula, Opelika, Tuscumbia, and Tuskegee.

James Langcuster, Alabama Cooperative Extension Service
Alabama Cooperative Extension Service: an organization formed in 1915 to teach practical and technical skills to farmers.


Brett Derbes, History GTA
(Derbes has written more than 20 articles for EOA, the majority of which are on Congressmen from Alabama.)
Benjamin S. Turner: first African American Republican Representative from Alabama elected to the U.S. Congress.

Joel Kobzeff, English GTA
Daniel Wallace: Birmingham native whose novels, including the national bestseller Big Fish, are set in Alabama

Regina Moorer, Political Science GTA
Equal Justice Initiative: a Montgomery-based nonprofit advocacy and legal-aid organization.

Caitlin E. Vest, History
(Vest has written several entries for EOA.)
Hattie Hooker Wilkins: first woman elected to the Alabama State Legislature as a representative.

Last Updated: December 11, 2013