1960s

  • University Hospital's Isolation Unit, 1960

    University Hospital's Isolation Unit, 1960
    April 2020 Image of the Month
    The Isolation Unit was located on the twelfth floor of Jefferson Tower.  During a time when hospitals had few antibiotics and undiagnosed infections were more prevalent, it was not uncommon for incoming patients to first be admitted to the Isolation Unit before being transferred to another ward within the hospital.

    Image ID: P16.1.12, #4433

  • Students in front of Tidwell Hall, 1969

    Students in front of Tidwell Hall, 1969
    November 2019 Image of the Month
    During the first term of the new university, there were 5,381 students enrolled at UAB in the fall of 1969.  Tidwell was the campus home to all non-health science classes offered by UAB as part of the College of General Studies.  The old apartments in the background, which housed various university administrative and academic offices, were located at the corner of 20th Street and 8th Avenue South -- the site of today's Hilton Birmingham at UAB.

    Image ID: Annual Report yearbook

  • Vietnam Moratorium Protest at UAB, October 15, 1969

    Vietnam Moratorium Protest, 1969
    October 2019 Image of the Month
    One month after becoming its own independent university, a protest was held on the UAB campus to support a moratorium on the Vietnam War, part of protests and demonstrations held nationwide on that same day.  The UAB protest was held in front of Tidwell Hall, the home of the College of General Studies.  Tidwell was located on South 20th Street where the Hugh Kaul Human Genetics Building is currently located.

    Image ID: P7.2.2, #2073

  • President Joseph F. Volker speaks at dinner held in his honor, September 5, 1969

    Volker speaks at testimonial dinner, September 5, 1969
    September 2019 Image of the Month
    On September 5, 1969, Dr. Volker officially became the first president of UAB, a new university within the three-campus University of Alabama System.  Volker had been named president-elect of the new university the previous June.  On his first day in office, the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Action Committee, and Operation New Birmingham hosted a testimonial dinner to honor and celebrate the new university and its inaugural president.  Several hundred civic, business, academic, and political leaders attended the black-tie dinner at the Municipal Auditorium [today's Boutwell Auditorium].

    Image ID: A90-01

  • Clinical instruction in the dental clinic, 1969

    Clinical instruction in the dental clinic, 1969
    August 2019 Image of the Month
    Students enrolled in the dental school and in the dental assistant and hygienist programs receive clinical training experiences in the school's clinic.

    Image ID: P7.2.7, #0271a

  • Joseph and Juanita Volker chat with David and Mary Mathews, June 16, 1969

    Joseph and Juanita Volker chat with David and Mary Mathews, June 16, 1969
    June 2019 Image of the Month

    At a press conference in Montgomery, Governor Albert P. Brewer and members of the Board of Trustees announced a new three-campus University of Alabama System with separate universities located in Tuscaloosa (UA), Huntsville (UAH), and Birmingham (UAB).  The Board named F. David Mathews as the new president of the University of Alabama and Joseph F. Volker as president-elect of the new UAB; a search would later be held for the first president of UAH.  Dr. Volker officially assumed office as the first president of UAB on September 5, 1969.  Dr. and Mrs. Volker (left) and Dr. and Mrs. Mathews (right) chat across the table at the announcement press conference.


    Image ID: P1, #0380

  • Hospital Staff with Santa Claus, 1967

    Hospital Staff with Santa Claus, 1967
    December 2018 Image of the Month

    Santa Claus shares the cheer with staff at work in University Hospital during the holiday season.


    Image ID: P16.1.3, #2740

  • Expansion Groundbreaking Ceremony, July 30, 1968

    Expansion Groundbreaking Ceremony, July 30, 1968
    July 2018 Image of the Month

    The groundbreaking ceremony for a major expansion of the university's medical center was held on July 30, 1968.  This ceremony heralded the groundbreaking for three new facilities at the growing campus in Birmingham: a new health sciences library (Lister Hill Library), a new basic sciences building (Volker Hall), and a new home for the School of Nursing.  Those seated on the platform included the president of the university, the executive vice president, and the deans of dentistry, medicine, and nursing.  Looking east from along Seventh Avenue South are, in the background, Jefferson Tower (right) and the construction of the Sparks Center (left).

    Image ID: P1, #0283

  • Hillman Hospital Cornerstone, 1963

    Hillman Hospital Cornerstone
    July 2017 Image of the Month

    On July 12, 1902, cornerstones were laid for two new buildings, one for the Hillman Hospital and one for the adjacent Birmingham Medical College. The Hillman Hospital was originally founded as a charity hospital in 1888 by a group of Birmingham women. In 1897 the hospital's governing entity was incorporated by the State of Alabama; the names of these incorporators, the "Board of Lady Managers," appeared on the cornerstone of the new building. Hillman Hospital was opened in July 1903; it remains today on the UAB campus and is known as the "Old Hillman Building."

    Image ID: P16.1.1, #0293

  • Students in Birmingham, circa 1966

    Two students talk outside the College of General Studies building
    September 2016 Image of the Month

    On September 15, 1966, the extension program in Birmingham was officially renamed as the College of General Studies. There were 4,600 students enrolled in courses in business, education, engineering, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Dr. George W. Campbell was named as first dean of the new college.

    Image ID: P7.3.3, #0088

  • North Wing, August 1966

    Exterior of the North Wing
    August 2016 Image of the Month

    The first major addition to University Hospital in decades, the North Wing was dedicated during ceremonies held August 20-21, 1966. The seven story addition provided space for the emergency department, new operating suites, diagnostic radiology, and 100 beds for psychiatric patients. This western side of North Wing is no longer visible as the Quarterback Tower currently stands where the parking lot existed at the time of the dedication.

    Image ID: P16.1.3, #3208

  • Touring University Hospital, 1966

    A shriner stands between two physicians examining equipment
    July 2016 Image of the Month

    Dr. Alan R. Dimick (left) and Dr. John W. Kirklin (right) provide a hospital tour for a member of the Shriner organization. Kirklin, a renowned surgeon at the Mayo Clinic, was recruited to Birmingham in July of 1966. At UAB he served as chair of the surgery department, as director of the cardiothoracic surgery division, as hospital chief-of-staff, and as founder and president of the Health Services Foundation. He retired from UAB in 1997.

    Image ID: P7.2.8, #0359

  • Nurses with a special visitor to University Hospital, 1967

    Two female nurses pose with Santa Claus
    December 2015 Image of the Month

    Primitiva Isar (left) and Leonides Bulawin (right), who were working in the hospital as Exchange Visitor Nurses, enjoy a visit with Santa Claus.

    Image ID: P16.1.2, #2368

  • Kracke Building, circa 1965

    Exterior of the Kracke Building
    July 2015 Image of the Month

    The Kracke Clinical Services Building on Seventh Avenue South was dedicated on July 18, 1965, and was named in honor of the late Dr. Roy R. Kracke, the first dean of the four-year medical school in Birmingham. The building had opened in 1929 as a dormitory for students of the nursing school at Hillman Hospital and it remained a nursing student residence until 1963.

    Image ID: P8.1.1, #0025

  • At work in University Hospital, 1960s

    An African American hospital worker pulls a gurney into a room
    April 2015 Image of the Month

    By state law and local regulation, the hospital complex at UAB was segregated by race; a sign noting a white waiting room is visible in this image. This situation began to change in 1963 and effective on April 25, 1965, the hospital and the medical center were integrated. A few weeks later, Federal officials toured the UAB Medical Center and concluded that all policies and procedures of racial segregation had been eliminated and the university was in full compliance with federal law.

    Image ID: P16.1.2, #0577

  • Frederick W. Kraus at his desk, circa 1965

    Frederick W. Kraus sits at his desk
    March 2015 Image of the Month

    Dr. Kraus was a member of the dental school faculty and was chief of dental service at the Veterans Administration Hospital.  One of the founders of the Concerned White Citizens of Alabama, Kraus joined those marching in Selma, Alabama, in March of 1965. He later said he hoped the group's participation would give more Alabamians "the courage to stand up for equality."

    Image ID: P7.2.1, #0223

  • Hospital Computer Center, circa 1968

    Two male employees working in the Hospital Computer Center
    January 2015 Image of the Month

    Larry Davis (left) and Floyd Miller (right) operate the IBM computers located in the basement of University Hospital.  An automated accounting system for hospital billing and payroll was implemented in 1967.

    Image ID: P16.1.2, #2375

  • John F. Kennedy Exhibit, September 1964

    A woman studies a rocking chair owned by President John F. Kennedy
    September 2014 Image of the Month

    Following the 1963 death of President Kennedy, some of his personal papers and memorabilia toured America. Administrators at the Medical Center were responsible for the display being exhibited in Birmingham on September 16-17 in the gymnasium of the Ft. Mortimer H. Jordan National Guard Armory (later UAB’s Mortimer Jordan Hall).

    Image ID: P1, #299e

  • Spain Rehabilitation Center opens, April 26, 1964

    A patient lies in a circular treatmennt patient with family and medical staff next to her
    April 2014 Image of the Month

    Hospital Administrator Matthew F. McNulty, Jr. (right), tours Frank E. and Margaret Cameron Spain through the new center named in their honor while hospital staff demonstrate a circular treatment bed. The Spains donated half a million dollars to help fund the Medical Center's rehabilitation facility and the center was officially opened during ceremonies held April 25-26, 1964.

    Image ID: P7.2.7, #1549

  • Distinguished Faculty Lecture, 1964

    Three men smile at the camera
    March 2014 Image of the Month

    Dr. Tinsley R. Harrison (right) was the first Distinguished Faculty Lecturer at UAB. His talk, “Witches and Doctors,” was presented on March 3, 1964, at a banquet held at the Parliament House Hotel. The DFL is the highest honor awarded by UAB to a member of the medical center faculty. In 1975 the event was moved from the spring to the fall. Also pictured in 1964 are (left) Dr. Joseph F. Volker, vice president for Health Affairs, and (center) Dr. Frank A. Rose, president of The University of Alabama.

    Image ID: P7.2.7, #1894

    For all Distinguished Faculty Lecturers, see the chronological history of UAB