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Image of the Month (2024)

  • New campus facility opens, June 1954

    Birmingham Extension Center opens, June 6, 1954
    June 2024 Image of the Month

    New campus facility opens, 1954

    The Birmingham Extension Center opened June 6, 1954, as the first facility the University of Alabama had constructed anywhere in the state for one of its extension programs.  The building was located on 20th Street South at the corner of 7th Avenue and was connected to the university's basic sciences building [today's dental school].  At the time the building was completed, 20th Street also served as Highway 31 and Highway 280 through Birmingham's Southside neighborhood.  The new facility housed classrooms, laboratories, administrative offices, the university bookstore, and the university's non-health sciences library.  The building would be renamed two years later as Tidwell Hall in honor of extension dean Robert E. Tidwell, and in later decades would serve as the home of the UAB School of Public Health.  Tidwell Hall was demolished in 1998 to construct the Kaul Human Genetics Building.

    Image ID: P16.1.1, #0311

  • Anti-war campus protest, 1969

    Anti-war protest on the UAB campus, 1969
    May 2024 Image of the Month

    Anti-war campus protest in 1969.

    Just after UAB began the fall term of 1969 as a new and independent university, there was an anti-war protest held on campus.  UAB students and employees, along with members of the local community, protested US involvement in Vietnam.  The Kaleidoscope newspaper reported a couple hundred people attended the protest.  Two weeks afterward, a debate on the Vietnam War was held in the auditorium of the Engineering Building [Cudworth Hall] on the evening before a city-wide anti-war rally was held in Birmingham's Kelly Ingram Park.

    Image ID: P7.2.7, #2071

  • Racing chariots during Greek Week, April 1989

    UAB Greek Week, 1989
    April 2024 Image of the Month

    Racing chariots during Greek Week in April 1989.

    UAB hosted a Greek Week celebration in 1984.  Sponsored by the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils, the event was held April 23-29 and included an off-campus party that raised funds for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Birmingham, a Greek jersey day for the UAB and Auburn baseball game, a study night at the University Center, and a day trip to Gulf Shores.  During the celebration of Greek Week in 1989, sororities and fraternities participated in a Greek Games, with competitive events such as tug-of-war and a chariot race.

    Image ID: A2004-03P

  • Cranes across campus illustrate continued UAB expansion, 2002

    UAB campus continues to expand, 2002
    March 2024 Image of the Month

    Cranes across campus illustrate continued UAB expansion in 2002.

    A crane on 20th Street (left center) marks the construction of the medical school's Faculty Office Tower, which was built on top of the existing parking deck located between 5th and 6th Avenues.  The building was completed in 2003 and in 2023 was renamed as the Lyons Harrison Faculty Office Tower.  Two other cranes (right background) mark the construction of the North Pavilion addition to the University Hospital complex.  The 11-story North Pavilion was completed in 2004 as the largest building ever constructed at UAB.  The multi-story white building (lower center) was the Parliament House Hotel, a landmark on Birmingham's Southside neighborhood for decades.  The Parliament House was opened in 1963 and was demolished by UAB in 2008 for continued campus expansion.

    Image ID: P17.1.28, #0123

  • Lining up for UAB's first homecoming parade, 1989

    Inaugural UAB Homecoming Parade, 1989
    February 2024 Image of the Month

    Lining up for UAB's first homecoming parade in 1989.

    Homecoming was originally celebrated at UAB as part of the basketball season and was first held in January 1979.  Ten years later, on February 4, 1989, the university sponsored the first homecoming parade, which traveled across campus and ended at the new UAB Arena.  Homecoming 1989 had the theme of "Catch the Spirit."  The women's basketball team defeated Virginia Commonwealth after a pep rally and bonfire held on Thursday.  The men's basketball team defeated Old Dominion following the inaugural parade on Saturday afternoon; Blazer sophomore guard Andy Kennedy led the team with 20 points scored.

    Image ID: A2018-06P

  • AEIVA opened at UAB, 2014

    January 2024 Image of the Month

    AEIVA opened at UAB in 2014.

    The Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA) was formally dedicated on January 15, 2014.  The striking new facility was the new home for the university‚Äôs art galleries, administrative and faculty offices, and the Department of Art and Art History.  AEIVA was named in honor of UAB benefactors Marvin and Ruth Engel and Hal and Judy Abroms.

    Image ID: A2018-13P


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917 13th St S
Birmingham, AL

(205) 934-6364

Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences

1700 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL

(205) 975-4821

Reynolds-Finley Historical Library

1700 University Blvd - 3rd Floor
Birmingham, AL

(205) 934-4475

Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences

1700 University Blvd - 3rd Floor
Birmingham, AL

(205) 934-4475

Lister Hill Library at University Hospital

615 18th Street S - P235 West Pavilion
Birmingham, AL

(205) 934-2275

801 Building

801 5th Ave South
Room 1111
Birmingham, AL

(205) 934-5432

J. Ellis Sparks Medical Library

301 Governors Drive SE - 3rd Floor
Huntsville, AL 35801

(256) 551-4405

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