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Dr. Sarah Wiggins History Fund

For the University of Alabama Libraries 2022 Bama Blitz funding project, we plan to create and fund an endowment for University Libraries historical collections in honor of Dr. Sarah Wiggins who passed away in 2020.  Beloved by students and faculty both at The University of Alabama and around the nation, the Dr. Sarah Wiggins History Fund will serve the needs of students and faculty through the purchase of research materials in history for general collections, as well as our Special Collections. We seek to raise $25,000.00 for this endowed fund, to be matched with University of Alabama Libraries Leadership Board funds, for a total of $50,000.00.  

Dr. Sarah Wiggins, long time member of the University Libraries Leadership Board, earned a bachelor’s degree from Huntingdon College and received a master’s degree and doctorate in history from Louisiana State University. She later joined the history department at the University of Alabama as the first female faculty member. Dr. Wiggins was a professor of antebellum and Civil War social and biographical history, who also specialized in the history of Alabama. Her notable books include Love and Duty: Amelia and Josiah Gorgas and Their Family, as well as From Civil War to Civil Rights, Alabama 1860-1960.  She retired in 1995 after 35 years of service.  

Though retired, she continued her scholarly pursuits, publishing The Journal of Sarah Haynsworth Gayle, 1827–1835: A Substitute for Social Intercourse in cooperation with The University of Alabama Press, University Libraries Special Collections, and the University Libraries Leadership Board.  Sarah Haynsworth Gayle, wife of Alabama Governor John Gayle, was the mother of Amelia Gayle Gorgas, for whom our main library is named. In addition to her primary appointment as a history professor, she was also the editor of The Alabama Review, a peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Alabama Historical Association, for 20 years.  

Dr. Wiggins was the former president of the Alabama Historical Association and the Jemison-Van deGraaff Foundation Board of Directors. She also served as a member of a number of commissions and boards during her lifetime, including the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society Board, Alabama Historical Association Board of Directors, Southern Historical Association Executive Council, Alabama Local Records Commission, and the Alabama State Records Commission. 

In the words of the Chair of the University of Alabama History Department, Dr. Joshua Rothman, "Dr. Sarah Wiggins was a pioneer in the University of Alabama Department of History and an excellent historian who made significant contributions to our understanding of the nineteenth-century South. Her decades of service to the department, the historical profession, and the Tuscaloosa community are legacies well worth honoring."  

Help us honor a female history pioneer who meant so much to The University of Alabama and University Libraries.  


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Leaderboard
Number of Gifts Leaderboard
Which area of campus will receive the most gifts during Bama Blitz? Make a gift to your favorite area of campus to help make them #1 on the Leaderboard.
Rank Department Gifts
1 Athletics 337
2 Speaking Studio 57
3 Culverhouse Executives Society 54
4 Brewer Porch Children's Center SMART Gym 49
5 Nursing Student Pandemic Relief Fund 49
6 Undergraduate & International Programs in Business 47
7 Capstone Family Therapy Clinic 47
8 UA Early College 46
9 Hallowed Grounds Project 44
10 Social Work Field Student Support 41
11 University Libraries 37
12 1872 Fund for Student Relief 37
13 UASpace 36
14 We Are UA Faculty & Staff Campaign 36
15 A&S Collegiate Fund 35
16 HES Capstone Fund 35
17 Capstone Engineering Society 30
18 Capstone Communication Society 30
19 Togetherall Passion Project 28
20 Capstone College of Nursing Alumni Association 27
21 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 22
22 The UA Gadsden Early Learning Initiative 21
23 Capstone Education Society 21
24 National Alumni Association 19
25 Honors Action 18
26 General University Scholarships 16
27 Alabama Law Alumni Society 12
28 Honors College Collegiate Society 10
29 Graduate School Foundation Fund 7
30 Friends of CCHS 7
31 Capstone Family Fund 6
32 UA Online Society 6
33 Graduate Education Enrichment Fund 5
34 Social Work Society Gift Fund 5
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Libraries Leadership Board Match
The Libraries Leadership Board will match up to $25,000 to the Dr. Sarah Wiggins History Fund. Beloved by students and faculty both at The University of Alabama and around the nation, the Dr. Sarah Wiggins History Fund will serve the needs of students and faculty through the purchase of research materials in history for general collections, as well as our Special Collections.
$6,665 MATCHED
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Leaderboard
Amount Raised Leaderboard
Which area of campus will receive the greatest dollar amount during Bama Blitz? Make a gift to your favorite area of campus to help make them #1 on the Leaderboard!
Rank Department Raised
1 Athletics $80,299.31
2 Brewer Porch Children's Center SMART Gym $65,680.00
3 Undergraduate & International Programs in Business $60,385.00
4 Culverhouse Executives Society $48,658.10
5 Nursing Student Pandemic Relief Fund $17,710.00
6 University Libraries $13,330.00
7 Speaking Studio $12,435.00
8 Social Work Field Student Support $10,945.00
9 1872 Fund for Student Relief $7,365.00
10 General University Scholarships $5,226.62
11 Hallowed Grounds Project $4,910.00
12 Capstone Family Therapy Clinic $4,340.00
13 A&S Collegiate Fund $4,281.65
14 Capstone Engineering Society $4,094.55
15 UASpace $3,970.00
16 UA Early College $3,610.00
17 The UA Gadsden Early Learning Initiative $2,545.00
18 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion $2,435.00
19 Alabama Law Alumni Society $2,223.31
20 Capstone Communication Society $2,160.00
21 HES Capstone Fund $1,975.00
22 Capstone Education Society $1,923.31
23 Togetherall Passion Project $1,885.00
24 Honors Action $1,885.00
25 Capstone College of Nursing Alumni Association $1,485.00
26 National Alumni Association $1,275.00
27 We Are UA Faculty & Staff Campaign $1,110.00
28 Graduate School Foundation Fund $770.00
29 Honors College Collegiate Society $745.24
30 Friends of CCHS $555.00
31 Capstone Family Fund $530.00
32 Graduate Education Enrichment Fund $405.00
33 Social Work Society Gift Fund $380.00
34 UA Online Society $280.00
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