Pieces of the Past

Treasures from UAB Archives tell the story of our transformation. Scroll down to take a closer look at some UAB history.

Opportunities on the Rise

Brick by brick, we have built a brighter future.
Safety First

Safety First

This green hard hat, with its UAB property ID tag, dates from the 1970s.
A New Campus Icon

A New Campus Icon

This program is from the 2016 dedication ceremony for UAB’s Hill Student Center.
Memento from the Past

Memento from the Past

A brick was saved from the 2007 demolition of Hixson Hall, which originally was a dorm for nursing students.
New Digs

New Digs

This shovel broke ground for the renovation and expansion of the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences. The ceremony took place in September 1994.
Making History

Making History

Blueprints illustrate the relocation plans for the UAB Archives in 2001.
Academic Growth

Academic Growth

This program celebrated the University College dedication in 1973, which opened the new academic campus that includes today’s education, chemistry, humanities, and Sterne Library buildings.
With Love, UAB

With Love, UAB

A postcard, created in 1975, features the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences.
Find Your Spot

Find Your Spot

Metal page markers served as mementoes from the dedication for the UAB National Alumni Society House in January 2011.
Building the Future

Building the Future

This program is from the Medical Center groundbreaking ceremony on July 30, 1968, which marked the start of construction for three new facilities: today’s Volker Hall, the School of Nursing Building, and Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences.
Beginnings of a Legacy

Beginnings of a Legacy

A commemorative shovel encased in Lucite was distributed at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Football Operations Center and Legacy Pavilion in August 2016.
Pioneering Precision Medicine

Pioneering Precision Medicine

Tidwell Hall was demolished in 1998 in order to build the Kaul Human Genetics Building. This piece of marble is from the façade of Tidwell Hall, built in 1954.
Let’s Get to Work

Let’s Get to Work

UAB Health System hard hat key fobs were created for the UAB Hospital North Pavilion groundbreaking ceremony held in July 2000.
A Hub for Research

A Hub for Research

The joint-health science facility was dedicated in November 1981 and, in 1996, was renamed in honor of former UAB President Charles A. McCallum, Jr. These Basic Health Science Education and Research key fobs commemorated the building in 1984.
Welcoming Lister Hill

Welcoming Lister Hill

Attendees at the October 1971 dedication ceremony for Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences received this program.
An Ode to the Arts

An Ode to the Arts

Commemorative bricks were distributed during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hulsey Center for the Arts and Humanities in January 1980.
  • Safety First

    Safety First

    This green hard hat, with its UAB property ID tag, dates from the 1970s.
  • A New Campus Icon

    A New Campus Icon

    This program is from the 2016 dedication ceremony for UAB’s Hill Student Center.
  • Memento from the Past

    Memento from the Past

    A brick was saved from the 2007 demolition of Hixson Hall, which originally was a dorm for nursing students.
  • New Digs

    New Digs

    This shovel broke ground for the renovation and expansion of the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences. The ceremony took place in September 1994.
  • Making History

    Making History

    Blueprints illustrate the relocation plans for the UAB Archives in 2001.
  • Academic Growth

    Academic Growth

    This program celebrated the University College dedication in 1973, which opened the new academic campus that includes today’s education, chemistry, humanities, and Sterne Library buildings.
  • With Love, UAB

    With Love, UAB

    A postcard, created in 1975, features the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences.
  • Find Your Spot

    Find Your Spot

    Metal page markers served as mementoes from the dedication for the UAB National Alumni Society House in January 2011.
  • Building the Future

    Building the Future

    This program is from the Medical Center groundbreaking ceremony on July 30, 1968, which marked the start of construction for three new facilities: today’s Volker Hall, the School of Nursing Building, and Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences.
  • Beginnings of a Legacy

    Beginnings of a Legacy

    A commemorative shovel encased in Lucite was distributed at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Football Operations Center and Legacy Pavilion in August 2016.
  • Pioneering Precision Medicine

    Pioneering Precision Medicine

    Tidwell Hall was demolished in 1998 in order to build the Kaul Human Genetics Building. This piece of marble is from the façade of Tidwell Hall, built in 1954.
  • Let’s Get to Work

    Let’s Get to Work

    UAB Health System hard hat key fobs were created for the UAB Hospital North Pavilion groundbreaking ceremony held in July 2000.
  • A Hub for Research

    A Hub for Research

    The joint-health science facility was dedicated in November 1981 and, in 1996, was renamed in honor of former UAB President Charles A. McCallum, Jr. These Basic Health Science Education and Research key fobs commemorated the building in 1984.
  • Welcoming Lister Hill

    Welcoming Lister Hill

    Attendees at the October 1971 dedication ceremony for Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences received this program.
  • An Ode to the Arts

    An Ode to the Arts

    Commemorative bricks were distributed during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hulsey Center for the Arts and Humanities in January 1980.

    Blazer Victories

    On the court, on the field, and in the stands, Blazer pride has burned bright through the years.
    Blazer Pride

    Blazer Pride

    Celebrating UAB’s win over UCLA and the 1977 hiring of Gene Bartow as basketball coach, this bumper sticker was used by former President S. Richardson Hill, Jr.
    Bring the Heat

    Bring the Heat

    This Blaze the Dragon button was made in 2000.
    Hawaii

    Hawaii

    This pass admitted VIPs to the 2004 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, the first bowl appearance for the UAB football team.
    Double Dribblers

    Double Dribblers

    Twins Donell and Ronell Taylor played basketball for UAB from 2003 to 2005. (Date unknown.)
    Basketball Legend

    Basketball Legend

    A bobblehead doll portrays Gene Bartow, the first head coach of the men’s basketball team from 1977 to 1996. He was also UAB’s first director of athletics from 1977 to 2000.
    The Big Announcement

    The Big Announcement

    Former President J. Claude Bennett used this jersey at the August 1994 press conference, announcing UAB’s move to Division I-A football starting with the 1996 season.
    B for Blaze

    B for Blaze

    The School of Engineering created this spirited sticker around 2007.
    Green and Gold

    Green and Gold

    This commemorative men’s basketball jersey was made around 1980.
    Down the Range

    Down the Range

    UAB men’s and women’s golf teams used distinctive balls and tees. (Date unknown.)
    Alma Mater Pride

    Alma Mater Pride

    A foam football promoted the National Alumni Society around 2010.
    Mascot Mania

    Mascot Mania

    Blaze earned his bobblehead status sometime in the 2000s.
    Star Struck

    Star Struck

    A media guide for the 1982-1983 men’s basketball season features seniors from the 1981-1982 conference championship team.
    Student Spirit

    Student Spirit

    Members of the student-led spirit group Gang Green wore caps like this in 2007.
    The Return

    The Return

    Hologram cards featuring Coach Bill Clark marked the historic return of UAB football in September 2017.
    Soccer Style

    Soccer Style

    This jersey from the women’s soccer team was used around 2002.
    Lady Blazers

    Lady Blazers

    Star player Wanda Hightower appears on the cover of a Lady Blazers pocket schedule for the inaugural basketball season in 1978-1979.
    Season Schedule

    Season Schedule

    Head Coach Gene Bartow appears on the men’s basketball pocket schedule for the inaugural basketball season in 1978-1979.
    Blow the Whistle

    Blow the Whistle

    The UAB Blazer Women’s Athletic Society handed out this whistle around 2010.
    Back on the Field

    Back on the Field

    This commemorative medallion, produced by the UAB National Alumni Society, marked football’s 2017 return season.
    Home Run

    Home Run

    Wooden miniature bats promoted UAB baseball around 2000.
    Blazer Style

    Blazer Style

    Around 1980, members of the UAB Rebounders Club, a group that promoted fan engagement with the basketball team, sported these jacket patches.
    The Mighty, Mighty Blazers

    The Mighty, Mighty Blazers

    This UAB Blazers button was created around 2009.
    Collector’s Items

    Collector’s Items

    Packets of football trading cards were distributed to UAB employees in 2006.
    • Blazer Pride

      Blazer Pride

      Celebrating UAB’s win over UCLA and the 1977 hiring of Gene Bartow as basketball coach, this bumper sticker was used by former President S. Richardson Hill, Jr.
    • Bring the Heat

      Bring the Heat

      This Blaze the Dragon button was made in 2000.
    • Hawaii

      Hawaii

      This pass admitted VIPs to the 2004 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, the first bowl appearance for the UAB football team.
    • Double Dribblers

      Double Dribblers

      Twins Donell and Ronell Taylor played basketball for UAB from 2003 to 2005. (Date unknown.)
    • Basketball Legend

      Basketball Legend

      A bobblehead doll portrays Gene Bartow, the first head coach of the men’s basketball team from 1977 to 1996. He was also UAB’s first director of athletics from 1977 to 2000.
    • The Big Announcement

      The Big Announcement

      Former President J. Claude Bennett used this jersey at the August 1994 press conference, announcing UAB’s move to Division I-A football starting with the 1996 season.
    • B for Blaze

      B for Blaze

      The School of Engineering created this spirited sticker around 2007.
    • Green and Gold

      Green and Gold

      This commemorative men’s basketball jersey was made around 1980.
    • Down the Range

      Down the Range

      UAB men’s and women’s golf teams used distinctive balls and tees. (Date unknown.)
    • Alma Mater Pride

      Alma Mater Pride

      A foam football promoted the National Alumni Society around 2010.
    • Mascot Mania

      Mascot Mania

      Blaze earned his bobblehead status sometime in the 2000s.
    • Star Struck

      Star Struck

      A media guide for the 1982-1983 men’s basketball season features seniors from the 1981-1982 conference championship team.
    • Student Spirit

      Student Spirit

      Members of the student-led spirit group Gang Green wore caps like this in 2007.
    • The Return

      The Return

      Hologram cards featuring Coach Bill Clark marked the historic return of UAB football in September 2017.
    • Soccer Style

      Soccer Style

      This jersey from the women’s soccer team was used around 2002.
    • Lady Blazers

      Lady Blazers

      Star player Wanda Hightower appears on the cover of a Lady Blazers pocket schedule for the inaugural basketball season in 1978-1979.
    • Season Schedule

      Season Schedule

      Head Coach Gene Bartow appears on the men’s basketball pocket schedule for the inaugural basketball season in 1978-1979.
    • Blow the Whistle

      Blow the Whistle

      The UAB Blazer Women’s Athletic Society handed out this whistle around 2010.
    • Back on the Field

      Back on the Field

      This commemorative medallion, produced by the UAB National Alumni Society, marked football’s 2017 return season.
    • Home Run

      Home Run

      Wooden miniature bats promoted UAB baseball around 2000.
    • Blazer Style

      Blazer Style

      Around 1980, members of the UAB Rebounders Club, a group that promoted fan engagement with the basketball team, sported these jacket patches.
    • The Mighty, Mighty Blazers

      The Mighty, Mighty Blazers

      This UAB Blazers button was created around 2009.
    • Collector’s Items

      Collector’s Items

      Packets of football trading cards were distributed to UAB employees in 2006.

      A Slice of UAB Life

      For 50 years, our on-campus culture has been vibrant, diverse, and spirited.
      Exhibiting Talent

      Exhibiting Talent

      This card promoted a 1975 exhibit at the UAB Visual Arts Gallery featuring the work of Anthony Antonio, a faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History.
      Blazer Travels

      Blazer Travels

      The UAB National Alumni Society luggage started sporting distinctive tags in 2005.
      A Key Reminder

      A Key Reminder

      UAB School of Education students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends sported this keychain starting in 2011.
      Forever Blaze

      Forever Blaze

      A classic UAB button was distributed at Homecoming in 2016.
      A Silver Jubilee

      A Silver Jubilee

      A pin helped celebrate 25 years of UAB in 1994.
      Public Radio for the Heart of Alabama

      Public Radio for the Heart of Alabama

      Birmingham artist Christopher Davis designed this mug for a 2017 WBHM 90.3 FM fund drive.
      Prepared to Win

      Prepared to Win

      Even pocket folders, like one created for UAB Athletics, helped spread Blazer spirit.
      It’s Nice to Have You in Birmingham

      It’s Nice to Have You in Birmingham

      “Hi, I’m New at UAB!” was a message new freshmen wore around 2009.
      SGA Symbol

      SGA Symbol

      Created by A.H. Cather Publishing Company of Birmingham, this printer’s block was used by UAB Student Government Association in 1968.
      That’s a Wrap

      That’s a Wrap

      The UAB School of Public Health distributed condoms in 2007 to promote community health.
      Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal

      Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal

      UAB graduates throughout the 1990s received this diploma cover.
      Key to Success

      Key to Success

      This key fob from 1985 commemorates the 40th anniversary of the UAB Medical Center’s establishment.
      We’ve Got the Heat

      We’ve Got the Heat

      A blend of barbecue spices called Blaze’s Blend was made by the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences. (Date unknown.)
      A Prestigious Honor

      A Prestigious Honor

      In 1991, Dr. Samuel B. Barker, UAB’s first graduate dean, was awarded this UAB President’s Medal.
      Medieval Celebration

      Medieval Celebration

      A 1999 program heralded UAB’s “Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste,” a gala for students featuring period costumes, a jester, and a four-course meal.
      Recognizing Blazer Spirit

      Recognizing Blazer Spirit

      Commemorative medals were presented to faculty participating in University Day in 2009, which marked UAB’s 40th anniversary.
      By the Books

      By the Books

      UAB Libraries employees wore branded retractable badge clips in 2016.
      Park It

      Park It

      This vehicle hang tag offered admittance to UAB employee parking in 1999.
      Cheers!

      Cheers!

      Homecoming tailgates in 2014 featured collapsible beverage coolers from the UAB Graduate School.
      Read All About It

      Read All About It

      A bumper sticker promoted UAB’s student newspaper, Kaleidoscope, in 2007.
      • Exhibiting Talent

        Exhibiting Talent

        This card promoted a 1975 exhibit at the UAB Visual Arts Gallery featuring the work of Anthony Antonio, a faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History.
      • Blazer Travels

        Blazer Travels

        The UAB National Alumni Society luggage started sporting distinctive tags in 2005.
      • A Key Reminder

        A Key Reminder

        UAB School of Education students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends sported this keychain starting in 2011.
      • Forever Blaze

        Forever Blaze

        A classic UAB button was distributed at Homecoming in 2016.
      • A Silver Jubilee

        A Silver Jubilee

        A pin helped celebrate 25 years of UAB in 1994.
      • Public Radio for the Heart of Alabama

        Public Radio for the Heart of Alabama

        Birmingham artist Christopher Davis designed this mug for a 2017 WBHM 90.3 FM fund drive.
      • Prepared to Win

        Prepared to Win

        Even pocket folders, like one created for UAB Athletics, helped spread Blazer spirit.
      • It’s Nice to Have You in Birmingham

        It’s Nice to Have You in Birmingham

        “Hi, I’m New at UAB!” was a message new freshmen wore around 2009.
      • SGA Symbol

        SGA Symbol

        Created by A.H. Cather Publishing Company of Birmingham, this printer’s block was used by UAB Student Government Association in 1968.
      • That’s a Wrap

        That’s a Wrap

        The UAB School of Public Health distributed condoms in 2007 to promote community health.
      • Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal

        Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal

        UAB graduates throughout the 1990s received this diploma cover.
      • Key to Success

        Key to Success

        This key fob from 1985 commemorates the 40th anniversary of the UAB Medical Center’s establishment.
      • We’ve Got the Heat

        We’ve Got the Heat

        A blend of barbecue spices called Blaze’s Blend was made by the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences. (Date unknown.)
      • A Prestigious Honor

        A Prestigious Honor

        In 1991, Dr. Samuel B. Barker, UAB’s first graduate dean, was awarded this UAB President’s Medal.
      • Medieval Celebration

        Medieval Celebration

        A 1999 program heralded UAB’s “Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste,” a gala for students featuring period costumes, a jester, and a four-course meal.
      • Recognizing Blazer Spirit

        Recognizing Blazer Spirit

        Commemorative medals were presented to faculty participating in University Day in 2009, which marked UAB’s 40th anniversary.
      • By the Books

        By the Books

        UAB Libraries employees wore branded retractable badge clips in 2016.
      • Park It

        Park It

        This vehicle hang tag offered admittance to UAB employee parking in 1999.
      • Cheers!

        Cheers!

        Homecoming tailgates in 2014 featured collapsible beverage coolers from the UAB Graduate School.
      • Read All About It

        Read All About It

        A bumper sticker promoted UAB’s student newspaper, Kaleidoscope, in 2007.

        Health History

        We’ve changed the way patients receive care in our own neighborhood and around the world.
        The

        The "New University Hospital"

        In June 1979, the "New University Hospital" debuted when Spain Wallace opened across the street from Jefferson Tower. The "New U" campaign spread the word across Birmingham and beyond.
        High-flying Ambulance

        High-flying Ambulance

        This Rolodex card, from the mid-1980s, highlighted the new Critical Care Transport Service, which moves seriously ill patients between medical facilities by ground and air "mobile intensive care units."
        Training Manual

        Training Manual

        This School of Nursing course catalog from 1971 was printed four years after the school moved to Birmingham from Tuscaloosa. In 1975, the school received approval for the first nursing doctoral program in the Southeast.
        Rights and Responsibilities

        Rights and Responsibilities

        New patients received this handbook on admission to University Hospital in the early 1970s, when the majority of patient care still occurred in Jefferson Tower.
        You are Saving Lives

        You are Saving Lives

        This Red Cross booklet was given to blood donors in the early 1960s to explain how their cells would be used to save lives at UAB Hospital.
        Preparing Nurse Leaders

        Preparing Nurse Leaders

        This commemorative medallion marked the 25th anniversary of the Doctor of Science in Nursing program at UAB in 2000.
        Coozie Power

        Coozie Power

        This heat-sensitive drink protector from the School of Public Health was distributed as part of UAB Homecoming celebrations in 2015.
        Warm Welcome

        Warm Welcome

        Commemorative baby booties were given to the tiniest patients at the UAB Women and Infants Center, which opened in 2010.
        Changing Minds

        Changing Minds

        A 1980s promotional card from one of the many public health awareness campaigns carried out by UAB over the years.
        Help for the Hurting

        Help for the Hurting

        UAB's dental clinics have been treating patients since 1951 in a building on 7th Avenue South originally known as the Medical and Dental Basic Science Building. In 1976, the building was renamed the School of Dentistry Building.
        First Responders

        First Responders

        The Emergency Medical Technician program in the School of Health Professions trained emergency personnel until the program moved to Jefferson State Community College in the 2000s. This patch dates from the 1970s.
        Sight Savers

        Sight Savers

        The state legislature appropriated funds for the School of Optometry at UAB in 1969—it was the first optometry school in the country to be integrated into an academic medical center. Today, the school's UAB Eye Care offers vision services and trains new generations of professionals.
        Care Force

        Care Force

        This lapel pin formed part of a hospital promotional campaign. (Date unknown.)
        Vintage Volunteers

        Vintage Volunteers

        Hospital volunteers in the early 1950s wore this patch. In May 1955, Jefferson-Hillman Hospital was renamed University Hospital and Hillman Clinic.
        Enter a New Era

        Enter a New Era

        A commemorative lapel pin celebrated the dedication of UAB Hospital's West Pavilion in October 1991.
        Visitors Guide

        Visitors Guide

        The cover for this University Hospital visiting hours pamphlet, produced circa 1972, features the North Wing, Jefferson Tower, and Lyons-Harrison Building.
        • The

          The "New University Hospital"

          In June 1979, the "New University Hospital" debuted when Spain Wallace opened across the street from Jefferson Tower. The "New U" campaign spread the word across Birmingham and beyond.
        • High-flying Ambulance

          High-flying Ambulance

          This Rolodex card, from the mid-1980s, highlighted the new Critical Care Transport Service, which moves seriously ill patients between medical facilities by ground and air "mobile intensive care units."
        • Training Manual

          Training Manual

          This School of Nursing course catalog from 1971 was printed four years after the school moved to Birmingham from Tuscaloosa. In 1975, the school received approval for the first nursing doctoral program in the Southeast.
        • Rights and Responsibilities

          Rights and Responsibilities

          New patients received this handbook on admission to University Hospital in the early 1970s, when the majority of patient care still occurred in Jefferson Tower.
        • You are Saving Lives

          You are Saving Lives

          This Red Cross booklet was given to blood donors in the early 1960s to explain how their cells would be used to save lives at UAB Hospital.
        • Preparing Nurse Leaders

          Preparing Nurse Leaders

          This commemorative medallion marked the 25th anniversary of the Doctor of Science in Nursing program at UAB in 2000.
        • Coozie Power

          Coozie Power

          This heat-sensitive drink protector from the School of Public Health was distributed as part of UAB Homecoming celebrations in 2015.
        • Warm Welcome

          Warm Welcome

          Commemorative baby booties were given to the tiniest patients at the UAB Women and Infants Center, which opened in 2010.
        • Changing Minds

          Changing Minds

          A 1980s promotional card from one of the many public health awareness campaigns carried out by UAB over the years.
        • Help for the Hurting

          Help for the Hurting

          UAB's dental clinics have been treating patients since 1951 in a building on 7th Avenue South originally known as the Medical and Dental Basic Science Building. In 1976, the building was renamed the School of Dentistry Building.
        • First Responders

          First Responders

          The Emergency Medical Technician program in the School of Health Professions trained emergency personnel until the program moved to Jefferson State Community College in the 2000s. This patch dates from the 1970s.
        • Sight Savers

          Sight Savers

          The state legislature appropriated funds for the School of Optometry at UAB in 1969—it was the first optometry school in the country to be integrated into an academic medical center. Today, the school's UAB Eye Care offers vision services and trains new generations of professionals.
        • Care Force

          Care Force

          This lapel pin formed part of a hospital promotional campaign. (Date unknown.)
        • Vintage Volunteers

          Vintage Volunteers

          Hospital volunteers in the early 1950s wore this patch. In May 1955, Jefferson-Hillman Hospital was renamed University Hospital and Hillman Clinic.
        • Enter a New Era

          Enter a New Era

          A commemorative lapel pin celebrated the dedication of UAB Hospital's West Pavilion in October 1991.
        • Visitors Guide

          Visitors Guide

          The cover for this University Hospital visiting hours pamphlet, produced circa 1972, features the North Wing, Jefferson Tower, and Lyons-Harrison Building.