The W.M. “Mack” Wyatt Digital Archive serves as a repository for archived newspapers printed in Montevallo and Shelby County, Ala., particularly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As this digital archive expands, newsprints appearing in various formats will be added.
Wyatt began as a printer and typesetter at the age of 15 in 1907 in Clanton, Ala. Following his graduation from high school in 1913, he purchased a half-interest the next year in the Union Banner newspaper in Clanton. His younger brother, Gene Wyatt, bought the other half of the paper in 1917, and the two brothers published the paper for the next 18 years. In 1923, Mack left the Union Banner and was editor of the DeKalb Republican in Ft. Payne, Ala. until 1925 when he returned to Clanton and the Union Banner.
Wyatt bought the Montevallo Times in 1935 and edited it until 1954. He started the Calera Herald in 1951 and edited it until 1954. Finally, he consolidated the Montevallo Times and the Calera Herald into the Shelby County Times-Herald in 1954 and published that paper until 1959 when he sold out to the Shelby County Reporter.
This collection is made possible by a gift from Clayton M. Nordan (M.A. ’76).