The Mallet Assembly takes its name from the fact that it was originally housed in a building known as Mallet Hall, which no longer exists. Mallet Hall itself was named for John Mallet. The group occupied Byrd Hall from 1972-2007, then Palmer Hall until 2014, and is now located in The Highlands.
The Mallet Assembly is one of the few self-governing dormitories in the US; much of its internal operation is coordinated by elected student officers. Mallet is listed by the University of Alabama Office of Residential Life as a Special Living-Learning option, and is also a member of the Coordinating Council for Student Organizations (CCSO).
The Assembly was traditionally a men's residence. Although they accepted applications from female students since 1980, women were admitted as "out of dorm" members (although some women Malleteers were able to reside in the building during summer semesters). In 2007, Mallet became a co-ed living option with men and women living in the same building.
In 2011, the 50th anniversary of the Assembly was honored in a resolution of the Alabama House of Representatives. 
Notable Mallet alumni include:
- Jim Zeigler, elected statewide to the Alabama Public Service Commission less than three years after leaving Mallet Hall. Had defeated The Machine for SGA president in 1970 while living in Mallet Hall, where his room was burned. He was elected Alabama State Auditor in 2014 and took office January 2015 for a four-year term.
- Cleo Thomas, former UA trustee, the first African-American SGA president at the University of Alabama and CEO of A.G. Gaston Corporation
- Dr. Robin Rogers, distinguished researcher
- Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama
- Stuart McNair, member of the punk rock music group Pain
- Virgil Griffith, author of the Wikipedia Scanner
- Kittyhawk, author of Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki
- Charles McNair, author of Land O' Goshen
- Alexander Sotirov, noted computer security researcher
Honorary Members include:
- William Shatner, actor, gave a University-sponsored talk in 2000
- Brandon Bird, artist, gave a Mallet-sponsored talk on September 27, 2007
- Mallet Assembly Official Page
- Biography of John Blackburn
- Mallet Assembly Alumni Association Official Page
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-  Alabama House Resolution 232
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