Thursday, April 27, 2017

Throwback Thursday - 1945 Chemistry Students

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection

Three female students work around a table together in the Howard College Biology Lab. The photograph was originally published in a 1945 promotional brochure advertising Howard College to veterans as an educational opportunity.  Its caption describes them as "Neophyte Scientists."

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Throwback Thursday - 1941 Male Quartet

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

The Male Quartet of Howard College in 1941.

From left to right: Milton Pope, L.A. Rattey, Billy Gwin, and Bill Dewitt.



Friday, April 14, 2017

Library Closed for Easter Weekend


The Samford University Library will be closed Saturday April 15th through Monday April 17th in observance of the Easter weekend.  We hope everyone has a lovely, blessed holiday with friends and loved ones.

The library will re-open on Tuesday April 18th for regular hours.

For more information about the Library's hours of operation, please click here.



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Throwback Thursday -- 1966 Samford Pharmacy Class

Samford's pharmacy program was originally founded in 1927, but was closed shortly thereafter largely due to the effects of the 1929 stock market crash.  However, it was re-established in 1932 at the urging of both the Alabama Pharmaceutical Association and the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy.  It quickly grew into the South's largest pharmacy program and remains a national leader in the field today.

Image provided by the Samford University Library Special Collection.

This image dates back to May 1966, nearly 30 years before the pharmacy program was re-named in honor of HealthTrust, Inc. co-founder and Samford graduate R. Clayton McWhorter.

For more information about the history of the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, click here.



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Throwback Thursday -- 1956 Men's Tennis Team

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.


A photograph of the Howard College Men's Tennis team in 1956.



Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Samford Crimson -- 1954 April Fool's Day Edition

Scholars tend to disagree upon where and when the practice of April Fool's Day actually began. Some believe that it has its roots in older springtime festivals such as the Roman "Hilaria."  Others believe that it originated in the late 16th century, when the Gregorian Calendar was established and moved New Year's Day to January 1st -- those who continued to celebrate the new year on April 1st (New Year's Day according to the Julian Calendar) were made fun of by being tricked into believing hoaxes and/or sent on "fool's errands."  There are also those who believe it may have been established in reference to the "Nun's Priest's Tale" from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales from 1392.

Whatever its origins, April Fool's Day is celebrated far and wide as individuals take delight in playing (mostly) harmless pranks upon their friends and neighbors around the world... and as this front page from 1954 clearly shows, the Samford Crimson is no stranger to springtime shenanigans.


Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.


Hoax headlines include the decision to keep Howard College in East Lake (the move was actually approved in November 1952), a dog being named "Faculty Member of the Week," and a new series of campus rules instructing (among other things) "loafing must be done in an insignificant place; for example, the president's office."

Being skeptical of what you read/see/hear is always advisable, but we recommend a little extra skepticism today.