Thursday, August 31, 2017

Throwback Thursday - 1949 Classroom

Photo courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection

An undated photograph of students in class at Howard College's East Lake campus. The photograph has been stored with others from 1949, but may not be related.



Thursday, August 24, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Move-In Day

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection

Tomorrow is the big day as students officially move in for Fall 2017!  As a means of saying "WELCOME" to all those coming back for another year, along with those incoming freshmen beginning their own Samford Story, here's a Throwback Thursday picture of two young ladies doing the same.  While the photo itself is undated, we believe that it dates back to either the 1960s or 1970s.



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Throwback Thursday - 1970 Samford Students

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

Campus feels so empty during the summer, so here's an image of students crossing the quad from 1970 to remind us what it feels like during the regular school year.  It also reminds us that the large trees in front of the library weren't always so large.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Howard Students, 1895

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

Back in 1895, all Howard College students wore military style uniforms.  While we don't know exactly how hot it was at the time -- the record high temperature for Birmingham on this date was 101 °F in 2010 -- it's probably safe to assume that none of these students felt cold in this picture.



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Marion Campus

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

One of the earliest pictures we have of the old Howard College campus in Marion, Alabama.  There are two dates written in pencil on the back of the photograph: 1870 and 1907.  As the college relocated to the East Lake campus in 1887 we believe the first date is more accurate.




Thursday, June 29, 2017

BONUS Throwback Thursday - U.S. Centennial Flag

As we prepare to celebrate our nation's independence next week during the July 4th holiday, we thought it might be fitting to share one of the treasured artifacts housed in the Samford University Library's Special Collection -- a hand-sewn linen United States flag from 1876.

Images courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

The flag features 37 stars (the number of U.S. states at the time) and is signed by "M. Baker" -- further research identifies her as Matilda Baker, a shopkeeper in her early 50s at the time the flag was made.

Click here for more information about Matilda Baker and the U.S. Centennial Flag

Click here to learn more about items from the Samford University Library Special Collection