Friday, January 13, 2017

Library Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The Samford University Library will be closed Monday, January 16th in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Letter From the Birmingham Jail
Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

Above is an image of a copy of Dr. King's famous "Letter from the Birmingham Jail" that is currently housed in the University Library's Special Collection.  A larger sized image linked to a PDF version is part of a Special Collection Treasures article commemorating the letter's 50th anniversary.

The library will re-open at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17th.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Closing at 6:00 pm Sunday, 01/08/17

The library will be closing at 6:00 pm tonight, January 8, 2017.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The (Very) First Day of Classes - Jan. 3, 1842

Welcome back everyone!  For those of you taking classes during Jan Term this year, you have an extra something in common with a special set of Samford students!

The school's original nine students -- John Thomas Barron, Thomas Booth, "Aleck" Miller, Thomas Cravens, William King, William Blassingame, Samuel Goree, Thomas Anderson, and Thomas A. J. Oliver -- started classes on this very day in 1842.  President Samuel Sterling Sherman logged their names into the official matriculation (enrollment) record.




The original matriculation record is housed in the University Library's Special Collection department as a part of the University Archives.

Click here for more information on Howard College's "original nine."





Monday, January 2, 2017

Library Hours -- Jan Term 2017



Happy New Year everyone!  We here at the library hope that you're enjoying the last day of the holiday break and we want to let you know that when we open back up tomorrow we'll be ready to help you with all your research needs throughout 2017.

Speaking of opening back up tomorrow, when we do so the library will be operating under our Jan Term hours:

  • Monday through Thursday -- 7:30am-8:00pm
  • Friday -- 7:30am-5:00pm
  • Saturday -- 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday -- 1:00pm-8:00pm

The library will also be CLOSED on Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

We will resume regular library hours on Monday, January 23rd.  You can find more information about the library's hours of operation on our website by clicking here.





Thursday, December 29, 2016

December 29th, 1841 - Howard College Incorporated

Although the celebration of Samford's 175th anniversary has been in full swing for a little while now, it was on this day in 1841 that the state of Alabama officially recognized Samford University as a corporate institution of academic learning. The school was incorporated as Howard College in Marion, Alabama under the leadership of 15 trustees.  Happy Birthday, Samford!



Want to find out more? Check out this selection from the Special Collection Treasures collection.