Monday, November 30, 2015

Guess the Number of Books in the Tree and Win!

Guess, Follow,

1. Guess the number of books in the book tree.
2. Follow @SamfordULibrary on Twitter.
3. Tag us with your best guess.
4. Win!

Contest open to all. In the event of a tie, winner will be chosen at random from the correct entries. Winners will be notified via Twitter.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! Holiday Hours

The year which is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.…I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens…to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.

The Davis Library will be on a holiday schedule this weekend and next week.

"Thanksgiving Celebration." The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide.
Abington: Helicon, 2015. Credo Reference. Web. 20 Nov. 2015.
We will be closed Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22, and we will re-open from 8:00 -4:30 Monday and Tuesday, November 23 and 24.

The library will be closed November 25th through November 28th to observe the University Thanksgiving break.  

We will open on Sunday, November 29th, from 6pm until Midnight.

You can always check our hours on our website,

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Celebrate Liz Wells with us @ Homecoming

Come celebrate esteemed historian Liz Wells with us during Samford Homecoming 2015!

Liz with a piece of the famed Sherman Oak.

When: 10am Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Where: The Library tent on the quad in front of the Davis Library

Who: All Liz appreciators and Samford family and friends

Why: Because Liz rocks!

Liz hops off into retirement.

Liz Wells will be retiring in December after many years of service to Samford University.

Join us for refreshments, remembering, and celebrating.

We hope to see you there!

Liz knows her stuff about Samford's stuff.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Welcome to the Special Collection!

The Samford University Special Collection department (SC) was officially formed in 1955. When the present campus was being built, an area of the new library was set aside where the department could reside.
By 1957, the SC held 1,385 items. Today the collection has grown to include over 13,880 sets of records; with the size of a single collection ranging anywhere between a single folder to 100 boxes of material.  In addition, the collection now houses more than 39,000 volumes of printed materials. 

The department has three primary focuses for the collection; 
  • Collect, preserve and share the story of Samford University with materials going back before the founding of the institution in 1841, then known as Howard College, up through the present day. 
  • Serve as the repository for Alabama Baptists.  Baptist records at Samford can be traced back nearly a century. However, the university didn’t enter into an official agreement with the Baptists of Alabama until 1953. By 1956, the collection consisted of 263 church records and 183 associational records. Today the collection houses over 5,900 different collections related to Baptist history. 
  • Collect Alabama resources documenting the social, family, cultural, and religious history of the state.

In addition to the above, the department houses Irish materials, rare books, and the literary collections of Alfred Lord Tennyson, John Ruskin, John Masefield, and Lafcadio Hearn.   

The types of materials housed in the collection include newspapers, periodicals, books, diaries, correspondence files, oral histories, manuscripts, official records, videos, dissertations, photographs and audio recordings. 

This past year, material from the collection has been used in books, dissertations, film documentaries and, most importantly, the research papers of Samford students. 

The Special Collection Department is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Why do I have to sign in?

You're ready to get started with your research.  You visit the library's website--  You type your search in the handy box provided on the front page, and then, you see this:

Have you wondered why there's an extra step to get to all of the great, scholarly resources that you can find through the library?

It's because these resources are only for YOU- Samford Students and Faculty.  Not only that, but only current students, too.

Many of the resources that you can find through the library are behind a paywall.  This means that they are only available with a paid (often expensive) subscription to a database or individual journal.  

Ever used Google Scholar and gotten frustrated because of all of the articles that you couldn't simply click and read?  There's a good chance that we have access to them, or we can get them for you, because you have already paid for that access through the library.

This isn't the only reason you have to log in to use the library's databases.  It also helps us to know how we can best meet the needs of the Samford community.  We make yearly decisions about what resources to keep or get rid of, and how to best help you find what you're looking for, because you log in.  We are constantly striving to serve YOU better!

Some of our database access is provided for free to people in Alabama through the Alabama Virtual Library.  These databases are marked by a little AVL symbol next to them in the database list:

You can visit the Alabama Virtual Library at

And remember, if you have questions about what we do, why we do it, or how we do it, please don't hesitate to Ask Us!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Campus Activities: the 1960s through the 1980s

From the late 1950s to the early 1990s, the campus photographer was Lew Arnold. Along with documenting major campus events like Homecoming and Commencement, Arnold photographed smaller moments in student’s lives.

Here are some of his photos of campus activities that are favorites of the Special Collection.

A female student reading on the Quad circa 1960 to 1979. Personally, we’re big fans of her flipped hairstyle.

Greek Week in 1962 with students pointing to their sorority or fraternity affiliations.

Continuing the Greek theme, here is a sorority theme party in 1975. Unfortunately, we don’t know what sorority or what the theme was exactly, but it clearly involved apples.

An impassioned game of tug of war on the quad circa the 1980s.