Monday, August 29, 2016

While you were away...

We made some noise in the library during the quiet summer hours to improve your library experience!





Using funds raised during The Big Give campaign in Spring, we have added charging stations to the tops of most study tables on the second and third floors of the library.

Thanks for the hard work during installation!
Our goal is to make it easier to plug in your computers and peripherals while you spend time in the library.

New power strips on tables in the second floor Reading Room.

The library is always striving to make your experience in the library more comfortable and efficient. 

Welcome to Fall Semester 2016! We can't wait to see you back in the library!  

Monday, August 1, 2016

Celebrating Nursing

Did you know that the School of Nursing, now part of the College of Health Sciences, wasn't always part of Samford University? Back when it started in the 1920s, it was part of the Birmingham Baptist Hospital. 

A Pair of Nursing Students in 1924.
Verla Sexton is the student on the left, but her friend on the right isn't identified. 

Class of 1929 Nursing Graduates.
The Birmingham Baptist Association established the Birmingham Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in 1922. One of our earliest class photos is this graduating class from 1929. When these women graduated, the school of nursing was only seven years old. 

Miss Birmingham Baptist Hosptial in 1966.
Along with having a nursing school, the Birmingham Baptist Hospital School of Nursing had lots of activities for their nursing students. They had their own publication called the Black Band and their own pageant for the Miss Birmingham Baptist Hospital. 

First Dean of the Nursing School at Samford University was Laurene Gilmore.
In 1973, the nursing program transferred to Samford University and began offering associate and baccalaureate degrees in nursing. 

Nursing students practice prenatal care.
The nursing school moved to its current home in the Dwight and Lucille Beeson Center for the Healing Arts on Samford's campus in 1988. Though undated, according to some of our friends at the Nursing school, we think this photo from that era. 

And just a few months ago, the Nursing School joined with the new College of Health Sciences and migrated to the former Southern Progress building. 

Proud Nursing Alumnae in 1966.
The Special Collection is excited for this new chapter in the Nursing School's long life, and we thought it would be fun to share some photos and materials from the Nursing School that are in our collections.

Thanks to Rachel Cohen of the Special Collection for text and photographs.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Alabama Churches

The Special Collection recently finished digitizing over a hundred photos of Baptist churches throughout the state of Alabama. While we're still getting them uploaded into our online system for everyone to see, we thought we'd show off a few of our favorites. 

These photos come from SCAV 960, a collection of photos of Baptist churches from the 1950s and 1960s that were gathered by the Alabama Baptist Historical Commision. Sadly, most of the photos are not dated and on some there is no location, so we've not always been able to percisely ID each of the churches in question. After all, churches sure do like the have the same names. 


Hanceville First Bapitst Church

Hanceville First Baptist Church in Hanceville Alabama is a member of the East Cullman Association. We don't have a date on this photo, but we're thinking it is from the 1950s. 


 First Baptist Church in Steppville, Alabama
We don't know much about this church, but we love the photo. No association has been able to be verified for the church. So, if anyone recognizes this door, we'd love to know. 


Philadelphia Baptist Church, Phenix City, Alabama
This is Philadelphia Baptist Church in Phenix City, Alabama. Philadelphia Baptist Church is a member of the Russell Baptist Association. 


Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Decatur, Alabama
Here's Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Decatur, Alabama. After some digging, we've traced the church to the Morgan Baptist Association, but we're not certain about that. Sadly, this great old photograph is creased in the center, causing considerable damage. 


 Union Grove in Morgan County
One of our more mysterious churches, Union Grove is identified on the photograph as a member of the Gillam Springs Association, but the Gillam Springs Association no longer exists. We haven't been able to find the church in another association and Union Grove is a very common church name. If anyone recognizes this church, please contact the Special Collection at scdept@samford.edu. We'd love to track it down. 

And that's it! Just a few of our newly digitized church photos. We're always adding more, so check out our Alabama Religious Life digital collections online.

Thanks, once again, to Rachel Cohen of the Special Collection and University Archives for blog text and photographs.

Alabama Churches

The Special Collection recently finished digitizing over a hundred photos of Baptist churches throughout the state of Alabama. While we're still getting them uploaded into our online system for everyone to see, we thought we'd show off a few of our favorites. 

These photos come from SCAV 960, a collection of photos of Baptist churches from the 1950s and 1960s that were gathered by the Alabama Baptist Historical Commision. Sadly, most of the photos are not dated and on some there is no location, so we've not always been able to percisely ID each of the churches in questions. After all, churches sure do like the have the same name. 


Hanceville First Bapitst Church

Hanceville First Baptist Church in Hanceville Alabama is a member of the East Cullman Association. We don't have a date on this photo, but we're thinking it is from the 1950s. 


 First Baptist Church in Steppville, Alabama
We don't know much about this church, but love the photo. No association has been able to be verified for the church. So, if anyone recoginizes this door, we'd love to know. 


Philadelphia Baptist Church, Phenix City, Alabama
Philadelphia Baptist Church in Phenix City, Alabama. Philadelphia Baptist Church is a member of the Russell Baptist Association. 


Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Decatur, Alabama
Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Decatur, Alabama. After some digging, we've traced the church to the Morgan Baptist Association, but we're not certain about that. Sadly, this great old photograph is creased in the center, causing considerable damage. 


 Union Grove in Morgan County
One of our more mysterious churches, Union Grove is identifed on the photopgraph as a member of the Gillam Springs Association, but the Gillam Springs Association no longer exists. We haven't been able to find the church is another association and Union Grove is a very common church name. If anyone recognizes this church, please contact the Special Collection at scdept@samford.edu (Link to Email) . We'd love to track it down. 

And that's it! Just a few of our newly digitized church photos. We're always adding more, so check out our Alabama Relgious Life digital collections online.

Thanks, once again, to Rachel Cohen of the Special Collection and University Archives for blog text and photographs.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Library Closed for Independence Day

The Samford University library will be closed on Monday, July 4th, to observe Independence Day.





The anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 commemorates the signing of the document which declared:

 "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

The American revolutionaries declared the thirteen original colonies to be independent states, free of British rule.

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Have a safe and blessed holiday!  

The library will re-open as usual at 7:30 am on July 5.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The First Summer School

A Group of Howard College's First Summer School Students 

Originally published in the Howard College Bulletin in July 1915, this rare photo shows our first class of Education students.

The photo caption tells us that, "In order to provide for the extension of teachers' certificates, Howard College established a Department of Education with the opening of its first summer school, June 7. The school for teachers was run in conjunction with the summer school for college students. About fifty students were registered the first summer. Professor James W. Norman, recently named to the faculty of the School of Education of the University of Minnesota, was Dean of the Summer School. The school closed July 16."

So, this group of students were some of our first Education students ever! And they started classes here 101 years ago today.