Monday, November 24, 2014

Celebrating the Life of C. S. Lewis

This month, the Davis Library is celebrating the life and literary legacy of C. S. Lewis.
C. S. Lewis, November 29, 1893-- November 22, 1963
The library is fortunate to have a generous donor who has provided us with a comprehensive collection of works by and about Lewis.

Torrie Richardson, Fine Arts




In honor of the anniversary of Lewis' birthday this month, we held a contest among our visual arts students to create a piece of art commemorating Lewis that would be featured on a bookmark commissioned by our donor.
Hunter Longley, Graphic Design


Ryan Ivey, Graphic Design




















We had some incredible entries from very talented students.  Lindsey Hall, Graphic Design major, had the winning design.

Lindsey Hall, Featured Artist





Our donor hoped to put one of the finished bookmarks in the hands of every Freshman on campus, which we attempted to accomplish with the help of our professors.

We currently have displays in the library featuring each of the entries for the contest, as well as a timeline of C. S. Lewis' life and major works.



From the bookmark:                                                       
"Through the gift and direction of a generous local donor, University Library has added 86 titles by and about C. S. Lewis (1898—1963) since January 2012. The enhanced collections attempt to provide a complete catalog of novels, poems, theological and philosophical monographs, literary criticism, children's books, essays, and memoirs by this highly influential Christian scholar. The aims for the collection now include adding audio books and DVDs, a process that has already begun, as well as secondary works about Lewis.


"It's hard to overestimate the influence Lewis had and continues to have on generations of scholars and the public. His science fiction, children's literature, and devotional writings persist in popularity, while his scholarly works continue to be studied and analyzed. Derivative works such as movies and plays entice young audiences and lay the foundation of a generous and beautiful Christian theology. Lewis' prodigious body of work can be found throughout the library."

The Davis Library welcomes you to stop by and take a look at the featured art of our talented students as well as portions of the fantastic collection of Lewis' works that we have here at the library.









Friday, November 21, 2014

Library Hours for Thanksgiving Week

"Male north american turkey supersaturated".
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It's almost Thanksgiving, everyone!  

Here are the library's hours for next week:

Monday, 11/24-  7:30am until Midnight
Tuesday, 11/25-  7:30am until 6:00pm
Wednesday, 11/26-  8:00am until 2:00pm
Thursday, 11/27 through Saturday, 11/29- CLOSED
Sunday, 11/30-   6:00pm until Midnight

Stay tuned for our extended Finals hours.

You can always find accurate opening and closing times for the library under the "Hours" tab at library.samford.edu, or here: http://library.samford.edu/about/hours.html 

We wish the entire Samford family a safe and happy holiday!

P.S. Did you hear that story about Benjamin Franklin suggesting that the North American Wild Turkey be the National Symbol? Well, it's not entirely true. Find out more about the symbols on our Great Seal of the United States here: http://diplomacy.state.gov/documents/organization/101201.pdf

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Look Back: The Laws of Howard College 1846


Cover of the Laws of Howard College published in 1846. Call Number: LD2281.24.L3 1846
Howard College, now Samford University, was founded in 1841. Classes began in 1842 and started with nine students. The student body grew, but remained very small in the early days. 

In 1846, the college published a document entitled, “Laws of Howard College, Enacted September 18th, 1846” (Call Number: LD2281.24 .L3 1846). This very slim document outlines the procedures of Howard College beginning with the board of trustees, briefly covering the student enrollment and admission. The dining hall is, of course, discussed and then the document talks about the library. 

Being a library ourselves, it’s interesting to read the rules of Howard College’s Library in 1846. For example, students were permitted only to check out two books and admonished from lending them to other or taking them out of the town. 

You can read the full text of the library rules below. 

Laws of Howard College 1, Caption: Page 7 of the Laws of Howard College, LD2281.24 .L3 1846

Laws of Howard College 2, Caption: Page 8 of the Laws of Howard College, LD2281.24 .L3 1846


After the library rules are completed, there are a few other rules, such as one forbidding students from throwing trash out of windows. That seems reasonable enough. 

If you’d like to see the whole document, feel free to come down to the Special Collection and ask for the Laws of Howard College (call number: LD2281.24 .L3 1846). 

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

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Howard College Library Club in 1949

Generally, Special Collection struggles to identify large group photos, so we couldn't have been more pleased when we found this photo of the Library Club of 1949 with every member identified.

Library Club tea held January 16, 1949. Left to right: Miss Mabel Willoughby, Librarian, Mrs. Burton (tea table), Betty Shaffield, Gloria Tucker, Ellen Hall, Virginia Casey (secretary), George Ricker (President of the Library Club), Carolyn King, Peggy Baker, Violet Fuson, Jimpsky Marphree, Mary Vesta Barnard, Miss Evelyn Sellers, Dean of Women (seated)


 A fun vintage photo of campus activities in the late 1940's.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Celebrate National Archives Month with the Special Collection!


October is American Archives Month and Special Collection in the University Library is celebrating with our annual Open House. 

Come join us from 1 to 3 pm on Wednesday the 29th of October for some refreshments and a chance to see everything from Civil War medical kits to Howard College's first set of student records. 

Visit the Special Collection Treasure Chest to check out some of the priceless items that can be found in our collection.  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Special Collection Welcomes the William E. Hull Collection

Some of the boxes of the 475 linear feet of the Hull collection, neatly stacked and waiting to be transferred into proper storage.

Last week, the University Library Special Collection department received the final installment of the William E. Hull Collection. The collection consists of approximately 475 linear feet of records, including book manuscripts, articles, correspondence, sermons, and research notes. Samford’s Special Collection was honored to be selected back in 1995 by Dr. Hull himself as the archive to receive his materials.

Dr. William Hull as a Senior from the Entre Nous 1951.

William E. Hull enrolled at the University of Alabama in 1948 to study medicine. During his sophomore year he felt a calling to ministry and transferred to Samford University, then Howard College, for his junior year. After graduating from Howard College in 1951, he went on to earn a master of divinity and a Ph. D from Southern Seminary in Kentucky. In addition, he did advanced studies at Harvard University and the University of Gottingen in Germany.

Dr. William Hull speaking at Samford Commencement in 2008.


For 17 years, Dr. Hull was a professor of New Testament at Southern Seminary and served as dean and provost there before becoming the pastor at First Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA in 1975. He returned to teaching after taking the position of provost and professor here at Samford in 1987.

Dr. Hull was famous for saying the same benediction at many occasions, and this is one of the copies of it.

In addition, Hull, was a world-renowned scholar, writer, and theologian. He authored 21 books on Christian topics and theology and contributed to 24 additional works. Hull was a popular speaker both locally and worldwide preaching approximately 7,500 sermons between 1949 and 2008 with a ministry reaching beyond those years.

One drawer of the many filing cabinets storing Dr. Hull's clippings, research notes, and sermon drafts.


Dr. Hull passed away on December 10, 2013 from ALS. The University Library, Special Collection department is honored to be a part of preserving his legacy. 

Text and Photographs provided by Jennifer Taylor of the Special Collection.