Friday, November 21, 2014

Library Hours for Thanksgiving Week

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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.