Thursday, August 31, 2017

Throwback Thursday - 1949 Classroom

Photo courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection

An undated photograph of students in class at Howard College's East Lake campus. The photograph has been stored with others from 1949, but may not be related.



Thursday, August 24, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Move-In Day

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection

Tomorrow is the big day as students officially move in for Fall 2017!  As a means of saying "WELCOME" to all those coming back for another year, along with those incoming freshmen beginning their own Samford Story, here's a Throwback Thursday picture of two young ladies doing the same.  While the photo itself is undated, we believe that it dates back to either the 1960s or 1970s.



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Throwback Thursday - 1970 Samford Students

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

Campus feels so empty during the summer, so here's an image of students crossing the quad from 1970 to remind us what it feels like during the regular school year.  It also reminds us that the large trees in front of the library weren't always so large.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Howard Students, 1895

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

Back in 1895, all Howard College students wore military style uniforms.  While we don't know exactly how hot it was at the time -- the record high temperature for Birmingham on this date was 101 °F in 2010 -- it's probably safe to assume that none of these students felt cold in this picture.



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Marion Campus

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

One of the earliest pictures we have of the old Howard College campus in Marion, Alabama.  There are two dates written in pencil on the back of the photograph: 1870 and 1907.  As the college relocated to the East Lake campus in 1887 we believe the first date is more accurate.




Thursday, June 29, 2017

BONUS Throwback Thursday - U.S. Centennial Flag

As we prepare to celebrate our nation's independence next week during the July 4th holiday, we thought it might be fitting to share one of the treasured artifacts housed in the Samford University Library's Special Collection -- a hand-sewn linen United States flag from 1876.

Images courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

The flag features 37 stars (the number of U.S. states at the time) and is signed by "M. Baker" -- further research identifies her as Matilda Baker, a shopkeeper in her early 50s at the time the flag was made.

Click here for more information about Matilda Baker and the U.S. Centennial Flag

Click here to learn more about items from the Samford University Library Special Collection



Throwback Thursday - Old Main

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.


Photograph of "Old Main" building at Howard College's East Lake campus in Birmingham in 1949.  If something was happening on campus, it likely happened here.



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Library Hours for the July 4th Holiday

Image source: Wikimedia Commons

The Samford University Library will be CLOSED Tuesday, July 4th, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.  We will be open the following hours during the preceding weekend:

  • Friday, June 30th:  7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday, July 1st:  10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday, July 2nd:  1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Monday, July 3rd:  7:30am - 8:00pm

We will resume our normal summer hours on Wednesday, July 5th.

For more information about the library's hours of operation, please click HERE.




Thursday, June 22, 2017

Throwback Thursday - 1925 Glee Club

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

A photograph of the Howard College Glee club in 1925. On back the some of the students are identified as A.H. Eubank, E.N. House, Peyton A. Eurona and Frank Aokins (directing).






Thursday, June 15, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Campus Construction

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

Major Harwell Davis (President 1939-58), Frank P. Samford, and Paul A. Redmond at the construction site of the Homewood campus' administration building, now known as Samford Hall.



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Throwback Thursday - First Summer School Students

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

If you're attending summer classes at Samford this year, you have something in common with these individuals as Howard College opened its very first summer school 102 years ago yesterday.

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 on June 7, 1915. 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, who had recently been named to the faculty of the School of Education of the University of Minnesota, was Dean of the Summer School. The school closed July 16th of that year.

We don't know how warm it was the day this picture was taken, but the record daytime high for Birmingham on this day in history is 97 °F in 1933... so the next time you're thinking you're uncomfortably hot while dressed in shorts and t-shirts, just consider the outfits they're wearing here.



Thursday, June 1, 2017

Throwback Thursday - A. Bess Clark

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

This formal photograph of A. Bess Clark appeared in the July 1919 edition of the Howard College Summer Bulletin.  Clark was both the Dean of Women and an English professor at the time.



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Howard College Sorority Girls

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

This week's image appeared in the July 1930 edition of the Howard College bulletin Campus Views.  Unfortunately, we don't know which sorority is being represented here -- but at least they seem to be enjoying themselves.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Filming in Reid Chapel

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

On this date in 1961, the half-hour documentary Who Speaks for Birmingham? aired on CBS.  Parts of the documentary were filmed in our own Reid Chapel where Howard College students were interviewed.



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Post-Finals Hours for May 2017


HUZZAH!  We've made it through the end of another Spring Term!  We hope that everyone aced their finals and congratulations to all those seniors who are graduating!

Now that finals are over, the library will be operating on reduced hours between now and the start of summer classes:
  • Thursday, May 11th:  7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Friday, May 12th:  7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday, May 13th:  CLOSED

  • Sunday, May 14th:  CLOSED
  • Monday, May 15th:  7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 16th:  7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 17th:  7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday, May 18th:  7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Friday, May 19th:  7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday, May 20th:  CLOSED

  • Sunday, May 21st:  CLOSED
  • Monday, May 22nd:  7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 23rd:  7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 24th:  7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday, May 25th:  7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Friday, May 26th:  7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday, May 27th:  CLOSED

  • Sunday, May 28th:  CLOSED
  • Monday, May 29th:  CLOSED for Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, May 30th:  7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 31st:  7:30am - 5:00pm

  • Thursday, June 1st:  7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Friday, June 2nd:  7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday, June 3rd:  CLOSED
  • Sunday, June 4th:  CLOSED

The library will resume its normal summer hours on Monday, June 5th.

For more information on the library's hours of operation, please click HERE.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Extended Library Hours for Finals


It seems like the semester started only yesterday (at least for us), but the spring has flown past and final exams are right around the corner.  And once again, the library will be operating under extended hours to accommodate your late-night study needs.

  • Sunday, April 30th:  1pm - 2am
  • Monday, May 1st:  7:30am - 2am
  • Tuesday, May 2nd:  7:30am - 2am
  • Wednesday, May 3rd:  7:30am - 2am
  • Thursday, May 4th:  7:30am - 2am
  • Friday, May 5th:  7:30am - 8pm
  • Saturday, May 6th:  10am - 8pm
  • Sunday, May 7th:  1pm - 2am
  • Monday, May 8th:  7:30am - 2am
  • Tuesday, May 9th:  7:30am - 2am
  • Wednesday, May 10th:  7:30am - 2am

And in case you get a case of the munchies while burning the midnight oil, the Einstein Bros. Bagels location in the library will be operating under extended hours during finals as well:
  • Monday, May 1st:  7:30am - 1am
  • Tuesday, May 2nd:  7:30am - 1am
  • Wednesday, May 3rd:  7:30am - 1am
  • Thursday, May 4th:  7:30am - 1am
  • Friday, May 5th:  7:30am - 2pm
  • Saturday, May 6th:  CLOSED
  • Sunday, May 7th:  4pm - 12am
  • Monday, May 8th:  7:30am - 12am
  • Tuesday, May 9th:  7:30am - 12am
  • Wednesday, May 10th:  7:30am - 12am

For more information about the library's hours of operation, click here.




Thursday, April 27, 2017

Throwback Thursday - 1945 Chemistry Students

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection

Three female students work around a table together in the Howard College Biology Lab. The photograph was originally published in a 1945 promotional brochure advertising Howard College to veterans as an educational opportunity.  Its caption describes them as "Neophyte Scientists."

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Throwback Thursday - 1941 Male Quartet

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

The Male Quartet of Howard College in 1941.

From left to right: Milton Pope, L.A. Rattey, Billy Gwin, and Bill Dewitt.



Friday, April 14, 2017

Library Closed for Easter Weekend


The Samford University Library will be closed Saturday April 15th through Monday April 17th in observance of the Easter weekend.  We hope everyone has a lovely, blessed holiday with friends and loved ones.

The library will re-open on Tuesday April 18th for regular hours.

For more information about the Library's hours of operation, please click here.



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Throwback Thursday -- 1966 Samford Pharmacy Class

Samford's pharmacy program was originally founded in 1927, but was closed shortly thereafter largely due to the effects of the 1929 stock market crash.  However, it was re-established in 1932 at the urging of both the Alabama Pharmaceutical Association and the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy.  It quickly grew into the South's largest pharmacy program and remains a national leader in the field today.

Image provided by the Samford University Library Special Collection.

This image dates back to May 1966, nearly 30 years before the pharmacy program was re-named in honor of HealthTrust, Inc. co-founder and Samford graduate R. Clayton McWhorter.

For more information about the history of the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, click here.



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Throwback Thursday -- 1956 Men's Tennis Team

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.


A photograph of the Howard College Men's Tennis team in 1956.



Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Samford Crimson -- 1954 April Fool's Day Edition

Scholars tend to disagree upon where and when the practice of April Fool's Day actually began. Some believe that it has its roots in older springtime festivals such as the Roman "Hilaria."  Others believe that it originated in the late 16th century, when the Gregorian Calendar was established and moved New Year's Day to January 1st -- those who continued to celebrate the new year on April 1st (New Year's Day according to the Julian Calendar) were made fun of by being tricked into believing hoaxes and/or sent on "fool's errands."  There are also those who believe it may have been established in reference to the "Nun's Priest's Tale" from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales from 1392.

Whatever its origins, April Fool's Day is celebrated far and wide as individuals take delight in playing (mostly) harmless pranks upon their friends and neighbors around the world... and as this front page from 1954 clearly shows, the Samford Crimson is no stranger to springtime shenanigans.


Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.


Hoax headlines include the decision to keep Howard College in East Lake (the move was actually approved in November 1952), a dog being named "Faculty Member of the Week," and a new series of campus rules instructing (among other things) "loafing must be done in an insignificant place; for example, the president's office."

Being skeptical of what you read/see/hear is always advisable, but we recommend a little extra skepticism today.



Thursday, March 30, 2017

Throwback Thursday -- Howard College Baseball, 1962

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.


Coach Virgil Ledbetter and John Papadennis with an unidentified student 55 years ago.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Annual Juried Haiku Exhibition

Inspired by the success of Black History Month and Women's History Month, the Academy of American Poets founded National Poetry Month in 1996.  Among their goals was a desire to increase support for poets and their works by increasing media attention and encouraging additional distribution (and publishing) of poetry books.

In 2014, the Samford University Library began its tradition of observing National Poetry Month with our annual juried haiku exhibition featuring short poems submitted by members from the Samford faculty, staff, students and library patrons.  We will continue that tradition next month and we're asking YOU to submit your best haiku!

Image source: Wikimedia Commons 

Haiku painting from 1688 by famous Edo period poet Matsuo Bashō.  English translation:

Quietly, quietly,
yellow mountain roses fall –
sound of the rapids.


The next haiku exhibition is scheduled to be installed on Thursday, April 6th and will remain beside the grand staircase on the 1st floor of the library until Friday, April 28th.  If you would like to submit your meditations following the short form structure of haiku, please fill out this short form below or tweet to us at @SamfordULibrary.

You may submit your haiku anonymously or with your name.  The best haiku may be displayed in the library and/or shared via the library's social media.




Thursday, March 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday -- Dr. George P. Faust



Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.


Not sure what to study? Meet with an advisor like this student did with Dr. George P. Faust, Head of Freshman English in the 1940s.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Throwback Thursday -- A Capella Choir England Tour

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.


The Samford University A Capella Choir, under the direction of Dr. Black, toured England during the summer of 1979.  We have no information as to whether or not "Sweet Home Alabama" was part of the program.



Friday, March 10, 2017

Library Hours for Spring Break 2017


As classes are out next week for Spring Break, the library will be operating on reduced hours while the students are (hopefully) having a FANTASTIC week off:
    • Friday, March 10th (today):  7:30am - 5:00pm
    • Saturday, March 11th:  CLOSED
    • Sunday, March 12th: CLOSED
    • Monday, March 13th:  8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Tuesday, March 14th:  8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Wednesday, March 15th:  8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Thursday, March 16th:  8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Friday, March 17th:  CLOSED
    • Saturday, March 18th:  CLOSED
    • Sunday, March 19th:  6:00pm - midnight
We will resume our normal operating hours on Monday, March 20th.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Throwback Thursday -- 1977 Debate Team

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

The Samford Debate Team, known as the "Debate Squad," displays their awards in this 1977 photograph.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Extended Library Hours for Midterms

Need a quiet place to help you cram for that midterm?  The Samford University Library will be open 7:30 am - 2:00 am Monday through Wednesday of next week, with Conference Room 233/234/235 set aside exclusively for quiet study after 5:00 pm. each evening.


And if you're in the mood for some late-night study munchies, the Einstein Bros. Bagels located on the 1st floor of the library will be open until 1:00 am Monday through Wednesday of next week.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday -- Early Baseball Team Picture

Samford's baseball team has a history reaching back into the early 1900s -- with Al "Red" Worthington being the first former Bulldog to play in the MLB -- but unfortunately no date is known for this particular team picture.


Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Scottsboro Boys Photo Exhibit -- Now Through March 3rd

The Samford University Library invites you to experience “Scottsboro Boys: Outside the Protective Circle of Humanity” -- a traveling exhibit chronicling what many consider to be the very beginning of the civil rights movement in the United States.  This exhibit comes to us courtesy of the Morgan County Archives and is on display on the second floor of the library in our Main Reading Room now through March 3rd.





The Scottsboro Boys were nine African-American men, ages thirteen to twenty-one, charged with the rape of two white women in March of 1931.  Their names were Willie Roberson, Olen Montgomery, Eugene Williams, Roy Wright, Haywood Patterson, Clarence Norris, Andy Wright, Ozie Powell and Charlie Weems. Within two weeks, an all-white jury found the men guilty and sentenced them to death.

The case made national news.  The Communist-backed International Labor Defense (ILD) took up the case and appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court. The ILD also organized protests across the country against the racist verdict.  Labor organizations around the nation rallied for a new trial.  The Alabama Supreme Court upheld the convictions, but in November 1932, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a new trial.

The new trials began in March 1933. Samuel Liebowitz, an eminent criminal lawyer recruited by the ILD, defended the accused.  Judge James Edwin Horton oversaw the first trial which was that of Haywood Patterson.  In spite of lack of evidence and a victim recanting her story, the jury convicted Patterson to death.

The defense moved for a retrial and, believing the defendants innocent, Judge James Edwin Horton agreed to set aside the guilty verdict for Patterson. Horton ruled the rest of defendants could not get a fair trial at that time and postponed the rest of the trials.  This decision cost him his job when he ran for re-election.

The trials moved to another court and continued. This third set of trials was completed and again all men were sentenced to death. The U.S. Supreme Court reversed this set of convictions April 1, 1935, because African-Americans were excluded from the juries in Alabama at that time. This practice denied the defendants due process.

In 1936-1937, five of the defendants were again tried and found guilty. Willie Roberson, Olen Montgomery, Eugene Williams, and Roy Wright, who had already been in prison for six years, had their cases dismissed.  Haywood Patterson, Clarence Norris, Andy Wright, Ozie Powell and Charlie Weems were sentenced to long prison terms.

Patterson escaped in 1949 and fled to Michigan where the governor refused to extradite him.  He was convicted in an assault case there in 1951 and died in 1952.

Charlie Weems was paroled in 1943.  Andy Wright was paroled in New York State in 1950. Clarence Norris was pardoned in 1976 by Governor George Wallace.  Ozie Powell was paroled in 1946.

On November 21, 2013, the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles granted posthumous pardons to Weems, Wright and Patterson, the only Scottsboro Boys who had neither had their convictions overturned nor received a pardon.

Throwback Thursday -- 1962 Step Sing Winners

Step Sing 2017 is in the history books, and congratulations to this year's winners!

Step Sing has its roots on the old East Lake campus of then-Howard College, where it was held every semester as a sing-along on the steps of the Renfroe Hall dormitory starting in 1951.  It eventually became a competition, and in the 1960s costumes and props were added to the performances.

Speaking of the 1960s, here are the 1962 Step Sing winners with their trophies.


Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Throwback Thursday -- Phi Kappa Pi performs in Step Sing 1974

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

As the 2017 edition of Step Sing opens tonight, we thought we'd share this photograph of Phi Kappa Pi performing in Step Sing on November 16, 1974. The show as entitled, "My Special Angel." Phi Kappa Pi won the Fraternities Division of Step Sing that year.

Good luck -- or should we say, "break a leg!" -- to everyone involved in making the latest installment in this cherished Samford tradition happen!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (SAILS)


From now through the 20th, the University Library will once again be administering the Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (SAILS) to Samford undergraduate students. This will give us a detailed snapshot of our students’ information literacy skills and will help us to optimize our instructional efforts to meet areas of need.  The library has previously administered the SAILS survey in 2011 and 2014.

Students will be sent a link to the survey via their Bulldog Mail e-mail account.  Those who choose to participate will be asked to answer some questions about the various library and information resources they may use.  At the conclusion of the test, they will have the opportunity to enter our prize drawing. Prizes include a new iPad Mini 2 (32GB), two $50 Target gift cards and a $100 Amazon gift card.

This is an anonymous test; the researchers will not know the identity of the students, and the information we gather will be reported to others only in aggregate form, so no one will be able to identify the students or their individual responses. Each student is assigned a randomly generated identification number which may be used by Samford to confirm their participation in this assessment. This number is not associated with their names or other identifying information by Project SAILS and individual responses will not be shared with the university.


It is our hope that all our students who are contacted will allow their responses to the test to be used for this Samford-approved research project.  

If you want to know more about this research, please email Lauren Young, Instruction Coordinator here at the library. 

If you have questions about Samford University's rules for research, please contact Dr. Drew Hataway, Assistant Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Chair of the University's Institutional Review Board.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Library Hours -- Spring Term 2017


Welcome back everyone!  It's great to see so many students back on campus today and we here at the library want to let you know we're ready to help you with your spring research needs.

Starting today, the library is operating under our regular hours:

  • Monday through Thursday -- 7:30am-midnight
  • Friday -- 7:30am-8:00pm
  • Saturday -- 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Sunday -- 1:00pm-midnight
You can find more information about the library's hours of operation on our website by clicking here.

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.