Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Look Back: A Library for Students

As the school year has ended, the University Library on Samford’s campus is largely empty. Summer classes have yet to start, so only a few students remain on campus.

Since the hustle and bustle of studying students is missed by the librarians, the Special Collection thought this would be a wonderful chance to show off photographs of studying students in days past. 

All of these photos are from the interior of the University Library and, though undated, we believe most are from between 1960 and 1980. 

All were taken by Lew Arnold, the campus photographer at the time. 

We hope you enjoy this look back at students being studious in the library.  We do miss you when you're not around!

Text and Photographs contributed by Rachel Cohen of the Special Collection.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Look Back: Baseball in Samford's Past

Baseball season is upon us. So the today the Special Collection is sharing three photos of teams of the past.

One of the earliest baseball photos we have is undated, though we believe it comes from the turn of the century. 

Next, Coach Virgil Ledbitter poses with two students in this 1962 shot, just three years before our name change. 

Coach Ledbetter and Team Members

Lastly, the whole team poses in a full color photograph in 1983. 

Photographs and text were contributed by Rachel Cohen of the Special Collection.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Look Back: Howard College as Hospital

Prescription Books for Howard College as Civil War Hospital
During the Civil War, the Howard College Campus in Marion, Alabama was transformed into a hospital. The Special Collection is lucky enough to house two of the prescription books for the hospital. 


The first book chronicles Ward C for the period of September 24, 1863 until October 8, 1863. 

The second book begins in June 16th 1864. Each page covers an entire week of time in the hospital. The names of the patients are on the far left and their daily treatments go across the page.

While the first book is in quite good condition, the second book has what appears to be fire damage to the outer edge and some soot stains on the inner pages. Both books can be viewed in the Special Collection and are stored in SC 348. 

Text and Photographs Contributed by Rachel Cohen, Archivist of the Samford Special Collection

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Gov Docs Anniversary Party TODAY

Stop by the first floor of the library for FREE CAKE to celebrate Gov Docs 130th anniversary today!

Cake, y'all!

We know you'll enjoy it!

Thursday, May 8, 2014


Samford, we here at the library are concerned for you.
Students: y'all gotta calm down.
We have observed your nervous expressions, your marathon study sessions, and your excessive caffeine consumption.
We are here to help.
Next week, dear students, we have many activities, some even beginning Friday, to ease your tension and revive your vigor!

Super Fun One-Day Stuff:

Monday, May 12th-- Steel City Pops.  

100 Free Pops to the first 100 students. Ben Brown Plaza, 11am. 

Tuesday, May 13th-- Melt Truck.  
Melty, Cheesy goodness.   
Ben Brown Plaza, 11am. 

Wednesday, May 14th-- Cake for Gov Docs birthday.  
First floor of the library.  Cake.  10am.

All Week Long:

Library Art Scavenger Hunt-  Find the art, turn it in at Circ, Win stuff.  Easy.  Also a great time for a quick study break, y'all!

Origami Table-  Next to the Circulation desk.  Instructions included.  Fold a crane, take a breather.

Surviving Finals Postcards-  If you address them and decorate them, we will mail them for you! Located at the blue table next to the front door.


Don't fret, Samford students! We've got plenty of fun to distract you from your looming deadlines.

Stop by the library for studying AND fun.  And popsicles and grilled cheese and cake and crafts and stuff.

Just stop by the Library :).

Friday, May 2, 2014

A Look Back: Howard College Cookbooks (And Recipes!)

How does Blackberry Jam Cake or Lemon Chiffon Pie sound? Probably pretty good. Certainly better than a Hot Chicken Mold or a Walnut Supper Bake. 

What do all these foods have in common?
Howard College Cookbooks, 1951-1976
They all can be cooked out of one of the three cook books published by university organizations over the years. The Special Collection houses three Samford University or Howard College cookbooks. 

Howard College Hostess, 1951

The earliest is Howard College Hostess from 1951 (call number: TX 715.H6 1951x) which includes a few of the recipes mentioned above along with a recipe for My Mother’s Baked Red Snapper by Mrs. Harwell Davis, wife of the President of the University.
"My Mother's Baked Red Snapper," Howard College Hostess

Gems For my Kitchen was published by the Samford University Library in 1974 (call number: TX715.G4 1974x) and includes tasty recipes such as German Potato Salad, Chocolate Pound Cake and Marshmallow and Lime Salad.
Gems From my Kitchen, 1974

Last, but not least, Dinner’s Ready! was published in 1976 by the Samford University Home Economics Department (call number: TX715.D5 1976x). Recipes like Brown Sugar Cake and eight recipes for Broccoli Casserole are included in this book.

In case you feel like having a full meal from these delightful little books, the Special Collection has transcribed the three fun recipes for you to try. We have Mrs. Harwell Davis’ My Mother’s Baked Red Snapper, January Term Deep Dish Plum Pie and Marshmellow and Lime Salad to finish off the meal.

(Howard College Hostess)

Place 3 to 4 slices of bacon in bottom of pan. Cook until crisp. Have medium size fish cleaned and salted inside and out. Place fish in piping hot bacon grease. Cover fish with catsup, Worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce, and lemon juice. Sift enough flour to barely cover the fish. Then drip bacon drippings over the flour to wet it. At bottom of pan to one side, pour about 1 pint of boiling water. Run in moderate oven. Baste fish until the gravy is brown and the fish is done (about 25 to 30 minutes).
                                                                                                                        Mrs. Harwell Davis

(Gems for my Kitchen)

1 can crushed pineapple
15 marshmallows, cut in pieces
2 pkg. lime Jell-O
4 c. water
½ pt. whipping cream
Mix pineapple and marshmallows and let stand. Mix 2 pkg. lime Jell-O and 4 c. hot water. Stir until dissolved. Chill to the congealing point and then add pineapple mixture and mix. Add ½ pt. whipping cream, fold and let set until firm. Cut in squares or unmold individual molds.
                                                                                                                        Paula Mann

(Dinner’s Ready!)

5 c. halved, pitted fresh purple plumbs (2 lbs.)      Dash ground nutmeg
¾ c. packed brown sugar                                                Dash salt
2 t. quick-cooking tapioca                                      1 T. butter or margarine
4 t. ground cinnamon                                              Pastry for 1 crust (9 inch pie)
Light cream or ice cream

In a large bowl combine the plums, brown sugar, tapioca, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Let stand 15 minutes. Turn mixture into an 8x11 ½ inch round baking dish. Dot with butter. Roll pastry to a 9 inch circle. Place over filling. Trim; flute edges to sea. Cut slits for escape of steam. Using pastry trimmings, garnish top of pie with pastry cutouts, if desired. Bake at 375o for 40-45 minutes. Serve warm with light cream or ice cream. 

This delightful text and all pictures were provided by Rachel Cohen of the University Special Collection.  Stop by during their regular hours to see more gems from Samford's Archives.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Spring, stress, Haiku

Do not fret, Samford.
Doors close, doors open, assignments
End, and so does stress.

Feeling inspired by the loveliness that surrounds you on our campus and in the beauty of the Earth?

Blind to the budding trees and blooming flowers due to looming deadlines?

Beginning to contemplate life beyond this semester or the confines of college?

Send us your Springtime or stress or graduation meditations, following the short poem structure of haiku.  You can use the form embedded below.

You can also email your haiku to

Breathe deep, seek peace, Samford.