Monday, April 4, 2022

10th Annual BIG GIVE -- "For the Love of Samford's Story!"


April 5-6

The 10th annual Big Give event starts tomorrow! During his inauguration, Samford University President Dr. Beck Taylor set renewed intentions for the University with Ephesians 3:16-19 ‘rooted and grounded in love.’ He asks that we make such love the foundation of any vision we might cast together, for love to be the cornerstone of all we do at Samford.  During the Big Give, the library will be asking for your support with “For the Love of Samford’s Story!”

The Samford University Archives houses over a thousand audio tapes, many on open reel formats. With time, these types of tapes break down. Each day, they degrade more. 

The voices on these tapes offer unique opportunities to hear the words of Samford leaders, theologians, activists, politicians and even astronauts as they relate to topics such as community, race, religion, historical events, and education.  These are voices from the past that together tell the Samford story. 

Currently these recordings are not easily accessible nor well documented. With your help, these recordings can be digitized and made publicly available.  

Each tape costs approximately $125 to have the content professionally restored and migrated from the unstable magnetic tape to a digital format. With each tape funded by your donation to the Big Give, a voice from Samford’s past, from Samford’s story, will be saved and heard again.

Please consider making your gift online via the Big Give website and helping us reach our goal to make these snippets of the Samford story available to this and future generations. While we’re passionate about the library’s project in particular, you can direct your gift to any area of campus most meaningful to you.

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