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About Special Collection


The Special Collection department is located in room # 32 on the lower level of the Samford University Library and is open to the public. If you are not familiar with Samford University or the Birmingham area, maps are available to assist you.

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Collection Hours

The collection is open to the public Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The hours for the collection may vary when the University is not in session.

University Library Hours

Mission of Special Collection

The mission of the Special Collection Department of the Samford University Library is to document The History of the University, The State of Alabama and Its People, and Alabama’s Religious Institutions through the acquisition of historically significant, rare and/or unique materials.

Howard College/Samford University Collection

The mission of the University Archives of Samford University is to serve as the collective memory of the university through the ongoing acquisition of material produced for or about the university.

Alabama Collection of local, church, and family history

The mission of the Alabama Collection is to collect resources documenting the social, family, cultural, and religious history of the state that can be used by researchers.

Alabama Baptist Historical Collection

The mission of the Alabama Baptist Historical Collection is to gather and preserve original church conference minutes, scrapbooks, church histories, organizational minutes, membership records, financial records, and biographical information on pastors.


The Special Collection staff provides research assistance via email, telephone and in person in the department's reading room located on the lower level of the library.

For more details on submitting a request, please see the department's policy pertaining to research requests.