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Alabama Baptists

Tent Revival

1925 Tent Revival, Fairmount Baptist Church


Samford's Special Collection department serves as the repository for the Alabama Baptist State Convention. One of the primary missions for the collection is to preserve, protect, and provide access to the history of Alabama Baptists. This is not an exhaustive list of Baptist resources but rather a brief overview of what the collection has to offer.

Some of the materials held within the Collection include;

Church Records

These records include original church conference minutes, scrapbooks, church histories, organizational minutes, membership records, financial records, and biographical information on pastors. The department is in the process of adding records for the churches to the Library Catalog. Some records can also be found in the SC Database.

Associational Records

The annual meeting minutes and annuals for nineteenth century Alabama Baptist State Convention and individual associations can be found online at the Internet Archive. Other years are available in the collection.

Oral Histories

  • Ann Weaver Armstrong: Early biographical information, Howard College (1940's), foreign mission field, career at Samford University Library ARH 162
  • Dr. Hudson Baggett: Life at Howard College, WWII, relations with Samford University and The Alabama Baptist ARH 156
  • Fanna K. Bee: Samford University, Special Collection Department, early life in Brookhaven, Mississippi ARH 114.1-115.1
  • Sam Granade: Early biographical information, Howard College and Southern Seminary life, military service, Ala. Baptist Ministerial career. ARH 176
  • Howard F. McCord: Baptist work in Alabama, Bibb Baptist Association, Alabama Baptist Assemblies, Howard College

The Alabama Baptist Newspaper

1843 to present; Partially Indexed by Samford University

Alabama Baptist State Executive Secretary Treasurers

  • George Bagley
  • Earl Potts
  • Troy Morrison

China Missionary Papers

  • Mildred Lovegren
  • W. W. Adams
  • Willie E. Kelly
  • Dr. Thomas O. and Lizzie Hearn

Manuscript Collections

  • L. O. Dawson
  • Gaines S. Dobbins
  • F. Wayne Flynt
  • William E. Hull
  • Basil Manly