Special Collection Treasures feature different materials housed in the Special Collection, Samford University Library.


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In Special Collection, we are celebrating the graduation of the Class of 2017 by looking back at commencement materials from Samford University's history.

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Scrapbooks have been around in one way or another for centuries. People have always tried to keep memories documented, whether in a diary or a more eclectic form.

A New Name

Before there was a vote, arguments for a new name for Howard College were being heard across campus.


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Howard College Incorporation

Howard College was formally incorporated on December 29, 1841.

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Educational Opportunities Offered to Veterans at Howard College: A 1945 Recruitment Bulletin

The Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly known as the GI Bill of Rights, was passed a year before the end of the World War II.

Matriculation Records

Here at Samford we're getting ready to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of our university.

Reid Chapel

Reid Chapel was to be the center for religious education when the new Homewood campus of Howard College was erected.

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Evan Zeiger

Samford's president Andrew Westmorland sends a weekly email out to all students, faculty, and staff, known as the Monday Mission.

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Major Harwell Goodwin Davis

Major Harwell G. Davis (November 23, 1882-August 8, 1977) was President of Howard College from 1939-1958.


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Aldine Press 1518

The Aldine Press was located in Venice and began printing in 1494, forty years after the completion of Gutenberg's bible in 1454.


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Sarah Hale, Mother of Thanksgiving

Most people are familiar with the story of the pilgrims and Thanksgiving. However, Thanksgiving didn't become a nationally recognized annual holiday for almost 200 years.

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Book Clasps

Among the things people have done to decorate books over the years, putting clasps on them is one of the more uncommon today, but historically was pretty popular.

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s – Letter from the Birmingham Jail

April 16, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from the Birmingham Jail."

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Charles H. Spurgeon Sermon

Charles H. Spurgeon, The Prince of Preachers, was the foremost preacher of the 19th century.


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Emancipation Proclamation Illustration

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Course Registration

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James Madison Papers

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Centennial Flag

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Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research

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Lady Liberty Libby – Mascot