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April 5, 2012
Samford University library patrons can now, via computer, access a treasure trove of historic documents and publications that were once only available by visiting campus or requesting microfilm copies.
The digitization of more than 1,188 books and other items-representing about 32,440 pages — will be particularly helpful to researchers, historians and others interested in Samford and Alabama Baptist archives.
“This project has allowed us to open the ‘virtual door’ of the special collection department, giving access to some of our most treasured, historic and used collections to any user from anywhere on the globe,” Samford library director Kim Herndon said.
Materials chosen for digitization came from the earliest, most often requested and most unique regional printed items held in the library. Users can page through a book, download the PDF or search the full text version.
Materials for inclusion in the project were selected by Herndon, special collection librarian and university archivist head Elizabeth Wells, and special collection technical archivist Jennifer Taylor.
To access the Internet archive, go to http://library.samford.edu/about/special.html. For more information, call the Samford library’s special collection department at 205-726-2749.