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  • Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013: Conversation with Dr. Robert Harding
    Join the Friends of the Library as they SHC history faculty member, Dr. Robert Harding for a discussion of his latest book SPACE POLICY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES.

    7PM at Stewartfield on SHC's Campus
  • Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014: Conversations with Peggy Cunningham
    Join the Friends of the Spring Hill College Library as local author Peggy Cunningham discusses her latest book.
  • Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014: Conversations with Carolyn Haines
    Join the Friends of the library as they welcome local author Carolyn Haines to the "Conversations with" series.

Our Mission

Our Mission

The Friends of the Spring Hill College Library is a volunteer group established to support and promote the Spring Hill College Library, Archives and Special Collections. The Friends raise and contribute funds through a variety of projects including the voluntary operation of the Book Nook used book store. The Friends encourage gifts and bequests of books and manuscripts to the Library and to the Archives and Special Collections and promote awareness of the Library and the college.

It is Easy to Join or Give to the Friends of the Spring Hill Library

Now is the perfect time to make a tax deductible gift or become a member of the Friends of the Spring Hill Library. 

Avoid the rush and make your qualifed tax deductions for 2012 now. Simply click on the appropriate link listed here or the tab at the top of the page.

In addition to memberships and monetary gifts, donations of your time and new or gently used books are always welcome at the Book Nook.



Twice Remembered

Available Again!

Twice Remembered: Moments in the History of Spring Hill College - Charles J. Boyle, Editor
Call Number: LD5171 .S42 T9 1993
The book reflects on the history of Spring Hill College from its first uncertain years after its founding in 1830, to its 100-year anniversary in 1930. The editor, a former English professor at Spring Hill College, has collected a number of stories and anecdotes featuring Jesuits, laypeople and students who shared humor, hardship, and courage. This book will transport the reader into a time almost forgotten, but worth remembering.


For Your Reading Pleasure

Sound Mind, Sound Body, A History of Sports at Spring Hill College - Charles J. Boyle, Patrick McGraw
A look at the role athletics played during the course of the College's history, the information was collected from newspaper articles, magazines, and yearbooks. From baseball to tennis, and collegiate to intramural teams, the books present a window into the sports archives at Spring Hill College. The book is available for $15 from the Book Nook, the Circulation Desk, and various gift shops throughout Mobile.


Undergraduate Research Award Recipient

Abbey Roam received the Charles Boyle Friends of the Spring Hill College Library Undergraduate Research Award ’s for her paper entitled “What Page was I On? An Example of Book Navigation in the Vulgate of 1600”.  This year’s award was given to the best research that demonstrated substantive utilization of the Burke Library’s special collections.  She received a certificate and check for $250 from the Friends. 

Abbey wrote her paper on the newly discovered Slotkin Book Leaves Collection in the SHC Archives.  The Slotkin leaves are from rare biblical and antiquarian books (1496-1876) from works in several different languages and include the Koran, the Bible, Greek, Hebrew, other religious texts. Each original item is mounted on a sheet with a reproduction of the original book’s title page and a short description of the work that it came from.

Abbey’s award was given by Father Salmi at Honors Convocation on April 19, 2013.


Can You Identify This?


In the June 2012 issue of our electronic newsletter, Bookends, we asked our friends and alumni if they were able to identify the object pictured here.  Among the clues offered, was that the object was the property of one of the present board members of the Friends of the Library.

In fact, this is a freshman beanie that was worn by Dr. John Hafner, Professor Emeritus, during his freshman year at Spring Hill College.   Unfortunately, we don't have any pictures.

We had just a few entries in the contest, and while Phillip A. Brady of Fairhope, AL correctly identified the object he didn't  guess the owner.  He was awarded with a Spring Hill College flash drive.

Homecoming and a Special Remembrance in honor of Dr. Charles Boyle



Dr. Boyle's wife, Roberta, poses with the artist, Ms. Stephanie Morris (at left) during the Homecoming dedication.

Ms. Stephanie Morris, Mrs. Roberta Boyle, and incoming FOL President, Dr. Hafner.

This year's homecoming was truly a special occasion as we honored the memory of Dr. Charles Boyle, beloved educator, archivist and friend with a specially commissioned portrait.  Dr. Boyle's family and friends were on hand for the unveiling on April 21, 2012 in the Barter Room at Burke Library.

Next time you are in the library, be sure to visit the archives for a personal viewing.

For more information about Dr. Boyle, simply click on the link below.


Friends Acquire Portier's Last Will and Testament

Michael Portier (1795-1859) was SHC's founder and 
Mobile's first Roman Catholic bishop.

Born in France in 1795, he immigrated to the United States in 1817. After completing his studies at St. Mary's Seminary (Baltimore), he was ordained for the priesthood in the Diocese of St. Louis and was consecrated bishop in 1825. He remains today a central figure in Mobile's history. In addition to founding what is now Spring Hill College, he also established the Visitation Convent and girls' school in Mobile, oversaw construction of the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, and founded a hospital, presently known as Providence.

Representing a private collector, The Neal Auction Company (New Orleans) contacted the College to determine its interest in obtaining the Portier will. Immediately, the Friends of Spring Hill College Library purchased it. The will outlines the Bishop's wish to give his estate to Spring Hill College, and directs the College to provide $50 yearly to each of his two sisters. The document is housed in the College Library Archives


Contact Us

We welcome your comments or questions about the Friends of the Library and encourage you to become a member.  For more information, please e-mail us here.

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