Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-11-26

A collection of 1,000 titles of Christian missionary biographies will be dedicated at Samford University Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m.

The Marla Haas Corts Missionary Biography Collection is a gift to Samford by President Thomas E. Corts in honor of his wife and in appreciation of her service to Samford. The collection was first assembled in 1999 with a nucleus of volumes from the Cortses’ personal collection, garnered from their international travels, and has been added to since. It includes biographies of Christian missionaries such as Lottie Moon, Albert Schweitzer, and others both familiar and less well known.

Presentation of the collection to the University will be in the Hudnall Library of Harwell Goodwin Davis Library. The public is invited.

During the same ceremony, Samford will dedicate a painting of Albert Schweitzer and Johann Sebastian Bach to hang in the library. The painting, a gift to the University from Dr. and Mrs. Corts, was completed in 2000 by Nashville, Tenn., artist Connie Erickson as a theme for a symposium entitled “The Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach.” The original oil painting symbolizes the interrelationship of the arts, and how great ideas and beautiful music are often intertwined.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.