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
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