The new archives reading room in Southern Nazarene University's Fred Floyd Archives was dedicated during the university's 100th homecoming on November 7 and named in honor of C. Paul Gray, long-time historian and archivist. He and Fred Floyd collected materials for the archives for decades and, in 1986, the Fred Floyd Archives was chartered.
During the summer of 2009, the Fred Floyd Archives was moved from a small third floor space to a much larger and more accessible location on the first floor of the SNU Library. A grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries provided funds for archival storage supplies, and the former bound periodicals rooms were converted into archival storage, workrooms, an office, and the new C. Paul Gray Reading Room. With the addition of the City of Bethany's archives to the collection, it now contains more than 7,000 items preserving the history of Bethany, Southern Nazarene University, and the South Central Region of the Church of the Nazarene.
After a welcome by Southern Nazarene University Library Director Arlita Harris and brief history by current SNU archivist Marion Snowbarger, dedication messages were brought by Brad Moore and Loren Gresham, board president and president of Southern Nazarene University, respectively. Approximately 100 people, including Gray and his family and the children of Fred Floyd, attended the ceremony.
For more information contact Mr. Marion Snowbarger, A.B., SNU Class of 1955 at 405-789-6400, ext. 6465 or 405-787-3444. You may also email Mr. Snowbarger at
Fri, November 20, 2009
by Eunice Trent