The digital collections news and information that you love is moving to a new home!
http://blogs.furman.edu/digitalcollections is being merged with several other Furman Library news blogs to provide our users with a “one stop shop” for news related to library events, resources, services, and more! Please check out our new home for digital collections news at: http://blogs.furman.edu/library-news/category/digital-collections-center
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Digital Collections Center is proud to announce the launch of its newest digital collection: Furman Magazine. This collection contains over 170 issues of the Furman Magazine beginning with its first issue in 1951 all the way up to its current issue from the Summer of 2013.
The magazines are a fascinating look at the development of Furman University during the 20th and 21st centuries. When the first issue was published in 1951, the country was still recovering from the aftershocks of World War II and transitioning into the Civil Rights Era. Veterans were clamoring for educational opportunities and the baby boom was in full swing. Closer to home, Furman University and Greenville Woman’s College were still separate campuses located in downtown Greenville. The 960 acres that make up Furman’s current campus were an empty field with breathless unobstructed views of Paris Mountain. In the 62 year span of the magazine, the world has changed significantly and Furman University has changed along with it. Explore the rich stories of our University, our professors, and our alumni in this unique and historically valuable collection.
This photo from Volume 2, Issue 6 of the Furman Magazine shows the groundbreaking ceremony for the current campus.
The following article was published over 80 years ago in the Furman Hornet student newspaper on September 29, 1932. (Number 18, Issue 2, page 6).
“Rick-Racking” Latest Fad to Invade Local Campus; Profs Approve
Do you Rick-Rack? Well! Well! Well! if you don’t, you are about as out of date as short dresses and prosperity. It used to be in the days of yore (when this dear scribe was a freshman) that Yo-Yos were the craze of the student body of this great institution of higher learning. But now ’tis a horse of another color. Instead of engaging one’s attention and skill in manipulation a little round object so that it runs up and down a string, it is now the rage to bounce a smaller rubber ball back and forth from a ping-pong paddle, said ball being attached to the paddle with a thin strip of rubber. Intricate, isn’t it?
Ricks-Racks here, Rick-Racks there, here a Rick, there a Rack, everywhere a Rick-Rack! Freshmen, Sophs, Juniors, Seniors, yes even the faculty are Rick-Racking. It is reported that several of the more aggressive students have organized a club, the purpose of which is to carry forth the art of Rick-Racking in a scientific fashion. Weekly meetings are to be held by the body and the newest tricks of the trade to be exhibited. It is hoped that the club will be made very exclusive, and that only the cream of the Rick-Rack crop will be admitted as members. Competition is already very keen for admittance to this ornate group.
The faculty have shown themselves very much in favor of the new movement started on the campus. A reporter from the staff of “The Hornet” interviewed several of them. The results are as follows.
Dr. McGlothlin: “As student of Furman University it is your duty to train yourselves in all directions. It is not the purpose of Furman to turn out one-sided men. Therefore, I think it most expedient that every student learn to Rick-Rack. I myself have tried it and can safely recommend it to you young me as a practical diversion and pastime. I had much rather you spend your time Rick-Racking than staring at the young ladies from G. W. C.”
Doctor Bradshaw: “From all indications, the art of Rick-Racking seems to be a very valuable one. While I have not attempted to master it, I can say that I am in favor of it. I intend to buy me a Rick-Rack as soon as I have learned to Yo-Yo, a thing which I have been trying to do for the last four years.”
Professor Cox: “I know of nothing better that I can recommend to students of Physics than the game of Rick-Rack. It is a practical application of some of the fundamental physical principles. Now as applied to Newton’s Law of Gravitation…” (here our reporter ended the interview).
Doctor Trueblood: “Socially-minded individuals is what society needs today. The Rick-Rack embodies some very good lessons in social interaction. When you hit the ball it flies back at you; society is the same way. It matters not if your won or lost, but how you played the game.”
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The Furman Oral History Project, which was previously restricted to current Furman students, faculty, and staff, is now accessible online to the general public. Created in June of 2010, the Furman Oral History Project contains video interviews and accompanying transcripts featuring legendary Furman professors, trustees, and alumni including: Frances Furman Hewitt, Max and Trude Heller, Charles Townes, President John E. Johns, and John Plyler Jr.
The oral histories were planned and recorded by History Department professor Courtney Tollison and her students.
Below is an excerpt of an interview with Frances Furman Hewitt, great-granddaughter of James C. Furman:
My great-great-grandfather was Richard Furman. Of course I never knew him. He was born in seventeen hundred and something. He was a founder of Furman. Then his son, James C. Furman, was the first President of Furman. I didn’t know him. He died in the late 1800s, and I was born in 1913, so I did not know him. But then his son was Charles M. Furman who was my daddy’s father. And grandfather went to Furman and later on he was a lawyer after he finished Furman. And some fellow went to him to be defended and my grandfather looked at him and he says, “You know you’re guilty.” He says “if it takes lying to be a lawyer that’s when I quit, right now.” He packed up his books, and he started teaching.
View the video interview by clicking the image below:
Students browse the exhibit of Peter Wexler’s work in the Thompson Art Gallery. Photo: Rick Jones
Peter Wexler, renowned New York theater designer, producer, painter, sculptor and photographer was honored at Furman University’s Convocation today with an honorary doctorate degree in the Humanities. In his convocation address before Furman trustees, faculty, students, staff, and their guests, Wexler described the power and impact of art. He also discussed his work with Furman University’s Digital Collections Center in the creation of the Peter Wexler Digital Museum at Furman University, an ambitious and cutting-edge project which is being funded by a generous donation from Furman University trustee Todd Ruppert and his wife, Karen.
Since September of 2012, Rick Jones, Manager of the Library’s Digital Collections Center, has been leading the effort to digitize over 6,000 pieces of Peter’s art including three-dimensional set models, stage designs, sculpture, costume sketches, and much more. When the project is complete, the digitized items will be paired with rich descriptions and made accessible in a truly unique and interactive website. The Digital Museum is expected to be launched in September 2014 and will be the first known digital collection of its kind, serving as a model for other institutions seeking to digitize similar materials.
Select pieces from Peter Wexler’s extensive theater and art collection are currently on display at Furman as an exhibit titled Creating a Digital Museum: The Art and Theatre Work of Peter Wexler. Partly funded by the Duke Endowment, the exhibit focuses on the Metropolitan Opera’s 1973 production of Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz. Wexler was responsible for set design, costume design, special effects, and film direction for the opera. Materials in the exhibit include his costume design sketches, set designs, three-dimensional scale models, and an impressive digital display showcasing the digital photography and scanning work of the Digital Collections Center.
The exhibit is in the Thompson Gallery in the Roe Art Building and is open to the public on weekdays from 9am – 5pm until October 5th.
The artwork is the copyright property of Peter Wexler. All rights reserved.
The digital images are the exclusive property of Furman University, Greenville, S.C. All rights reserved.
Students are back on the campus of Furman University today. They are moving into their dorms, signing up for network credentials, setting up their laptops, attending events, and preparing for the start of the fall term on Tuesday. With all the bustle that accompanies the beginning of the school year, it is well worth taking a moment and thinking back to the classes that came before. Below is a photograph of Furman students in the Fall semester of 1893 (from Furman Old Campus Photos: 1851-1958). In the 120 years since this photograph was taken, a lot has changed for Furman University, but one thing remains constant: the Fall semester brings with it great excitement and anticipation for the coming school year.
We are excited to announce that the Digicenter has a new name: The Digital Collections Center. This new name more clearly defines the work being done, and will bring more prominence and attention to the Library’s digital collections.
In addition to the name change, the Digital Collections Center has a new manager. Rick Jones, formerly the Digital Collections Specialist, is now the Manager of the Digital Collections Center. In his new role, he will be responsible for leading a team in the creation, access, and discovery of digitized assets to support teaching and research within the Furman community and beyond. His current project is the “Peter Wexler Digital Museum at Furman University”, an ambitious project of over 6,000 digitized pieces of art and theater work. The completed digital musueum is anticipated to go live in September 2014.
The Digital Collections Specialist is currently vacant and we are in the process of hiring a replacement which we hope to fill in the next couple months. Once this position is filled, the Digital Collections Center will be fully staffed for the first time in almost a year.
With all the exciting changes happening, please feel free to stop by the Digital Collections Center (located in the basement of James B. Duke Library) to say hello or to discuss how we can help you meet your digital collections needs.
As our last news post indicated, LUNA was undergoing some fairly significant technical difficulties. While some ongoing problems still remain, we are pleased to announce that the Furman historical photograph collections are once more accessible online.
Furman Old Campus Photos: 1851-1958
This collection contains the photographs of the old main campus of Furman University located in downtown Greenville along the Reedy River. Photographs date from 1851 when the campus first moved to Greenville through 1958 when the old campus site closed down.
Furman New Campus Photos: 1950-1962
This collection contains photographs of the new campus of Furman University (located in its current location off Interstate 25). The photographs date from 1950 when construction of the campus began through 1962 after the transition to the new campus was complete.
Together, these collections tell an important story about the development of Furman University as an institution and as a campus, so we are happy that they are once more available to researchers, scholars, students, and the general public.
LUNA, the software that currently hosts the Library’s digital collections is currently experiencing technical difficulties. This could result in the following problems: error messages when attempting to view LUNA; one or all collections no longer displaying; thumbnails and images not loading; links to collections not working; etc.
As part of these technical difficulties, the following collections are temporarily inaccessible: The Furman Cougar Project, Homer Multitext Homeric MSS, EES Teaching Materials, New Campus Photos 1950-1962, and Old Main Campus Photos 1851-1958.
We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have full functionality restored soon.
James Clement Furman was the first president of Furman University (1859-1880) and the son of the University’s founder. Throughout his life, it was clear that he valued the importance of both formal and informal education. He was one of the first attendees of the Furman Theological Institute and by the age of 44, was a senior professor at Furman Institution. He went on to serve as the chairman for the Institution’s faculty and later the President, a position he would hold for over 20 years.
But James C. Furman’s education went beyond the classroom. He was also an avid reader and had an impressive library of religion, history, philosophy, literature, and other books. In recent months, librarians and staff at the Special Collections and Archives have attempted to reconstruct a list of books owned by James C. Furman. They were aided in this task by R.W. Sanders, a reporter for The Baptist Courier who visited James C. Furman’s home over several months (during 1909-1910), and wrote a continuing column on the contents of his personal library. Read the list.
As part of this effort, Special Collections and Archives has also created an online presentation which provides a selective re-creation of what might have been in the personal library of James C. Furman using documents, materials, and personal artifacts. View presentation here.
If you’d like to read more about James C. Clement, please visit the Furman Family Letters digital collection and browse the handwritten notes of the University’s first president. View digital collection.