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Furman Tuition – $50

The Furman University Catalogue is published annually and includes information on everything from courses of instruction, student organizations, athletics, student services, to student expenses.  The library’s Special Collections & Archives department has print copies of the Furman University catalogues.  In addition, the library’s Digital Collections Center has copies of The Greenville Woman’s College catalogues online from 1857-1930.

Here are a few comparisons of tuition expenses over the years:

Announcing Official Quiet Zones

You spoke and we listened.  We have declared official quiet zones in the James B. Duke Library, effective year-round.  These encompass all areas shaded in pink below.  These Quiet Zones are designed to be self-policing and student-enforced.  Feel free to shush your neighbor if you are in a Quiet Zone!

Just in time for Halloween

Just in time for Halloween . . . a display starring horror novels called “Attack of the Zombie Librarians!”  






And if that isn’t scary enough, visit the Government Documents Collection located downstairs to see a display which highlights a Congressional Budget Office report titled “Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2014 to 2023.”  This CBO report presents 103 options that would decrease federal spending or increase federal revenues over the next decade.

The 103 options are on the display board and we invite you to place a thumbtack next to any of the options you support.





Here’s a quick sample of some of the options presented by the CBO for reducing the deficit:

  • reduce subsidies in the Crop Insurance Program
  • reduce the amount of federal pensions
  • reduce the size of the military
  • reduce the number of ballistic missile submarines
  • raise the age of eligibility for Medicare to 67
  • impose a tax on emissions of greenhouse gases
  • increasing individual income tax rates
  • limit the value of itemized deductions
  • curtail the deduction for charitable giving

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder (Peter Suber). OA is achieved through two primary channels: archiving (Green OA) or publishing (Gold OA). OA publishing shifts the costs of content creation and distribution away from subscribers. What this means is that OA published information is freely available to anyone worldwide with an internet connection – no subscription necessary.

Each October, Open Access Week offers a chance to advocate for more scholarly work to be made available OA. This year, the Furman University Libraries will celebrate Open Access Week through workshops and online awareness. This is a great chance to learn more about Open Access, make your own scholarship available through OA archiving in the new Furman University Scholar Exchange (FUSE), or considering publishing OA.

Open the Library. Open the World. Open Access.

Why I Published Open Access

FULcrum Article by Andrea Wright, Science & Outreach Librarian

After completing a speaker series on scholarly communication issues here at Furman, I knew that I wanted to share the process with other librarians. A major shift in scholarly communication over the past 15 years has been the Open Access (OA) movement. OA advocates call for removing price and license barriers to literature. So when it came time to write about my experience with a program to increase awareness of issues like OA, it only made sense to publish my work in a OA title.

There are actually several excellent reasons to publish any work OA. The graphic below illustrates many benefits to OA publishing. It’s logical that removing barriers would increase exposure to your work. Because your work is available to anyone at no charge, it can be read by researchers in developing countries and faculty at institutions with limited library resources and researchers that are not affiliated with a large company or university and even the general public. Wider exposure means the possibility for more application of your findings. And research continues to bear out that this increased exposure also correlates to increased citations (see for details). This mix of professional benefits for the author and larger benefits to research and society make OA publishing a strong choice.

Discovering an OA journal that would fit my article was a similar process to comparing traditional toll-journals. As with any publication, I wanted to ensure that the scope and audience for the journal would fit my content. Having exhausted my grant money with the program, I also wanted to find an OA journal that did not have an article-processing charge. The Directory of Open Access Journals ( allows you to browse OA journals by subject, language, publication charges, and even licensing options. I also wanted to publish in a peer-review journal that was indexed in places where my audience would look. UlrichsWeb includes OA titles along with toll-journals, so I was able to further refine my journal search.

In the end, I decided to submit to the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. This peer-review journal is published by Pacific University Library. It has a strong editorial board of librarians in the scholarly communication field, matched the nature of my article, allowed me to license my article with a creative commons license, and did not charge an APC. It even offered the additional benefits of being indexed directly by Google Scholar and providing monthly readership and download reports. If you were to investigate OA journals in your own discipline, you would probably find a mix of journals supported by scholarly associations, non-profit groups, and traditional publishers that could offer your work similar benefits.

Even if you decide that an OA journal is not the best venue for your work, you can still reap many of the benefits of OA through green archiving. The vast majority of publishers allow authors to deposit some form of their manuscript into a personal website or institutional repository. Just this month, the Libraries launched the Furman University Scholar Exchange (FUSE), our own institutional repository. Based on the copyright and self-archiving policies of your publisher, you can most likely post a specific version of your manuscript to FUSE. This will enable anyone to access a version of your article, even if they cannot afford to purchase the final version of record from your publisher. SHERPA/RoMEO ( provides a large database of publisher policies to help you determine what rights you have for green archiving in FUSE. You can even use it to determine past work that you can post to FUSE. In addition to the OA benefits from the graphic, FUSE will also provide you with readership and download statistics for your work to help track the impact of your research.

Benefits of open access

History Is Just a Mouse Click Away!

Over the past 2 months, The Digital Collections Center launched two new online collections containing historical materials from the Furman University Special Collections and Archives. Now you can access these important primary source materials with just a simple click of a mouse.


Civil War Correspondence

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This collection contains over 100 letters written during the American Civil War. The contents include 16 items from Samuel McBride Pringle who was born December 7, 1839 and enrolled at Furman University in 1859. He left Furman in the spring of 1861 to join the Confederate Army. Pringle was wounded at the Battle of Antietam and never recovered. He died on September 24, 1862. The letters he wrote to his family during the Civil War have been digitized from the Samuel McBride Pringle Collection in the Furman Special Collections and Archives.

There are also 91 letters between Charles M. Furman and his sweetheart and later wife Frances Garden. Charles Manning Furman (1840-1934) was the son of James C. Furman, the University’s first president. Charles attended Furman from 1853-1859 and enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861. During his time in the Civil War, he frequently wrote to his future wife, Frances Emma Garden (1842-1883). Their lively and endearing correspondence has been digitized from the Charles Manning & Frances Garden Furman Civil War Correspondence in the Furman Special Collections and Archives.

Altogether, these letters offer a glimpse into the War, the home front, and the personal lives of the authors.


Richard Furman and James C. Furman Collection

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This collection contains 163 letters and 9 sermons from Richard Furman (1755-1825), a clergyman considered the most important Baptist leader before the Civil War. Furman was pastor of the First Baptist Church in Charleston, S.C., and became the first president of the Triennial Convention, the first national body of Baptists in America. Under Furman’s urging, education was endorsed as a formal element of the denomination’s program, eventually resulting in the founding of Columbian College (modern-day George Washington University) in 1821. Furman was also elected the first president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention in 1821. Furman University, the South’s first Baptist college, was posthumously named in his honor. The principal correspondents included in this digital collection are Oliver Hart, Charles Screven, Edmund Botsford, and Joseph B. Cook.

The collection also contains 602 letters and 9 sermons from James Clement Furman (1809-1891). A son of Richard Furman, James C. Furman first joined the Furman faculty in 1845 and later became its first president in 1859, serving until 1879.  Furman was instrumental in the institution’s move to Greenville in 1851. A leading voice among secessionists, Furman was a signer of the Ordinance of Secession in 1860. The university closed during the Civil War but reopened due to the perseverance of its president who would not abandon it. The letters in this digital collection reflect many of Furman University’s early struggles and triumphs.



Apartheid Archival Database

The Furman University Libraries are hosting a trial for Adam Matthew’s Apartheid South Africa, 1948-1966.  This trial is available through Wednesday, November 12th and can be accessed from our Trials LibGuide.

Adam Matthew: Apartheid South Africa, 1948-1966

Addressing the period 1948-1966, this archival database provides comprehensive coverage of issues related to apartheid in South Africa including:

  • The National Party’s policy of racial segregation
  • Analysis and reactions to Apartheid & events in South Africa
  • Nelson Mandela – Arrests and Trials
  • Sharpeville Massacre
  • Political prisoners and refugees
  • Treason and Rivonia trials
  • Detailed coverage of ANC leaders & imprisonment
  • South Africa’s withdrawal from the Commonwealth
These formerly restricted documents sourced from The National Archives UK provide detail with in-depth analysis of events, international reaction and policy dilemmas, accompanied by numerous first-hand accounts and reports. Please note that the PDF download options are not available during trials.  This trial will be available through November 12, 2014.  This resource is being released in three sections over the next six months: 1948-1966 (available now), 1967-1975 (coming December 2014), 1976-1980 (coming March 2015).

We would like your feedback about our trials.  After you have tried an electronic resource, please come back and let us know what you think.  Our feedback form is simple, and will take you less than 5 minutes to complete.  If you have any questions please get in touch with Outreach Services.

BrowZine for Android smartphones is here!

Browzine for Android
BrowZine for Android smartphones is here!

The app that allows you to browse thousands of journals online can now be accessed on more than just iOS devices and Android tablets.  It is available for download in the Google Play store.

Watch a video explaining BrowZine and how it works with our resources, and please contact your librarian if you need more information.

Fall Break Hours

The library will be operating under an altered schedule during Fall Break.

October 10
8:00am – 5:00pm
October 11
1:00pm – 5:00pm
October 12
1:00pm – 5:00pm
October 13
9:00am – 5:00pm
October 14
9:00am – 1:00am