“And There’s the Humor of It”

“This collaborative project between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Folger Shakespeare Library blends the history of medicine with the insightful literature of Shakespeare. The project integrates the historically popular but now discredited medical theory that bodily fluids–blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm–were the basis for personality traits and behavior and were reflected in literature. Using this Hippocratic theory, Shakespeare’s characters are analyzed through a humorist lens. The physical exhibit was on view at the NLM from January to August 2012. The electronic exhibit consists of images (paintings, imprints, and so on) of primary sources from the NLM and Folger collections. An explanation of the humors is provided and is used to analyze protagonists in Taming of the Shrew (Kate and Petruchio), Hamlet (Ophelia), and Merchant of Venice (Shylock). — J. P. Kilham, University of Connecticut Health Center


Pulp Magazine Collection

Special Collections recently received a collection of pulp magazines from the family of Dallas W. Griffin, Furman class of 1952, who passed away in 2012. Science fiction magazines form the largest part of the collection and document the history of sci- fi writing and cover art. Titles include Astounding Science Fiction (issues from 1948-1959), and Analog Science Fact & Fiction (issues from 1960-1987). Additional titles include scattered issues of Doc Savage from 1944-1948 and The Shadow from 1945.

Furman Historical Images

The burning of the Furman Bell Tower, the scarlet fever quarantine of 1906, the May Day pageants of Greenville Woman’s College – all this and more can be found in the new “Furman Historical Images” digital collection. Spanning 150 years, the collection contains nearly 2800 photographs and glass plate negatives of Greenville Woman’s College, Furman’s old downtown campus, and the construction of Furman’s current campus. The images have been digitized from materials in Special Collections and Archives. Although they have been available online for over 5 years, the images now include detailed descriptions created by Rick Jones, Digital Collection Center Manager, and Kathie Sloan, Digital Projects Specialist. The descriptions identify the people, places, and situations of the photographs, and enhance the searchability and usability of the collection.

For an up-to-date list of Furman’s digital collections, please visit: http://libguides.furman.edu/digital-collections/collections

Furman University Library Construction

Early construction of the James B. Duke Library on Furman’s new campus, as seen from the roof of Furman Hall. The large front porch and columns are clearly seen. On the far left in photo is Manly Residence Hall, the first residence hall built on the new campus. Manly Hall was completed in 1956. The library construction was completed in 1958.  Copyright Furman University Special Collections and Archives.


What do I read next?

Summer is in full swing, so you may be wondering “what do I read next”? If so, the online library resource Books & Authors offers title recommendations, reading lists, and more. You can search Books & Authors by title, author, genre, keyword and series.  Users can also perform an “if you like…” search, awards search, and who, what, when, where — graphical search.
Books & Authors features a unique space for users to store the information they select or create during their session, called My Reading Room.  Users can set up a free account in My Reading Room at any time.

Recently Added Titles

Habitual offenders : a true tale of nuns, prostitutes, and murderers in seventeenth-century Italy
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Breaking down Breaking Bad : critical perspectives
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Shrill : notes from a loud woman
Bully nation : how the American establishment creates a bullying society
Success and luck : good fortune and the myth of meritocracy
The Alibaba way : unleashing grassroots entrepreneurship to build the world’s most innovative internet company



New Travel Guides!

Brussels, Bruges, Ghent & Antwerp


Czech & Slovak Republics






Eyewitness Travel Scotland


Italy : Top Sights, Authentic Experiences


Top 10 Copenhagen 

Top 10 Prague

Engage. Enlighten. Empower.

The Furman University Libraries’ vision statement is “Engage. Enlighten. Empower.”  In the wake of the horrific events that took place this week we have compiled a small selection of library resources for those who may be searching for information about police brutality, racial profiling, social protests, and the point of view of police officers.  It is our hope that our patrons will find these books, videos, and article databases to be engaging, enlightening, and empowering.

Pulled over: how police stops define race and citizenship

Race and police brutality: roots of an urban dilemma

Cop watch: spectators, social media, and police reform

Working the street : police discretion and the dilemmas of reform

Not guilty: twelve Black men speak out on law, justice, and life

Every mother’s son (DVD)

Suspicion nation : the inside story of the Trayvon Martin injustice and why we continue to repeat it

Police traffic stops and racial profiling: resolving management, labor, and civil rights conflicts

Human rights and policing

Does race matter? : the relationship between race and arrests for traffic violations for Greenville City and Greenville County
by Yendelela Neely, Furman University Political Science Senior Honors Essay winner, 2nd place, 2003 (Yendelela Neely Anderson was recently elected to the Furman University Board of  Trustees)

Police shootings and citizen behavior

Tweets and the streets : social media and contemporary activism

New media and public activism

Arrest discretion of police officers: the impact of varying organizational structures

Death work: police, trauma, and the psychology of survival

L.A. riots revisited
streaming video from Films on Demand

Race, place, and suburban policing : too close for comfort

CQ Researcher  – This database covers the most current and controversial issues of the day with complete summaries, insight into all sides of the issues, bibliographies and more. See report on “Crime and Police Conduct” published in June 2016.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service  – NCJRS is a federally sponsored information clearinghouse for people around the country and the world involved with research, policy, and practice related to criminal and juvenile justice and drug control. NCJRS hosts one of the largest criminal and juvenile justice libraries and databases in the world, the NCJRS Abstracts Database. The collection, with holdings from the early 1970s to the present, contains more than 160,000 publications, reports, articles, and audiovisual products from the United States and around the world. These resources include statistics, research findings, program descriptions, congressional hearing transcripts, and training materials.

The library subscribes to numerous newspaper databases which provide full text access to current events.

Films on Demand – Films on Demand is a source of high-quality video and multimedia for academic, vocational and life-skills content. Streaming video is available in a variety of subject areas. There currently is an issue with Chrome browser and Adobe Flash. If you have a problem viewing films using Chrome, please try another browser.






Alumni Collections

We are Furman: Alumni Collections in
Special Collections and Archives

2nd Floor
James B. Duke Library
Furman University
July-December 2016

Students, past and present, are what the university is all about. Students will forever fill a role—whether they are current students or long graduated. Alumni are life blood of a university and “Furman’s blood runs deep.”

Special Collections and Archives has always depended on its alumni to help build our collections. Whether manuscripts or memorabilia, alumni collections help us to preserve the history of Furman University and Greenville Woman’s College, and document activities or events after student life.

These collections show the range of our archival collections, but they also suggest the many gaps waiting to be filled. We welcome donations from alumni, students, and community neighbors who have historical materials on student life that can be preserved and made available to the students and researchers of the future.

Newly Activated Database Trial

The Furman Libraries is offering a trial for Mental Measurements with Tests in Print.  This trial will be available through Friday, August 19, 2016. To discover and access trial databases, visit Electronic Resources Trials.

Mental Measurements with Tests in Print All Mental Measurements Yearbook entries contain descriptive information (test purpose, publisher, pricing, population and scores) and edited reviews written by leading content area experts. Tests in Print serves as a comprehensive bibliography to all known commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language. 

We would like your feedback about our trials.  Our feedback form is simple, and will take you less than 2 minutes to complete.