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Donate Books to Greenville Literacy in the Library

The James B. Duke Library is a drop-off location for books you would like to donate to the Greenville Literacy Association.  The collection box is at the Research Assistance Desk. Books will be accepted through the week of July 23rd. After giving away books you no longer want to own, you can load up on […]

Book Recommendations by History Faculty

David Spear recommends Bruce Catton’s Waiting for the Morning Train: An American Boyhood (1972). Catton earned fame as the author of some fifteen books on the Civil War, but his best work might be his memoir. He grew up in northern Michigan at the turn of the twentieth century. The sentimental title, leads one to expect […]

Exhibition: Collecting History

Collecting History: Coins, Banknotes, and Postage Stamps in Special Collections Exhibition Dates: June – August 2017 Collected by people of all ages and status, coins, banknotes and postage stamps serve a practical function, yet can be considered miniature works of art that reflect the history and culture of their time. Featuring national symbols, notable individuals […]

Crunch Lit

Crunch Lit / Katy Shaw  –  The financial crisis of 2008 quickly gave rise to a growing body of fiction: “Crunch Lit”. These ‘recession writings’ take the financial crisis as their central narrative concern and explore its effects on consumer culture, gender roles and contemporary communities. Examining a range of texts including John Lanchester’s Capital, […]

Secrets, Leaks, and Investigations

Secrets and Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy examines the complex relationships among executive power, national security, and secrecy. State secrecy is vital for national security, but it can also be used to conceal wrongdoing. How then can we ensure that this power is used responsibly? Typically, the onus is put on lawmakers and judges, who […]

Meet Our Research and Creative Fellows

This year, Special Collections and Archives has two 10-week summer fellowships for Furman undergraduates. These competitive fellowships sponsored by Carolyn ’67 and Joseph ’68 Warden will allow students to perform original research using materials in Special Collections and Archives for a research or creative project of their own design. Chrissy Hicks ’20 is a future […]

On Display: Eclipse @ Furman

Currently on display in the Sanders Science Library is a selection of interesting books about solar eclipses. Please feel free to check out any of the books on display in preparation for the total solar eclipse occurring on August 21. Titles include: The solar eclipse of 2017: where and how to best view it In […]

The Literacy Corner

The Literacy Corner students had fun decorating the bust of Charlie Peace today. Charlie’s ensemble includes everything from the basket…chicken mask, St. Patrick’s Day glasses, bow tie, pink wig, 3 hats, blue wig, pirate eye patch, red feather boa, flower lei, reindeer antlers, purple Mardi Gras beads, olympic medal, and a pig nose! The Literacy […]

Furman University Oral History Project

Furman University Oral History Project  This growing collection contains oral histories taken and recorded by history professor Courtney Tollison and her students. Many of the recordings feature Furman’s own rich history and the history of Greenville. Some of the notable interviewees include Max and Trude Heller, Charles Townes, President John E. and Martha Johns, John […]

The Furman Hornet

Furman University athletes have always worn purple and white. However, the mascots they played under have changed over the years. The earliest teams were referred to as the “Hornets,” a name they shared with the student newspaper. In the 1920s, the football team began to be referred to as the “Purple Hurricane.” The basketball team […]