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Book Illustration Processes: 1498-2016

Illustrations have been important components of books from the start. Woodcut images appeared in the first printed books, and even preceded them in early blockbooks and prints made in Germany in the early- to mid-fifteenth century. Because books were printed using relief processes from the fifteenth through late twentieth centuries, many different types of relief […]

Pitts Room Tech Upgrade

The Pitts Room, located on the 2nd floor of the James B. Duke Library, received a major technology upgrade, adding the best features of a “smart classroom” to the space. We now have an LCD projector and large screen for presentations, together with a complete computer, DVD, Apple TV, and overhead document camera housed in […]

Summer Research and Creative Fellows

Please join us for a presentation from Emory Conetta ’18 and Chrissy Hicks ’20, the inaugural Special Collections and Archives Summer Research and Creative Fellows, to learn about their research projects in women’s history and medieval music. Thursday, September 21st at 4pm in the Pitts Room of the James B. Duke Library.

Freshmen Hazing at Furman

Freshmen hazing was an accepted part of life at Furman University throughout most of  the twentieth century. Freshmen, referred to as “rats,” were required to wear “rat caps” like the beanie pictured above. They were sometimes required to wear rat ears and signs around their necks identifying themselves as rats.  A ceremony called Rat Court […]

Discovery by Design

As Chrissy Hicks ’20 clicked play on her laptop, music that has not been heard for centuries filled the quiet study area in Furman’s Special Collections. The product of ten weeks of meticulous study and transcription, Hicks brought these original Medieval music manuscripts back to life. Her project is part of the Special Collections and […]

Furman Faces

If you’ve walked into the Duke Library recently, you’ve probably seen the new display in the library’s foyer titled “Furman Faces: Pictures from the Bonhomie Yearbook.” This display (and all the foyer displays) was organized and executed by Nancy Sloan, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian. The photographs represent 116 years of student history from Furman’s time […]

Discover Greenville Woman’s College

Greenville Woman’s College (GWC) was founded in 1854 on what is now Heritage Green in downtown Greenville. In 1938, it merged with Furman University, and in 1961 its campus closed down permanently. In the century it existed, GWC celebrated many unique traditions such as an annual May Day festival and pageant, and a rich history […]

161 Years of Furman Course Catalogs

Have you ever wondered what classes Furman students were taking in 1881, or how much were students paying for tuition in 1852, or what athletic programs were offered in 1929? Now you can find out the answers to these questions and more! 161 years of Furman Course Catalogs (from 1852-2013) have been scanned and are […]

Furman Concert Choir Online

The Digital Collections Center and the Special Collections and Archives have partnered with the Furman Concert Choir to create a digital collection of the Concert Choir’s albums. The Furman Concert Choir was organized in 1960 as a small, auditioned group which performs choral music from all periods of music history. Under the direction of Dr. […]

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 […]