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Consumptive Chic

CONSUMPTIVE CHIC: A HISTORY OF BEAUTY, FASHION, AND DISEASE Dr. Carolyn A. Day Long before “heroin chic” made headlines, the emaciated figure and feverish flush associated with tuberculosis victims were admired as beautiful. As the disease spread throughout Europe in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, it became commonplace to regard tuberculosis as a positive affliction, one to be emulated in beauty […]

A/C and a Microwave!

Are you on campus doing research or taking classes this summer and need a cool place to eat your lunch?  If so, stop by the Library Café. While the café is not open for service, the space is open for use!  Besides a microwave to warm your lunch, you’ll find the vending machines and the […]

Explore the Digital Dictionary

This past spring semester, 23 Furman students contributed to a digital dictionary that you can hear online. The Furman exhibit, “Humans vs. Nature? Breaking the Dichotomy,” was created as a project for the English course, Literature and the Environment. It’s featured on The Sonic Dictionary, a growing collection of more than 800 sound recordings created by university […]

Southern Librarian Scholarship Recipients

The Furman University Libraries are proud to announce the 2018 recipients of the Ethel Carlisle Southern Scholarship for Library Science. The Ethel Carlisle Southern Librarian Scholarship was established in 1985 by her husband, Furman Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, J. Albert Southern, and their children, Tom and Janet Southern Huskey and John L. Southern, in recognition of her […]

Study Break: Come paint a rock!

#library rocks Make and take a rock at the Library’s research assistance desk. We’d love to see a picture of your rock on Instagram or Facebook so tag the Library.

Booker T. Washington’s Birth Anniversary

In honor of Booker T. Washington’s birth anniversary today, a sample of various resource types available in and through the Furman library: The Booker T. Washington Papers (e-book)   Booker T. Washington Rediscovered (print book)   The Golden Age of American Oratory (streaming documentary film)   Lost sounds: Blacks and the birth of the recording […]

The Librarian at the Nexus of the Harlem Renaissance

“You might not know about Regina Anderson, but you’ve probably heard of many of her friends. On a typical day in 1923 or 1924, Anderson might leave her desk at the 135th Street Branch of the New York Public Library and drop a letter to W.E.B. Du Bois in the mailbox. She may go home to […]

Water Groove

For the U.N.’s  World Water Day, a gift: Water Groove Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries is the largest and most comprehensive streaming audio collection of world music.  It currently provides streaming access to over 44,000 tracks from the Smithsonian archives and world music archives in Asia and Africa. It includes Music from 169 countries from […]

In Celebration of the Equinox

In the segment linked via the image above, see Kukulcan’s appearance on the temple at Chichen Itza during the Vernal (Spring) Equinox. It’s from a BBC documentary entitled Tilt: Orbit—Earth’s Extraordinary Journey. Our Films on Demand database offers streaming access to over 25,000 documentary films with closed captioning and interactive transcripts. The database itself is searchable by segment […]


Obituaries in the New York Times since its first issue in 1851 have been populated almost exclusively by white men. Even looking at just the last two years, only 20% have been about women. There is, finally, an effort underway to change this, in a project entitled “Overlooked.” Though the first iteration includes only fifteen […]