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Research and Creative Fellowships

Special Collections and Archives
Research and Creative Fellowships
Summer 2018

Sponsored by Carolyn ’67 and Joseph ’68 Warden

This year, Special Collections and Archives will offer two 10-week summer fellowships for Furman undergraduates. These competitive fellowships will allow students to perform original research using materials in Special Collections and Archives for a research or creative project of their own design.

The rare books and manuscripts housed in the Furman Libraries range across several centuries, from medieval manuscripts to contemporary artists’ books, and from the Furman University Archives to South Carolina and Southern historical manuscript collections. Summer Fellows will explore these collections and use them to work on a project that can be discipline-based, related to their major or minor fields of study, or their career goals. Projects can also be interdisciplinary or creative in nature, based on their skills, background, and demonstrated interests. Our collections are diverse and rich with cultural meaning. We want to encourage Furman students to use them in the creation of new knowledge, art, or music.

Fellows will receive a summer stipend ($3,500) in addition to lodging on campus and access to all other campus amenities for the period of June 1 – August 15, 2017, and will be expected to be in residence during that time. While Fellows will work independently, it is expected that they will have a faculty sponsor who can provide occasional advice and guidance (either on-site or remotely) during the fellowship period. Fellows will also work closely with the faculty and staff of the Furman Libraries during their time in residence.

Following its completion, Fellows will be expected to submit a short report on their fellowship experience and a copy of their completed project to be added to Special Collections and Archives and FUSE. They will also take part in a public presentation of their work for the Furman community during the fall semester following their fellowship.

Eligibility:  First-year students through juniors are eligible to apply for a summer 2018 Fellowship.

Instructions for Applicants:  Course credit is not required for this fellowship. Applicants should submit a research proposal by March 1 outlining the work they would like to undertake during their fellowship, especially noting how the collections in Special Collections and Archives will help them achieve their goals, together with a current resume. Applicants should also discuss their project and application in advance with a Furman faculty member who will act as their sponsor, and submit (or have submitted) a letter of support from the faculty sponsor at the same time. In addition to the collection information found on the Special Collections and Archives website and library catalog, inquiries about holdings and collection strengths are encouraged. Please send all questions and all application materials to Jeffrey Makala (

Recently Activated Database Trials

The Furman University Libraries are offering a selection of database trials through February 28. To discover and access trial databases, visit the library’s guide for Electronic Resources Trials.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Sentinel
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: St. Louis Post Dispatch
These historical newspapers provide genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. These trials will be available until Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

History Vault Vietnam War
ProQuest History Vault consists of manuscript and archival collections digitized in partnership and from a wide variety of archival institutions. This trial will take users to the home page of History Vault. Access specific modules of content via featured modules section of the home page or the Browse tab at the top of the home page. This trial will be available until Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

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

On Display: MayX

Registration is now open for on-campus MayX courses. Information can be found online at

Lever Press Sets Gears in Motion

Librarians have been talking excitedly about Lever Press, an open-access publisher for digital scholarship led by liberal arts colleges, for several years. Furman was one of the 40 Oberlin Group libraries to support Lever Press at its inception. A recent article in Inside Higher Ed announces that the publisher expects to publish its first works this year.

Dr. Johnny Hill’s Publications

The Student Diversity Council (SDC), Mere Christianity Forum (MCF), and the Furman NAACP would like to invite you to an upcoming CLP. Furman will be hosting Dean Johnny Hill. He will address current events of injustice facing our world today including significant moments charged with racial and religious complexity like the riots in Charlottesville, VA and the assassination of 9 congregants at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. He will touch on the significance of systemic and interpersonal implicit bias issues and how students might constructively engage issues of racial and religious implicit bias in their own lives on campus at Furman. Dr. Hill will also raise concerns associated with contemporary electoral/political voting patterns and attitudes associated with immigration, LGBTQAI prejudice, as well as racialized issues on college campuses. The CLP will occur on Thursday January 25, 2018 from 6-7:15 p.m. in Hartness Pavilion.

The James B. Duke Library has two of Dean Hill’s books:

Prophetic Rage: A Postcolonial Theology of Liberation
In this book Johnny Bernard Hill argues that prophetic rage, or righteous anger, is a necessary response to our present culture of imperialism and nihilism. The most powerful way to resist meaninglessness, he says, is refusing to accept the realities of structural injustice, such as poverty, escalating militarism, genocide, and housing discrimination.

Hill’s Prophetic Rage is interdisciplinary, integrating art, music, and literature with theology. It is constructive, passionate, and provocative. Hill weaves through a myriad of creative and prophetic voices of protest — from Jesus to W. E. B. DuBois, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and President Barack Obama — as well as multiple approaches, including liberation theology and black religion, to reflect theologically on the nature of liberation, justice, and hope on contemporary culture. – from the publisher

The Theology of Martin Luther King Jr. and Desmond Mpilo Tutu
Hill brings two of the most prominent theologians of our time, Martin Luther King Jr. and Desmond Tutu, into conversation to explore the meaning of the Christian ideas of reconciliation, multiculturalism, and social justice for today’s world. It offers a comprehensive analysis of King and Tutu’s theology with implications for contemporary issues. – from the publisher



I Love You for Yourself: CLP

CLP: Princeton’s Alexander Nehamas on Love and Friendship
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 5 – 6:30pm
Johns Hall 101

This lecture, entitled “Metaphors in Life: ‘I Love You for Yourself,'” will be part of the Tocqueville Program’s lecture series on “Love, Friendship, and Politics.” In it, one of the nation’s most distinguished philosophers will examine what it means to say that we love our friends. Extending a long tradition of humanistic reflection on the nature of friendship, Nehamas’s reflections are of particular import in our lonely and alienated cultural moment.

Find several of Alexander Nehamas’s books in the James B. Duke Library.


Win a private study room!

The library has created a private, upgraded study room reserved for the “Scholar of the Month” and their friends.  Perks include:

Want to become the Scholar of the Month? You can enter electronically by selecting the purple button below. One entry per person per month.

We will randomly select one winner from all entries on February 1st and email the results to all who entered. The Scholar of the Month will also be announced on the library’s blog, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. Say goodbye to hunting for a vacant study room. Say hello to privacy, comfort, convenience, and storage space!

fine print: The Scholar of the Month contest is limited to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.  Sorry, Freshmen!

Libraries Closed Wed. open 11:00am Thur.

Furman University will be closed all day Wednesday, January 17, and the libraries are closed.

On Thursday, January 18, Furman University will delay opening the campus until 11:00 a.m.  The libraries will open at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday.  Classes will resume at 11:30 a.m.

Students should use caution while walking on campus.

Students, faculty, and staff will be notified by text and email as schedule changes are needed. Updates will also be provided online on the Libraries’ homepage, and as well as on social media.

Newly Activated Database Trials

AP: The Middle East Bureaus Collection
With stories stemming from Jerusalem, Ankara, Beirut, and their surrounding areas, these records include news stories in the form of typescript carbons or wire copy. Among the most covered topics are military operations, civil and global wars, diplomacy, refugees, cultural clashes, and terrorism, providing dynamic, real-time insights from the second half of the twentieth century into issues of global importance that still impact the world today.
This trial will be available through Monday, February 19, 2018.

Archives of Sexuality & Gender (includes LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 Parts I and II)
Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 covers topics including LGBTQ activism and the HIV/AIDS crisis. It provides researchers with the documents necessary to delve deep into the Gay Rights Movement with resources that may otherwise go undiscovered. Repositories for this collection include: Lesbian Herstory Educational Foundation; Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives; Women’s Energy Bank; GLBT Historical Society; National Library of Medicine; among other archives.
This trial will be available through Monday, February 19, 2018.

Associated Press Collections Online
Associated Press Collections Online gives insight into major events, people and trends from the mid-1800s through the twentieth century from the Associated Press Corporate Archive. Collections may include: original wire copy, personal papers, AP style books, internal publications, and more. Hundreds of videos from the AP Archive and thousands of striking images from AP Images archive add depth to the original reporting and stories behind the news from this venerable news agency.
This trial will be available through Monday, February 19, 2018.

China from Empire to Republic
China from Empire to Republic: Missionary, Sinology and Literary periodicals 1817-1949 documents the thoughts of Chinese intellectuals and Western missionaries and diplomats about China, and their efforts to understand Chinese culture and transform the nation in the years before 1949. The collection contains missionary, academic, and literary periodicals in English published in or about China.
This trial will be available through Monday, February 19, 2018.

Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003
The Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003 is the complete digital edition (over 260,000 full color pages) of the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper. Celebrated for its vivid pictorial commentary on global news, the ILN is a unique resource for the history of the last 150 years.
This trial will be available through Monday, February 19, 2018.

International Herald Tribune Historical Archive
This archive includes The New York Herald, European Edition followed by the New York Herald Tribune and finally the International Herald Tribune, retracing the history of the 20th century from luxury travel and opulent entertainment, to international conflicts, the spread of American culture abroad and globalization. This American newspaper published in Paris had an independent editorial spirit throughout and offers a strong focus on objective reporting of international news.
This trial will be available through Monday, February 19, 2018.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online
A ground-breaking resource for 19th century studies, NCCO is a multi-year global digitization and publishing program focused on primary source collections of the long nineteenth century. Collections for this program are sourced through partnerships with major world libraries as well as specialist libraries, and content includes monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more.
This trial will be available through Monday, February 19, 2018.

He Continues to Make a Difference CLP

Lesléa Newman, writer, poet, editor, and advocate, will visit the campus of Furman University on February 1st. Newman is the author of 70 books for readers of all ages, including A Letter to Harvey Milk; October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard; I Carry My Mother; The Boy Who Cried Fabulous; Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed; and Heather Has Two Mommies. In the evening she will share her CLP presentation titled, “He Continues to Make a Difference: The Story of Matthew Shepard.” This program uses poetry, photographs, and creative visualization to explore the impact of Matthew Shepard’s murder on the world, and it will challenge the audience to look deep inside themselves and find a way to make a difference to create a safe world for everyone. Please join us for this event.

Thursday, February 1, 7:00 p.m.
Watkins Room
CLP co-sponsored by
The Friends of the Furman University Libraries
Furman Education Department
Student Diversity Council
Furman Pride Alliance