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Libraries Celebrate Faculty Achievements

The Furman University Libraries and the Office of the Provost cordially invite you to a celebration of scholarly and creative achievements in 2019. The reception will showcase Furman faculty members who have completed a degree, received a grant from an external funding source totaling more than $1,000, ​and/or published books, book chapters, journal articles, exhibits, recordings, performances, films, or other works.

When: Friday, February 21. 4:30pm – 6:00pm.

Where: James B. Duke Library, Blackwell Atrium.

Wine, beer, and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

For further Information contact Kathy Hamlin.

Phone number: 864-294-2191.

E-mail address:

2020 Summer Research and Creative Fellowships

For the fourth 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. In past years, Fellows have: transcribed medieval music manuscripts into modern musical notation; performed background research for a senior studio art installation; edited short films about Furman history; done historical research on South Carolina elections; and written a creative essay based on our collection of Hogarth prints. What will you propose to do?

The rare books, manuscripts, and archives housed in the Furman Libraries range across several centuries. 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 to further their career goals and creative aspirations. Projects can be interdisciplinary or creative in nature, based on the skills, background, and demonstrated interests of applicants. Our collections are diverse and rich with cultural meaning, and we encourage Furman students to use them in the creation of new knowledge, art, or music.

Fellows will receive a summer stipend ($3,000) in addition to lodging on campus for the period of June 1 – August 15, 2020, and will be expected to be in residence during that time. While Fellows will work independently, it is expected that they 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 may also be asked to take part in a public presentation of their work for the Furman community during the fall semester following their fellowship and participate in Furman Engaged! in the spring.

Previous Student Research and Creative Fellowships:

2017 [see news story]

  • Chrissy Hicks ’20, Music major and classicist, worked on our growing collection of medieval music manuscripts: studying the background of manuscript production, the uses of medieval written music, and looking closely at our manuscripts to confirm or expand their present descriptions and what we know about them.
  • Emory Conetta ’18, an Art History and Studio Art double major who used our collection of Furman and Greenville Woman’s College scrapbooks from the early 20th century in a project that will study young women’s identity and practices of keeping and making memories, in Greenville and the South. One of her aims is to start making her own scrapbook as a response to what she discovers, and this summer fellowship will form the basis of her year-long senior studio art project, which will culminate in a gallery show spring 2018.

2018 [see blog post]

  • Olivia Corso ’20, an English and Art History double major. Olivia’s project was on the imagery and iconography of women in antiquity using several different types of sources from Special Collections and Archives.

2019 [see news story]

  • Jess Foster ’20, studied the role of antisemitism in Greenville mayor Max Heller’s unsuccessful 1978 congressional campaign
  • Allie Bolton ’21, created a documentary film on Furman history as an extension of the 4 short films that she and Claudia Leslie ’19 created for use in the Pathways program this fall 2019


First-year students through juniors are eligible to apply for a 2020 summer Fellowship.

Instructions for Applicants:

Course credit is not required for this fellowship. Applicants should submit a research proposal by Monday, March 16th outlining the work they would like to do 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/email of support from the faculty sponsor at the same time. In addition to collection information found on the Special Collections and Archives website and library catalog, we strongly encourage inquiries about project ideas, our holdings, and our collection strengths. Please send all questions and all application materials to Jeffrey Makala (

Newspaper Editorials Foreshadow the Civil War

A newspaper printing shop from the mid-1800s.Back in 1997, Dr. Lloyd Benson, Furman’s Walter Kenneth Mattison Professor of History, launched an ambitious online project titled “Secession Era Editorials.” The purpose of the website was to provide online access to political newspaper editorials written in the “secession era”, a precursor to the American Civil War.

On his original website, Dr. Benson noted:

Few Americans were more involved with the coming of the Civil War than the newspaper editors whose words have been collected here. Circulation-hungry and fiercely devoted to the political parties that sustained them, these writers were passionate and nearly inflexible in their views. The editorials they wrote remind us that the people of the era experienced events not with the comprehensive hindsight and revealed secrets of the historian but rather through the disconnected and opinionated fragments supplied by these journalists.

Dr. Benson continued his work collecting the editorials with the help of Furman students and faculty. By 2007, he and his team had transcribed over 350 newspaper editorials on 4 highly politicized topics: The Dred Scott Case, John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry, The Nebraska Bill, and the Sumner Caning Incident. For over a decade, this research was available online from a project website hosted by the Department of History.

Thanks to a partnership with the Furman Libraries’ Digital Collections Center, the project now has a new home with improved searching and browsing capabilities:

See the new Secession Era Editorials Project website.

Please Note: Some editorials in this collection contain offensive language, opinions, and other content. The editorials serve as evidence of the time period in which they were created and enable us to engage in more truthful conversations about history. The views expressed in these editorials do not reflect Furman University’s values or our commitment to embrace meaningful diversity and equality in all of our endeavors. If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail

Furman Honors Joseph Vaughn

Headshot of Joseph Allen Vaughn smiling and looking to the leftJan. 29th is now a day of remembrance, celebration, and hope in honor of Furman’s first African American undergraduate student, Joseph Vaughn. Read more about the Joseph Vaughn Day Commemoration Ceremony held on Jan. 29th, 2020.

You can learn more about Joseph Vaughn by exploring Furman’s digital collections:

Photos from Yearbooks:


Student Newspaper Articles:


Furman Magazine Articles:


Oral Histories:Joseph Vaughn and Lillian Brock Fleming share a laugh


More Resources

Students Enhance Furman’s Coin Collection

Roman coin with head of Nero. Latin inscription says NERO CAESAR AUGUSTUSFurman’s Richard Prior Coin Collection is now available online thanks to Furman summer research fellows Rebecca Fulford (’21) and Allyson Stevens (’21). The two fellows, under the direction of Chiara Palladino, Assistant Professor of Classics, collaborated with the Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives and the Digital Collections Center to complete their project.

First, they described each of the 26 coins, including painstakingly measuring/weighing them, and describing the words and imagery on each side of the coin. Then they used the Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) website to identify each one. This was a challenging task considering the poor condition of some of the coins.

Each coin was then digitized by the Digital Collections Center, and the digital photos were married with the robust descriptions. The coins and descriptions are now available on a brand new website showcasing all of Furman’s online coin collections.

Explore Furman’s Coin Collections website.

As a final step, the descriptions were converted to a Linked Open Data (LOD) format and uploaded onto Nomisma, an online database that, using LOD technology, collects coins housed in various collections worldwide, including the British Museum, Harvard, etc. (View a complete list of partners here:

View examples of Furman’s coins in Nomisma:

This small collection, and the high level of collaboration, is expected to be a model for future digital humanities and digital scholarship projects with the Libraries’ coin collections and other materials.

Jewish Week Events

A gallery of posters related to the Holocaust

Jewish Week is here and the Jewish Student Association has a lot of great events planned. In partnership with them, your Furman Libraries are displaying a series of posters from the U.S. National Holocaust Memorial Museum. ⁠⁣
See below for a full list of JSA events for the week. ⁠⁣

  • Monday, January 27th – 11:30-12:30 pm JBD Library. Schmooze with the Jews⁣. Grab a bagel with schmear and schmooze with the Jews outside JBD Library. ⁣
  • Tuesday, January 28th – 6:00 to 7:00 pm Watkins Room. “What the Heller!” CLP ⁣ A night to honor and recognize the many contributions of Max and Trude Heller to Furman University and the greater Greenville community. ⁣
  • Wednesday, January 29th – 4:00 to 5:00 pm Watkins Room. These Are Our Stories: Jewish Women of the Upstate⁣. A Q+A panel hosting a diverse group of Jewish women who will discuss their experiences and share their stories. This event will have light refreshments.
  • Thursday, January 30th – 6:00 to 7:00 pm Watkins Room. Sami’s Story: Child of the Holocaust and Motivational Speaker CLP⁣. Child Holocaust Survivor Sami Steigmann will share his story and message of hope.
  • Friday, January 31st – 7:00 pm Watkins Room. Community Shabbat Dinner and Services. Join us for a community Shabbat dinner followed by evening services. If you are interested in attending please inquire for an invitation. ⁣

A View of Furman’s Past

Early 20th century Furman viewbooks are now available online in the Furman University Viewbooks collection. According to Merriam-Webster, a viewbook is “a promotional booklet with pictures that is published by a college or university and used especially for recruiting students.”

As photographs became easier and cheaper to create and mass-produce in the late 19th century, many colleges and universities began producing viewbooks to entice prospective students to their campuses. You can learn more about the history of viewbooks and their impact on higher education marketing from this article “A Brief History of College Viewbooks.”

In the meantime, feel free to explore the buildings of Furman’s old downtown campus through these pages of the past.

Reedy River Falls at the Foot of Campus


Interior of Library. Finished in Quartered Oak
Interior of Library


When is a Bulletin Not a Bulletin?

Cover of the Bulletin of Furman University Alumni Number. August, 1945. Elizabeth Lake Jones, Dean of Women is on the cover.The Furman Bulletin is, perhaps, one of the University’s most interesting and confusing publications. And now it’s available online in all its glory as the Furman Bulletins digital collection.

The Bulletins began in January 1912 with the dedication of the James C. Furman Hall of Science and ended in 1974 as a 4-page profile of the University and its student body. In its 62 year run, it also served as a supplemental course catalog, as a scholarly publication for the original research of faculty and sometimes alumni, as an alumni magazine, as a history of the University, as a photobook of the campus, and as a source of information for prospective students. Furman’s Special Collections Librarian and Archivist, Jeff Makala noted that “It would take a team of serials librarians to properly understand the relationship between the various named and unnamed parts of the Furman Bulletin.”

Despite the ever-shifting scope of the publication, one thing is for certain: it provides a rich look at the history of the Furman campus, curriculum, and students.

Library Open 24 Hours + More!

If you have not already heard the big news, the library will be staying open 24 hours during exams!!!

December 11 – 13 ⁠

The library will be open from 8:00 am on Wednesday, December 11 until 8:00 pm on Friday, December 13. ⁠

⁠December 14

10:00 am – 8:00 pm ⁠⁠

December 15 – 18

The Library will then be open again from 10:00 am Sunday, December 15 through 2:00 am Wednesday, December 18. ⁠

The Library will then reopen at 8:00 am on Wednesday, December 18 and close at 5:00 pm.⁠

December 19

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

December 20

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

December 20 – 31


New Director of Libraries

Caroline head shot photo

Photo Credit: Rick Jones, Digital Collections Center Manager

The Furman Libraries would like to introduce our new Director of Libraries Dr. Caroline Mills! If she looks familiar, that’s because Dr. Mills has worked in the Furman Libraries since 2008, first as the Access Services and Instruction Librarian, and then, starting in 2012, as the Assistant Director for Collection Services. Since the retirement of our previous director, Dr. Janis Bandelin, in December 2018, Caroline has also served as the Interim Director of Libraries.

A South Carolina native, Caroline has stayed close to home for both work and school. She earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership at Clemson University with a concentration in higher education, educational assessment, and academic integrity. She wrote her dissertation on graduate student perceptions of academic integrity policies and practices. She earned her master of library and information science (MLIS) degree through the University of South Carolina College of Library and Information Sciences, and a B.A. in English from Wofford College. Furthermore, she holds several graduate certificates related to library science.

Caroline sitting on the green mid century modern sofa in her office.

Caroline has a masterfully decorated office with a strong mid-century modern aesthetic. Her office is located in the admin suite on the second floor of the James B. Duke Library.

Believe it or not, Caroline has worked at six academic libraries in the state of South Caroline, and, in her own words, “that is 11% of all PASCAL Libraries!” To name a couple of her previous positions, she served as an information literacy librarian and then as the library director at Tri-County Technical College, and she also briefly worked as a reference librarian at Converse College.  Caroline’s resume includes an impressive assortment of professional publications, presentations, and organizational memberships. She currently serves as the chair of the PASCAL board of directors and is either the chair or a member of three additional PASCAL committees.

An avid thrift shopper, Caroline has an eye for finding high-quality items at a fantastic bargain. She enjoys finding items for herself, her friends, her family, and her coworkers. Throughout her tenure at Furman, Caroline has been known to leave her coworkers a shirt or pair of shoes that she thinks they will enjoy; these gifts are often discovered as a pleasant surprise when entering one’s office.

When not working to support the efforts of her colleagues in the library, Caroline enjoys hiking, cycling, cooking, and baking. I asked her to tell me about some of her favorite dishes to cook, and she wrote back,

“I love cooking multiple courses for big dinner parties and especially like doing themed cooking. A few weeks ago several friends and I got together to prepare a “Duckfest” dinner where every dish contained duck. I also enjoy cooking/baking dessert—recently I have been experimenting with homemade ice creams and two of my best combinations so far have been chocolate-cayenne-pecan and banana-peanut butter-white chocolate.” However, and most importantly, her absolute favorite food in the world is Furman University Dining Hall chocolate chip cookies!

Caroline mountain biking Regarding her outdoor activities, in the past, Caroline has been an active cyclist participating in both road and mountain bike races. She still enjoys attending races and cheering on her friends. Just because she doesn’t race bicycles anymore doesn’t mean she isn’t active. On the contrary, she wrote, “In the last several years my husband has done a number of ultra-marathon races and we both participated in the Asheville/Greenville Ville to Ville relay… My next planned race is the Asheville Biltmore Half-Marathon in March 2020.” 

Cover of the book A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher

Finally, what kind of library director introduction would this be if I didn’t share at least one book Caroline has read? I asked if she had enjoyed a book recently that she thinks everyone should read, and she replied with A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by British author Charlie Fletcher. She went on to say, “A Boy and His Dog is a post-apocalyptic adventure story about a boy whose dog is stolen and who follows the thief across a depopulated Scotland. I have always loved ‘Robinson Crusoe’ [survival type] tales. The vision of a world without people was intriguing. Amazon calls the book a ‘compelling tale of survival, courage, and hope’ but I liked imagining how I would handle the challenges that Griz, the main character, faced. Not to spoil it but I also like that it had a (somewhat) happy ending. I would love to read a sequel.”

If you see Caroline around campus be sure to say hello and congratulate her on the promotion to Director of Libraries!