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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Easter Break Hours

April 13   Thursday   8:00 am – 5:00 pm April 14   Friday   CLOSED April 15   Saturday   CLOSED April 16   Sunday   CLOSED April 17   Monday   10:00 am – 1:00 am As Americans prepare for Easter with egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, and the ubiquitous marshmallow chicks, other countries […]

Art Slide Library

For decades, art students were introduced to famous artwork through in-class slide presentations. Slides are small squares of color film suspended in a cardboard frame. Professors could build an entire slide show for a class by inserting individual slides into cartridges or carousels (pictured right). It was a fairly common practice for a college or […]

Tame Wild Textbook Prices!

Did you know: Furman students spend an estimated $1,270 on textbooks each year (1) the cost of college textbooks has increased 88% in the last 10 years (2) there are free online open textbooks written by scholars in most academic disciplines there are Furman faculty who are using and creating open textbooks for their classes […]

Isaqueena

“Our magazine bears the name of one who is indeed famous in tradition for her perseverance and heroism in bearing such important news to her friends” writes Louise Scarborough, student editor of the Isaqueena, the literary magazine of the Greenville Woman’s College first published in 1906. Over 90 issues of the Isaqueena have been scanned […]