Special Collections and Archives
Research and Creative Fellowships
Sponsored by Carolyn ’67 and Joseph ’68 Warden
For the third year in a row, 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, manuscripts, and archives 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 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 ($3,500) in addition to lodging on campus and access to all other campus amenities for the period of June 1 – August 15, 2019, 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 the Furman University Scholar Exchange (FUSE). They will also 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.
Eligibility: First-year students through juniors are eligible to apply for a 2019 summer Fellowship.
Instructions for Applicants: Course credit is not required for this fellowship. Applicants should submit a research proposal by March 13 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/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 (email@example.com).
Since 1851, The New York Times has published thousands of obituaries, capturing the lives and legacies of people who have influenced the world in which we live.
But many important figures were left out.
These remarkable black men and women never received obituaries in The New York Times – until now. Their stories have been added to the newspaper’s “Overlooked” project about prominent people whose deaths were not reported by the paper.
To commemorate Black History Month, the Libraries invite you to visit our displays which highlight these overlooked individuals. A short description is provided for each influential person. Lift up each cover page to reveal a picture of the individual and their obituary, bringing their story to light. “Overlooked” displays can be found in the James B. Duke Library and the branch libraries.
Borderland, presented in 4 episodes, is accessible through the Libraries’ subscription to Films on Demand.
Six Americans have volunteered to take part in a border experience they will never forget. They have little in common except for their strong opinions about illegal undocumented immigrants.
Over the next four weeks, the six will embark on an arduous and often heart-breaking journey to Guatemala, El Salvador, and Chiapas, southern Mexico, but only after they first explore illegal immigration on the US side of the border. They join an Arizona sheriff in Cochise County, visit ranchers furious that Mexican cartels now smuggle people and drugs across their land, and finally the group camps out in the Sonoran deset with humanitarian aid group No More Deaths. Confronted with two sides of the story, the six Americans start to realize that the world of immigration may not be as black and white as they originally thought it was.
Borderland, presented in 4 episodes, is accessible through the Libraries’ subscription to the database Films on Demand.
Meet the six American volunteers:
Alison Melder, from the Arkansas Young Republicans.
ALISON MELDER: We don’t know who these people are. We don’t know if they’ve murdered somebody, if they raped a child. We don’t know. They’re absolutely undocumented.
Lis-Marie Alvarado, immigrant rights campaigner from Florida.
LIS-MARIE ALVARADO: The estimated 11 million people that have no documents should have a pathway to citizenship.
Gary Larsen, a farmer from Washington state.
GARY LARSEN: People say immigrants are coming and stealing our jobs. It’s not true.
Kishana Holland, a fashion blogger from Las Vegas.
KISHANA HOLLAND: If I knew I had a neighbor that was an illegal immigrant for a fact, I would turn them in.
Retired Marine, Randy Stufflebeam, from Illinois.
RANDY STUFFLEBEAM: We need to have a moratorium on all immigration. Legal, illegal — stop it all right now. Illegal immigrants bring a culture that is not conducive to the American way of life.
New York City artist, Alex Seel.
ALEX SEEL: There’s no such thing as illegal immigration, especially in America.
The Chinese character 福, fu (pronounced “foo”), means ‘good fortune.’ A popular custom during Chinese New Year is to hang the character upside down as a play on words. The word for “upside down” is a homophone of “to arrive” in nearly all forms of Chinese. This pun means that good fortune is arriving!
One of the most important holidays of the year, the lunar calendar celebration goes by many names such as Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival. This year’s celebration will commence on February 5, ringing in the Year of the Pig! The festivities span fifteen days and culminate with the Lantern Festival on the first full moon of the new year, February 19.
Visit the James B. Duke Library’s display to spin the wheel and receive a New Year greeting.