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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Furman Hornet

Furman University athletes have always worn purple and white. However, the mascots they played under have changed over the years. The earliest teams were referred to as the “Hornets,” a name they shared with the student newspaper. In the 1920s, the football team began to be referred to as the “Purple Hurricane.” The basketball team […]

Homecoming Photos

We had a great time seeing everyone at Homecoming! Here are a few photos in case you missed any of the fun. The library tent featured photos of our former student assistants. Library floorplans were also on display and alumni were encouraged to write their names near their favorite study area.

James C. Furman Collection

James Clement Furman was born on December 15, 1809, in Charleston, South Carolina. His father was Richard Furman, namesake of Furman University, then pastor at Charleston Baptist Church. His mother was Dorothea Burn Furman, second wife of his father. James Clement was the thirteenth of fifteen children born to Richard and Dorothea Furman. He was […]

Furman Historical Images

The burning of the Furman Bell Tower, the scarlet fever quarantine of 1906, the May Day pageants of Greenville Woman’s College – all this and more can be found in the new “Furman Historical Images” digital collection. Spanning 150 years, the collection contains nearly 2800 photographs and glass plate negatives of Greenville Woman’s College, Furman’s […]

Special Collections Opening Reception 2/18 4pm

“A Return to Normalcy?” Growing Pains, Furmanville, and Life at Post-World War II Furman By Tyler R. Edmond ’17 Exhibition Dates: February 1 – May 31, 2016 Opening Reception: February 18 at 4:00 PM After the United States entered the war in 1941, American colleges and universities experienced a drastic decrease in student attendance. Male […]

January 11, 1963

This morning’s blast of frigid temperatures also brought a sense of déjà vu. A Paladin newspaper article from January 11th, 1963 describes students suffering a walk to the Dining Hall through bitter cold. The article also features a photograph of Ted Willis, a professional skater with the Holiday on Ice Show, skating on the iced […]