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A handwritten letter

The Furman Family Letters digital collection contains the content of two collections from Furman University's Special Collections and Archives:

The Richard Furman Papers: A sample of professional correspondence and several sermons from Richard Furman (1755-1825), founder and namesake of Furman University.

Richard Furman Hall. 1929

This digital collection contains over 2,000 photographs of the old main campus of Furman University located in downtown Greenville, South Carolina along the Reedy River. Images span over 100 years, from 1851 until 1958 when this location closed down due to its relocation to 3300 Poinsett Highway. Popular topics in the collection include: athletics, student organizations, theatrical performances, and the Furman University band.

An image from a Bonhomie Yearbook

This growing digital collection will ultimately contain copies of all of Furman University's yearbooks and catalogs. Currently, the collection includes the Furman University Bonhomie yearbooks, dating 1901 - 1932 and 58 of the Greenville Woman's College Course Catalogs, from 1857 - 1937.

Georgetown County Historical Newspapers Collection consists of newspapers dating from the early 1800s to 1899 from the Winyah Observer, the Pee Dee Times, the True Republican, the South Carolinian, the Winyah Intelligencer, the Georgetown American and the Georgetown Union.

Gregg portrait

This photograph collection is a small portion of USC Aiken's historical Gregg-Graniteville Archive of documents and memorabilia of the Graniteville Company, a major Southern textile manufacturing firm founded in 1845 by William Gregg. The archive represents the only collection in existence devoted to William Gregg and the Graniteville Company. It was developed over the years by the executives of the company at its main office in the village of Graniteville.

Hemrick Salley Family Sheet Music

Donated in 2010 by Hemrick Nathan Salley Jr., the Salley Family Sheet Music includes music from the 19th and 20th Centuries. These two bound volumes from the collection each have a distinct focus: one on popular piano music from the mid-1800s, and the other on popular songs for piano and voice from 1899 to 1902 with an emphasis on blackface minstrelsy.

Fort Moultrie Centennial Pamphlet

The Historical Commission of South Carolina pamphlet collection is comprised of 45 artificially bound volumes of separately published South Carolina imprints from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Topics covered include: agriculture, Civil War regimental histories, education and schools, geology, industry, medicine, Native American tribes, nature, nullification, the Revolutionary War, the Reconstruction Era (1865-1877), and the South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition (1901-1902).

image of girl sitting at a desk

This collection of textbooks and printed works on nineteenth century American education had its impetus in a request from our colleague, Professor Susan Schramm-Pate, of the College of Education here at the University of South Carolina. She was interested in supplementing the core group of texts for her doctoral seminar “Curriculum Classics: Trends and Issues” (EDCS 822). The initial group of selected works from the nineteenth century were either printed in the South for a Southern audience, or are the texts of speeches and remarks concerning the state of Southern schools and education.

Grocer receipt

A collection of personal and commercial documents created by or on behalf of members of the Holland family of Greenville. Includes eleven letters written during the Civil War, most of them from Confederate soldier Robert Holland to various family members.

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