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Furman football uniform, 1920s
F.U. All the Time!
Furman University Memorabilia, 1826-2013

Exhibition Dates: February 1 - July 29, 2013

Value Added: Objects for Sale and Saving
CLP lecture by J. Scott Derrick and Helen Hockwalt
March 20, 2013, 4:30 PM
Pitts Room, James B. Duke Library

An auctioneer and a curator will discuss the concept of value on March 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm in the Pitts Room. Scott Derrick, a Furman employee and certified auctioneer, will describe the process by which one assesses the monetary value of an object offered for sale, and ensures that the object meets or exceeds that estimated value at auction. Helen Hockwalt, Curator of the Pickens County Museum of Art and History, will discuss the historical and cultural value of objects to a museum’s collection, describing their ability to illustrate and enrich the narrative of place and the shared identity of its inhabitants. She will also illustrate the effects of preservation and the resulting impact on both individual and institutional worth.

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Furman University and those attached to it have left behind evidence of life on its many campuses, beginning in Edgefield in 1826 and continuing to the present. From the unusual—books containing doodles by James Clement Furman, first president of the university—to the everyday—socks worn by football players—the exhibition features Furman memorabilia of every variety. These images and artifacts provide glimpses into past campus life and show the evolution of Furman University across time and space.

Materials from the early years of Furman University are on display, along with items from the Greenville Woman’s College, which merged with Furman University in 1938. More recent Furman traditions and school spirit are highlighted as well. A section of the exhibition is dedicated entirely to the history of the bell tower, old and new, and its career as a symbol of Furman. Meanwhile, ephemera promoting Furman University provide an idea of the way the university was viewed outside of the “Furman bubble.” Sports memorabilia, including a full 1920s football uniform, round out the exhibition.

The exhibition is named after one of Furman University's beloved traditions, a cheer popularized at sporting events by John E. Johns, president of Furman University from 1976-1994:

F.U. one time...
F.U. two times...
F.U. three times...

View selected items from the exhibition online at