Title: Alester Garden Furman, Jr. Collection
Creator: Furman, Alester Garden, Jr. (1895-1980)
Biography: includes image
Provenance: Accession # 1987-171 was donated by Alester G. Furman III on January 14, 1987.
Extent: 10.5 linear ft (22 boxes)
Date Range: 1918-1980
Abstract:The Alester G. Furman, Jr. papers of Acc# 1987-171 were arranged into subgroups and artificial series by Lee Ehlers during the processing of the collection. The subseries folder level organization most closely approximates, wherever possible, the original organization of papers by Alester G. Furman, Jr. The subgroups are:
Series I: General Correspondence - Material runs the gamut of topics from banking and investment concerns, local and national political issues (esp. Strom Thurmond), textile development, SC Baptist and Southern Baptist internal policy and political issues, labor and U.S. labor laws and policy, personal family correspondence and genealogical research correspondence.
Series II: Family History/Genealogy - Appointment of Henry Marshall Furman as 1st Lieutenant of the Infantry, his honorable discharge, memorial proceedings after his death; biographical material of Richard Furman and other family members.
Series III: News Clippings - Death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; Account of Pearl Harbor; progress of World War II in 1943. Graduations. Family Achievements.
Series IV: Household - Cost, labor, and materials information on routine maintenance, lawn care, interior design of 519 McDaniel Avenue; information on transfer of Alester G. Furman, Sr. estate to Alester G. Furman, Jr., including final accounting, funeral arrangements, stock holdings and assets, life insurance, stock values of Alester G. Furman Co.
Series V: Family Member Files - Personal family concerns, health and work issues; investment guidance by Alester G. Furman, Jr. to relatives; direction of subject's estate or assets. Includes correspondence concerning the long-term financial welfare and care of Gertrude H. Fripp at Episcopal Church Home and other institution by Alester G. Furman, Jr.
Series VI: Travel - Information concerning destinations, purposes, accommodations, etc. for two European trips and various business and vacation international and U.S. trips.
Series VII: Miscellaneous - Includes letters from Dwight D. Eisenhower 1969-61 and letters of congratulation concern a favorable write-up of Alester G. Furman, Jr.'s leadership within the Southern Baptist denomination, the dedication of the administration building at Furman University and the Woodside Mills plant named for Mr. Furman. Also includes directory information and fact pamphlets on chi psi fraternity, family insurance information from 1977 through Furman's death, philanthropic correspondence concerning the education of James P. Bates, Jr. and of George Zimmele, program and invitation information on Furman's attendance to President Dwight D. Eisenhower's 1957 Inaugural Ball and the Alfalfa Club Political Dinner (1959). Contents of Alester G. Furman. Jr.' s wallet at the time of his death (driver's license and various organization membership cards). Photo of Camp Zachary Taylor and brief information about the site. Information about Furman's class reunion of 1914 (graduation from Furman University with a B.A.).
Series I: Company Files - Includes board of directors minutes, special committee meeting minutes, proposal plans, financial and balance statements; annual and quarterly reports, etc. charting corporate decision, planning and development, and financial health of various companies in which Alester G. Furman, Jr. had a financial interest.
Series II: Oil Files - Correspondence and production and financial information concerning the financial progress of Hodge oil wells in Oklahoma, Kentucky and other areas.
Series III: Business News Clippings - News clippings, mostly editorials, discuss the impact of federal labor policy on textile industry in general and on South Carolina and J. P. Stevens Co. in particular. Other clippings discuss the Vietnam War, and the concern over the decline of education in the face of rebellious youth culture. Includes opinions on the Southern Baptist fundamentalist movement and the extent to which Southern Baptists support of education should shape the culture of student life. Includes photo of Woodside Plant.
III. Furman University
Series I: Furman University - Charter Modifications
Series II: Furman University - Special Ceremonies/Speeches - Alumni Day Speech (1965) Includes biographical sketch of Alester G. Furman, Sr. and his contribution to Furman University and the Greenville community. Alfred S. Reid's Founder's Day Speech (1976) discusses Furman University's commitment to and ideal of learning, academic freedom, and the threat to these freedoms by fundamentalist Christians.
Series III: Furman University - Development - Plans for further development of Furman University in late 60's and early 70's; student recruiting and demographics; plans for raising capital; budgetary reports; financial plan for building Earle Infirmary.
IV. Civic - Philanthropic
Series II: Southern Baptist Convention - Includes information on Jews and Southern Baptists; the debate over bigotry within the denomination and how various officials should represent the individual churches and members of the denomination.
Series III: James F. Byrnes Committee - Committee activities to uphold the memory of James F. Byrnes, including the proposed erection of a statue and Byrnes scholars program.
Series IV: Major Correspondents - Includes biographical sketch of Charles E. Daniel and memorial proceedings after his death; an address on the future of South Carolina; a property appraisal managed by Furman for Daniel; Brynes Foundation affairs; business plans and personal/social gatherings with Charles Daniel.
Series V: Episcopal Church Home - Monetary Contributions to the home by Alester G. Furman, Jr. (Home where Gertrude Fripp was placed for long term care.
Series VI: Augusta National Golf Club - Lengthy discussions of proposed expansion plans, both in terms of construction and membership procedures. Financial progress and Alester G. Furman's interest. Discussion of various tournament players.
Collection Inventory: Acc # 1987-171 - Sub-Group I: Personal; Sub-Group II: Business; Sub-Group III: Furman University; Sub-Group IV: Civic - Philanthropic; OVERSIZE
Location: Manuscript Collection
Accession #: 1987-171, more to be processed
See also: Decorative and Fine Arts Collection website.