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James C. Furman Collection: Series Descriptions

Series I: Professional Correspondence (Digitized copies available in Box 1)

Correspondence in this series dates from 1827 to 1892. There are 623 items, including both letters to James C. Furman and copies of letters from him. Such letters are primarily between Furman and other Baptist ministers, but personal matters and university business are often included since family and friends were involved in all aspects. Some correspondence, dated after Furmanís death (1891), belonged to Mary Davis Furman and other family members. The only year in this series not represented is 1864.

Series II: Sermons, Addresses, and Writings

  1. Sermons - Materials appear to date from 1828 through 1890, but are largely undated and untitled. A significant number of the sermons are in poor condition and are partially illegible. Many of these are written on strips of paper as narrow as one inch, and have been folded into small, one or two-inch rectangles. All such sermons are written in a precise, often minute, script, but time and the elements have taken their toll.
  2. Addresses and Writings - Most materials are poetry and hymn lyrics; some may be speech notes rather than sermons, as Furman was politically active and was a popular public speaker in addition to being a preacher.

Series III: Notebooks

The materials in this series contain notes of visits, fund-raising accounts, class lectures, and medical remedies. Additionally, records of slave families kept by Harriet Davis Furman are noted on the cover of a ledger.

Series IV: Biographical Material

This series includes notes for biographical works by H.T. Cook, a booklet by Mary Davis Furman, clippings and booklets containing stories about Furman, as well as his 1828 license to preach.

Series V: Miscellanea

Series contains notes, letters, publications, and sketches by Furman of various people, etc. Also, three pieces of confederate currency belonging to Furman are included. Materials relate to Furman, but do not specifically match other series in content.

Series VI: Personal Correspondence (Digitized copies are available in Box 1)

This contains personal letters dating from 1830-1891.