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Guide to Historical Records of Furman University, 1826–1958
45/001 South Carolina Baptist Convention
Furman University Campus Documents, Oversize Date Unknown – 1 box

Folder 1 – 19th century correspondence and manuscript pages
Folder 2 – Contract (Mauldin, ?, and Watson)
Folder 3 – Carpenter’s Agreement
Folder 4 – Specifications for a building for Furman University

45/002 Edgefield (1826-1829)
Photographs & Etchings – 1 box

Folder 1 – Buildings
Folder 2 – Edgefield Marker
Folder 3 – Faculty and Administration Portraits

45/003 High Hills (1829-1834)
High Hills Campus Documents, Oversize (45/003)- 1 box

Folder 1 – 19th century manuscript pages from High Hills
Folder 2 – Letter dated March 4, 1832
Folder 3 – Letter and financial accounts dated February 19, 1831

Photographs & Etchings – 1 box

Folder 1 – Markers

45/004 Winnsboro (1834-1851)
Board of Trustees (45/004) – 1 box

Folder 1 – Partial Reports, ND
Folder 2 – Correspondence and Reports
Folder 3 – Executive Committee: Reports and Minutes
Folder 4 – Legal Documents

Faculty Reports (45/004) – 1 box

Folder 1 – 1837
Folder 2 – 1841, the Case of J. Humphrey
Folder 3 – 1845
Folder 4 – 1846
Folder 5 – 1847
Folder 6 – 1848
Folder 7 – 1849
Folder 8 – 1850
Folder 9 – 1851
Folder 10 – Course/Literature Listings
Folder 11 – Manual Labor School Report

Winnsboro Campus Documents, Oversize (45/004)- 1 box

Folder 1 – 19th century manuscript pages and correspondence from Winnsboro
Folder 2 – Student Recommendation Letters, 1839-1846
Folder 3 – Letter dated August 13, 1842
Folder 4 – Letter dated November 28, 1840
Folder 5 – Letter dated January 30, 1838
Folder 6 – Letter dated April 9, 1837
Folder 7 – Letter dated January 7, 1837

Photographs & Etchings – 1 box

Folder 1 – Buildings
Folder 2 – Markers

45/005 Old Campus, Old Main/University Ridge (1851-1958)

45/005-A: Historic Documents (28 boxes)
Academics - 1 box

Earth and Environmental Science
French
Law School (6 folders compiled by John Roberts and Katie Levans, all secondary copies)
Minister's School
Music
Theatre Arts

Alumni - 1 box

1907 Alma Mater
Alumni Banquet
Alumni Minutes (1892)

Athletic Council - 1 box

Records (1915-1922, 1931-1934)

Board of Trustees – 1 box

Partial Reports, ND Correspondence and Reports
Executive Committee: Reports and Minutes
Legal Documents

Brochures - 1 box

Brochures (1881-1897?)
Brochures (1919-1933?)
Brochures (1934-1938?)
Catalogue Request Brochure (1919-1933?)
Furman Bulletin
Furman University Newsletter
Outdoor Life at Furman
Pep & Rep (1926)
We Go to College

Campus Events - 1 box

Annual Picnic
Art Dedication
Baccalaureate Service
Centennial Pageant (1926)
Class Day
Community Concert Association
Field Day
Freshman Class Reception
Junior Class Banquet
McGlothlin Inauguration
Orientation Program
Scholarship Recognition Day
Senior Class Banquet
Sophomore Class Reception
World War II Memorial Service

Faculty Correspondence - 1 box

Faculty and Administration Correspondence, Official (1851-1874)
Faculty and Administration Correspondence, Non-Furman
Faculty Dinner Invitations
Faculty Newsletter (1950-1951)
Faculty Newsletter (1951-1952)
Letters from the Faculty
Library Correspondence
Recommendations Letters to Faculty

Faculty Minutes - 1 box

1861 (Includes early Civil War involvement)
1853, 1891-1892
Sept. 11, 1916 - Aug. 9, 1919
Aug. 19, 1919 - June 6, 1923
1923-1925
Sept. 5, 1925 - June 5, 1930
1950

Faculty Reports - 1 box

Circa 1852
1853
1854
1855
1856
1858
Circa 1853-1858?
1859
1860
1866 (Letter addressing post Civil War issues)
Circa 1866-1874
1870
1874
1875
1892 (Buyck/Wells Duel)
1897
1941 (Football Ticket Case)
No Date

Furman Fitting School Bulletin-1 box

Accounts
Bulletin
Catalogue & Announcements
Scraps

Physical Plant - 4 box

Box 1:
Alumni Hall (Memorial Windows)
Furniture Plans (1958 for New Campus)
James C. Furman Hall of Science
Sirrine Stadium (1946-1979)
Webb Memorial Sanitarium
Box 2:
Science Museum Inventory Book
Science Museum Registration Book 1923-1936
Science Museum Registration Book 1950-1955
Box 3 & 4:
Furman & GWC Library Accession Books

Student Organizations - 6 box

Box 1:
The Cloister
Glee Club
Education Club
The Hornet
International Relations Club
Varsity Club
Box 2:
Student Volunteer Records
Box 3: Philosophian Literary Society
Minutes May 28, 1852 - Oct. 26, 1860
Minutes Nov. 2, 1860 - June 7, 1888
Minutes Sept. 27, 1890 - Mar. 14, 1896
Minutes 1896-1897 (Blank - kept by J.E. Nunnery)
Minutes Oct. 9, 1897 - Jan. 29, 1910
Minutes Feb. 1910 - Sept. 1916
Minutes Oct. 6, 1916 - Oct. 1, 1924
Minutes 1924 - 1932
Box 4: Philosophian Literary Society
Constitution, Bylaws, and Membership Roll
Roll Book 1907-1918
Roll Book 1919-1927
Roll Book 1930-1932
Ledger and Roll Book 1889-1907
Ledger 1912-1919
Historian’s Records 1903-1917
Financial Records 1894-1913
Box 5: Adelphian Literary Society
Record Book Jan. 4, 1874-Apr. 30,1880
Constitution and By-laws 1904
Treasurer’s 1856-1866
Treasurer’s Book Feb. 1855-1857
Treasurer’s Book Feb. 1869-June1879
Treasurer’s Book 1908-1909
Alumni and Honorary Members
Resolutions for Debates
Roll 1893-1899
Roll 1906-1918
Roll 1917/18-1927/28
Recording Secretary’s Book May 9, 1856-Apr. 12, 1861
Record Book Sept. 24, 1869-Jan. 23, 1874
Secretary’s Records Sept. 27, 1913-Oct. 16, 1930
Secretary’s Book Sept. 26, 1913-Nov. 25, 1930
Oratorical Contest, 1919
Box 6: Adelphian Literary Society
Financial Records 1885-1891
Minutes Sept. 23, 1909-Sept. 20, 1913
Minutes Apr. 5, 1902-Mar. 3, 1906
Financial Records 1913-1916
Financial Records 1892-1900
Financial Records 1920/21?
Roll of Members 1929/30
Financial Records 1896-1902
Minutes, Sept. 26, 1896-Nov. 3, 1900
Minutes, Sept. 28, 1889-June 18, 1896
Constitution 1852
Minutes, Apr. 23, 1852-Nov. 30, 1856
Minutes, Apr. 1861-Mar.1879
Financial Records 1913-1916

Student Reports - 1 box

Student Accounts of Furman Visit 1852, 1855
1856
1859
1860
1870
1877

Treasurer - 4 boxes

Box 1:
Receipts, 1828-1869
Bonds & Subscriptions, 1836, 1839, 1846, n.d.
Reports, c. 1837-1850’s
Building Receipts & Records, 1852-1854
Records, 1852-1881
Bills & Payments, c. 1852-1869, 1908, n.d.
200,000 Permanent Fund (Bonds), c. 1870’s
Accounts, Receipts & Subscriptions, 1889, 1890, 1894, n.d.
Request for Funds, 1910
Student Accounts, n.d.
Box 2:
Book 1, 1851 - Sept. 25, 1854
Book 2, 1884 - 1889
Book 3, 1889-1890
Book 4, 1885-1891
Box 3:
Book 1, 1907-1913
Book 2, 1897-1901
Box 4:
Book 1, 1912-1916

Scrapbooks -5 boxes & 13 scrapbooks (folio)

Box 1: 1921-1934
Box 2: 1937-1939
Box 3: 1941-1943 (WWII), 1945
Box 4: 1947-1951
Box 5: 1952-1954
Scrapbooks: 1868-1871, 1922, 1935-36, 1936 (Football), 1936-37, 1940-41, 1941-42, 1941-42 (Athletics), 1946, 1946-47, 1947, 1947, 1947 (Sports), 1951-52 (Football)

45/005-B: Photographs (22 boxes)
Photographs- 9 boxes
I. Academics

Box 1
Art Department
Business
Drama (2 Folders)
Evening Division
Institute of Politics
Journalism
M.B.A. Program
Music
Music: Band
Music: Band-Numbered
Music: Concert Choir
Music: Opera
ROTC/Military Science-Numbered
Science
Science: Biology
Science Club
Science-Numbered
Sociology
Speech Department
Summer Session
Summer Session-Numbered
Vocational Counseling

II. Alumni

Box 1
Class Photos
Councils and Executive Committee
"Old Timers"
Portraits
Receptions

III. Athletics

Box 1
Baseball
1930 Baseball Team
Baseball-Numbered
Basketball
1930 Basketball Team
Basketball-Numbered
Cheerleading
Cheerleading-Numbered
Cross Country/Track & Field
1930 Cross Country/ Track & Field Team
Track-Numered
Cross Country/Track-Numbered
Football
1930 Football Team
Football-Numbered
Golf
Gymnastics/Tumbling
Intramurals
Paladin Club
Swimming
Tennis
Tennis-Numbered
Trophies

IV. Buildings & Grounds

Box 1
Academic Buildings
Administration Building (former President's home)
Aerial
Amphitheater
Arboretum
Arboretum-Numbered
Basketball Court
Bell Tower/Old Main
Bell Tower/Old Main-Numbered
Bell Tower - Fire
Bookstore
Campus General
Campus General-Numbered
Canteen
Chapel/Judson Alumni Hall
Chapel/Judson Alumni Hall-Numbered
Dairy Herd
Doughboy
Fletcher Hall
Geer Hall
Geer Hall-Numbered
Infirmary - Charles S. Webb Memorial Infirmary
Infirmary (former President's home)
Infirmary-Numbered
James C. Furman Hall of Science
James C. Furman Hall of Science-Numbered
Law School
Library
Library-Numbered
Main Entrance
Montague Hall
Moving
Old College
Refectory
Residence Halls
Sirrine Stadium
Sirrine Stadium-Numbered
Webb Administration Hall (former Infirmary)
West Hall

V. Student Events

Box 1
Beauty Pageants
Orientation
Orientation: Registration
Religious Emphasis Week
Science Fair
Spring Camp
Work Week

Box 2
Commencement (1903)-Numbered
Commencement (1904)-Numbered
Commencement (1921)-Numbered
Commencement (1939)
Commencement (1946)
Commencement (1946)-Numbered
Commencement (1947)
Commencement (1949)
Commencement (1950)
Commencement (1952)
Commencement (1954)
Commencement (1954)-Numbered
Commencement (1955)
Commencement (1956)
Commencement (1956)-Numbered
Commencement (1957)
Commencement (1957)-Numbered
Commencement (1958)
Commencement: Diplomas & Awards
Commencement: Procession & Daisy Chain
Commencement: Professors & Speakers

VI. Student Life

Box 1
Awards Day
Bussing
Christmas/Hanging of the Green
Classroom Scenes
Dining
Fans/Crowds
Foreign Students
"Joe College" (1936-1948)
Library
May Day
Picnics
Post Office
Receptions
Receptions-Numbered
Residence Halls
Socials
Student Body
Students: General
Students: General-Numbered
Students: Portraits
Students: Studying
Student Worship
Quarantine
Tug-of-War

VII. Student Organizations

Box 1
Adelphian Literary Society
Baptist Student Union
Blue Key
Cloisters
Fraternities
Fraternities-Numbered
Furman Singers
Hand and Torch
Hornet/Bonhomie
Philosophian Literary Society
Philosophy Club
Rat Court
Religious Activities
Student Government
Wesley Foundation

VIII. Public Relations, Etc.

Box 1
Fund Raising
Markers
Scholarships/Awards
Signed Portraits

IX. Cultural Events

Box 1
Speakers

X. Faculty & Administration

Box 1
Dinners
Group
Portraits
Snapshots
Spouses/Children

XI. Furman Personalities

Box 1
Furman, Alester Garden
Furman, James Clement
Furman, Richard
Furman Family
Geer, Bennette Eugene
Johnson/Townes Family
Manly, Basil, Jr.
Manly, Charles
McBee, Vardry
McGlothlin, William Joseph
Montague, Andrew Philip
Peace Family
Pitts, John Douglas
Plyler, John Laney
Poteat, Edwin McNeil
Watson, John Broadus
Hall of Fame

XII. Oversize Photos – 2 box

Box 1
Athletics (tennis and football)
Furman Personalities
Student Organizations

Box 2
Buildings & Grounds
Faculty & Administration

Negatives- 11 boxes
I. Academics

Box 1
Art
Economics & Business Administration
Education/ Teacher Training
English
French
Guidance
Health & Exercise Science
History
Home Economics
Journalism
Music
Music: Band
ROTC/Military Science
Science
Sociology
Theatre Arts
Unknown

II. Alumni

Box 1
Chapters
Alumni (named)
Banquets
Alumni’ Children

III. Athletics

Box 1
Archery
Athletics Banquet
Baseball
Basketball
Basketball – W.A.A.
Cheerleading/ Pep Rallies
Fencing
Football
Football: ND, large negative
Football: 1946-1947 Season
Football: 1948 team
Football: Sept. 3, 1951
Football: Powder Bowl

Box 2
Golf
Hurricane Club
Intramurals
Intramurals: Basketball
Intramurals: Football
Marshals
Old Timers’ Day
Softball
Swimming – W.A.A.
Tennis
Tennis – W.A.A.
Track
Tumbling
Tumbling – W.A.A.

IV. Buildings & Grounds

Box 1
1837 Campus
Bell Tower/Old Main
Campus Scenes
Canteen/Dining Hall
Chapel/Alumni Hall
Chinese Parlour
Dough Boy War Memorial
Fletcher Hall
Fraternity House
Furman Sign
Geer Hall
Greenhouse
Griffith Cottage
Infirmary
Interiors
Library
Old Main
Reedy River
Residence
Science Hall
Towne Hall
Unknown
Webb Administration Hall
Women’s Campus Scenes

V. Events

Box 1
Christmas
Commencement
Hanging of the Greens
Homecoming
May Day
Orientation/Registration
Pageants/Fashion Shows
Picnics/Parties
Ramsay’s Birthday
Rat Day
Recognition Day
Religious Focus Week
Spring Camp
Staff Dinners
Student Elections

VI. Student Life

Box 1
Couples/Courting
Foreign Students
Named Students
Pranks & Practical Jokes
Superlatives
Superlatives: 1951-1952
Superlatives: 1952-1953
Unknown

VII. Student Organizations

Box 1
Academic Groups
Alpha Epsilon Delta
Alpha Psi Omega
Alumni Association
American Chemical Society
Baptist Student Union
Blue Key
Bonhomie
Campus Women’s Club
Canterbury Club
Chi Beta Phi
Cloister
Cosmopolitan Club
Day Student Association
Echo
Episcopal Club
Fraternities – Music Fraternity, Chi Beta Chi, Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Theta Chi, Theta Kappa Epsilon
Freshmen Advisory Board
Furman Singers
Hand and Torch
Hornet
House Board
I.F.C.
Kappa Delta Epsilon
K.P.A
Lutheran Club
Ministerial Union
Political Form
Prelude
Press Club
Quaternion
Senior Order
Social Standards Board
Student-Faculty Committee
Student Government
Student Handbooks
Student Volunteers
W.A.A.
Wesley Foundation
Westminster
Who’s Who
Woman’s College Council
Y.W.C.A.
Zetosophia

VIII. Public Relations, Etc.

Box 1
Alma Mater
Markers
Gifts

X. Faculty & Administration

Box 1
Professors (groups)
Professors (named)
Professors (unknown)
Trustees

XI. Furman Personalities

Box 1
Furman Family
Portraits
Plyler Family
Blackwell Family

45/005-C: Images/View Books

Historic Images (45/005-C) - 1 box

45/005-D: Postcards

Misc. Postcards – 1 Box