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Cultural Mores and Customs
Illustration of Aztec dress
from The Manners, Customs, and Antiquities of the Indians of North and South America
by Samuel Griswold Goodrich, 1848
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Please note that items in bold are described in the Library's online catalog and you will need to review the catalog to obtain the call number of each item.

I. Manuscripts
  • Clinton Capers Brown Papers: contains Brown's travel diaries from various domestic and international travels from the 1880s through 1909.
  • Poteat Family Collection: contains essays and other publications related to aspects of Chinese culture in the 1920s and 1930s, dating from the Poteat family's mission work in China during those decades.
  • Paula Feldman Postcard Collection: contains postcards depicting an idealized state of race relations in the southern United States in the first half of the 20th century.
II. Books and Published Materials

18th Century
  • A sentimental journey through Greece: in a series of letters, written from Constantinople, M. de Guys to M. Bourlat de Montredon, at Paris; translated from the French, 1773
  • A residence in France, during the years 1792, 1793, 1794, and 1795: described in a series of letters from an English lady: with general and incidental remarks on the French character and manners, Charlotte Biggs; prepared for the press by John Gifford, 1798
  • A sentimental journey through France and Italy, Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), ca. 1800
19th Century
  • Marriage customs, modes of courtship, and singular propensities of the various nations of the universe: with remarks on the condition of women, Theophilus Moore, 1814
  • Domestic manners of the Americans, Mrs. Trollope, 1832
  • Constantinople and its environs, David Porter, 1835
  • Society in America, Harriet Martineau, 1837
  • Society, manners and politics in the United States: being a series of letters on North America, Michael Chevalier, 1839
  • North American Indians; being letters and notes on their manners, customs, and conditions, written during eight years' travel amongst the wildest tribes of Indians in North America, 1832-1839, by George Catlin. With three hundred and twenty illustrations, carefully engraved from the author's original paintings, George Catlin, 1841
  • An account of the kingdom of Caubul: and its dependencies in Persia, Tartary, and India: comprising a view of the Afghaun nation and a history of the Dooraunee monarchy, Mountstuart Elphinstone, 1842
  • The social history of Great Britain during the reigns of the Stuarts: beginning with the seventeenth century, being the period of settling the United States, William Goodman, 1843-1844
  • The women of England: their social duties and domestic habits, Mrs. Ellis, 1844
  • The manners, customs, and antiquities of the Indians of North and South America, Samuel G. Griswold, 1848
  • Études sur la littérature et les mœurs des Anglo-Américains au XIXe siècle, Philarète Chasles, 1851
  • A pilgrimage to Egypt: embracing a diary of explorations on the Nile;: with observations illustrative of the manners, customs, and institutions of the people, and of the present condition of the antiquities and ruins.: With numerous engravings, J.V.C. Smith, 1852
  • At home and abroad: or, how to behave, by Mrs. Manners, 1853
  • Chicóra and other regions of the conquerors and the conquered, Mary H. Eastman, 1854
  • America. A sketch of the political, social, and religious character of the United States of North America, in two lectures, delivered at Berlin, with a report read before the German church diet at Frankfort-on-the-Maine, Sept., 1854, Dr. Philip Schaff, 1855
  • An illustrated description of the Russian empire, embracing its geographical features, political divisions, principal cities and towns...manners and customs, historic summary, Robert Sears, 1855
  • The Scotish Gaël: or, Celtic manners, as preserved among the Highlanders, being an historical and descriptive account of the inhabitants, antiquities, and national peculiarities of Scotland: more particularly of the northern, or Gaëlic parts of the country, where the singular habits of the aboriginal Celts are most tenaciously retained, James Logan, 1855
  • The attaché in Madrid: or, Sketches of the court of Isabella II, Frances Erskine Inglis, 1856
  • The moral history of women, Ernest Legouvé; translated by J. W. Palmer, 1860
  • From Dan to Beersheba: or the land of promise as it now appears, including a description of the boundaries, topography, agriculture, antiquities, cities, and present inhabitants of that wonderful land, J. P. Newman, 1864
  • The republican court: or, American society in the days of Washington, Rufus Wilmot Griswold, 1868
  • The young lady's guide, American Tract Society, ca. 1870
  • Bundling: its origin, progress and decline in America, Henry Reed Stiles, 1871
  • La société française au dix-septième siècle; an account of French society in the XVIIth century from contemporary writers, Thomas Frederick Crane, 1889
  • Manners, culture and dress of the best American society, including social, commercial and legal forms, letter writing, invitations, &c., also valuable suggestions on self culture and home training, Richard A Wells; introduction by Willard E. Waterbury, 1891
  • Woman in the nineteenth century, and kindred papers relating to the sphere, condition, and duties of woman, Margaret Fuller Ossoli; edited by her brother, Arthur B. Fuller, 1893
  • Jerusalem the holy; a brief history of ancient Jerusalem; with an account of the modern city and its conditions political, religious, and social, Edwin Sherman Wallace, 1898
20th Century
  • Observations on popular antiquities chiefly illustrating the origin of our vulgar customs, ceremonies, and superstitions, John Brand, 1900
  • The history of human marriage, Edward Westermarck, 1903
  • Castilian days, John Hay, 1907
  • South America to-day; a study of conditions, social, political and commercial in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, Georges Clemenceau, 1911
  • Prehistoric times as illustrated by ancient remains and the manners and customs of savages, by the late Rt. Hon. Lord Avebury, Sir John Lubbock, 1913
  • The Land and the Book: or Biblical illustrations drawn from the manners and customs, the scenes and scenery of the Holy Land, W. M. Thomson, 1913
  • French traits: an essay in comparative criticism, W. C. Brownell, 1925
  • The soul of Spain, Havelock Ellis, 1926
  • Russia today & yesterday, Dr. E. J. Dillon, 1929
  • Impressions of soviet Russia and the revolutionary world, Mexico--China--Turkey, John Dewey, 1929
  • The States through Irish eyes, E. Œ. Somerville, 1930
  • The marks of an educated man, Albert Edward Wiggam, 1930
  • Black lamb and grey falcon: a journey through Yugoslavia, Rebecca West, 1945
  • Understanding China: a handbook of background information on changing China, Earl Herbert Cressy, 1957
  • The outbursts that await us: three essays on religion and culture in the United States, Arthur Hertzberg, Martin E. Marty, Joseph N. Moody, 1963
  • Manners And Customs Of The Japanese, In The Nineteenth Century: From The Accounts Of Dutch Residents, Terence Barrow, 1973
  • Outlines of Chinese symbolism and art motives: an alphabetical compendium of antique legends and beliefs, as reflected in the manners and customs of the Chinese, C.A.S. Williams, 1976
  • "Curry & rice" on forty plates, or, The ingredients of social life at "our station" in India, George Francklin Atkinson, 1982
  • Northern Arcadia: foreign travelers in Scandinavia, 1765-1815, H. Arnold Barton, 1998
21st Century
  • Uneasy in Babylon: Southern Baptist conservatives and American culture, Barry Hankins, 2002
  • Caring for American Indian objects: a practical and cultural guide, edited by Sherelyn Ogden, 2004
  • In the company of books: literature and its "classes" in nineteenth-century America, Sarah Wadsworth, 2006
  • The simple life: plain living and high thinking in American culture, David E. Shi, 2007
  • Understanding contemporary Africa, edited by April A. Gordon, Donald L. Gordon, 2007
  • A new nation of goods: the material culture of early America, David Jaffee, 2010
  • The golden seed: writings on the history and culture of Carolina gold rice, David S. Shields, editor, 2010
  • Encyclopedia of world dress and fashion, vols. 1-10, 2010
III. Reference and Other Materials in the Main Library
  • Do's and taboos around the world, compiled by The Parker Pen Company, 1985
  • Personal accounts of events, travels, and everyday life in America: an annotated bibliography, compiled by E. Richard McKinstry, 1997, Reference Collection
  • Modern China: an encyclopedia of history, culture, and nationalism, editor Wang Ke-wen, 1998, Reference Collection
  • The Continuum encyclopedia of native art: worldview, symbolism, and culture in Africa, Oceania, and North America, Hope B. Werness; line drawings by Joanne H. Benedict, Tiffany Ramsay-Lozano, and Hope B. Werness; maps by Scott Thomas, 2000, Reference Collection
  • Encyclopedia of African peoples, the Diagram Group, 2000, Reference Collection
  • Encyclopedia of European social history from 1350 to 2000, Peter N. Stearns, editor-in-chief, 2001, Reference Collection
  • A companion to the folklore, myths & customs of Britain, Marc Alexander, 2002, Reference Collection
  • The Greenwood encyclopedia of daily life: a tour through history from ancient times to the present, Joyce E. Salisbury, general editor, 2004, Reference Collection
  • Marriage customs of the world: from henna to honeymoons, George P. Monger, 2004, Reference Collection
  • Encyclopedia of African American society, Gerald D. Jaynes, general editor, 2005, Reference Collection
IV. Online Resources at Furman
V. Web Sites
  • Culture and Ethnic Groups, resources on general American culture and specific ethnic cultures within it, maintained by the United States government.
  • Getting to Know Americans, informational page on contemporary American culture and society from Yale University's Office of International Students and Scholars.
  • Global Connections: The Middle East, PBS educational timeline and online exhibit about the various cultures of the Middle East.
  • The European Library, online portal to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries.
  • American Folklife Center: Materials Related to Latin American Culture, Library of Congress' compilation page of resources related to Latin American society and culture.
  • National Archives of Japan, digital archives page including maps, documents, scrolls, photographs, drawings, and posters from throughout Japanese history.
  • Yin Yu Tang, online exhibition for a late Qing dynasty merchant's house reconstructed at the Peabody Essex Museum. Uses a tour of the house to provide descriptions of historical Chinese culture.
  • The Story of Africa, BBC online exhibition showcasing the history and culture of various geographic regions in Africa, through regionally-shared cultural features.