Stained glass window
North America to 1877
Marc Catesby (1682–1749), “The Flamingo,” Plate 73: Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Islands of the Bahamas, London, 1731–1747.
Marc Catesby (1682–1749), “The Flamingo,”
Plate 73: Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Islands of the Bahamas,
London, 1731–1747.

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. Other items are described in guides in Special Collections and Archives.

I. Introduction to Special Collections and Archives

II. Manuscript and Archival

  • Richard Furman Collection, 1775-1825
    Correspondence, sermons, address, and written works by Richard Furman as well as biographical information and artifacts. Digital copies of selected Richard Furman materials are found in the Furman Family Collection in the Digital Collections Center.
  • Ware Family Collection, 1784-1980
    Thomas Edwin Ware owned and operated Ware Place Plantation and mill and the papers primarily represent his business interests. He was the largest slave owner in the district (Greenville District) and served in the state House of Representatives (1840-1847) and the state Senate (1848-1864).
  • Edmund Botsford Family Collection, 1799-1819
    Letters Edmund Botsford wrote to Richard Furman and other ministers, as well as essays, sermons, financial records, and allegories; he was interested in a biracial church.
  • Basil Manly, Sr., Papers, 1826-66
    Contains sermons; committed to education, helped found Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • James C. Furman Collection, 1827-1932
    Correspondence, sermons, address, and written works by James C. Furman as well as biographical information and journals. Digital copies of selected James C. Furman materials are found in the Furman Family Collection in the Digital Collections Center.
  • James S. Mims Papers, 1835-1854
    Personal correspondence, sermons, lectures, essays, writings; financial records, and reports to Furman University Board of Trustees.
  • Samuel McBride Pringle Collection, 1852-1995
    Samuel McBride Pringle's papers consist primarily of correspondence dated from 1859 to 1862 that Pringle sent to his family. There are other documents and materials relating to Pringle and his service during the Civil War. A photograph of Pringle is included, as well as three reports and certificates that relate to Pringle's academic career at Furman University.
  • Mary Bridges Barr Family Collection, 1863-1898
    Correspondence between members of Barr/Bridges family, especially women.
  • Mary A. Roe Courtship Collection, 1873-1875
    Courtship letters between Mary A. Roe and Luther P. Hawkins from August 12, 1873 to December 3, 1875. The letters contain commentary on events and conditions in Greenville, SC during the late 19th century.
For more examples of manuscript collections, see the following webpage:
B. Maps
  • Map of the World by Viconte di Maiollo, 1527; reproduced in facsimile from photographs obtained by Arthur James Weise in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana of Milan on April, 1903, Call No. G3200 1527.M3 1905
  • The English empire in America, Newfound-land, Canada, Hudsons Bay, &c. in plano, Call No. G3320 1713 .M6 ca. 1713
  • Southern Provinces of the United States: Drawn and engraved for Thomson's New General Atlas, Features an image entitled "Characteristic Scenery of the Hudson River", 1817, Call No. G3860 1817 .T56
  • Greenville District, South Carolina, Surveyed by George Salmon (improved for Mills' Atlas, appears to be a copy), 1825, Call no. G3913.G7 1825 .S25
For more examples of maps, see the following webpage:
C. Furman University and Greenville Woman's College
For an overview of Furman history materials and an overview of materials for Greenville Woman's College:
III. Books and Published Materials

A. Public Discourse
  • "An oration : delivered at the Charleston orphan-house before the intendant and wardens of the city, the board of commissioners, and a large assemblage of the benefactors to the institution, October the 18th, 1796", Richard Furman, 1796
  • "An address to the senior class in Yale-College : delivered in the chapel as a response to the valedictory oration which closed the public performances exhibited by the class after their examination, July 20, 1796", Josiah Stebbins, 1796
  • "Speech of the Rev. W.H. Brisbane, lately a slaveholder in South Carolina: Delivered before the Female Anti-Slavery Society of Cincinnati", William Henry Brisbane, 1840
B. Travel
1. General
  • Nineteenth-Century Travels, Explorations and Empires: Writings from the Era of Imperial Consolidation, 1835-1910, Vol. 2 North America, Edited Susan Schoenbauer, 2003
  • Literature of travel and exploration: an Encyclopedia, Jennifer Speake, editor, bibliographies and historiographies
  • Return passages: great American travel writing, 1780-1910 Larzer Ziff
2. Women
  • Women Writing Home, 1700-1920 Klaus Stierstorfer, 2006, 6 volume collection of women's letters from across the former British Empire includes USA, and Canada
  • Women Adventurers, 1750-1900: A Biographical Dictionary, Mary F. McVicker, 2008
3. Canada
  • Voyages from Montreal, on the river St. Laurence, through the Continent of North America, to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans: in the Years 1789 and 1793, Alexander Mackenzie, 1803
  • Travels through Canada, and the United States of North America, John Lambert, 1814
For travel literature specific to South Carolina:
For travel literature specific to United States:
C. Baptist
1. Church Records
  • Turkey Creek Baptist Church records, 1785-1909
  • Standing Springs Baptist Church, Greenville County records, 1818-1918
More individual Baptist church records organized by date:
2. Association Records
  • Reedy River Baptist Association minutes and other records, 1826-present
  • Charleston Baptist Association minutes and other records, 1775-1910
3. Missionary Accounts
  • Baptist Missions in Western Canada, 1873-1948, Mrs. J. R. McDonald, 1948
  • Baptist home missions in North America : including a full report of the proceedings and addresses of the jubilee meeting, and a historical sketch of the American Baptist Home Mission Society, historical tables, etc., 1832-1882, American Baptist Home Mission Society, 1883
D. Native Peoples
  • Indian biography: or, An historical account of those individuals who have been distinguished among the North American natives as orators, warriors, statesmen, and other remarkable characters, Benjamin Bussey Thatcher, 1834
  • 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, George Catlin, 1841
  • History of the Old Cheraws, Alexander Gregg, 1925
  • Red Carolinians, Chapman J. Milling, 1969
E. Colonial Records
  • Colonial Records of Spanish Florida: Volume I 1550-1557, Jeannette Thurber Connor, 1925
  • The Spanish Settlements Within the Present Limits of the United States, volume 1: 1513-1561, Woodbury Lowery, 1901
  • The Spanish Settlements Within the Present Limits of the United States, volume 2: Florida, 1562-1574, Woodbury Lowery, 1905
F. South Carolina
  • Narratives of Early Carolina, 1650-1708, ed. J. Franklin Jamison, 1911
IV. Reference and Other Materials in the Main Library
  • Historical dictionary of Canada, Barry M. Gough, 1999, Reference Collection, F1026 .G69 1999
  • Historical atlas of Canada, Geoffrey J. Matthews, cartographer/designer, 1987, Reference Collection Atlas Stand, 3 volumes, G1116.S1 H5 1987
  • Encyclopedia of Mexico: history, society & culture, Michael S. Werner, editor, 1997, Reference Collection, F1210 .E63 1997
  • Mexico A-Z: an encyclopedic dictionary of Mexico, George E. Nelson and Mary B. Nelson, 1975 Reference Collection, F1204 .N45
  • The Oxford encyclopedia of Mesoamerican cultures: the civilizations of Mexico and Central America , Davíd Carrasco, editor in chief, 2001 Reference Collection, F1218.6.O95 2001
  • Historical atlas of the United States: with original maps, Derek Hayes, 2007, Reference Collection, Atlas Stand G1201.S1 H4 2007
  • Dictionary of Mexican rulers, 1325-1997, Juana Vázquez-Gómez, 1997, Reference Collection, F1205 .V34 1997
  • Historical dictionary of early North America, Cameron B. Wesson, 2005, Reference Collection, E35 .W475 2005
  • Encyclopedia of battles in North America, 1517 to 1916, L. Edward Purcell and Sarah J. Purcell, 2000, Reference Collection, E46.5 .P87 2000
  • The British Museum encyclopedia of native North America, Rayna Green with Melanie Fernandez, 1999, Reference Collection, E76.2 .G74 1999
  • New American world: a documentary history of North America to 1612, David B. Quinn, commentary, 1979, Reference Collection, E101 .N47
  • American Indian biographies, Carole Barrett, editor, 2005, Reference Collection, E89 .A46 2005
  • The American Colonies and the British Empire, 1607-1783, Steven Sarson, editor, 2010, 4 volumes, Reference Collection, E188 .A43 2011
  • A Synoptic Edition of the Log of Columbus's First Voyage, Francesca Lardicci, editor, 1999, Reference Collection, E118 .S96 1999
  • Italian reports on America, 1493-1522 : letters, dispatches, and papal bulls, Geoffrey Symcox, editor, 2001, Reference Collection, E112 .I87 2001
  • The Mapping of North America, Philip D. Burden, 1996, 2 volumes, Reference Collection, GA401 .B87 1996
  • British Immigration to the United States 1776-1914, William E. Van Vugt, editor, 2009, General Collection, E184.B7 B758 2009
V. Online Resources at Furman
  • African American Studies Center A comprehensive collection of scholarship focusing on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture. Includes 7,500 articles. The core content includes Africana, which presents an account of the African and African American experience in five volumes.
  • American History and Life Historical coverage of the United States and Canada from over 2000 English language journals
  • American Eras Offers essays on events, publications, lifestyles and individuals important to U.S. history. Each chapter focuses on major aspects of the featured era. Each volume contains a chronology of world events that sets a historical framework; a bibliography; an index of photographs; and a subject index.
  • American National Biography Online The American National Biography Online offers portraits of more than 18,700 men and women whose lives have shaped the nation.
  • American Song American Song is a history database containing 50,000 tracks that allow people to hear and feel the music from America's past. The database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more. This release includes 1,048 albums, equalling 17,940 tracks.
  • America's Historical Newspapers America's Historical Newspapers provides access to early American newspapers from 1690 to 1876. Offers 350,000 issues from over 710 historical American newspapers.
  • Biography Resource Center
  • Cambridge Histories Online The online version of Cambridge Histories offers access to more than 280 volumes covering 15 different academic subjects and supports any type of historical research
  • Early English Books Online Contains digital copies of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700
  • Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 Covers major topics such as “Abolitionism,” “Black Nationalism,” the “Dred Scott case,” “Reconstruction,” “Slave Rebellions and Insurrections,” the “Underground Railroad,” and “Voting Rights." But the encyclopedia also contains hundreds of fascinating entries on less obvious subjects, such as the “Black Seafarers,” “Buffalo Soldiers,” the “Catholic Church and African Americans,” “New York African Free Schools,” the “Secret Six,” as well as biographies of historical personalities.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History Provides an accounting of the history of the U.S. economy. Includes essays; Biography; industry and geographic profiles; and definitions covering key events, movements, businesses and topics concerning this important curricular area. Features entries on concepts and terms, entry-specific list of further reading, more than 200 illustrations, a timeline and chronological table of contents and a general alphabetical index.
  • History Resource Center
  • JSTOR JSTOR provides access to articles from over one thousand academic journals as well as select books. JSTOR goes back to the very first issue of each journal (many of them in the 19th Century), but does not include the most recent five years.
  • New York Times Historical 1851-2007 Full Image Searchable full image of every page of the New York Daily Times and New York Times including all advertisements.
  • US History in Context US History in Contex has periodicals, newspapers, primary source documents, radio/television transcripts, and streaming audio and video clips.
  • World History in Context Collection of reference materials, articles, primary sources, images, maps and charts for the study of world history. Coverage of ancient Europe to Latin America and from the Far East to the Renaissance.
VI. Web Sites