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Manuscript Collection

What is a manuscript?
Any text in handwriting or typescript which may or may not be part of a collection of texts. Examples of manuscripts are letters, diaries, ledgers, minutes, speeches, legal documents, musical compositions and handwritten books.

What is a finding aid?
Special Collections and Archives personnel prepare guides for our manuscript collections to help researchers locate relevant material. These guides or finding aids are standardized and offer a useful framework and description of the materials in the collection. The guides present the title of the collection, the person, family, institution or entity that created the materials, a brief biography or historical sketch, the date range of the materials, the type of materials in the collection, a list of boxes and their contents, and links to any digitized versions of the materials and relevant web sites.

What kinds of manuscripts?

The Manuscript Collection in Special Collection and Archives at Furman University covers a wide range of subjects, individuals, and entities, most of which have a connection to South Carolina. The earliest manuscripts are pages from medieval French Bibles and the most recent are twenty-first century materials. Within our manuscript collections, we have papers of individuals associated with Furman University and Greenville Woman's College. The personal collection of any individual connected with Furman University prior to 1958 is housed in the Manuscript Collection (not in Furman University Archives).

Materials pertaining to the history and residents of South Carolina are also included in this section including the records of noteworthy organizations in Greenville and South Carolina. Papers and manuscripts associated with authors active in Greenville or South Carolina are also part of this collection. Finally, manuscript materials pertaining to South Carolina Baptists are included in the Manuscript Collection.