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History of Urban and Suburban America

Focus on Greenville

"Aeroplane View of Business Section of Greenville, S.C.," ca. 1937
From the Elizabeth Stinson Postcard Collection
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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. Other items are described in guides in Special Collections and Archives.

I. Manuscript and Archival

Furman University and Greenville Woman's College

  • Images of Furman University: contain photographs, postcards, and glass plate negatives from the downtown campus, 1851-1958 (RG 45). This group also incudes photographs of Cherrydale when it was the Furmans' home (45/005-B Photographs, Oversize Box). There are also early photographs of the current campus and its construction. Selected images are available through the Digital Collections Center.
  • Greenville Woman's College Images: contains photographs, etchings, negatives, and postcards of the Greenville Woman's College campus in the early 20th century. Also includes an image of the demolition of the campus in 1964. Selected images are available online through the Digital Collections Center.
  • President Plyler's Scrapbook Collection: contains materials related to Furman's campus moving from downtown Greenville to its present location.
  • Greenville Photograph Collection: contains photographs of Greenville landmarks during the early to mid-20th century.
  • Richard D. Sawyer Historic Greenville Collection: contains postcards, photographs, commemorative plates, and various other memorabilia from 19th and 20th century Greenville.
  • Ware Family Collection: contains land grants, deeds, receipts, estate documents, and letters. The land deeds and grants are from a variety of people including Thomas Edwin Ware (1806 - 1873) and his son, Thomas E. "Salt" Ware (1849 - 1904); Thomas Pinckney and several others. Select documents from the Ware Family Collection are available online at the Digital Collections Center.
  • Pelham Mills Collection: contains mail receipts and bank statements from Furman A. Ross, the owner of the Pelham Mill Co. store and post office. There are also bills, contracts, cotton tags, and several blank documents from the Pelham Mills factory before it closed in 1935. The bulk of the materials are from the mid-1940s.
  • Charles E. Daniel and White Oaks Collection: contains architectural drawings, aerial photographs, and photographs of the construction of White Oaks. Also contains a scrapbook from the Georgia-Pacific Corp.'s Board of Directors.
  • Max Heller Collection: contains photographs, correspondence, news clippings, and other materials from Heller's business, political and philanthropic careers in Greenville and South Carolina, beginning in 1938. His involvement with the revitalization of Greenville and the construction of many landmarks is documented.
Greenville and Other Cities
  • South Carolina Maps: contains maps of various locations within South Carolina, including Charleston and Greenville, from the 18th-20th centuries.
  • Postcard Collections: contains postcards from various locations in South Carolina, including Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston.
  • South Caroliniana Primary Sources: a collection of records, photographs, and other materials created by organizations, events, and people living in Greenville and other locations in South Carolina.
II. Books and Published Materials

Furman University

  • Let's look at Furman [videorecording], produced by WFBC-TV, 1958; also available on YouTube


  • Transformation: the story of Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center 1912-2012, Dave Partridge and Fay Towell, 2012
  • Greenville County historic sites driving tour, Greenville County Library System, 2009
  • The Furman Co.: community and commerce, influence and leadership since 1888, Judith T. Bainbridge, 2008
  • Greenville County, South Carolina: From Cotton Fields to Textile Center of the World, Ray Belcher, 2006
  • Greenville County historic sites driving tour, c2004
  • Remembering Greenville: photographs from the Coxe collection, Jeffrey R. Willis, 2003
  • Greenville railroad history since 1853, Craig A. Myers, 2002
  • Greenville of old, Charles A. David, 1998-2000, contains articles and illustrations
  • Water-powered gristmills and owners, upper part of Greenville County, South Carolina, Mann Batson, ca. 1996
  • Early travel and accommodations along the roads of the upper part of Greenville County, South Carolina and surrounding areas: taverns, inns, houses of entertainment, stands for drovers, camps, and hotels, Mann Batson, 1995
  • Greenville: coming of age, Scott Gould; corporate profiles by Anne Clapper, 1992
  • Firefighting in Greenville, 1840-1990, William D. Browning, Jr, 1991
  • Social problems in Greenville County and programs to help solve them: an update of the needs assessment/priorities system: a planning service for Greenville County,sponsored by Community Planning Council of Greenville County, 1988
  • Greenville County, A Pictorial History, Choice McCoin, 1983
  • Free Reading for Everybody: the Story of The Greenville Library, Ellen Perry, 1973
  • The New South: Greenville, South Carolina, photographs by Kenneth Frederick Marsh, text by Blanche Marsh, 1965
  • Insurance maps of Greenville, South Carolina, Sanborn Map Company, c1920-1928
III. Artifacts
  • Scarf created by alumna Frankie Welch, the patterns on the scarf are from the moldings and ceilings of White Oaks. Location: Special Collections and Archives
  • Groundbreaking shovels for Sirrine Stadium (1936), current Furman campus (1953), Student Center (1964). Location: vault.
  • Two bricks from "Old Main" (Richard Furman Hall) downtown Furman campus. Location: Special Collections and Archives.
  • Handmade nail from "Old Main" (Richard Furman Hall), downtown Furman campus
IV. Reference and Other Materials in the Main Library
  • Greenville County, economic and social, Guy A. Gullick, 1921, General collection
  • Greenville County economic profile: comprehensive overview of demographic trends, economic trends, and quality of life, 2001-2007, 2009-2011, Reference collection
  • Guide to Greenville, 2011, Reference collection
  • Fire insurance maps from the Sanborn Map Company Archives, late 19th century to 1990, South Carolina, microfilm, 1992.
V. Online Resources at Furman
  • Old Main Campus Photos: 1851-1958, select images available through the Digital Collections Center: the old campus of Furman University, including buildings, personalities, and events.
  • Furman Glass Plate Negatives, select images available through the Digital Collections Center: the old campus of Furman University and the Greenville Woman's college during the 1920s and early 1930s.
  • New Campus Photos: 1950-1962, select images available through the Digital Collections Center: the new campus of Furman University, including groundbreaking, construction, and the early days of student life on campus.
  • Ware Family Collection, select material available through the Digital Collections Center with a Furman netword ID and password: documents related to the Ware family's business interests in the nineteenth century, including land grants and deeds, labor contracts, receipts, and correspondence.
  • Furman University Postcard Collections, select images available through the Digital Collections Center: images of postcards showing the new campus of Furman University, as well as various urban and suburban locations within South Carolina.
  • American Periodicals, digitized images of American magazines and journals published from the 18th through 20th centuries.
  • America's Historical Newspapers, digitized images of newspaper articles from 1690-1876; also includes digitized images of African American newspaper articles published between 1827 and 1998.
  • Ancestry Library Edition, genealogically-focused website with cemetery records; immigration records; birth, marriage, and death records; and other materials tied to place.
VI. Web Sites