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Wofford and World War II

Last week, I published a new digital collection of World War II-era newspapers from the Wofford campus.  Today, I have posted a collection of Wofford newsletters sent to alumni who were serving in the armed forces during the war. The World War II alumni newsletter started out as a simple 2-page typed legal-size leaflet, and […]

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The things you find in collections

Today I got around to processing a small collection we received last summer.  The materials related to a member of Wofford’s Class of 1870 named Wellborn Davies Kirkland.  Rev. Kirkland, who became a Methodist minister, served in a number of significant positions in the Methodist Church in South Carolina, edited the Southern Christian Advocate, and […]

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Snow closing!

You know, this is only the third time Wofford has cancelled classes ever – and one of those times was for the Civil War? Urban legends on college campuses – you do have to love them. It’s not hard to figure out how they get started – after all, the individual student’s direct memory of […]

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The Harry L. Harvin Papers

This week I updated the finding aid for one of our smaller collections – two scrapbooks and a volume of memoirs for a 1943 Wofford graduate.  Harry Harvin was a native of Sumter, the son of a Wofford alum, who enrolled at the college in 1940.  He found that at the start of his junior […]

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The Adlai C. Holler Papers

A few months back, I wrote about what we do with all of the papers we get in the conference archives.  This month, I want to write about what we did with one particular collection that we received a few years ago. It took over a year, but the Rev. Luther Rickenbaker, who is the […]

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Bishop William Wallace Duncan

This article appeared in the April edition of the SC United Methodist Advocate. One of South Carolina’s contributions to the Methodist episcopacy, William Wallace Duncan spent much of his life serving the Methodist Church. When his father, David Duncan, joined the original Wofford College faculty in 1854, the 15-year old future bishop transferred from Randolph-Macon […]

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The Class of 1963

Each year for the past decade, our fifty-year class returns and escorts the graduating class to the Commencement exercises.  Here are a few thoughts about life at Wofford during the Class of 1963’s years here. Wofford opened the 1962-63 school year with the largest enrollment in its history – 833 students were enrolled.  569 were […]

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Albert Outler: From Wofford to the Wesleyan Quadrilateral

Many Wofford alumni may have never heard of Dr. Albert C. Outler, but he was one of the most influential Wofford alums in modern Methodist history. Born in Thomasville, Georgia, Dr. Outler was the son of a Methodist minister and district superintendent in the South Georgia Conference.  He came to Wofford in 1925 and was […]

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C. Edward Coffey: Wofford’s fifth Rhodes scholar

Until last November, C. Edward Coffey was Wofford’s most recently-named Rhodes Scholar. A gap of some twenty-five years came between John Q. Hill’s election in 1948 and C. Edward Coffey’s election in 1973. Eddie Coffey came to Wofford in 1970 from Little River, SC, which is near the coast.  He came with the intent of […]

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Edwin Fountain Moseley, Wofford’s third Rhodes Scholar

Like his two predecessors who earned Rhodes scholarships, Edwin Moseley was a highly-involved student while at Wofford. Moseley, from Laurens, SC, came to Wofford in 1912.  He joined the Preston Literary Society, as all students were expected to be in one of the societies.  He served in various offices and as a monthly speaker in […]

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