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Main Building, 1930

Here’s a picture of Main Building, with the narrow steps and several trees, from 1930. There are more photos like this on the Archives flickr stream.

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Wofford’s landscape in 1963

Here’s what the college looked like fifty years ago this winter, in 1963.     Main Building is, of course, in the top center section, as are the original houses on either side of it.  The “old library” – now the Daniel Building, and the original section of Milliken Science Hall are across from Main. […]

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Campus Postcards

Today, a few campus postcards from the early 20th century made their way across my desk.  These images are of the Cleveland Science Hall, constructed in 1904, of Carlisle Hall, constructed in 1912, and the buildings of the Wofford Fitting School, which were built between 1888 and 1904. It’s always nice to get new (old) […]

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The old ROTC Building – last week’s mystery building

Last week’s question – what building was this, got several correct guesses.  Or more likely, most of you simply remembered exactly what it was. Alumni from the end of World War II through the early 1980s would have called it the ROTC Building.  Older alumni would have called it the Fitting School’s Recitation Hall.  Both […]

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What building is this?

This building was demolished in the 1980s.  Can you identify it?  What was it originally?  Which department used it in its later years?  Where was it on campus?

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DuPre Hall at Fifty

Fifty years is a pretty long life for a college dormitory.  But this fall, the A. Mason DuPre Residence Hall turns 50 In February 1961, the college announced plans to build two new residence halls on the north side of Main Building.  Main was then undergoing renovations itself, and the administration wanted to create a […]

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The Olin Building at 20

Saturday, May 5 marks the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the Franklin W. Olin Building.  The building opened in February 1992, though it was not 100% complete, and so the formal dedication, with fairly elaborate ceremonies, took place near the end of the spring. For those of us who have been around the college […]

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Greene Hall – 60 years and counting

So it turns out, I missed an anniversary last year. Greene Hall, the oldest residence hall on the campus, turned 60 in the fall of 2010.  For some reason, I convinced myself that the venerable old dorm opened in 1951, but a check of the Walter Kirkland Greene Residence Hall file proved me wrong. Greene […]

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We’re underway…

After a summer full of paper processing, scanning collections, and answering reference questions, with a little vacation thrown in during August, and my annual trip to the Society of American Archivists, we’re pack in the swing of things here at the college. Obviously, the archives blog took a little hiatus during the last 8 or […]

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Edward C. Jones, the architect of Main Building

I paid a visit to Kensington Mansion in Eastover, in the lower part of Richland County last Tuesday with a group of Methodist travelers from St. James and Bethel United Methodist churches here in Spartanburg.  Seeing Kensington, which is an enormous brick house near the Wateree River, reminded me of Edward C. Jones, who designed […]

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