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The Isle of Tranquility in an Age of Turbulence

This morning I posted a student honors thesis from 1981 to our digital repository.  It’s a study of student life at Wofford in the 1960s and 1970s by David Morgan, who went on to a distinguished career as a professor of French at Furman. The title “The Isle of Tranquility” was apparently coined by President […]

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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 Flight Record and the Army at Wofford

When World War II came to Wofford, it brought major changes to the student body. As the number of students at Wofford and similar colleges declined rapidly, administrators began to fear for the future of their colleges.  How does a college that is heavily dependent on tuition survive when the students go off to war? The […]

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Fitting School Students

The Wofford Fitting School is one of those mysterious entities that causes an occasional question. The Fitting School was a preparatory school that operated on the Wofford Campus and on a nearby campus for a number of years.  It closed in 1924, but before then, it was designed to prepare, or fit, students for entry […]

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The Walt Hudgins Papers

We are happy to announce a new acquisition in the college archives. The Papers of Walter E. Hudgins, a longtime and beloved professor of philosophy, have been donated to the college and are open for research. Dr. Hudgins, who died in 1986, was a Virginia native who did his undergraduate, seminary, and doctoral degrees at […]

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T-shirts in the Archives

The archives holds an interesting collection of t-shirts from the 1970s to the 2010s. Some t-shirts come from student groups, some from Homecoming or Spring Weekend events, and others are tributes to professors, or even presidents. But why do we collect them?  I think t-shirts are a good way of documenting student life.  They give […]

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Helicopter Parents, 1919 edition

This might be a tad unfair, but I did have that thought when I read this letter, from the mother of an entering first-year student to Wofford’s President, Dr. Henry Nelson Snyder, in the fall of 1919. The mother, Mrs. D. G. Dantzler of Vance, SC, was writing to make sure someone would meet her […]

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Fifty Years Ago in the Advocate

Flipping through old newspapers gives us a perspective on life in years past, and looking at papers from the more recent past gives some of us a chance to remember our experiences and reactions to events that we may actually recall. These snippets come from the South Carolina Methodist Advocate of April 2, 1964, fifty […]

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William Wightman and the Cornerstone

Before a crowd of several thousand people from all over South Carolina, The Rev. William M. Wightman, the first chair of the Wofford College Board of Trustees gave an address of several thousand words that laid out some of the major principles that he hoped would be central to the new college.  At President Nayef […]

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The letter to Nelson Mandela

I wanted to post this earlier this year, during the international period of mourning following the death of South African President Nelson Mandela.  I knew this letter existed, but I couldn’t put my hands on it in the papers of President Joe Lesesne. Yesterday I figured out why I couldn’t find it in the Lesesne […]

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