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Tuition Receipt, 1915

We’ve been cleaning up a little around the archives this week – filing materials that have recently arrived, putting files back where they belong after a researcher used them, and generally trying to bring some order out of chaos.  As always, I see something interesting that I feel like sharing on the blog. Here’s a […]

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A Cartoon from the Journal, 1915

Flipping through The Wofford College Journal from 1915, I came across this cartoon that depicts some of the events surrounding the end of the school year. Though a century ago, it does suggest that some things are timeless in the academy.    

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Clergy Directories

This was my column in the May 2015 issue of the SC United Methodist Advocate.  We’ve made some new resources available on our institutional repository site. For over 100 years, the Annual Conference has published clergy biographical directories about every ten years. The first volume was called Twentieth Century Sketches of the South Carolina Conference, […]

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From the Archives: A hundred years ago

What were our ancestors in South Carolina Methodism talking about a hundred years ago this fall? Looking through the pages of the Advocate for November 1914 shows that they were talking about football, war, and conference politics. The Advocate was part of the conversation about dividing the Annual Conference into upper and lower conferences – […]

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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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