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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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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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Women at Wofford: The Early Years

In years past, I’ve put up blog posts about the early years of coeducation at Wofford – the time that the college went from being a college for men only (or mostly) to one that had both male and female students enrolled and living on campus. This month, we’ve put a display of some pictures […]

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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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Taken to the Cleaners…

Whenever I get a reference question that causes me to pull an old volume of the Old Gold and Black from the shelf, I know I’ll find something interesting or funny to write about.  Today I was looking up a sports score from 1942 (as an aside, it was not a good season for Terrier […]

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Shipp Hall at 50

About this time last year, I wrote a post about the 50th anniversary of DuPre Residence Hall.  DuPre and its close relative, Shipp Residence Hall, were both built as part of a campus expansion plan developed in the late 1950s.  This plan included the construction of Milliken Science Hall, the renovation of Main Building, the […]

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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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Commencement Season

It’s getting close to Commencement again here at Wofford, and in just a few days, we’ll send another class off into the world.  I like to show some of our Commencement-related artifacts and documents each year around this time.  Today, I’ve got a program from the 1859 ceremony, complete with the names of all of […]

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From the Journal: The Changes in College

An anonymous alumnus, possibly a member of the Class of 1884, wrote this in an early issue of the Wofford College Journal, the student literary magazine that began in 1889.  The Journal, which is still published today, also contained campus news in those early years.  These were the reminiscences of that alum about his student […]

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