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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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“Putting Hubby Through”

An alum contacted me recently to see if I could find a copy of one of Wofford’s “PHT” diplomas.  He couldn’t find his wife’s diploma. “PHT,” you ask?  What kind of degree is that? It stands for “putting hubby through” – and it only makes sense in a certain era, when the student body was […]

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Archivists as Connectors – or what I did at SAA

A week or so ago, I attended the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists, the professional association for archivists of all types in the United States. The meeting is always filled with talks, panel discussions, section meetings, and the like, and it’s where we get together to exchange ideas. I always come back […]

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Doc Rock

One of the dangerous privileges of working at a place like Wofford is getting to write and talk about people I’ve never met.  It’s relatively safe to write about campus characters of several generations ago, since very few people are around who knew them and who can correct my errors.  It is a whole lot […]

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Burwell – 40 years and counting

For over 40 years, Wofford students have been eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the Burwell Campus Center, but few probably know who the building was named for or how it has evolved over the years. Planned in the late 1960s when the student body numbered closer to 1,000 students, the Burwell Campus Center was […]

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Part 3 of D. F. Patterson’s alumni memories

In this segment, which runs about six and a half minutes, Mr. Patterson talks about courses and faculty members, his graduation in 1929 and those of his brothers, and how Wofford changed during the time that he, his brothers and sons attended Wofford.

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Eight Turning Points

On Thursday night, I spoke as part of a group of campus historians at the opening of the Spartanburg Regional Museum’s exhibit on higher education in Spartanburg County.  Each of us had seven minutes to share something about our college’s history.  I explained to the audience that I couldn’t really tell Wofford’s history in seven […]

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Wofford’s Fitting School

Wofford Collage's Fitting School This item came across my desk – it was written long ago by Professor W. C. Herbert, who was the headmaster of the Fitting School and also the registrar at Wofford. A hundred years ago, when Wofford College was founded, boys who went to college got their preparation in academies. And […]

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From the literary societies

I don't keep an eye on ebay quite as much as I should, but a few weeks ago, a friend mentioned an item he had seen on ebay that had a Wofford connection. I looked at it and decided it was definitely something we wanted for the collection. Of course, you all know how ebay […]

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Wofford’s Summer School for Teachers, 1910

Summer School is nothing new at Wofford.  These pages come from the bulletin of the college's 1910 summer school for teachers.   The faculty included Wofford professors, public school teachers and administrators, and professors from other colleges.  The school's purpose was largely to help public school teachers in the state's growing school system to master […]

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