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More little-known facts

Here are a few more little-known facts and quotes about Wofford, collected from various sources.  The first Wofford faculty member to hold the Doctor of Philosophy degree was William M. Baskervill, who studied at the University of Leipzig in Germany before coming to teach at Wofford in 1876.  Baskervill left Wofford to finish his Ph.D. […]

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A year of blogging

I started this blog just over a year ago – the first post went up on December 11 – and all told, there have been 70 entries in the past year.  It seems like this is a good time, as we move from one year to the next, to take stock of the blog's first […]

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Norton-Christmas Carol-Introduction

An annual tradition at Wofford and in Spartanburg from the mid-1920s to the 1960s was the presentation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol by Dr. C. C. Norton, professor of sociology, dean of the college, and one-time acting president of the college.  My Wofford Today column is about the many contributions of Dr. Norton to […]

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Norton-Christmas Carol-Conclusion

This is the concluding section of Dr. C. C. Norton's reading of A Christmas Carol, recorded in 1960 at Wofford College.

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Benjamin Wofford’s Birthday

On this day in 1780, 228 years ago, in backcountry Spartanburg County, Benjamin Wofford was born.  A lot of other things might have happened on that long ago day, including Revolutionary War skirmishes, but as far as any of us know, it was simply another day for many, with people going about the business of […]

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New Semester, New Ideas

Well, I really didn’t intend to take a six-week hiatus from blogging, but time does tend to slip away during the summer.  I especially wanted to keep the blog going so that anyone who actually reads this would know that Wofford’s librarians and archivists, as well as our student assistants, were hard at work this […]

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Summer in the Archives

Lest everyone think that the librarians and archivists at Wofford get the summer off, I thought it would be good to share some things that are going on in the archives this month.  Summer can be slightly quieter than the regular semester in the library, partly because the flow of students and professors slows down […]

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Welcome to the land of archives

I’ve been around Wofford for a long time for someone who’s not really that old. I came here in 1990 as a freshman, and with the exception of a few years away in graduate school, I never really left. I started working in the college archives as a sophomore. When Herbert Hucks ’34 hired me, […]

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