Documenting the Clemson African American Experience


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This collection contains selected materials that hold historical and cultural significance to the African American community and represent its longtime presence at Clemson University. Resources included in the collection are from the University Archives that span from 1828 to the present day.

These include:

Cooperative Extension Service – Photographs, 1880-1979: more than 400 images of African American men and women working in and around the Clemson community between 1920 and 1970.

Photographs, manuscripts and records from multiple collections related to: Harvey Gantt, Clemson’s first African American student who desegregated the university on January 28, 1963.

This is an ongoing project and we have many more materials to include in the collection. We hope to include original materials (photographs, manuscripts, audio, video, oral histories, records) that document African American life, work, history, and culture at and around Clemson from residents of the Upstate region and those who in some way were part of the ongoing experience.


James F. Byrnes Photograph Collection


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James F. Byrnes (May 2, 1879 – April 9, 1972) was a U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator, Supreme Court Justice, Secretary of State, and Governor of South Carolina. During World War II Byrnes was nicknamed the “Assistant President” because of the power he wielded over the war effort in his position as Director of the Office of War Mobilization and Conversion and as one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s confidants. The collection of 100 photographs covers periods in government and personal photographs including those of James and Maude Byrnes.

Clemson University Football Program Covers


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The Clemson University Football Program Cover Collection comes from the University Archives, and features 198 unique cover layouts of both home and away games. Typical of sports programs, these covers are the combined efforts of illustrators, graphic artists and printers that worked with the University Athletic Department to create these souvenirs, which contained biographical information on coaches and athletes, as well as statistical information about each team. While most programs in this collection are from home games, there are also some programs from away games and bowl games.

Carolina Textile Mills Collection


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The Carolina Textile Mills Collection provides photographs, maps, blueprints, ephemera, letters, guidebooks and more documenting textile mill history in Upstate South Carolina from various textile mill related collections held by the Clemson University Special Collections unit. Images in this collection were taken from the M. Lowenstein collection, the Neil Campbell collection, the Dill Family collection, the Clifton Manufacturing collection, the Henry Cater collection and the JP Stevens collection.