Clemson Yearbooks

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The Clemson annual yearbooks have been a tradition since 1899, when the first issue was published as the Clemson College Chronicle.

Since 1899, the yearbook has had several names:

Clemson College Chronicle (1899-1900)
The Clemsonian (1901)
Clemson College Chronicle (1902)
The Oconeean (1903-1904)
The Chronicle (1905)
Clemson College Annual (1906-1907)

In 1908, Taps became the name of the annual yearbook and has carried on the tradition of documenting the Clemson campus and student life.

Clemson Class of 1939


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The Clemson College Class of 1939 is a unique class. After graduation, not only did almost all of its members serve in World War II (with 26 making the ultimate sacrifice), but they also made a series of commitments to the University at their 50th Golden Anniversary Reunion in 1989 that have both served to sustain the class into perpetuity and to enhance the Clemson experience as a whole. The class contributes to student scholarships, has endowed a Faculty Award for Excellence, and supports projects in the Heritage Gardens, part of the Clemson Botanical Garden. Membership to the class increases each year with the induction of the Faculty Award for Excellence winners as well as the induction of other members who support the class. A Leadership Committee has been established for the honorary members to work with the remaining class members to perpetuate the memory, ideals, and goals of the original members of the Great Class of ’39.

Clemson’s Cooperative Extension Photographs 1880-1979


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The physical collection consists of more than 11,000 positive and negative images produced by the

Cooperative Extension Service and South Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station from the
1920s until the 1970s. A few images made before 1930 were not produced by the Service but
were acquired and maintained with the collection. Many of the images appeared in publications
issued by the Extension Service.
The bulk of images documents activities relating to agriculture; the remainder relates to
economic development, home demonstration, and Clemson College. Pictures of Extension
Service personnel are included in this series. This is an ongoing digital collection, with photographs being added over time.

The national Cooperative Extension Service engages citizens to improve economic development and quality of life by delivering research-based information in agriculture, natural resources, food safety and nutrition, economic and community development, and 4-H youth development. South Carolina Cooperative Extension is based at the state’s two land-grant institutions — Clemson University and South Carolina State University. Clemson Extension agents are located in all 46 counties and at the university’s five Research and Education Centers.

A. Wolfe Davidson, The Man Behind the Sculpture


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A. Wolfe Davidson created the Thomas Green Clemson statue in front of Tillman Hall (twice!). This exhibit provides a brief look at his Davidson’s life and the other works he created for Clemson University and other clients. Davidson was born in Russia in 1903, arrived in Greenville, South Carolina in the 1920s and enrolled as a special student at Clemson College in 1934. He went on to lead the art department at Brenau College in Georgia for nearly twenty years.

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 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.