9,100 cubic feet of archived materials, 30,000+ photographs, 5,000 artifacts: One Clemson
“The Father of IPTAY” Recently processed additions to The Rupert H. Fike Papers (mss 34) doubled the size of this small but important collection. Fike, a 1908 Clemson graduate and namesake of Fike Recreation Center, was known as “ The Father of IPTAY” for his role in organizing the first meeting of the organization at his Atlanta home in 1934.
The Integration of South Carolina’s Cooperative Extension Program One hundred years ago, The Smith-Lever Act expanded land-grant colleges’ mission by establishing the Cooperative Extension Service, a national system under the USDA, to take information generated by land-grant university scientists directly to the people in each state. The Smith-Lever Act sanctioned a segregated program for African American residents by allowing states to choose to channel funds through white land-grant schools only.
Every Photograph Tells a Story Edgar A. Brown was a long time member of the South Carolina senate and a life trustee of Clemson. Among the Edgar Brown Papers, is a photograph of an African American soldier. A note card with the photo identifies him as Alonzo B. Harley. Brown wrote that Harley was his employee and chauffeur. He also notes that he was the first soldier from Barnwell County drafted in World War II and was killed while serving as a personal aide and chauffeur to an officer in Africa.