In the Spotlight, June 2016

In the Spotlight, June 2016

Each month, an item or group of items from the book, archives, manuscript or artifact holdings of Special Collections & Archives are selected for display in our Reading Room. This month’s spotlight is on The John D. Archbold Papers (Mss 261).

John D. Archbold (1910-1993) was an agriculturalist, sportsman, philanthropist, engineer and conservationist.  As the owner of a plantation on the island of Dominica, he developed a strong interest in tropical agriculture and ecosystems.  He sponsored efforts to develop economically viable products for the island and support research of its fauna and flora, as well as promoting the island as a tourism destination.

In 1989, Archbold donated an 198-acre tract of rainforest and agricultural land of his Springfield Plantation on Dominica to Clemson University.  The Archbold Tropical Research Center is managed by a Dominican not-for-profit organization in partnership with Clemson University and an international consortium of universities.

The John D. Archbold Papers document Archbold’s various business, agricultural and research endeavors on Dominica.