Clemson House rose in 1950 as part of a massive project that developed out of the need for additional housing for faculty and staff as the college grew after World War II. It also filled the need for a place for campus visitors to eat and spend the night.
Eventually, Clemson House became a much-needed dormitory. Four decades of students shared space with the last remaining permanent residents.
Throughout, Clemson House was a public facility where the campus, local community and visitors relaxed, ate, socialized, conducted business, exchanged ideas and celebrated.
In July 2016, the Board of Trustees approved demolition of Clemson House, citing the high cost of maintaining or renovating the facility. It’s scheduled for demolition later this year.
“The Rise and Fall of Clemson House” includes photographs and documents, primarily from the holdings of Clemson University Libraries Special Collections and Archives, that trace the building’s multi-layered history and importance to the university.
The exhibit looks back more than 100 years to Clemson’s response to the United States’ April 1917 entry into The Great War that had been entrenched in Europe for nearly three years. It includes an overview of the war experiences of Clemson students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as the Army and Navy training programs that took place on campus, the hiring of the College’s first women faculty members, the devastating influenza pandemic of 1918-19 and the ways the campus remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Special Collections and Archives is now in its temporary summer location in Room 311 of Cooper Library. They reopened this morning at 8:30am and are ready for researchers. Their hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30am until 4:30pm. Please note they are different than Cooper building hours.
Remember that they will need 24 hours notice to retrieve any materials from the collection (still located in STI). Questions? Contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-656-3031.
From May 15 to mid-August they will be located on the 3rd floor of R.M. Cooper Library while bottom floor of the Strom Thurmond Institute building is being renovated.Their summer hours will remain Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.
If you need materials located in Special Collections, they will need 24 hours notice in order to retrieve them.
The new exhibit in the lobby of Cooper Library is called “Dragonflies and Damselflies in Cooper Library Pond.”
It was created by Dr. Joe Culin, Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies, College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences based on a project he supervised last summer. Falcon Logue (junior, Genetics), Neelia Heath and Josh Dunford (seniors, SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics) conducted a survey of the pond between May and September 2015. Data were recorded either as behavioral observations or through photographs.
The collection apparatus, results of the survey, and additional information about dragonflies and damselflies are presented in this exhibit.
Take a few minutes to learn about Cooper Library’s insect neighbors.
Special Collections and Archives Reading Room Exhibit
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 the Reading Room.
This month’s featured items commemorate the 1981 National Champion football team. They include a $15 ticket to the January 1,1982 Orange Bowl and a photo of team members with President Ronald Reagan.
An almost year-long exhibit in Special Collections Library looks at the founding of Clemson University. The exhibit covers over 100 years of history and includes primary sources from the Thomas Clemson Papers, Benjamin Ryan Tillman Papers and Richard Wright Simpson Papers.
Visit the Special Collections Library on the lower level (there will be an elevator soon!) of the Strom Thurmond Institute to see exhibit. It will be on display through May 13, 2016.
Congratulations to Zachary Ward and Bobby Ley for entering the Special Collections Starbucks gift card contest and answering the question about Omar Ibn Said correctly!
The question was: “What language did Omar use to write his autobiography?” Omar Ibn Said, a West African Muslim and Arabic scholar, wrote his autobiographical narrative of his life in his native Arabic.
This interesting exhibit featuring the manuscript written by Omar is currently displayed in the Special Collections Library. All are welcome to come view the exhibit, but you need to hurry! It will only be displayed through graduation.