Coffee with the Clemsons

November is Legacy Month for Clemson University!

On November 6, 1886, Thomas Green Clemson signed his final will that left the majority of his estate to the state for the creation of an agricultural and mechanical college.

To commemorate the occasion, “Coffee with the Clemsons,” sponsored by the Clemson University Foundation, will be held in the Byrnes Room from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Please stop by to chat with the Thomas and Anna Calhoun Clemson re-enactors, sip some coffee, and view historical artifacts from the Special Collections and Archives.

Special Collections Exhibit: The Rise and Fall of Clemson House

Clemson House, circa 1950

“The Rise and Fall of Clemson House” ( is a new online exhibit from Clemson University Libraries Special Collections and Archives that preserves the history of a building that has been a beloved fixture on campus for sixty seven years.

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.

Service Desk Hours on Eclipse Day

On Monday, August 21, in order for library employees to be able to view the eclipse, the following service desks may be closed briefly:

Library Services Desk (Cooper Library)
Closed 2-3pm
Please do not leave technology items on the desk for return.

Special Collections & Archives (currently located in Cooper Library)
Closing at 12:30 pm on Monday, August 21 and reopening at 8:30am on Tuesday, August 22.

Education Media Center (Tillman Hall)
Closed 2:15-3:45pm

Gunnin Architecture Library (Lee Hall)
Open 8:00-4:30, no closing time.

New Online Exhibit: WWI and the Clemson Community

“World War I and the Clemson Community” is a new online exhibit that incorporates materials from Special Collections and Archives, particularly the papers of President Walter M. Riggs (CU Archives Series 17).

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 Open in Cooper

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: or 864-656-3031.


Special Collections Moving to Cooper Temporarily

Special Collections and Archives will be closed the week of May 8th – 12th, while they move to their temporary home for the summer.

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.

Questions? or 864-656-3031.

New Exhibit in Cooper is About Cooper

50thLogoBy now you’ve probably notice the giant banner hanging outside Cooper Library. You have noticed, right? It’s giant.

Anyway…the reason it’s there is because we’re celebrating Cooper Library’s 50th anniversary this semester. There’ll be events, exhibits, displays, and even a party.

Our first exhibit is “The Most Needed Building on Campus.” It’s all about Clemson’s first two libraries and the decision to building a new library.

Stop by the exhibit cases in the lobby and take a look!

New Exhibits By Special Collections

Cooper Library Lobby Exhibit

MagnifyingGlassThe 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.

Founding of Clemson Exhibit

Founding of CU slide for hiperwallAn 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.

Read a complete description of “The Founding of Clemson University: A Confluence of People, Ideas, Time and Place” before you go see it.

And the Winners Are…

omar winner 1 omar winner 2Congratulations 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.