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Coleman Family Papers 1899-1912

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This collection is arranged into two series: Series 1) Marie Clarke Coleman; and Series 2) Edith Coleman. The materials are then arranged by format and chronologically.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs, albums, correspondence, and programs pertaining to the college life of the Coleman siblings.

Both series contain photograph albums. Marie Coleman’s album is mostly undated with captions for 1902, 1904 and 1905. Depicted are probably family and friends, a trip to the beach, a trip to Washington, D.C.; Mount Vernon, Va.; Coney Island, N.Y.; New York City, N.Y.; and Savannah, Ga. Several photographs are possibly duplicates of photographs in Edith’s album. There are three photographs depicting African-American children.

Someone wrote “1906-1912” in ink on the cover Edith’s album, but the majority of photographs are undated, with 1906 and 1907 included in some captions. The photographs depict friends and possibly family. Included are male and female students, both groups posing on the GFC and Furman campuses, females posing at the Paris Mountain Hotel, Camperdown Mill on the Reedy River, and males and females with a train. One photo depicts an African-American woman. Since there were no yearbooks produced at GFC from 1904 to 1910, these are the only photographs of students during this period.

Marie’s undated letter to her mother is possibly from 1899, as she asks if her dress for commencement will be purchased soon. She describes her trip to Clemson Agricultural College for a baseball game between Clemson and Furman. Marie describes the grounds and buildings, as well as her lunch with the college president.