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John L. Plyler Scrapbook Collection, 1938-1965

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Contents List

Scrapbook 1 - 1938-1945. 

Describes Dr. Plyler’s early years as President of Furman. Contains articles about Furman and the U.S. military during WWII.

Scrapbook 2 - 1944-1948. 

Contains articles about support from the Baptists and Furman’s goal for a 2,000,000 dollar endowment as well as a drive for new buildings on campus. Also contains articles about Furman athletics.

Scrapbook 3 - 1948-1952. 

Describes new Furman faculty and departed faculty. Articles on the Plyler's trip to Europe in 1949 to compare American and European education systems. SC Baptists pledge 3,500,000 dollars to Furman’s expansion. Furman picks new site for campus expansion. Articles about the Korean War and 3-yr degrees at Furman. Furman night classes begin. Frank Selvy article.

Scrapbook 4 - 1953-1955. 

Articles on Frank Selvy, articles about the site of Furman’s new campus. Groundbreaking for Furman’s new campus, Furman Drive to collect funds for the new campus construction. Frank Selvy leading the nation in scoring, Frank Selvy is picked as the number one player in the NBA Draft. Article on Alester Furman being the reason for Greenville’s growth. Construction on Furman’s new campus begins. Furman enjoys foreign study students. Greenhouse is the first structure to be built on Furman’s new campus. Charles Townes invents his atomic clock, or a Maser, with more accuracy than ever before. Darrell Floyd leads Furman Basketball to its third straight scoring title in NCAA men’s basketball.

Scrapbook 5 - 1955-1958. 

All 1500 copies of the Furman Echo are seized because of an article about race segregation. Darrell Floyd is named AP All-American in basketball. Furman begins play on new baseball field. Work begins on Furman’s new library. 200 Clemson students invade Furman because of an article in the student newspaper, resulting in a melee in front of Geer Hall. Most articles are about ROTC and Furman athletics.

Scrapbook 6 - 1958-1962. 

Furman’s new campus takes shape with a men’s dormitory, a classroom building, and the library. Furman’s new buildings will be named for five presidents and a trustee. Montague Village is built to house married couples at Furman. Frank Selvy retires from professional basketball. Old College is moved from the downtown campus to the new campus. Furman moves onto its new, and final, campus. Charles Townes helps prove Einstein’s theory of relativity. Shopping Mall is proposed to replace the Furman University downtown campus. Furman gets rare copy of Gutenberg Bible. The “Shack” is moved to Furman’s new campus. Larry Jepson signs a contract to play professional football with the San Francisco 49ers. Furman Board votes to abolish social fraternities. A ban on dancing is demanded for Furman University.

Scrapbook 7 - 1962-1965.

John Lemmond, a Furman Basketball player, collapsed on the court and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Jerry Smith signs a contract to play professional basketball for the Detroit Pistons. The Citadel/Furman rivalry results in blue paint on several buildings on Furman’s campus and the abduction of Waldo, the Paladin’s mascot. Furman begins talks of integration with African-American students. Integration at Furman begins. President Plyler retires from Furman. A replica Bell Tower is reconstructed on the new campus. The Student Center is constructed. The original bell tower of the downtown campus catches fire. Sam Wyche, future NFL player, coach, and commentator, becomes the starting quarterback for Furman. Charles Townes wins the Nobel Prize in physics. Baptist Convention opposes integration of its colleges. Three African-Americans enroll as graduate students in education. Joe Vaughn becomes the first African-American undergraduate student at Furman. Gordon Blackwell becomes Furman’s eighth president. Frank Selvy returns to Furman to coach. J.W. Wood, chairman of the Trustees, is killed in automobile accident on Hwy 25, honored with a scholarship. Charles Townes reveals his inventions of the Maser and the Laser to Furman University.