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Nancy Snell Griffith

August-September 2012
Nancy Griffith keeps busy wherever she happens to land. Recently she retired as the Archives and Special Collections Librarian at Presbyterian College and we’d like to share some information on her career and her many accomplishments. – Read More –

Dr. Jacobs Garden Journal, July 1868 & 1869

July 2012
During this time of transition in the Archives, we will continue with Dr. Jacobs’ garden journal entries for July 1868-69. Special thanks go out to Nancy Griffith for transcribing Dr. Jacobs’ Garden journals for us during her tenure in the Archives-the originals are not easy to decipher! The punctuation and spellings are taken verbatim from the notebooks he kept and clarifying information may be included in brackets within the text. – Read More –

Dr. Jacobs Garden Journal, June 1868 & 1869

June 2012
During this time of transition, we thought we’d publish more excerpts from Record of Garden Success and Failures, the garden journal of Presbyterian College founder, Dr. William Plumer Jacobs. These excerpts continue previous blog entries from last month and January-March 2009. It appears Clinton was in a drought in June of 1868. – Read More –

Dr. Jacobs Garden Journal, May 1868 & 1869

May 2012
Since we’re well into gardening season here in the Upstate, we thought we’d publish some more excerpts from the garden journal of Presbyterian College founder Dr. William Plumer Jacobs. You may remember previous entries from 2009, but we haven’t included any for several years. These are from the month of May. Hope you enjoy them! – Read More –

“Big Little Celtics”

April 2012
Like the item in February 2012’s Blue Notes, this entry is also based on a clipping from Jane Spurgeon’s scrapbook. The article transcribed here originally appeared in the February 5, 1940, edition of The Blue Stocking. The names of the players are those of real PC students and staff; however, as far as we can tell, the basketball team described here is entirely fictitious, and didn’t correspond to any varsity, freshman, or intramural team extant during this time. It is interesting, however, that six of the nine people listed were members of PC’s football team that year (pictured below). If the game was ever played, it was probably some sort of stunt. And it’s so amusing, that we thought you’d enjoy it! – Read More –

Martha Duckett Dendy

March 2012
We are going to combine our blogs for Black History Month and Women’s History Month into one this year, and profile the life of an extraordinary African-American woman who had an impact on both the town of Clinton and Presbyterian College. While she has been profiled many times in articles and exhibits both in Clinton and at PC, her whole life story has rarely been told. – Read More –

And in walked Dr. Frank Dudley Jones!

February 2012
The archives recently acquired a scrapbook assembled by Jane Sturgeon, who graduated from PC in 1940 and later was a librarian at Duke University for many years. It contains a wealth of items from her days at the college, among them some amusing anecdotes. This was one of our favorites, involving Dr. Frank Dudley Jones, who taught philosophy and psychology at the college for over twenty years. In addition to the fact that it’s a funny story, it is rather amazing to learn how different forms of mental disability were described and dealt with in 1940. – Read More –