FLORENCE -- Linda Jacobs, associate professor of English at Francis Marion University, worked with her fall 1998 honors English 200, Writing for Disciplines, class to create a history of FMU.
The mammoth book was recently donated to FMU’s Rogers Library and is now a part of the permanent collection. Each chapter in the History of Francis Marion University is written from an individual student’s perspective.
Jacobs said she did not censor the student’s material. Not all of FMU’s departments are covered in the history, and in the future, Jacobs said, she may have another class work on additional “histories” for inclusion in the book.
Some chapter titles are “the Founding of FMU,” “the Wallace Family,” “the Theatre Department and “the FMU Student Newspaper.” Suzanne Singleton and Roger Hux, Rogers Library reference librarians, helped students with their research.
Included in the book are tapes of some student interviews, creating an oral history as well as a written school history. Because of the interviews, some material in the book is original.