Special Collections

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

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THE ARUNDEL ROOM

The Arundel Room, named for the Pee Dee River plantation of
library benefactor Alex Quattlebaum, houses the Library's
special collections and the University's archives.  Among the
Arundel Room's more significant collections are:

 

 
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The Francis Marion
Congressional Military Commission

In 2006 FMU obtained the document that commissioned Francis Marion as lieutenant colonel in the Second South Carolina Regiment of the U.S. Army in 1776.  It was purchased from Charleston attorney C. Allen Gibson Jr., a descendant of the military leader's relative, Rebecca Marion.  The commission will be displayed in the Arundel Room.

 

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College Yearbooks

The Library has a full set of college yearbooks from 1963 to 1992 in Special Collections and in the circulating collection. Our digital collections include Garnet and Black USC Centers editions (1963-1969), Prism Florence Regional Campus editions (1969-1970), and Vignettes Francis Marion College (1971-1979).

Click here to view digital collections.

 

The George A. Henty
Children's Book Collection

George A. Henty (1832-1902), an English journalist and soldier, wrote a number of juvenile historical novels set in the remote regions of the British empire.  Beautifully bound and illustrated, these books are prized by collectors and studied as period pieces by students of children's literature.

 

 

The Thomas Samworth Hunting and Sporting Collection

Thomas G. Samworth, the editor of the American Rifleman, published a number of books on hunting and firearms.  One of the most highly sought is The American Wild Turkey, by Florence, South Carolina lawyer Henry E. Davis.  Samworth donated Dirleton Plantation on the Pee Dee River to the state of South Carolina for a wildlife preserve.

 

 

The James A. Rogers Papers

James A. Rogers, former editor of the Florence Morning News and first chairman of the Francis Marion University board of trustees, was also active in other cultural, educational and civic pursuits.  His papers document his work in higher education, libraries, journalism, and race relations.

 

 

The Francis Marion University Archives

The University Archives hold the records of administrative offices and all University publications.  As the first state-supported college established in South Carolina in the twentieth century, Francis Marion University offers a unique perspective on the history of American higher education.

 

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Works About
General Francis Marion

Rogers Library holds a large number of materials written about the Revolutionary War hero for whom the University is named.

 
 
   

 

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