SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College and the Hub City Writers Project of Spartanburg are collaborating on the publication in the spring of 2005 of a new, illustrated history of the college. “Wofford, 1854-2004: Shining with Untarnished Honor” will be one of the major projects undertaken in the observance of the college’s sesquicentennial.
Consisting of about 200 pages and illustrated in full color, the book will be dedicated to Dr. Lewis P. Jones (Wofford College Class of 1938), Kenan Professor of History Emeritus, and will include the work of a number of his former students and colleagues.
The title of the book comes from a loose translation of the Wofford College motto, “Intaminatis Fulget Honoribus,” a quotation from the classical poet Horace that has been displayed on the college seal since at least 1856.
“David Duncan Wallace, an 1894 graduate and professor of history and economics from 1899 until his death in 1951, was the author the ‘History of Wofford College: 1854-1949,’” notes Dr. Doyle Boggs (Class of 1970), Wofford’s executive director of communications. “It stands even today as a remarkably dispassionate study, considering the author’s lifelong ties to the institution, and a model of institutional narrative. Although much has been written about aspects of Wofford history over the years since then, including a doctoral dissertation by the Rev. Dr. Tom Norrell (Class of 1978), there really has not been a successor to the Wallace volume as a satisfactory and comprehensive account intended for a general audience of alumni and other friends.”
The editorial steering committee, headed by Boggs and Betsy Teter of the Hub City Writers, envisions an anthology of well-written and illustrated stories. They will reflect the heritage of the institution in a national perspective as well as its continuing relationship to the immediate surrounding area. Each section, covering a “generation” of approximately 25 years, will include a timeline or chronology, contemporary and historical photographs (many in full color), historical documents and letters, short essays designed to provide perspective on selected topics, and vignettes about significant events and incidents in the college history.
For a preview of the organization and structure of the book, please visit the “Through the Years” section of the college Web site, http://www.wofford.edu/throughtheyears
While space in the publication itself is limited, the editorial board is eager to receive suggestions and contributions from the larger Wofford community related to college history. Particularly sought are scrapbooks, photographs, letters and essays written by faculty and students representing all six generations that have attended the college.
“We are very fortunate to have excellent files of all the college’s official publications,” says Boggs, “so we don’t need yearbooks, newspapers, or copies of literary and alumni magazines. However, there is much material out there in many Wofford bookshelves and attics that we would truly be excited to see and possibly copy, using the new electronic scanning technologies. Please get in touch with the college archivist, Dr. Phillip Stone (Class of 1994) if you have something unusual that you think we might like to look at.”
Stone can be reached at (864) 597-4313 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the Hub City Writers Project Web site at http://www.hubcity.org