June 24, 2021

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Beauty Made Perfect

The Carnegie Basis Library in Greenville that wasn’t intended to be

When Furman’s new president, Edwin Poteat, arrived in Greenville from Philadelphia in the fall of 1903, the university was on an upswing.

It was enrolling practically 200 college students, the most because the 1850s. John D. Rockefeller had just donated $100,000 to its endowment.

But the college needed a library. Just weeks just after he arrived, Poteat wrote to Pennsylvania philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The immensely wealthy Scots metal tycoon had started supporting city libraries in Scotland and the United States in 1898. By the convert of the century, dozens — hundreds — of towns and cities have been inquiring for his help.

Although the group experienced to supply a internet site and guarantee future guidance, Carnegie’s foundation supplied constructing funds. And Furman’s need was wonderful.

The college’s selection of 1,465 textbooks (400 others were labeled as “rubbish”) were being housed in a single large area in Richard Furman Hall, the principal setting up. The home was also used as a chapel. The library’s yearly funds was $50 for journals and $100 for a portion-time librarian.