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Clemson University (History)

Our Clemson History titles explore everything from the lives of Clemson University’s founders to famous football rivalries. Click on a book title or picture for descriptions and purchasing information.

Tastes of Clemson Blue Cheese, by Christian Thormose
Clemson University Press is proud to partner with Clemson Blue Cheese to produce a cookbook featuring nearly 200 ways to savor one of Clemson's signature products.


Eclipse over Clemson, edited by Jim Melvin and featuring a poem by Ron Rash
EOC_Book_Screen (1)Clemson University Press is proud to partner with the College of Science to produce a book commemorating the eclipse on August 21, 2017.


Fighting Like Cats and Dogs, by Kyle King
king-300x450In the 1970s and '80s, there was no more closely contested or nationally significant rivalry in college football than the yearly series between the Clemson Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs. The annual gridiron affray rose to new heights beginning in 1977, the year that marked the start of a decade of hard-fought battles between perennial national championship contenders from the Classic City and Fort Hill.


The High Seminary, vol. 2: A History of the Clemson University, 1964–2000, by Jerome V. Reel
img009"This book begins when the modern era began, with the name change to Clemson University effective on July 1, 1964. Once again, Dr. Reel has documented the facts and shared the fascinating, personal stories that make history come alive during the decades of Clemson's climb into the top ranks of American public universities." —James Barker, President Emeritus, Clemson University


The High Seminary, vol. 1: A History of the Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina, 1889–1964, by Jerome V. Reel
img006*Now in paperback!* "Jerry Reel has done a tremendous service to Clemson University and all alumni with this carefully researched history of the first 75 years of our existence as an institution." —James Barker, President Emeritus, Clemson University


Thomas Green Clemson, ed. Alma Bennett
img004Thomas Green Clemson (1807–1888) was no ordinary man. He was, in fact, as unique as he was highly educated, skilled, pragmatic, visionary, and complex. To introduce us to this man, fifteen scholars and specialists of history, science, agriculture, engineering, music, art, diplomacy, law, and communications come together to address Clemson’s multifaceted life, the century and issues that helped shape him, and his ongoing influence today.


Legacy of a Southern Lady: Anna Calhoun Clemson, 1817–1875, by Ann Ratliff Russell
Legacy-of-a-Southern-Lady-scanned"Anna Calhoun Clemson was John C. Calhoun's favorite child. After reading Ann Russell's biography based on Anna's letters, one finds it easy to understand why. The product of a famous family and an exceptional woman, Anna was also, as Russell ably demonstrates, very much "a southern lady." —Dr. C. Alan Grubb


Women & Clemson University: Excellence—Yesterday and Today, by Jerome V. Reel, Jr. and Alma Bennett
Women-&-Clemson-University-scanned"The admission of women into the Clemson family is one of this University's great success stories. Clemson women have made Clemson strong. Without all that our women faculty, staff, students and graduates have accomplished and contributed, we can only speculate what Clemson would be today. Certainly every major transition has made Clemson a better, stronger institution, moving it from an all-male, all-white military school to a civilian, coeducational, desegregated research university that we can proudly say is among the nation's most outstanding public universities." —James F. Barker, President Emeritus, Clemson University


The Nature of Clemson: A Field Guide to the Natural History of Clemson University, by Lisa K. Wagner, Umit Yilmaz, Victor B. Shelburne, Jerry A. Waldvogel, and Mary Taylor Haque
"Clemson has a beautiful campus, which provides environmental stimulus and opportunity for teaching and learning. This field guide reveals those natural and created settings which allow us to individually discover a true sense of place on the Clemson campus; these outdoor rooms are well remembered as a visitor, student, staff or scholar." —James Barker, President Emeritus, Clemson University


Integration with Dignity, edited Skip Eisiminger
gantt-pic-300x382"It is often said that history is the lengthening shadow of one man. In Clemson University's case this man was Harvey Gantt. The desegregation of Clemson University by Gantt on January 28, 1963, was characterized by 'Integration with Dignity' and is regarded by many as a signature event in American social history." —Dr. H. Lewis Suggs, from Integration with Dignity


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