Welcome to the Clemson History Project

The Clemson History Project was born out of Professor Rhondda Thomas's wish to document the lives of the young convict laborers who worked in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to build Clemson Agricultural College, the predecessor of what has since become Clemson University. Over the past several semesters, the project has grown noticeably in scope and has begun to catalogue the lives of significant people and families such as the Calhouns, the Clemsons, the Tillmans and the Gantts, as well as notable student organizations and the campus's transition from Native American territory to a slave plantation and later a research university. The work that you see complied here was completed as part of a Creative Inquiry, led and directed by Professor Thomas. This website serves as the culmination to a semester's worth of graduate, and undergraduate, student research.