College History


Digital Collections | Facts and Figures | Online Encyclopedia | Exhibits & blog | Student Essays | Crowdsourcing


Digital Collections

Search for digital copies of college documents and materials

Facts & Figures

Search for statistics, class histories, faculty and staff, awards.

Bibliography: A bibliographic list of resources for researching college history.
Statistics and Class Events: Events, tuition and enrollment information by academic year.
Faculty and Staff: from 1837 to the present.
Awards, Scholarships, and Lectures – Student academic awards, graduate scholarships, and lecturers in named lecture series.
Named Professorships: Descriptions, recipients, and years held.
Honorary Degrees: Names, class years for alumni, dates awarded, and names of honorary degrees awarded by Davidson College.
Alumni Books: Books in the Library Collections with contributions by College Alumni.
Search Archives Collections for College History: Search the institutional records of Davidson College from its establishment in 1837 to the present day. Included within the collection are president’s office records, academic department files, and student organization records.

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Online Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia: The Davidson Encyclopedia is an online project of the Davidson College Archives. The entries are researched and written by archives staff and by Davidson College students. The initial entries were created by students in the fall of 2003 in Dr. Shireen Campbell’s English 101W; Literacies for the 21st Century course.


Online Exhibits & Events & blog

Active and Benevolent Ladies: History of women at Davidson College, 1837-2011.
Always Part of the Fabric: Video on the history of African-American contributions to Davidson.
Always Part of the Fabric Supplement: expanded and illustrated timeline.
Around the D: blog exploring history, traditions, and topics of interest.
History of Education: website documenting Teacher Education at Davidson.
NASH Postcards: WWI postcards from the collection of John F. Nash, class of 1911.
College Timeline: highlights of campus history.
Campus Buildings: history and photographs of current and former buildings.
Presidential Portraits: guide to the College presidential portrait gallery.
Poetry Night 2010: hear Davidson students and faculty reading original poems.
Poetry Night 2011: hear Davidson students, faculty and town residents reading original poems.

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Student Essays