College History

Encyclopedia | Databases | Crowdsourcing | Exhibits | Collections

Encyclopedia & online essays

Encyclopedia: The Davidson Encyclopedia is a 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.

Student essays on college History:
English 101 – Spring 2003

Religion at Davidson
Civil War

English 101 – Fall 2001

Chambers Fire
Civil War
Coeducation & Athletics

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Databases & Resources

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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Crowdsourcing / Participate

Be a research partner and share your knowledge about Davidson’s past. Help identify photographs in the archives collection and share your own historical photographs and stories about Davidson people, places and events.

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.
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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