These collections reflect the intellectual heritage of Davidson College including student scholarship, student and college publications, faculty and staff scholarship, artifacts and special collections.
William Erskine Ardrey (1839 – 1907) was born in the Lower Providence area of Mecklenburg County on September 23, 1839. He entered Davidson College in 1858, but left the college in 1861, before completing his degree, to fight for the Confederacy in the Civil War. Ardrey served until the end of the war (his regiment was at Appomattox when Lee surrendered), and then returned to Mecklenburg county where he was active in political and civic life. The collection includes biographical information, diaries (spanning the Civil War period), petitions, and account ledgers spanning the years 1861 to 1907.
The Davidson College Postcard collection consists of postcards of the Davidson College campus and of the town of Davidson, North Carolina.
Excerpts from the minutes of the Presbytery of Concord, relating to the founding of Davidson College. These excerpts are used with permission of the Presbytery.
These letters were selected from the collections of 16 students. The dates of the letters range from 1837 to 1863. Each letter contains references to college life and events. Many of them also have information about family, friends and non-college events.
Rare Book Room Collections
Manuscript volume produced around 1500 in northern France rebound in the late 19th century with blind-stamped morocca over wooden boards with brass clasps.
A 16th and 17th century book of emblems by Andrea Alciati (1492-1550).
The Holy Bible of Omar Ibn Sayyid
The Arabic language bible owned by Omar Ibn Sayyid, given to him by the Owens family.
William Patterson Cumming Map Collection
The collection includes 48 early maps of the North American continent and its regions, with a special focus on the Southeast.