Archives & Manuscript Collections
Davidson Publications – Primarily 19th century publications, covering a range of aspects of life at Davidson College. [Some materials were funded through Federal LSTA funds made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.]
The Davidsonian – Campus Newspaper, 1914-2006
Quips and Cranks – Student Yearbook, 1895-2009
Davidson Monthly – The earliest known student publication (1870-1872)
Inaugural Addresses – By presidents and faculty
Semi-Centennial Catalog (1891) – The first alumni directory
Postcard Collection – The Davidson College Postcard collection consists of postcards of the Davidson College campus and of the town of Davidson, North Carolina.
Presbytery Minutes – 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.
Student Letters – 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.
Ardrey Papers – 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.
Rare Book Room
The Bullard Book of Hours – This manuscript volume was produced around 1500 in northern France and was rebound in the late 19th century with blind-stamped morocca over wooden boards with brass clasps.
Emblemata – 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.
BookLovers Club – The Davidson BookLovers Club website includes digitized minutes with transcripts (1901-1907, 1924-1935), digitized program booklets with links to online versions of books (1901-1941), a brief history & photographs of the club, and more.
Davidson, NC Newspaper Collection – Digital collection of local newspapers (1883-1955)