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First Year Students - Guide to Davidson Library Resources

Campus Traditions

Welcome to Davidson!

Archives, Special Collections & Community welcomes you to Davidson! Explore the history behind campus traditions unique to Davidson by clicking through this slideshow.

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Cake Race

The Cake Race, established in 1930, once helped identify hidden track and field talent in the first year class. First-years compete for a sweet reward at the end: a homemade cake of students' own choosing.

Freshmen women from cake race, 1980s


For many students, decorating their dorm rooms is a top priority when moving to campus. See how other Davidson students have decorated their rooms throughout the years. 

Male students lounging in dorm room


Flickerball, a sport first played at Davidson in 1951, is an alternative to touch football. Today, first-year residence halls still compete in flickerball matches.

Freshmen women playing flickerball

Spring Frolics

Spring Frolics is a chance to relax and socialize before spring exams. Outdoor concerts, water sliding, games, and friends are just a few highlights of this event.

Musical performers at Spring Frolics, 1970s

Davidson College Online Encyclopedia

For more college history from A-Z, explore our Online Encyclopedia. Here you will find entries ranging from all aspects of campus life, including the history of honor at Davidson and the history of the wildcat mascot.

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Around the D

Around the D is our official departmental blog. Here there are blog posts produced by archives staff, students, and faculty pertaining to college and local history.

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College History Webpage

On our website, we have a page of resources related to college history. Here you can find links to digitized 19th century student letters, databases for college facts and figures, and more!

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Archives, Special Collections, and Community

Archives, Special Collections & Community welcomes you to Davidson! Our team helps preserve the institutional records of the college, manuscript collections from the local community, and rare books and special collections materials. We provide students, faculty, staff, and community members with opportunities for original research, inquiry-driven study, and object-inspired learning through instruction sessions and reference support. Through our work, our community engages critically with the past to understand our present and inform our future. For more information about our department and our collections, please email us at

For the Fall 2020 semester, reference services will be provided primarily via email ( or Zoom. For research assistance, please email us at with your research topic and/or questions and a staff member will follow up with you.

Many of our materials have been digitized and are available through our Digital Collections guide. To browse our archival and manuscript collections, please visit our online catalog and if there are materials you are interested in viewing, please email us at and we will review your request. 

College History Timelines

Online Resources

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Mailing Address: Davidson College - E.H. Little Library, 209 Ridge Road, Box 5000, Davidson, NC 28035