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International Student History

A guide containing archival and special collections material about international students and international student history at Davidson College.

How to Browse Our Collections

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Our collections can be searched and browsed through our catalog.

This database includes finding aids for our institutional records and manuscript collections. Finding aids describe collections, how they were created, and how they can be accessed.

If have questions or would like to view our materials in-person, please email the department for assistance. 

College Archives Materials

Archival materials are the institutional records of Davidson College from its establishment in 1837 to the present day. Included within the collections are president's office records, academic department files, and student organization records. 

Listed below is a selection of relevant collections related to international students and international student history. Collections are organized by record group (RG), along with a brief description of the collection's contents, and are hyperlinked to the collection's digital finding aid.

For more information, search the catalogs listed below.

If you would like to view any of the materials listed below, please email to make an appointment.


Benoît Nzengu, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, was the first African as well as the first Black student at Davidson College. He began his studies in the fall of 1962, two years after Congo gained independence from Belgium

Benoît Nzengu leaving a building, 1966

Benoît Nzengu, 1966

Record Groups: Presidents

Record Group: VP for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty.

Record Group: VP for Student Life and Dean of Students

Record Group: Student Organizations

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