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Archives and Special Collections

An introduction to using materials in Davidson College's Archives and Special Collections.

Hours and Location


Monday - Friday, 9:00 am- 5:00 pm


The Archives & Special Collections is located on the second floor of the E.H. Little Library in the Smith Rare Book Room.

Fall 2020 Update: All services will be by appointment only. In-person access to materials will be considered on a case-by-case basis and provided when necessary, with appropriate social distancing and wearing of masks or face coverings. Please email to make an appointment. 

Make an Appointment

We are happy to assist you at all stages of the research process, from deciding on a topic to citation help. All services are by appointment only. If you have a specific research interest or question, please email us at and a staff member will respond to your inquiry.

Please include the following information in your initial email:

  • Name
  • Research question or topic
  • Materials interested in using
  • If you are a student, please note if your research is in connection to a course.


Policies and Procedures

To ensure the wellbeing of our collections, we ask that researchers abide by the following rules and regulations during an in-person visit to the Rare Book Room:

  • Researchers must sign in for each visit.

  • Only note papers and research materials are permitted at work tables (brief cases, backpacks, coats, and other items must be left in the designated area.)

  • Smoking, eating and drinking (including water bottles) are not permitted in the Reading Room.

  • Only pencils may be used when working with original materials.

  • Researchers will be allowed access to one archival box at a time.

  • Maintain the existing order of records.

  • Return all materials to the archivist when you are finished.

  • The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, copyright, and literary property rights when quoting or publishing archival materials.

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