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Archives and Special Collections

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

(Re)Collecting COVID-19: Davidson & Lake Norman Stories

As Davidson adjusts to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are challenged to develop new ways to engage and interact with our community. The College Archives, which regularly collects, shares, and preserves the college’s and community’s unique stories, would like to document the experiences of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members during these uncertain times. 

To this end, we are excited to present the initiative "(Re)Collecting COVID-19: Davidson & Lake Norman Stories." In this crowdsourcing project, we invite you to share your COVID-19 story through the contribution of original words, music, video, art, or images, regardless of whether you are on campus, in the Town of Davidson, the Lake Norman area, or thousands of miles away.

Items may be contributed through at least the end of the calendar year. Please check out the site, consider making a contribution, and share this project with others you think would be interested.

(Re)Collecting COVID-19: Davidson and Lake Norman Stories

Spring 2021 Access and Services

For the Fall 2021 semester, Archives, Special Collections, and Community staff will be returning to in-person work. We will continue to offer hybrid collections access options to Davidson College students, faculty, and staff. Policies include:

  • Reference: Please email us at for assistance with research questions. Reference assistance is by appointment only.  
  • Instruction: Davidson faculty who would like their students to use materials from Archives and Special Collections should complete the Archives & Special Collections Course Collaboration form.  All Fall 2022 requests are first-come/first-served and must be received by September 9.  
  • Collections: Many materials from Archives and Special Collections have been digitized and are available remotely through our Digital Collections guide. To browse our physical archival and manuscript collections, please visit our online catalog and if there are materials you are interested in viewing, please email us at to make an appointment. 


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