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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 will be provided via email (, in-person by appointment, or Zoom by appointment. Our reference hours for the Fall 2021 semester are Monday to Friday between 1:00pm and 5:00pm by appointment.
  • Instruction: We will offer in-person instruction in accordance with CDC guidelines and College policy. Davidson faculty who would like their students to use materials from Archives and Special Collections while teaching remotely should email We are happy to brainstorm ways to provide students with access to our unique and rare materials.
  • 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. 

All services will be by appointment only and with appropriate social distancing and wearing of masks or face coverings according to CDC guidance and College policy. If you are not a current Davidson staff, student or faculty email  to learn the latest guidelines. 

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