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19th Century Primary Sources

A listing of 19th century primary sources about local people and events found in Archives & Special Collections, supplemented by the library's extensive e-resources.

Contents of this Guide

Descriptions of the resources and tabs found in this guide are listed below. 

Manuscript Materials

Materials listed in this section are primarily unpublished documents such as diaries, letters, speeches, and sermons. The majority of these collections are connected to alumni and faculty of the college, civic organizations in the town of Davidson, and town records. 


College Archives Materials

This section refers to the institutional records of Davidson College from its establishment in the 1830s to the present day, including president's office records, trustee meeting minutes, and student organization records.


Digital Projects and Digitized Resources

The materials listed in this section are available online and mostly cover topics related to the Davidson area. Some of these items have been made available through collaborative class projects.


Primary Source Databases

A selection of databases and collections containing digitized, 19th century primary source materials about populations beyond Davidson, available through the Davidson College library. 


More Research Guides

Is your work multi-disciplinary? Does your work involve groups or subjects not covered in this guide? Consult one of our other subject guides!

See also the A-Z list of research tools.

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