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Digital Collections

A guide to digital collections and materials from Archives and Special Collections at Davidson College.

Further Digital Collections



Arabic BibleOmar ibn Sayyid Collections

This exhibit is a curated collection of scanned leaves from an Arabic Bible owned by Omar ibn Sayyid, as well as his two Arabic translations of the Lord’s Prayer, all dating back to the early-to-mid 19th century. The selected Bible leaves feature notations authored by Sayyid at an unknown date in the margins of the printed text (marginalia).





Red and White Newspaper "School to Have Cheerleaders" HeadlineDavidson, NC Newspaper Collection, 1883-1958

Newspapers play a critical role in communities - even small communities where everyone seems to know one another. For the town of Davidson, the college publications of The Davidson Magazine and The Davidsonian offered local news columns, unfortunately, the coverage varied and never included the summer months. Other enterprising citizens created small papers over the decades and while gaps in coverage remain, these papers offer wonderful glimpses of the town's past.



Postcards Booklet Red Cover "La Guerre Europeenne 1914-15"WWI Postcards

Postcards from John Frederick Nash, Davidson Class of 1911, who collated postcards of the devastation of World War I in France and Belgium into a booklet. 




Handwritten Letter from Minutes of Presbytery of ConcordTranscribed Presbytery of Concord Minutes, 1835-1843

Excerpts from the minutes of the Presbytery of Concord, relating to the founding of Davidson College. 





Photograph Captain William Erskine ArdreyWilliam Erskine Ardrey Papers

A Davidson student who entered in 1858 but did not graduate, for he left the college in 1861 to fight for the Confederacy during the Civil War. 




Civil War Sermon Letter from CollectionNineteenth Century Family Papers and Plantation Records of Davidson College Trustees 

Includes the papers of Robert Zenas Johnston, Reverend Jethro Rumple, and Adam Brevard Davidson. Visit DigitalNC for a more complete description of these papers.  




 1837-1887 Semi-Centennial Catalog Front CoverSemi-Centennial Catalog

The semi-centennial catalog Davidson College (1837-1887) was the first attempt at a comprehensive compilation of Davidson alumni, trustees, and faculty providing far more data than the preexisting lists of Davidson graduates. The Davidson Alumni Association appointed an early committee in June 1886 with the special task of compiling this book with the hope that it would “remind the student of his college life and the friendships there formed, but will also afford him much cause for pride in his Alma Mater and gratification at the results of her first fifty years’ work.”  



Inaugural Address RH Morrison Title PageInaugural Presidential Addresses

Find nineteenth century inaugural addresses from the first president of Davidson College, Reverend Robert Hall Morrison, delivered in August 1838 and from Daniel Harvey Hilldelivered in February 1855.





1584 Ortelius and de Chiaves  "La Florida" MapCumming Map Collection

Find digitized versions of all of the maps from the Cumming Map Collection, one of the finest collections of American maps of the southeast in the world, held in print in the Davidson College Smith Rare Book Room. To learn more, see the research guide.




Trustees Minutes Handwritten NoteNineteenth Century Davidson College Trustee Meeting Minutes

The typescripts of the nineteenth century trustee meeting minutes are available online and keyword searchable. The Board of Trustees originally comprised of representatives from the various local Presbyterian synods. These records include information about disciplinary actions, faculty proposals, the effects of the Civil War, and the treatment of college "servants."



Faculty Minutes Typewriter NoteNineteenth Century Davidson College Faculty Meeting Minutes

The typescripts of the nineteenth century faculty meeting minutes are available online and keyword searchable. The collection also contains the minutes of the Trustees of Western Carolina College (1821 - 1824). These records include information about disciplinary actions, course recommendations, the effects of the Civil War, and the treatment of college "servants."



Beasley's NewspaperBeasley's Farm and Home Weekly

Newspaper published in Charlotte, NC.

July 31, 1941- October 31, 1941




Cuneiform tabletCuneiform Tablet Collection

Collection of cuneiform tablets dating to about 2000 BC. This collection is made digitally available thanks to the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative




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