You may not have this on your calendar, but it may mean something to you: October is National Archives Month and the Davidson College Archives and Special Collections is asking for your help with a bit of historical research about our town.
This unit of the Davidson College Library is reaching out to residents, Davidson alumni and anyone with an interest in local history with a new online “community space, at sites.davidson.edu/archives/community.) It’s a place where you can become a “research partners,” by helping transcribe documents from their collections or identify photographs. The website also has a section for people to share stories and upload photographs.
“It’s a way for the archives to gather more information on the history of the town and college, deepen history of student organizations and capture stories about local personalities and events,” says college archivist and local historian Jan Blodgett.
The site also offers links to explore the archives’ online collections and exhibits.
The first transcription project is the 1865 diary of William E. Ardrey, Davidson college class of 1861, who was present at the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Courthouse.
“We’ll be swapping out the photos to be identified,” Ms. Blodgett said. “If you have any you want included, let us know – we’ll be glad to include them.”
Ms. Blodgett is the co-author, along with Ralph Levering, of the new Davidson town history, “One Town, Many Voices.” It’s available online at http://www.onetownmanyvoices.com/
April 3, 2012, DavidsonNews.net, “A new wide-angle view of Davidson’s history.” – Read our interview with Ms. Blodgett and Mr. Levering and find out more about the book.
Davidson College Arcives, http://sites.davidson.edu/archives/
The archives’ “Community Space,” http://sites.davidson.edu/archives/community