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College Union. Union Board Records,, 2017

Identifier: RG6-3-2

Scope and Contents

Scrapbooks contain original photographs, publicity stills, newspaper clippings, and flyers. Some of the scrapbooks are decorated and contain captions. Many of the photographs are not labeled. Under the Union Board, a campus television show named "The Davidson Show" was founded in 2008.


  • Creation: 2017


Biographical / Historical

The College Union Board is a group of student volunteers who, with faculty and staff support, facilitate cultural, social, recreational, and educational programs on campus. Funding for the The Union Board office was made possible by former members of the Union Board. The Union Board?s first year was 1956-57, five years after the opening of Davidson?s first Union in 1952. Under the first Union Board advisor, Union Director and Union Board visionary C. Shaw Smith, the 1956-57 Board had minimal funding and produced very few of the many events for which they are now known. During its initial years, the Union Board helped with films and lectures, but played relatively little role in providing social opportunities beyond small gestures, such as occasionally serving coffee and donuts to students hanging out in the Union. In 1964, the Student Activities Fee was expanded to include portions for the Union Board and Campus Social Council. These two organizations, who would merge into one in 1969, began providing major events, especially concerts in the early years, to a delighted Davidson campus. Co-education and a new Union (the building now known as the Sloan Music Building) together provided a terrific boost for the Union Board, which by the mid-1970s was the major campus student organization at Davidson. Providing two film programs, speakers, weekly faculty/staff/student luncheons, small and large concerts, the Artists Series, a fledgling outing club, a women?s committee (now a separate organization), and international activities, the Union Board of the late 1970s had grown to be an organization that students across campus relied on for the majority of their social activities. In 2001, the Knobloch Campus Center opened its doors as the new student Union, as a result of the vision and guidance of the second of Davidson's two Union Directors, William Brown. The Alvarez College Union and Duke Family Performance Hall brought new programming space and opportunities to the Union Board. With the opening of its doors, the Student Performers Committee was created to provide Thursday night programs featuring student bands, a cappella groups, and improvisational groups. At this time, The Women's Committee and Davidson Outdoors (former committees of the Union Board) formed as independent organizations with the new spaces provided for them in the state of the art facility. The Union Board has served an important role in creating major programs that have become important campus organizations/program initiatives on their own. Many organizations got their start as Union Board committees and later became independent organizations serving Davidson students (such as the Davidson Women's Comittee and WDAV radio) The Union Board of today continues to develop and grow out of its colorful past. Two UB committees, the Outpost Committee and The Davidson Show, were added to the Board in 2008 after the aquisition of The Outpost on Patterson Court as an alternate location for late-night student programming and the successful media coverage of campus events in 2007-2008 by a new student, Austin Bell, under the title of The Davidson Show. Some of the most popular Union Board events in the early 21st century include Spring Frolics, Davidson Idol, the Annual Campus Christmas Party, Paint-Your-Own-Pottery, Casino Night, and Live Thursdays.


1.00 boxes_oversize_digital (1 box + oversize + digital)



Physical Location


Mapstand D-2



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from office

Repository Details

Part of the College Archives Repository