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Faculty Minutes, 1837

Identifier: RG03-01-03

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the minutes of the Trustees of Western Carolina College (1821-1824) and the faculty minutes of Davidson College. The first volume also contains attendance records for several classes. There are no existing minutes for 1900-1901.The Executive Committee Minutes from 1921 on are housed separately. The minutes contain information about students, courses and reports from faculty committees.


  • Creation: 1837


Conditions Governing Access

Closed - Requires permission of VPAA for access.

Biographical / Historical

Davidson College began classes in March 1837. No official faculty minutes were kept until 1845. Summary reports from the first years including names of graduates for each class were prepared and copied into the first ledger. The faculty met weekly from 1845 to 1921, with occasional extra meetings as needed. In the fall of 1921, the meetings moved to monthly sessions. The first mention of an Executive Committee (RG 3/1.2)appears in 1910 with the first minutes appearing in 1912. The Executive Committee minutes were kept in the same ledgers until 1921 when each set of minutes began to be kept separately. The first volume of Faculty Minutes for Davidson College contains the minutes of the Trustees of the Western Carolina College from May 1821 to June 1824. The North Carolina General Assembly authorized the establishment of a college in 1820 and appointed Trustees to oversee it. The Trustees met for 3 years but were unable to raise sufficient funds and the effort was abandoned.


23.00 Volumes (23 volumes)



Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to Archives by Faculty Secretary

Repository Details

Part of the College Archives Repository