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Alumni Relations. Class Files, 2017

Identifier: RG5-4-4

Scope and Contents

The files consist of class lists, correspondence, announcements of alumni reunions and copies of reunion booklets. Photographs from the files are housed in the Photograph Collection. The photographs include some original pictures from the undergraduate years of the class and reunion photographs, especially 50 year reunions. The class of 1951 file also contains copies of the Class Oration, Class Day history,and class day valedictory.


  • Creation: 2017


Biographical / Historical

The Office of Alumni Relations is responsible for overseeing activities related to alumni programs including Homecoming, reunions, publications, and alumni chapter events. The first Alumni Association programs were informal gatherings during commencement. By 1876 increasing interest in alumni relations with the college led to a request that four of the College Trustees be elected as alumni representatives. Alumni also began to publish catalogs or directories of former students. In 1903, the Davidson College Alumni Association of Charlotte was formed and in 1914 alumni contributions helped build a new gymnasium for the campus. By 1920, there were 8 regional chapters and in 1926, the first Alumni Secretary was hired with funding through the Alumni Association. W. Ernest Melton, class of 1926 served as Director of Publicity and Alumni Secretary for 6 years. He was succeeded by D. Grier Martin. The first issue of the Alumni Journal appeared in 1934. Martin left the position in 1936 but was to return in 1958 as college president. In 1938, the College assumed full responsibility for the salary and oversight of the position. By the 1960s the office had expanded to include an Assistant Director. The position for the year 1960-1961 was held by another future college president, John Kuykendall.


8.00 boxes (8 boxes)




The files are arranged chronologically. The photographs have been removed and housed with the photograph collection under Group 26 - Student Groups - Class of.

Physical Location




Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Alumni Relations (accession 2000-02)

Repository Details

Part of the College Archives Repository