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Student Publications. Davidson Monthly, 2017

Identifier: RG10-2-16

Scope and Contents

This collection contains single issues of the Davidson Monthly from 1870 until its end in 1930.


  • Creation: 2017


Biographical / Historical

The Davidson Monthly, first published in March 1870, was a magazine created by Davidson College students. The six editors of the Monthly were seniors chosen by the two literary societies [the Eumenean and Philanthropic literary societies], three from each." Subtitled "A Magazine Devoted to Science, Literature and Art," The Davidson Monthly reported on local events, published the important speeches and resolutions of the Eumenean and Philanthropic literary societies, and ran editorials and other fillers, but the focus of the magazine was poetry, prose, and essays written by Davidson students and alumni. Subjects included stories concerning or extolling the South, essays on religion and scripture, essays on poets, writers, and their works, woman?s nature, and students? reflections and philosophies. Due to financial difficulties, the Monthly was forced to end its operations with the final, March 1872 issue. Fortunately, The Davidson Monthly was revitalized by the Eumenean and Philanthropic societies in February 1886. The first issue was numbered as Volume One, Number One indicating a fresh start to the same magazine. The new Monthly included sections devoted to alumni, literature, editorials, local events, personals, and advertisements. Occasionally, the editors were forced to seek support from the student body in the editorial pages, but it successfully avoided the pitfalls of its predecessor. The 1897 editors changed the title to The Davidson College Magazine, citing that it 'has a strong, rich, orotund sound'( 1887, 35). In November 1916, the Magazine dropped its long-standing affiliation with the Eumenean and Philanthropic literary societies. In 1926, the Davidson College Magazine became the Chameleon, a magazine dedicated to only student work; the Chameleon is included in this collection as well as in its own: RG 10/2.20. Chronologically"


12.00 boxes (12 boxes)



Physical Location




Related Materials

RG 10/2.20


Repository Details

Part of the College Archives Repository