Digital Davidson

These life histories were compiled and transcribed by the students of Davidson Early College in the city of Lexington in the county of Davidson in North Carolina. The collection includes some projects representing the work of over 30 writers from places all over the county. Typically several minutes in length, the projects consist of drafts and revisions, varying in form from narrative to dialogue to report to case history. The histories describe the informant's family education, income, occupation, political views, religion and mores, medical needs, diet and miscellaneous observations. Pseudonyms are often substituted for individuals and places named in the narrative texts.

The mission of the Davidson Memoryis to make its resources available and useful to residents of Davidson County and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. The goal of Digital Davidson is to offer broad public access to a wide range of historical and cultural documents as a contribution to education and lifelong learning. We present these documents as part of the record of the past. These primary historical documents reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of the students at different times. We do not endorse the views expressed in these collections, which may contain materials annoying to some readers.

Stories from Davidson Memory:

Avery Joseph Melina  Robert
Bethany * Kayla Melody  Rosa
Brandon Lindy Natalie  Russell
Caitlin Marcus

Cameron Matt Peyton  Samantha
Charlie Meagan
Robbie  Seth


Erica Peyton

About Oral History from the American Social History Project

Step by Step Guide to Oral History from Harvard University

Oral History from the University of North Carolina

Learning Digital History from John Lee

Library of Congress Collection Connection

Digital Narratives in the Classroom from Documenting the American South 

Digital Storyteller from the University of Virginia

Resources from Center for Digital Storytelling

Family Oral History using Digital Tools

Special Presentation from our sister collection:
Voices from the Thirties: An Introduction to the WPA Life Histories Collection

  Tools for students and participants:

Project Calendar

Questions for Interviewees

Permission form for students

Permission and Release form for participants

Oct. 214, 2008