This semester, the Davidson History Journal is launching the “[title] Project.” This project is focused on spotlighting coursework, projects, and initiatives that are related to and centered on Davidson’s history with race and enslavement. This project began as part of a conversation with what has now become the Society of Undergraduate Humanities Publications, a coalition of history journals from undergraduate institutions around the world. In June 2020, one of the society’s founding partners, Yale University, began the 1701 Project, a repository that houses pieces related to its institutional history related to race and enslavement.
Davidson has many completed and on-going projects related to reckoning with our institution’s difficult history. One such initiative is the Stories (Yet) To Be Told initiative, which funds “projects of race, racism, and accountability at Davidson College.” We are pleased to publish an opinion piece written by Yashita Kandhari and Ashley Ip, who are working with this initiative on an oral history project entitled, “A History of Asians and Asian Studies at Davidson.” Another campus project, Inclusive Histories of Davidson College, consists of a campus tour and a series of essays aimed at showcasing “a collection of hidden histories, of stories that are not typically understood as integral to the history of Davidson College despite their incredible importance.” We have published a piece written by Professor Rose Stremlau on her work with this archive, which you can read here.
The other works included as part of this inaugural launch are pieces of student research spanning the topics of music, alumni, campus buildings, and student activism. These pieces are centered on interrogating and understanding Davidson’s history related to race and enslavement.
Unlike our past issues, we hope for this to be a growing collection of research, artwork, interviews, opinion pieces, and all other types of projects related to Davidson’s history regarding race and enslavement that members of our community can contribute to on an on-going basis. — Laura Collins, Editor-in-Chief, Spring 2021
Please direct all questions and comments about this project to firstname.lastname@example.org.
 @s.y.t.b.t, Stories (Yet) To Be Told’s Instagram account.