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Julia McDonald Davis (1900-1993) Papers

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.1856

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, manuscripts, class notes and other papers of Julia McDonald Davis (1900-1993), an author and daughter of lawyer and statesman John W. Davis. Includes correspondence of Julia Davis; manuscripts of her work; her notes; correspondence of John W. Davis; and additional newspaper clippings, postcards, photographs, ephemera, and other material. Subjects of Julia Davis's correspondence and notes include a biographical sketch of E.H. McDonald, Miss Davis's grandfather; business letters; reminiscences of the Civil War; and memoirs of Colonel A.W. McDonald. Subjects of John W. Davis's correspondence include family matters, political and business matters, and information about his trips. Correspondents include John W. Davis, William L. Wilson, and Julia McDonald (probably Julia Davis's mother).

Series include:

Series 1. Correspondence; 1866-1940; box 1, folders 1-3. This series includes letters from Julia McDonald (1866-1888) containing family news; a biographical sketch of the family of Julia Davis, especially that of her grandfather, E. H. McDonald; a letter from Kenneth McDonald to Julia Davis containing reminiscences and stories of the Civil War; royalty statements for some of Miss Davis's stories (1931-1940); and business letters (1931-1936).

Series 2. Typed Manuscripts of Julia Davis's Works; 1928-1963, undated; box 1, folder 1 - box 2, folder 7. This series includes typed manuscripts of some of the stories and plays of Miss Davis.

Series 3. Collected Notes of Julia Davis; undated; box 2, folders 1-5. This series includes class notes of Miss Davis; memoirs of Colonel A. W. McDonald; notes on the trial of John Brown in 1859; a notebook of poems collected by Emma Davis; and a memorial of Angus MacDonald by the West Virginia Bar Association.

Series 4. John W. Davis Correspondence; 1899, 1923-1954; box 3, folders 1-2. This series includes a letter from William L. Wilson to John A. Preston, trying to persuade "Davis" to accept law professorship at Washington and Lee University (1899) and a newspaper clipping of John W. Davis's reminiscences at age 81 (1954). Subjects of the 1920s letters include John W. Davis's trip to London to attend an American Bar Association meeting, his legal work in Washington D. C., oil investigations in Washington ruining McAdoo's chances for the Presidential nomination, the political "mess" at Washington, comments on the coming Democratic Convention (all 1924); information on trips to Canada, England, and France made by John W. Davis (1925); and family matters (1924-1925).

Series 5. Miscellaneous; ca. 1884, ca. 1900-1958, undated; box 3, folder 1 - box 5, folder 14. This series includes newspaper and magazine clippings regarding the Davis family, including: a biographical sketch of the life of John J. Davis; Harrison County Bar Association memorial to J. J. Davis; Will Rogers column regarding West Virginia; death of Dr. J. J. Richardson (personal physician to Taft, Teddy Roosevelt, J. W. Davis); text of J. W. Davis's attack on the New Deal; copy of a speech made by John J. Davis in 1898 election; pictures; articles on Emma K. Davis's activities as a reporter and as a member of the criminal court committee inspecting the Harrison County Jail; and frontier nursing service activities. Also includes photographs of the family; scrapbooks of postcards, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and other material; and copies of Julia Davis's book reviews and advertisements.

Contents List:

Please note: the contents list in the control folder contains item-level information for some of the folders described below.

Series 1. Correspondence

Box 1; Folder 1; Correspondence; 1866-1932

Box 1; Folder 2; E.P. Dutton and Company, Incorporated -- Royalty Statements of Julia Davis; 1931-1940

Box 1; Folder 3; E.P. Dutton and Company, Incorporated -- Julia Davis Letters; 1931-1936

Series 2. Typed Manuscripts of Julia Davis's Works

Box 1; Folder 1; "The Young Object to Being Called Serious-Minded"; 1928

Box 1; Folder 2; The Anvil: The Trial of John Brown (play)

Box 1; Folders 3a-3b; Manuscript of A Valley and A Song: The Story of the Shenandoah; 1963

Box 1; Folder 4; Fourteen Chapter Work (Chapter 1: "England is Still There")

Box 1; Folder 5; "They'll Send Me Back"

Box 2; Folders 6a-7; The Shenandoah River

Series 3. Collected Notes of Julia Davis

Box 2; Folder 1; College Class Notes

Box 2; Folder 2; "Memoirs of Colonel A.W. MacDonald"

Box 2; Folder 3; Notes on Trial of John Brown

Box 2; Folder 4; Notes from Diaries Detailing the Lewis and Clark Expedition (also includes a miniature psalm book)

Box 2; Folder 5; Emma Davis Elocution Book and Typescript Memorial of Angus MacDonald by the West Virginia Bar Association

Series 4. John W. Davis Correspondence

Box 3; Folder 1; John W. Davis Correspondence; 1899, 1953-1954

Box 3; Folder 2; John W. Davis Correspondence (mostly to Julia Davis); ca. 1923-1925

Series 5. Miscellaneous

Box 3; Folder 1; John J. Davis Newspaper Clippings (includes biographical sketch of the life of John J. Davis, Harrison County Bar Association memorial to J. J. Davis); ca. 1910-1920

Box 3; Folder 2; John W. Davis Newspaper and Magazine Clippings (includes Will Rogers column regarding West Virginia; death of Dr. J. J. Richardson [personal physician to Taft, Teddy Roosevelt, J. W. Davis]; text of J. W. Davis's attack on the New Deal; copy of a speech made by John J. Davis in 1898 election); ca. 1913-1958

Box 3; Folder 3; Newspaper Clippings on Emma K. and Julia Davis (includes articles on Emma K. Davis's activities as a reporter and as a member of the criminal court committee inspecting the Harrison County Jail; frontier nursing service activities); ca. 1934, undated

Box 3; Folder 4; Photos of J.W. Davis and Family, Calling Cards (includes prints and a cabinet card)

Box 3; Folder 5; Photos, Drawings, Miscellaneous; ca. 1884, undated

Box 3; Folder 6; Miscellaneous Drawings, Notes, Pamphlets; 1952, undated

Box 3; Unfoldered; Scrapbook Postcard Collection (postcard album) (images include landmarks of West Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., and many other locations); ca. 1900-1912

Box 4; Folder 7; West Virginia Bar Association Pamphlet

Box 4; Unfoldered; "School Days" Scrapbook (includes manuscript writing, correspondence, photographs, clippings, ephemera); ca. 1904-1915

Box 4; Folder 8; Newspaper Clippings Scrapbook

Box 4; Folder 9; John W. Davis NYU Honorary Law Degree (includes photos); 1951

Box 4; Folder 10; Scrapbook Postcard Collection; ca. 1900-1912

Box 5; Folder 11; Photostat Copies of Julia Davis's Book Reviews and Advertisements

Box 5; Folder 12; Portrait Photographs of John W. Davis; 1955, undated

Box 5; Folder 13; Portrait Photograph of John J. Davis; undated

Box 5; Folder 14; Copies of Photos Transferred to Photographs Collection

Dates

  • 1866-1963

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.

Extent

1.75 Linear Feet (Summary: 1 ft. 8 3/4 in. (4 document cases, 5 in. each); (four folders, 3/4 in. total))

Overview

Correspondence, manuscripts, class notes and other papers of Julia McDonald Davis (1900-1993), an author and daughter of lawyer and statesman John W. Davis. Includes correspondence of Julia Davis; manuscripts of her work; her notes; correspondence of John W. Davis; and additional newspaper clippings, postcards, photographs, ephemera, and other material. Subjects of Julia Davis's correspondence and notes include a biographical sketch of E.H. McDonald, Miss Davis's grandfather; business letters; reminiscences of the Civil War; and memoirs of Colonel A.W. McDonald. Subjects of John W. Davis's correspondence include family matters, political and business matters, and information about his trips. Correspondents include John W. Davis, William L. Wilson, and Julia McDonald (probably Julia Davis's mother).

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL: https://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu/

Separated Materials

Some photographs have been transferred to Photographs Collection (see series 5, box 5, folder 14 for photocopies).

Transferred to Map Cabinet 2, A-Z:

1884 Broadside Democratic Party Platform and Campaign poster (with a map of U.S. showing lands given away to railroad companies).

Two oversize photographs of John W. Davis.
Title
Julia McDonald Davis (1900-1993) Papers, 1866-1963
Author
Staff of the West Virginia & Regional History Center
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

Contact:
1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US
304-293-3536