University of Delaware Library

Davis, Richard Harding, 1864-1916.

Richard Harding Davis collection

1891–1962


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 609


Creator: Davis, Richard Harding, 1864-1916.


Title: Richard Harding Davis collection


Inclusive Dates: 1891–1962


Extent: 70 items (1 oversize box)


Abstract: The Richard Harding Davis collection is a small association collection containing six autographed letters signed by the author; four newspapers clippings; several photographs of Davis and his estate, Crossroads Farm in Mt. Kisco, New York; and a line print of an engraving by Charles Dana Gibson entitled "No. V. The Opera Box. Copyright, 1892. The Century Co."


Language: Materials entirely in English.



Citation

MSS 609, Richard Harding Davis collection, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (18 inches)

Location

Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Source

Gift of Britton Goodling, 2005.

Processing

Processed and encoded by Christopher La Casse, October 2009.


The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library, http://www.lib.udel.edu/cgi-bin/askspec.cgi


Biographical Note

Richard Harding Davis, American writer, journalist, and war correspondent, was born April 18, 1864, in Philadelphia and died April 11, 1916. He was the son of newspaper editor Lemuel Clarke and Rebecca Harding Davis, a novelist.

Davis began his writing career as a journalist and is perhaps best known for his work as a war correspondent, reporting on the War of 1898 in Cuba, the Boer War in South Africa, and World War I. Davis's articles appeared among the pages of many newspapers, including the Philadelphia Record, the Philadelphia Press, and the New York Evening Sun.

Many of Davis's works enjoyed mass circulation through popular periodicals such as Stage, Scribner's Magazine, Harper's Weekly, Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Collier's Weekly, Outing, Metropolitan Magazine, and the New York Times Magazine. Though Davis had aspirations for a literary career, producing both plays and novels, his works were not always received with fanfare.

Sources:

"Richard Harding Davis." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Biography Resource Center). http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC (accessed October 2008).


Scope and Content Note

The Richard Harding Davis collection is a small association collection containing six autographed letters signed by the author; four newspapers clippings; several photographs of Davis and his estate, Crossroads Farm in Mt. Kisco, New York; and a line print of an engraving by Charles Dana Gibson entitled "No. V. The Opera Box. Copyright, 1892. The Century Co."

The collection is a gift of a descendant of the Smidt family who purchased the Crossroads Farm estate.


Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Davis, Richard Harding, 1864-1916--Correspondence.
Topical Terms
Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence.
Form/Genre Terms
Correspondence.
Black-and-white photographs.
Clippings (information artifacts)

The materials are arranged chronologically by date.


Detailed Contents List

Letters, 1891–1962   [Box 1 F1]

12 items

Letters range from the provenance of the collection's materials to letters written by Richard Harding Davis concerning financial matters.

Photographs, undated   [Box 1 F2]

54 items

Includes several photographs of Davis and his estate, Crossroads Farm in Mt. Kisco, New York.

Clippings, 1930–1962   [Box 1 F3]

4 items

Clippings include articles looking back at Richard Harding Davis's life.

Charles Dana Gibson illustration, 1892   [Box 1 F4]

1 item

A line print of an engraving by Charles Dana Gibson entitled "No. V. The Opera Box. Copyright, 1892. The Century Co."