"Mary Carolyn Davies was a prolific Oregon writer best known for her lyric poems and children's verse. Davies also wrote a novel, short stories, and several one-act plays.
Born in 1888 in Sprague, Washington, a tiny town about forty miles southwest of Spokane, Davies moved to Portland at age twelve. She graduated from Washington High School in Portland in 1910 and spent a year teaching school on the Crooked River and in Rockaway. She entered the University of California at Berkeley in 1911.
At Berkeley, Davies was the first freshman to win the Emily Chamberlin Cook Prize for Poetry and the first woman to win the Bohemian Club prize, but she left the university after a year and moved to New York City’s Greenwich Village.
Davies eventually moved back to Portland, where she was named president of the Women's Press Club of Oregon in 1920 and president of the Northwest Poetry Society in 1924. Her marriage to Leland Davis in 1918 ended in divorce.
During the 1920s, Davies published short stories and poems that appeared in magazines such as Collier’s, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, McClure’s, and Poetry and in prominent anthologies, including the Bookman Anthology of Verse and Modern American Poetry, edited by Untermeyer. She published little after that time, however, and largely disappeared from public life after she moved back to New York City during the 1930s.
The collection contains manuscripts, correspondence with publishers, published volumes, a scrapbook, photographs, and the manuscripts and college notebooks of Grace Ella Davies Wells.
Manuscripts include material for poetry and stories. There are also galley proofs for one title.
The manuscripts section also contains folders of biographical data, publishers correspondence (1920-1926), letters to Grace Ella Davies Wells, a highschool notebook, newspaper reviews, photographs, and a scrapbook of published poems and stories.
Published volumes include books by Davies, books containing poetry by Davies, and books "associated" with Davies.
The collection also includes manuscripts and college notebooks of Grace Ella Davies Wells, and newspaper clippings and a published version of poetry by Linton Davies.
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[Identification of item], Mary Carolyn Davies papers, Ax 407, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.