Jerome Davis papers, 1914-1963  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Davis, Jerome, 1891-1979
Title
Jerome Davis papers
Dates
1914-1963 (inclusive)
Quantity
20 linear feet, (18 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 022
Summary
Jerome Davis (1891-1979) was an international activist for peace and social reform, labor organizer, and sociologist, who taught at Dartmouth and Yale Divinity School. The collection contains manuscripts of and correspondence relating to 17 books, manuscripts of articles and reviews, speeches, diaries for 1915 and 1942, and correspondence concerning lectures and course notes.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room.

Glass plate negatives and lantern slides are restricted due to the fragility of the format. All decisions regarding use will be at the discretion of the curator for visual materials.

Additional Reference Guides

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections and University Archives.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers include manuscripts of and correspondence relating to 17 books, manuscripts of articles and reviews, speeches, diaries for 1915 and 1942, and correspondence concerning lectures and course notes.

The collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, Lectures, Critical Correspondence, Miscellaneous.

The manuscripts series is divided into book, articles, newspaper articles (1943-1944), speeches (1919-1955), prayer and sermon sections. The book-length manuscript section is organized alphabetically by title of work and each entry may include notes, correspondence, research, drafts, reviews and publicity files. The articles are also filed alphabetically by title.

The lectures series includes correspondence and debate, symposia and conference documents, 1918-1954.

The miscellaneous series includes biographical material, course and lecture notes, Russian posters, publications, diaries (1915; 1942) and an address book.

The photographs included in the collection concern personal and professional subjects including images of Gandhi during his vigil for his wife, the Central Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Great Britain, cooperative shops in Scandinavia, and an extensive series of lantern slides that were used to illustrate a lecture on Russia.

The correspondence series is organized alphabetically by person or organization and the critical correspondence series covers the years 1918-1937.

Major correspondents are: American Federation of Teachers, American Friends Service Committee, American Sociological Society, Connecticut Federation of Churches, Maurice N. Eisendrath, Farrar and Rinehart (publishers), William Grenfell, Julius Hecker, Reinhold Niebuhr, Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt.

There are also files of correspondence and documents relating to the Brightwater cooperative project, Bath, Maine (1925-1932); the Connecticut Legislative Commission on jails (1916-1938); Davis vs. Curtis Publishing Company (1939-1950); the Langrock Clothing Company arbitration case, New Haven, Conneticut (1933-1934); Promoting Enduring Peace, Inc. (19471959); the Sacco-Vanzetti case (1927); the Toledo, Ohio, vice investigation (1933-1934); Yale University (1922-1936); the Y.M.C.A. International Committee for Work with Prisoners of War (1916- 1918) ; the Y.M.C.A. World's Committee on Prisoners of War (1941-1944).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Jerome Davis (1891-1979) was born in Kyoto, Japan to Jerome Dean Davis and Frances Hooper Davis, both missionaries. Davis married Mildred Rood in 1920 and had three children. Davis attended Oberlin College, Columbia University, and the Union Theological Seminary.

Davis worked on the world's committee of the YMCA in Russia from 1916-1918. He worked again for the YMCA in Canada where he was the director of POW camps, 1940-1943. He was also a visiting professor and lecturer at Japanese universities.

Davis became an international activist for peace and social reform, labor organizer, and sociologist, teaching at Dartmouth and Yale Divinity School. He was denied tenure in a controversial case related to his Socialism and relationships with Bolshevik leaders.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jerome Davis papers, Ax 022, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1.:  Papers, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1-12

17 linear feet

2.:  Photographs (PH099), not yet assignedReturn to Top

Davis, Jerome, 1891-1979
3 linear feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Case of Russian lantern slides
2
Russian lantern slides
3
Negatives
4
Personal snapshots and 35mm negatives
5
International Work
6
International and family album (oversize prints)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Labor movement--United States
  • Pacifists--United States
  • Pacifists--United States--Correspondence
  • Socialism--United States--History--20th century
  • Sociologists--United States
  • Sociologists--United States--Correspondence
  • Teachers--United States
  • Teachers--United States--Correspondence
  • Personal Names :
  • Davis, Jerome, 1891-1979--Correspondence
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Lectures
  • Manuscripts for publication