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William Stearns Davis papers

Identifier: ua-00702

Scope and Content

The collection comprises correspondence, manuscripts for Europe since Waterloo(1926), Gilman of Redford(1927) and Outline History of the Roman Empire(1909), as well as notes for Life in Elizabethan Days(1930) and miscellaneous speeches, lectures and letters to the editor.

The correspondence dated 1914-1930, reflects the violent anti-German sentiments of W.S. Davis. There is no information about his personal life, his activities at the University of Minnesota or his relations with his colleagues.


  • 1914-1930


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch of William Stearns Davis (1877-1930)

William Stearns Davis was born in Amherst, Massachusetts on April 30, 1877. He earned a B.A. in 1900, an M.A. in 1901 and a Ph.D. in 1905 from Harvard University. He was a lecturer at Radcliffe (1904-1905), an instructor at Beloit College, Wisconsin (1906-1907) and an associate professor of Medieval and Modern European history at Oberlin (1907-1909). In 1909, Dr. Davis joined the staff of the University of Minnesota as professor of history, where he stayed until he resigned in 1927. After his resignation he returned to Exeter, New Hampshire to focus on his writing career. Dr. Davis passed away on February 15, 1930 at the age of 52.


3 boxes (3.0 cubic feet)


Collection contains the papers of William Stearns, professor of history at the University of Minnesota.


The collection is arranged into three series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, and Miscellaneous writings.

Source of acquisition

This collection was deposited in University Archives by the Department of History at the University of Minnesota in March 1961 and October 1965.

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List of Publications

  1. Dr. Davis was a prolific writer of historical and political works, as well as historical novels. His publications, in chronological order, are as follows:
  2. A Friend of Caesar, 1900
  3. God Wills It, 1901
  4. Belshazzar, 1902
  5. The Saint of the Dragon's Dale, 1903
  6. Falaise of the Blessed Voice, 1904
  7. A Victor of Salamis, 1907
  8. Outline History of the Roman Empire, 1909
  9. The Influence of Wealth in Imperial Rome, 1910
  10. The Friar of Wittenberg, 1912
  11. Readings in Ancient History, 1913
  12. A Day in Old Athens, 1914
  13. A History of Mediaeval and Modern Europe for Secondary Schools, 1914
  14. The Roots of War, 1918
  15. A History of France, 1919
  16. Armed Peace, 1919
  17. A Short History of the Near East, 1922
  18. Life on a Mediaeval Barony, 1923
  19. The Beauty of the Purple, 1924
  20. The White Queen, 1925
  21. A Day in Old Rome, 1925
  22. Europe Since Waterloo, 1926
  23. Gilman of Redford, 1927
  24. The French Revolution as Told in Fiction, 1927
  25. The Whirlwind, 1929
  26. Life in Elizabethan Days, 1930
William Stearns Davis Papers, 1914-1930
Archives Staff; updated by Karen Spilman
May 1961; February 2005
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