William Stearns Davis papers
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.
- Davis, William Stearns, 1877-1930 (Person)
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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.
List of Publications
- Dr. Davis was a prolific writer of historical and political works, as well as historical novels. His publications, in chronological order, are as follows:
- A Friend of Caesar, 1900
- God Wills It, 1901
- Belshazzar, 1902
- The Saint of the Dragon's Dale, 1903
- Falaise of the Blessed Voice, 1904
- A Victor of Salamis, 1907
- Outline History of the Roman Empire, 1909
- The Influence of Wealth in Imperial Rome, 1910
- The Friar of Wittenberg, 1912
- Readings in Ancient History, 1913
- A Day in Old Athens, 1914
- A History of Mediaeval and Modern Europe for Secondary Schools, 1914
- The Roots of War, 1918
- A History of France, 1919
- Armed Peace, 1919
- A Short History of the Near East, 1922
- Life on a Mediaeval Barony, 1923
- The Beauty of the Purple, 1924
- The White Queen, 1925
- A Day in Old Rome, 1925
- Europe Since Waterloo, 1926
- Gilman of Redford, 1927
- The French Revolution as Told in Fiction, 1927
- The Whirlwind, 1929
- Life in Elizabethan Days, 1930
- Germany -- Foreign public opinion, American -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Literature and history Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World history Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- William Stearns Davis Papers, 1914-1930
- Archives Staff; updated by Karen Spilman
- May 1961; February 2005
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- Finding aid written in English