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Davis family papers

Davis family papers, 1844-1945
Davis family papers
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  • Papers, 1844-1945, of the Davis family of Petersburg, Virginia. The bulk of the collection covers the years 1870 to 1915. Contains family correspondence and subject files, including records relating to the operation of Southern Female College
  • The correspondence is between various members of the Davis family, including William T. Davis and his second wife Carolina (Carrie) Robinson Davis, and their sons Arthur Kyle Davis, Charles Hall Davis, and William T. Davis, Jr. Much of this correspondence covers family news, health, and social activities. Many of the letters also deal with their sons' education at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, including subjects studied, expenses incurred, and extracirricular activities, including a trip to Richmond to hear a lecture by the evangelist Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899). There are also letters from Mary Eleanor Woodhouse Holmes of "Elmsdale" in Southampton County to Carrie Davis which include information on mutual acquaintances, and news concerning her daughter Sarah (Sallie) Forrest Holmes, who also writes about her acceptance of a teaching position at the Davis' school. Also included are letters to Mary E. Holmes from another daughter, Mary Eleanor Holmes Davis
  • Other topics discussed in the correspondence include the death of William T. Davis, and the impending marriage of Arthur Kyle Davis to Lucy Pryor McIlwaine. The later letters deal with their operation of Southern Female College, including letters from former students, information on the medical care of the pupils during an outbreak of typhoid fever in 1904, requests for copies of the school catalogue and other information, letters from prospective teachers, and correspondence from parents regarding appropriate courses of study and the progress of their children
  • Also included in the later correspondence are letters to Arthur A. Grove of Page County, and Sallie F. Christian of Staunton. The relationship of these individuals to the Davis family, if any, has not been determined
  • The subject files contain accounts and receipts, information on the advertising of Southern Female College in various national publications, two applications for admission to the school, circulars from booksellers, a copy of the school's budget for 1939-1940, clippings, notes on the estate of Leander Jones, report cards and information from Jacob Tome Institute in Port Deposit, Maryland where Arthur Kyle Davis, Jr. was a student, a Petersburg Club membership list for 1912, photographs, poetry and notes, reports on prospective students, an undated roll call list, genealogical notes on the Seay family of Fluvanna County, minutes of a meeting of the Virginia Cooperative Association to Promote the Education of Girls held on 29 December 1906, and other miscellaneous information and printed matter
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Biographical or historical data
The Davis family were residents of Petersburg, Virginia. William Thomas Davis (1817-1888) was the founder and president of Southern Female College, which was chartered on 26 January 1863. His son Arthur Kyle Davis (1867-1953) continued to operate the institution after his father's death.
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Location of other archival material
Southern College papers, 1935 (LVA acc. 51486).
Davis family papers
  • The Library of Virginia
Immediate source of acquisition
Hammer, John and Juanita
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