The Resource Ralph Hickman Davis papers

Ralph Hickman Davis papers

Label
Ralph Hickman Davis papers, 1943-2014
Title
Ralph Hickman Davis papers
Inclusive dates
1943-2014
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Language
eng
Summary
Papers, 1943-2014, of Ralph Hickman Davis (1915-2002) of Rhode Island and Staunton, Virginia, consisting of articles, booklets, brochures, military records, photographs, scrapbooks, yearbooks, and other materials detailing Davis's service with the 99th Pursuit Squadron--the Tuskegee Airmen--during World War II (Tuskegee yearbook is on CD); his post-war activities in aviation; and his pre-World War II baseball activities. Collection contains articles, judicial records, photographs, receipts and other papers concerning Mary Tate Davis (1920-1983), the Davis family of Rhode Island, and the Tate family of Staunton. Collection also includes CDs containing photographs of the Davis and Tate families--many of the photographs are in the collection as hard copies. Papers also include information on the Brown Colbert (1785-1833) family and the Edmondson family of West Virginia
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Biographical or historical data
Ralph Hickman Davis was born 5 February 1915 in Providence, Rhode Island, to William and Rhoda Davis. He graduated from East Providence High School in 1934. Davis played baseball with some independent African American teams and with area teams, helping to desegregate the Piedmont Twilight League and the Pawtucket Inter City League. Davis also learned to fly, receiving his pilot's license by 1939, and he would eventually be inducted into the Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame. Davis enlisted in the Army Air Corps in November 1941 and was a pilot, instructor, and mechanic for the 99th Pursuit Squadron, the Tuskegee Airmen. Honorably discharged in 1945, Davis settled down with his wife Mary Tate Davis (1920-1983) in her hometown of Staunton, Virginia, and they had one son. Davis continued his interest in flying and restored a Piper Cub J-3 airplane. Davis died in 2002.
Cataloging source
VIC
Location of other archival material
Davis family genealogical notes (LVA accession 50985).
Label
Ralph Hickman Davis papers
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/lva/vivadoc.pl?file=vi03435.xml
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
Inventory
Extent
.45
Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Davis, Clinton M.
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001678578
Reproduction note
Photocopies.
Type of unit
cu. ft.

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