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Davenport family papers

Call Number: WA MSS S-3644
Content Description

The collection documents, primarily through correspondence, the Evita and Levi B. Davenport family. Present are 420 autograph and typescript letters, signed, addressed to members of the Davenport family, 1907-1964, undated. Many of the letters are between Evita Davenport and her husband, Levi B. Davenport, her mother, Eva M. Rait, and her son, Lee Davenport, Jr. Matters discussed primarily focus on Evita Davenport's family and social life in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Goldfield, Nevada; and San Francisco, California. Multiple letters are accompanied by fabric swatches and dried flowers. Later letters are from Lee Davenport, Jr. to his parents and document his military service. There are also letters written from Lucile Frank Reuben to Lee Davenport, Jr. during this time. Included in the collection are family papers, pertaining to both Levi B. Davenport and Lee Davenport, Jr., comprised of invoices, receipts, and certificates, 1923-1965, undated. There are also 41 photographs of people and places (mostly unidentified), including Evita Davenport and Donald Davenport, circa 1860-1955, undated. Other papers include newspaper clippings pertaining to the Minneapolis public library; auditor's notices signed by J. H. Cogswell of Ipswich, Massachusetts; a land survey; a bank statement; food labels; and miscellaneous materials; 1842-1957, undated.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Davenport Family Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Tschanz Rare Books, LLC on the William Robertson Coe Fund No. 3, 2017.


Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, 1907-1964, undated. II. Papers, 1842-1957, undated. III. Photographs, circa 1860-1955, undated.

Majority of material found within 1907-1953
2.09 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Related Names
Tschanz Rare Books, LLC
Davenport family
Language of Materials