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Edward Davison Papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 787

Scope and Contents

The Edward Davison Papers consist of correspondence, subject files, writings, photographs, personal papers, and printed material that document the military and literary careers of Edward Davison. Significant quantities of material relate to Davison's work with the Army Prisoners of War Special Projects Division. Davison oversaw the re-education of German prisoners of war who were brought to the United States during the Second World War. Other material relates to Davison's literary and academic work, particularly to the Writers' Conference and to the faculty of the University of Colorado, where Davison taught.


  • 1914 - 1968


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Peter Davison, 1985.


Organized into nine series: I. Correspondence, 1920-1967. II. Military files, 1942-1950. III. Writings, 1914-1953. IV. Administrative Files, 1940-1949. V. Photographs, 1918-1962. VI. Personal Papers, 1920-1951. VII. Artwork, 1940-1959. VIII. Printed Material, 1919-1959. IX. Subject Files, 1919-1960.


8.48 Linear Feet (22 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Edward Davison (1898-1970)

Edward Davison (1898-1970), Scottish-born American poet, professor at the University of Colorado, and director of the United States Army Prisoner of War Special Projects Division.

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This collection received a basic level of processing in 2013, including rehousing and minimal organization. Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Former call number: Uncat Za MS 369

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Finding aid written in English.

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