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Charles T. Davis papers

Call Number: JWJ MSS 91
Scope and Contents

The Charles T. Davis papers contains correspondence, research and teaching files, and personal papers documenting the life of American academic Charles T. Davis. Correspondents feature literary scholars and African-American artists, writers, and cultural figures, including Doris Alexander, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Amiri Baraka, Romare Bearden, John Blassingame, Michel Fabre, Leon Forrest, Athol Fugard, Henry Louis Gates, Leon Higginbotham, Ishmael Reed, Jean Toomer, and others. Correspondents also include colleagues and students. Research and Teaching Files contain files documenting Davis's professional activity as an academic at various institutions from the 1950s through 1970s. Research files include notes and subject files on 19th and 20th century writers and African-American history, literature, and culture. Teaching files include course and lecture notes, writings by Davis and others, and administrative files. Personal papers consists of various other materials, including family papers, audiovisual material, and military and academic records.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Restricted material in boxes 34-37 are restricted until 2051.

Box 38 contains audiovisual material. Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Charles T. Davis 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

Gift of Charles T. Davis, 2005.


Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, [circa 1930s-1980]. II. Research and Teaching Files, 1936-1980. III. Personal Papers, 1931-1980.

29.67 Linear Feet (38 boxes)
Related Names
Davis, Charles T. (Charles Twitchell), 1918-1981
Language of Materials