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Series Accession 2017-M-0002: Additional materials, 1949 - 2016

Call Number: MS 1790, Series Accession 2017-M-0002

Scope and Contents

This accession comprises teaching and research files, writings, correspondence, and program files documenting David Brion Davis's work as a historian of slavery and abolition in the western world and professor of history at Yale University. The teaching files document Davis’s teaching activities and lectures at Yale University and other educational institutions. Writings document Davis’s monographs and short writings, particularly his essays and reviews for the New York Review of Books, as well as scholarly and popular writings of others that were sent to Davis for review or comment. Correspondence primarily documents Davis’s professional and research activities, and correspondence is also present throughout the research files, writings, and program files groupings. Program files include material documenting conferences Davis attended and contributed to and activities Davis undertook in the professional organizations to which he belonged. The program files also document Davis’s activities as founding director of Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition and as a Yale history professor working with researchers, undergraduate students, and graduate students at the university. The accession also contains Davis's personal papers, which document his early academic work as a student at Dartmouth College and Harvard University, his written reflections on his life and work, and his professional activities and retirement.

Researchers should note that the research and teaching files often include correspondence and writing material related to the research or teaching filing topic.


  • 1949 - 2016

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection: Student recommendations in the original accession are unprocessed and may contain sensitive information or be in a physical state that would prohibit use. Researchers wishing to request access should email requesting specific box numbers in order to initiate the review process, which may take several weeks.

Course materials and portions of the research files in Accession 2017-M-0002 contain student records and are restricted until 2091 as established by Yale Corporation regulations

Yale University files in Accession 2017-M-0002 are restricted until 2048 as established by Yale Corporation regulations Personnel records in the Yale University files are restricted until 2073 as established by Yale Corporation regulations

All other materials are open for research.


The accession is arranged under six headings: Teaching files, Writings, Research files, Correspondence, Program files, and Personal papers.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Processing Information

The accession was processed by Manuscripts and Archives staff in 2019. Processors identified groupings of materials based on Davis's filing system and sorted materials into those groupings. Staff made no effort to physically reorganize materials within the groupings, as they determined that Davis had, in some cases, filed related materials in physical proximity.


Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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