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Thomas Davidson papers

Call Number: MS 169
Scope and Contents

In some ways, these papers present Davidson the educator more than Davidson the student of philosophy. Although his scholarly interests are well represented here, in articles, notes, and translations, one is struck by the number of public lectures and popular essays. Even the notes are often drafted in the style of his lectures. The teaching materials in Series II, WRITINGS, and IV, MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS AND MEMORABILIA, and the papers of his student, Edward Endelman, in Series V, serve to reinforce this impression.

The papers are organized as follows: Series I, CORRESPONDENCE, alphabetically arranged; Series II, WRITINGS, alphabetical for the most part; Series III, WRITINGS ABOUT DAVIDSON; Series IV, MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS AND MEMORABILIA; and Series V, EDWARD ENDELMAN PAPERS. Additional Davidson materials are available on microfilm; a listing of these follows the listing of the papers themselves.

Prominent correspondents include Henry Adams, John Dewey, Edward Emerson, William Torrey Harris, Oliver Wendell Holmes, William James, Henry Cabot Lodge, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Stuart Mill, Josiah Royce, and Stephen Samuel Wise, but most of the correspondents are not well known. There are only a few of Davidson's own letters in the papers.

Scattered throughout Series II-V are notes and transcripts by John Roemischer and (more frequently) photocopies of Davidson material with Roemischer's annotations. Folders which contain only Roemischer's notes on a Davidson essay, without some form of the essay itself, are identified in the listing by the words "(notes only)."

The papers were given by Charles M. Bakewell, William H. Kurlans, and Edward Endelman. The microfilm was the gift of Dr. Roemischer.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles M. Bakewell, 1944 and 1956; William A. Kurlane, 1961; Mrs. Edward Endelman, 1959; and John Roemischer, 1975. Also by purchase in 1963.


Arranged in five series: I. Correspondence. II. Writings. III. Writings about Davidson. IV. Miscellaneous Papers and Memorabilia. V. Edward Endelman Papers.

Majority of material found within 1857 - 1902
15 Linear Feet (37 boxes)
Related Names
Davidson, Thomas, 1840-1900
Language of Materials