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.