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Walter Goodwin Davis papers

Call Number: MS 469

Scope and Contents

The Davis Papers comprise 16 folders (contained in one box) that include (a) notes, memoranda and various other items connected with his stay in Berne; and (b) a limited amount of correspondence and a copy of the personal diary which Davis kept in the course of his fact-finding tour with the Coolidge Mission.


  • 1918-1919


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for 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 Walter G. Davis in 1958.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Correspondence, notes, and other papers, including a diary, of Walter G. Davis, Assistant Military Attaché at Berne in 1918. After the November armistice he was attached to the American Commission to Negotiate Peace in Paris. He was also a member of the Coolidge Mission to Austria-Hungary until March, 1919.

Biographical / Historical

Walter Goodwin Davis was born in Portland, Maine, on May 24, 1885. He attended Exeter and received his B.A., Yale in 1908 (along with Charles Seymour and Gordon Auchincloss). After completing his law studies at Harvard (LL.B. '11) he joined the firm of Shearman and Sterling in New York. Subsequently he returned to Portland where he pursued a business and banking career. In the meantime, following the American declaration of war against German in April 1917, Davis attended Officers Training Camp at Plattsburg and received a commission as Captain of Infantry in early 1918. He was assigned to the Military Intelligence Service, and served as Assistant Military Attache at Berne, with occasional duty at General Headquarters in Chaumont. After the November armistice he was attached to the American Commission to Negotiate Peace in Paris, subsequently being transferred to Vienna as a member of the Coolidge Mission, where he remained until March 1919.

Guide to the The Walter G. Davis Papers
Under Revision
compiled by N. X. Rizopolous with the assistance of Anne Willard
March 1973
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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