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Charles H. S. Davis papers

Call Number: MS 1152

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence and other papers of Charles H.S. Davis and his wife, Caroline E. (Harris) Davis, much of it undated. The first half of the collection contains a small number of incoming letters dealing in the main with Davis' writings and with publications which he edited, and a larger number of writings by Davis. These include a notebook, short essays and speeches, and one longer manuscript. Several of the writings deal with political matters; others discuss medicine and ancient history. There are, in addition, essays written by others and sent to Davis for publication in Biblia.

The second half of the collection, except for one letter from Caroline to Charles (1872 Jun 17), is devoted to the history of the Davis and Harris families and consists in part of materials relating to The Davis Family Record, a monthly journal edited by Davis in 1867 and 1868. Included are letters addressed to both Charles and Caroline, six notebooks concerned mostly with the Harris family, loose notes, and printed material.

These papers were donated to Yale University in 1948 by Emily H. Hall.


  • 1855-1920


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 Emily H. Hall, 1948.


1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Correspondence, writings, and genealogical materials relating to the Davis and Harris families. The correspondence and writings reflect Davis' avocational activities as editor of Biblia, a journal of Oriental archeology, his interest in local Connecticut history, and his research into his wife's and his own family history.

Biographical / Historical

Charles H. S. Davis was a physician. He was a resident of Meriden, Connecticut, a member of the Connecticut legislature (1873, 1885, 1886), the author of numerous books on medicine and Oriental studies, and the editor of Biblia from 1887-.
Guide to the Charles H. S. Davis Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
February 1982
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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