Jeff Davis Papers

MC 718

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444
Email: specoll@uark.edu

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Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Davis, Jeff, 1862-1913
Title
Jeff Davis Papers
Inclusive Dates
1849-1986
Identification
MC 718
Extent
8.5 linear feet (14 boxes)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

Restrictions apply: Copyrights, where applicable, will remain with the donor, Jeff Davis, Jr. Researchers interested in publishing materials from the Jeff Davis Papers must obtain permission from the donor.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Jeff Davis Papers were donated to Special Collections by Jeff Davis, Jr., Little Rock, Arkansas, on December 22, 1987.

Processing Information

Processed by Kim Allen Scott, December 1988. Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Preferred Form of Citation

Jeff Davis Papers (MC 718), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Jeff Davis (1862-1913) was, in turn, Arkansas Attorney General, Governor, and United States Senator during his political career from 1898 to 1913. Born in Rocky Comfort, Arkansas, to Lewis and Elizabeth Davis, Jeff moved with his parents to Dover, Arkansas, in 1868 after Lewis had given up his former profession of preaching to engage in the practice of law. Lewis Davis was a respected member of the bar at Dover and enjoyed similar prestige when he and his family made their final move a few miles south to Russellville in 1873. Jeff graduated from the public schools at Russellville and in 1878 attended classes at the Arkansas Industrial University at Fayetteville. After two years at AIU, Jeff next attended Vanderbilt University in Memphis, Tennessee. He returned to Arkansas without a degree from this institution in 1881 and was admitted to the bar despite the handicap, but then returned to the Volunteer State the following year to complete his formal education at Cumberland University. He began the practice of law in partnership with his father at Russellville in 1882. In that same year Davis also married Ina McKenzie Thatch of Russellville. Ina was the stepdaughter of Frank Thatch, former County Judge of Pope County, and Janie McKenzie Thatch. Her natural father, Duncan G.L. McKenzie, had been a preacher before his death during the Civil War and, as a result, Ina shared Jeff's heritage of both the clerical and legal professions. Ina and Jeff had twelve children together in the course of their marriage, but only eight lived beyond infancy.

After establishing a reputation as a brilliant courtroom orator, Jeff Davis began his political career in 1888 when he ran for prosecuting attorney for the Russellville judicial district. He left the office in 1894, unsuccessfully ran for Congressman of the Fourth Congressional District of Arkansas, and continued in private law practice until 1898. That year he sought and won election as Arkansas Attorney General by a combination of sheer luck and skillful campaigning as a backwoods lawyer championing the cause of the common man. His vigorous enforcement of an antitrust law during his tenure as Attorney General won Davis a broad political support which led to a successful campaign for the governor's office in 1900. He served three terms as Governor, being the first man in the history of Arkansas to do so. Davis next set his sights on a seat in the United States Senate, but ironically lost control of his political machine when he won the office because his chosen successor as Governor, George Little, became physically incapable of serving. Davis's career in the Senate was uneventful, and he spent a great deal of his time back in Arkansas practicing as a private attorney with his partner, Frank Pace. Shortly after winning a second term as U.S. Senator, Jeff Davis died of heart failure on January 3, 1913. His sons, Wallace and Jeff Davis, also became lawyers. Wallace became Arkansas Attorney General in 1915 after Governor George Hays appointed him to fill a vacancy. Jeff Davis attended Harvard Law School and entered private practice in El Dorado, Arkansas, where he worked for the oil business. His son, Jeff Davis, Jr., carried on the family tradition of law and politics by first serving as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas in 1963, and made an unsuccessful bid for prosecuting attorney for Pulaski and Perry Counties in 1966.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, literary productions, printed materials, legal and financial documents, scrapbooks, and photographs created, collected, or received by Jeff Davis and his descendants.

The Jeff Davis papers contain documents pertaining to the personal and professional life of all four generations of the family, from Lewis Davis and Frank Thatch in the nineteenth century, to Jeff Davis, Jr. in the 1980s.

Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is organized into the following series and subseries:

  1. Personal and Biographical, 1848-1986
    1. Correspondence, 1859-1962, undated
    2. Printed Materials, 1902-1960
    3. Literary Productions, ca 1870s-1986
    4. Legal Documents, 1848-1959
    5. Financial Documents, 1887-1966
  2. Professional and Political Papers, 1877-1977
    1. General correspondence, 1877-1977
    2. Pension and War Claims, 1907-1912
    3. Case Files, 1907-1912
    4. 4, Financial Records, 1895-1975
    5. Literary Productions, 1904-1970
    6. Legal Documents, 1887-1935
    7. Printed Materials, 1894-1966
  3. Scrapbooks, 1899-1913
  4. Photographs, ca 1900-1960

Note: There is no box 13.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

series 1: Personal and Biographical,

1848-1986

6 boxes

Family correspondence, printed materials, literary productions, legal and financial documents pertaining to the Davis-McKenzie-Thatch families. Materials in this series have been arranged in five subseries by document type.

subseries 1: Correspondence,

1859-1962, undated

Personal and family correspondence pertaining to Jeff Davis, his wife Ina, his children, Bessie, Lynah, Wallace, Janie, Jeff, Ina (Polly), Lewis, Lucille, and their friends and relatives. The correspondence is entirely family and personal letters and have been arranged chronologically. Letters dated from 1859-1872 pertain to Janie Norman McKenzie Thatch, the mother of Ina McKenzie Davis. Correspondents in these early letters include Duncan G.L. McKenzie, Frank Thatch, and William F. Norment. Typewritten transcriptions of the first 12 letters have been placed in folder 2. Letters dated from 1872-1890 are almost entirely from Janie Norment McKenzie Thatch to her daughter, Ina, and her son-in-law, Jeff Davis. The majority of the letters dated from 1901-1909 are to and from Wallace and Lynah Davis while both were attending school at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and while Wallace attended law school in Tennessee. Undated correspondence has been collected in the last six folders and arranged by correspondent.

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence, 1859-1862 12 items

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 2

Transcripts 12 items

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 3

Correspondence, 1872-1891 12 items

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 4

Correspondence, 1899-1902 5 items

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 5

Correspondence, March-September, 1904 19 items

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 6

Correspondence, October 4-15, 1904 10 items

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 7

Correspondence, October 16-25, 1904 12 items

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 8

Correspondence, November, 1904 13 items

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 9

Correspondence, December, 1904 11 items

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 10

Correspondence, January, 1905 16 items

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 11

Correspondence, February, 1905 19 items

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 12

Correspondence, March, 1905 18 items

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 13

Correspondence, May, 1905 21 items

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 14

Correspondence, May, 1905 16 items

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 15

Correspondence, June-August, 1905 13 items

series I: 1 Box 2 Folder 1

Correspondence, September, 1905 9 items

series I: 1 Box 2 Folder 2

Correspondence, October, 1905 18 items

series I: 1 Box 2 Folder 3

Correspondence, November, 1905 15 items

series I: 1 Box 2 Folder 4

Correspondence, December, 1905-January, 1906 18 items

series I: 1 Box 2 Folder 5

Correspondence, February, 1906 15 items

series I: 1 Box 2 Folder 6

Correspondence, March, 1906 18 items

series I: 1 Box 2 Folder 7

Correspondence, April, 1906 23 items

series I: 1 Box 2 Folder 8

Correspondence, May-September, 1906 23 items

series I: 1 Box 2 Folder 9

Correspondence, October, 1906 14 items

series I: 1 Box 2 Folder 10

Correspondence, November-December, 1906 17 items

series I: 1 Box 2 Folder 11

Correspondence, January, 1907 13 items

series I: 1 Box 2 Folder 12

Correspondence, February, 1907 11 items

series I: 1 Box 3 Folder 1

Correspondence, March, 1907 21 items

series I: 1 Box 3 Folder 2

Correspondence, April, 1907 15 items

series I: 1 Box 3 Folder 3

Correspondence, May, 1907 12 items

series I: 1 Box 3 Folder 4

Correspondence, June-August, 1907 11 items

series I: 1 Box 3 Folder 5

Correspondence, September, 1907 11 items

series I: 1 Box 3 Folder 6

Correspondence, October, 1907 14 items

series I: 1 Box 3 Folder 7

Correspondence, November, 1907 12 items

series I: 1 Box 3 Folder 8

Correspondence, December, 1907 11 items

series I: 1 Box 3 Folder 9

Correspondence, January, 1908 12 items

series I: 1 Box 3 Folder 10

Correspondence, February-March, 1908 20 items

series I: 1 Box 3 Folder 11

Correspondence, April-May, 1908 14 items

series I: 1 Box 3 Folder 12

Correspondence, August-December, 1908 19 items

series I: 1 Box 4 Folder 1

Correspondence, January-April, 1909 15 items

series I: 1 Box 4 Folder 2

Correspondence, May-August, 1909 10 items

series I: 1 Box 4 Folder 3

Correspondence, September-December, 1909 13 items

series I: 1 Box 4 Folder 4

Correspondence, January-March, 1910 20 items

series I: 1 Box 4 Folder 5

Correspondence, April-July, 1910 11 items

series I: 1 Box 4 Folder 6

Correspondence, August-November, 1910 25 items

series I: 1 Box 4 Folder 7

Correspondence, 1911-1912 12 items

series I: 1 Box 4 Folder 8

Correspondence, 1914-1916 9 items

series I: 1 Box 4 Folder 9

Correspondence, 1917-1927 12 items

series I: 1 Box 4 Folder 10

Correspondence, 1930-1962 8 items

series I: 1 Box 4 Folder 11

Correspondence- Lynah Davis, undated 15 items

series I: 1 Box 4 Folder 12

Correspondence- Lynah Davis, undated 10 items

series I: 1 Box 5 Folder 1

Correspondence- Lynah Davis, undated 7 items

series I: 1 Box 5 Folder 2

Correspondence- Family letters, undated 9 items

series I: 1 Box 5 Folder 3

Correspondence- Austin B. Taylor, undated 13 items

series I: 1 Box 5 Folder 4

Correspondence- Austin B. Taylor, undated 44 items

subseries 2: Printed Materials,

1902-1960

Invitations, programs, announcements, passes, calling cards, and miscellaneous printed items pertaining to the social life of the Davis family. The invitations and greeting cards in folder 5 include many extended to members of the Davis family for functions in Washington, D.C. The programs and dance cards in folder 6 are mostly those collected by Lynah and Bessie Davis. The guest passes in folder 7 pertain mostly to Wallace Davis and include some issued in connection with the presidential inauguration of 1917. The calling and business cards are mostly from friends of Ina, Lynah, and Bessie Davis. Miscellaneous printed materials in folder 9 include obituaries, promotional brochures for Bessie Davis and her future husband, Josef Rosenburg, and newspaper clippings of social notices concerning the Davis family.

series I: 2 Box 5 Folder 5

Invitations and greeting cards, 1902-1917

series I: 2 Box 5 Folder 6

Programs and dance cards, 1902-1944

series I: 2 Box 5 Folder 7

Guest passes, 1902-1917

series I: 2 Box 5 Folder 8

Calling and business cards, ca 1900-1966

series I: 2 Box 5 Folder 9

Miscellaneous printed materials, ca 1902-1960s

subseries 3: Literary Productions,

ca 1870s-1986

Biographical essays, genealogy notes, biographical inquiry correspondence, manuscript poetry, and miscellaneous writings pertaining to the social history of the Davis-McKenzie-Thatch families, and the personal and professional life of Jeff Davis. Any correspondence placed in this subseries pertains entirely to family history, written to Davis's descendants by researchers, or, by the descendants themselves to archives holding genealogical or biographical information on the Davis family. Among the poetry and essays found in folder 13 are many unsigned documents which appear to be student assignments circa 1870s and may have been written by Jeff Davis during his college years. The papers in folder 14 include a 1923 medical order for Lucille Davis and a journal fragment kept by Janie Davis.

series I: 3 Box 5 Folder 10

Biographical essays, 1912-1973

series I: 3 Box 5 Folder 11

Biographical correspondence and notes, 1941-1986

series I: 3 Box 5 Folder 12

Genealogy notes and photocopies, ca 1980s

series I: 3 Box 5 Folder 13

Poetry and essays, ca 1870s-1938

series I: 3 Box 5 Folder 14

Miscellaneous documents, 1923, n.d.

subseries 4: Legal Documents,

1848-1959

Tax receipts, insurance policies, deeds, mortgages, wills, contracts, and purchase agreements pertaining to the Thatch-McKenzie-Davis families. Only those documents which appear directly related to the domestic affairs of the Davis clan have been retained in this subseries. Other legal documents which do not bear any apparent relationship have been placed with the legal papers handled by Jeff Davis while in private law practice in Series 2.

series I: 4 Box 6 Folder 1

Tax receipts, 1849-1915

series I: 4 Box 6 Folder 2

Insurance policies, 1909-1914

series I: 4 Box 6 Folder 3

Deeds, 1848-1897

series I: 4 Box 6 Folder 4

Deeds, 1898-1959

series I: 4 Box 6 Folder 5

Wills, contracts, statements, 1893-1974

subseries 5: Financial Documents,

1887-1966

Bank statements, cancelled checks, promissory notes, savings passbooks, and other financial records pertaining to the domestic affairs of Jeff Davis and his family. While processing the financial documents of the collection the personal and professional records were separated between series 1 and 2, but a few in this subseries necessarily overlap. For example, Davis handled the estate of Janie Thatch, his mother-in-law, for the family in his capacity as a professional attorney, but because of the family connection the Thatch documents have been retained with this subseries. Other financial records specifically related to Davis's professional career, and those which were handled by his senatorial assistant Harold Stewart, have been placed in series 2. The financial documents have been arranged chronologically.

series I: 5 Box 6 Folder 6

Financial documents, 1887-1897

series I: 5 Box 6 Folder 7

Financial documents, 1898-1902

series I: 5 Box 6 Folder 8

Financial documents, 1903-1906

series I: 5 Box 6 Folder 9

Financial documents, 1907

series I: 5 Box 6 Folder 10

Financial documents, 1908-1910

series I: 5 Box 6 Folder 11

Financial documents, 1911-1914

series I: 5 Box 6 Folder 12

Financial documents, 1915-1930

series I: 5 Box 6 Folder 13

Financial documents, 1932-1947

series I: 5 Box 6 Folder 14

Financial documents, 1949-1966, n.d.

series 2: Professional and Political Papers,

1877-1977

Boxes 7-11

Professional and political papers of Jeff Davis during his working life as a private attorney, 1877-1912, Arkansas Attorney General, 1898-1899, Governor of Arkansas, 1900-1906, and United States Senator, 1907-1913. Some professional papers from Davis's two sons, Jeff Davis and Wallace Davis, are also included in this series, as well as those of his grandson, Jeff Davis, Jr., the donor of the collection. This series has been divided into 6 subseries based on document type.

subseries 1: General correspondence,

1877-1977

General correspondence to and from Jeff Davis or his business and political associates. Very little of the correspondence dates from 1877-1906, during which time Davis worked as a private attorney, Attorney General, and Governor. As a result, this correspondence has been arranged chronologically in the first thre folders. Beginning with Davis's tenure as United States Senator in 1907, the correspondence becomes more voluminous and has been arranged first chronologically by year and then alphabetically; by author in the case of incoming mail, and by the addressee in the case of mail issued from Davis's office. Most of the correspondence is routine issue mail, requests for government publications, and applications for military academy appointments. Significant political correspondence from Davis's law partner, Frank Pace, and his senatorial assistant, Harold Stewart, have been separated from the alpha/chronological files and placed separately in files found in Box 9. Other political correspondents with letters in justifiable numbers have been similarly arranged in box 9, along with those pertaining to Davis's sons, Jeff Davis and Wallace Davis, and his grandson, Jeff Davis, Jr. Correspondence with no date or signature has been placed in the final folder. Four of Harold Stewart's stenographic notebooks have been placed with the oversize materials in Box 14.

series II: 1 Box 7 Folder 1

General correspondence, 1877-1904

series II: 1 Box 7 Folder 2

General correspondence, 1905

series II: 1 Box 7 Folder 3

General correspondence, 1906

series II: 1 Box 7 Folder 4

General correspondence, A-B, 1907

series II: 1 Box 7 Folder 5

General correspondence, C-F, 1907

series II: 1 Box 7 Folder 6

General correspondence, G-J, 1907

series II: 1 Box 7 Folder 7

General correspondence, K-M, 1907

series II: 1 Box 7 Folder 8

General correspondence, N-P, 1907

series II: 1 Box 7 Folder 9

General correspondence, R-T, 1907

series II: 1 Box 7 Folder 10

General correspondence, U-Y, 1907

series II: 1 Box 7 Folder 11

General correspondence, A-C, 1908

series II: 1 Box 7 Folder 12

General correspondence, D-F, 1908

series II: 1 Box 7 Folder 13

General correspondence, G-K, 1908

series II: 1 Box 7 Folder 14

General correspondence, L-O, 1908

series II: 1 Box 7 Folder 15

General correspondence, P-R, 1908

series II: 1 Box 7 Folder 16

General correspondence, S-T, 1908

series II: 1 Box 7 Folder 17

General correspondence, U-Y, 1908

series II: 1 Box 8 Folder 1

General correspondence, A-C, 1909

series II: 1 Box 8 Folder 2

General correspondence, D-F, 1909

series II: 1 Box 8 Folder 3

General correspondence, G-J, 1909

series II: 1 Box 8 Folder 4

General correspondence, K-M, 1909

series II: 1 Box 8 Folder 5

General correspondence, N-R, 1909

series II: 1 Box 8 Folder 6

General correspondence, S-W, 1909

series II: 1 Box 8 Folder 7

General correspondence, A-F, 1910

series II: 1 Box 8 Folder 8

General correspondence, G-M, 1910

series II: 1 Box 8 Folder 9

General correspondence, N-W, 1910

series II: 1 Box 8 Folder 10

General correspondence, A-C, 1911

series II: 1 Box 8 Folder 11

General correspondence, D-H, 1911

series II: 1 Box 8 Folder 12

General correspondence, J-N, 1911

series II: 1 Box 8 Folder 13

General correspondence, O-R, 1911

series II: 1 Box 8 Folder 14

General correspondence, S-Z, 1911

series II: 1 Box 9 Folder 1

General correspondence, A-C, 1912

series II: 1 Box 9 Folder 2

General correspondence, D-J, 1912

series II: 1 Box 9 Folder 3

General correspondence, K-O, 1912

series II: 1 Box 9 Folder 4

General correspondence, R-W, 1912

series II: 1 Box 9 Folder 5

1. Bourland, J.V.; Evans, Jeptha H., undated

series II: 1 Box 9 Folder 6

Davis, Jeff, Jr., 1922-1975

series II: 1 Box 9 Folder 7

Davis, Wallace, 1913-1916

series II: 1 Box 9 Folder 8

Davis, Wallace, 1917

series II: 1 Box 9 Folder 9

Davis, Wallace, 1918-1957

series II: 1 Box 9 Folder 10

Hays, George W.,, 1907-1912

series II: 1 Box 9 Folder 11

Pace, Frank, 1909-1912

series II: 1 Box 9 Folder 12

Meade, U.L., 1908-1919

series II: 1 Box 9 Folder 13

Stewart, Harold E., 1908

series II: 1 Box 9 Folder 14

Stewart, Harold E., 1909-1910

series II: 1 Box 9 Folder 15

Stewart, Harold E., 1911

series II: 1 Box 9 Folder 16

Stewart, Harold E., 1912

series II: 1 Box 14 Folder 1

Stewart, Harold E. stenographic notebooks.

series II: 1 Box 9 Folder 17

Surridge, James, undated

series II: 1 Box 9 Folder 18

Williams, William E., undated

series II: 1 Box 9 Folder 19

No signature, undated

subseries 2: Pension and War Claims,

1907-1912

Correspondence and supporting documents pertaining to Jeff Davis's activities on the Senate subcommittee on claims. Many of the documents in this series pertain to claims against the federal government by citizens who endured losses during the American Civil War, and veterans claiming pensions for service in the Civil War, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, and the Philippine Insurrection. Claims with a significant number of supporting documents have been removed and placed with documents in subseries 3, Case Files. Those remaining in this series have few supporting documents and have been arranged alphabetically by the claimant's name rather than the correspondent's name.

series II: 2 Box 10 Folder 1

Balla-Flint

series II: 2 Box 10 Folder 2

Gadberry-Murray

series II: 2 Box 10 Folder 3

McAllister-Robinson

series II: 2 Box 10 Folder 4

Scott-Winter

subseries 3: Case Files,

1907-1912

Correspondence and supporting documents concerning Davis's constituents and their various requests of the federal government. The majority of the case files are for pension claims, but also included in this subseries are cases for patent applications, post office appointments, criminal record erasures, and internal improvements. The case files have been arranged alphabetically by the applicant's name.

series II: 3 Box 10 Folder 5

Carter, E.L.

series II: 3 Box 10 Folder 6

Diehl, John, et al

series II: 3 Box 10 Folder 7

Faubel, Charles

series II: 3 Box 10 Folder 8

Felsenthal, Aldolph

series II: 3 Box 10 Folder 9

Fuller, Lucius

series II: 3 Box 10 Folder 10

Gates, John A.

series II: 3 Box 10 Folder 11

Haley, James

series II: 3 Box 10 Folder 12

Herndon, James M

series II: 3 Box 10 Folder 13

Justice, Norbert M.

series II: 3 Box 10 Folder 14

Lee, Thomas A.

series II: 3 Box 10 Folder 15

Locke, Richard

series II: 3 Box 10 Folder 16

Lutteral, John B.

series II: 3 Box 10 Folder 17

Mayfield, J.C.

series II: 3 Box 10 Folder 18

Meeks, Jesse

series II: 3 Box 10 Folder 19

Morris, William B.

series II: 3 Box 10 Folder 20

Noble, Leroy

series II: 3 Box 10 Folder 21

Roach, Lyman S.

series II: 3 Box 10 Folder 22

Starnes, William F.

series II: 3 Box 10 Folder 23

Wallis, Henry B.

subseries 4: Financial Records,

1895-1975

Receipts, cancelled checks, bank statements, and other financial papers directly related to the operation of Davis's gubernatorial and senatorial offices, his practice as a private attorney, or to professional activities of Jeff Davis, Jr., in the 1970s. Most of the transactions from 1905-1913 were made by Harold E. Stewart, Davis's senatorial assistant, and some of these may be Stewart's personal records.

series II: 4 Box 10 Folder 24

Financial records, 1895-1923

series II: 4 Box 10 Folder 25

Financial records, 1974-1975

subseries 5: Literary Productions,

1904-1970

Manuscript speeches, press releases, reports, mailing lists, political cartoons and poetry pertaining to Jeff Davis, Wallace Davis, and Jeff Davis, Jr. as political figures, or Jeff Davis's political opponents during his three races for governor and two campaigns for U.S. Senator. The 1904 speech in this subseries is the nomination address given on behalf of Davis at the start of his third race for governor. The rest of the speeches appear to be ones delivered by Davis himself.

series II: 5 Box 11 Folder 1

Speeches, 1904, 1906

series II: 5 Box 11 Folder 2

Speeches, 1908

series II: 5 Box 11 Folder 3

Speeches, 1909

series II: 5 Box 11 Folder 4

Speeches, 1912

series II: 5 Box 11 Folder 5

Speeches, undated

series II: 5 Box 11 Folder 6

Speech fragments, undated

series II: 5 Box 11 Folder 7

Press releases and statements, 1910-1966

series II: 5 Box 11 Folder 8

Reports and mailing lists, 1910-1970

series II: 5 Box 11 Folder 9

Political cartoon, poetry, miscellaneous, ca 1906

subseries 6: Legal Documents,

1887-1935

Affidavits, sworn statements, contracts, deeds, wills, summons, bills and proclamations. Most of the materials relate to Davis's political career, but also included are legal papers handled by Davis as a private attorney. These include many real estate deeds and mortgages which appear to have no connection with the Davis family, but were probably handled by the Davis law office. Oversize materials from this subseries have been placed in Box 14.

series II: 6 Box 11 Folder 10

Affidavits and sworn statements, 1897-1912

series II: 6 Box 11 Folder 11

Contracts, 1891-1935

series II: 6 Box 11 Folder 12

Wills, deeds, summons, 1887-1912

series II: 6 Box 11 Folder 13

Law bills and proclamations, 1901-1912

series II: 6 Box 11 Folder 14

Bonds, 1928-1935

series II: 6 Box 14 Folder 2

Certificates and land titles

subseries 7: Printed Materials,

1894-1966

Campaign literature, speech galley proofs, and newspaper clippings pertaining to the career of Jeff Davis, his sons, Jeff and Wallace Davis, and his grandson, Jeff Davis, Jr. The galley proofs in folder 15 are of speeches with handwritten marginalia, as is the published legal brief in folder 16. The campaign materials in folder 17 either relate to Jeff Davis or his contemporaries. Campaign materials in folder 18 pertain to Jeff Davis, Jr.'s unsuccessful bid for Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney in 1966. Oversize materials from this subseries have been placed in Box 14.

series II: 7 Box 11 Folder 15

Galley proofs, 1911

series II: 7 Box 11 Folder 16

McAlister vs. Arkansas, 1910

series II: 7 Box 11 Folder 17

Jeff Davis Campaign material, 1902-1914

series II: 7 Box 11 Folder 18

Jeff Davis, Jr. campaign material, 1966

series II: 7 Box 11 Folder 19

Jeff Davis clippings, 1900-1960

series II: 7 Box 11 Folder 20

Jeff Davis (son) clippings, 1930-1951

series II: 7 Box 11 Folder 21

Jeff Davis, Jr. clippings, 1951-1970

series II: 7 Box 11 Folder 22

Wallace Davis clippings, 1915-1942

series II: 7 Box 11 Folder 23

Miscellaneous clippings, 1894-1960s

series II: 7 Box 14 Folder 3

Political pamphlets

series 3: Scrapbooks,

1899-1913

Boxes 14-15

Scrapbooks containing clippings and memorabilia pertaining to the social and political life of Jeff Davis and his family. Volume 1 is a positive photocopy of an original held by the Old State House museum in Little Rock, Arkansas. Volume 6 is actually a set of unmounted cardboard panels, apparently taken from a tailor's sample catalog. Volume 7 is a collection of laid-in materials found in the Davis family bible, also held by the Old State House. Volumes 1, 7, and 8 have been placed with the oversize materials from the Jeff Davis papers in box 14. Volumes 2-6 are in box 15.

series III Box 14 Item Volume 1

Scrapbook, September 8, 1900

"A scrapbook compiled from extracts from theDardanelle Post-Dispatchduring the anti-trust suits and gubernatorial canvass of 1899-1900. Presented to Gov-Elect Jeff Davis by his friend John H. Page, September 8, 1900."

series III Box 15 Item Volume 2

Scrapbook, ca 1898-1905

Political and eclectic materials pertaining to Jeff Davis.

series III Box 15 Item Volume 3

Scrapbook, ca 1901-1905

Political clippings and letters.

series III Box 15 Item Volume 4

Scrapbook, ca 1904-1911

Political clippings and letters.

series III Box 15 Item Volume 5

Scrapbook, ca 1910

"Loving testimonials of friends upon the death of our dear wife and mother, April 10, 1910."

series III Box 15 Item Volume 6

Scrapbook, ca 1913

Materials pertaining to the death of Jeff Davis in 1913.

series III Box 14 Item Volume 7

12 cardboard panels with clippings, ca 1902

series III Box 14 Item Volume 8

Items from the Davis family bible, ca 1900-1913

series 4: Photographs,

ca 1900-1960

Photographs of the Davis family, friends, and business associates. Only the first 17 photographs and the oversize images listed are original prints and have been described with sizes. The balance are copies of originals held by the Old State House museum, Little Rock, Arkansas, and have only been described by image. Oversize photographs have been placed with other Davis oversize materials in box 14.

series IV Box 12 Folder 1

Photographs

series IV Box 12 Folder 1 Item 1

[Janie Davis], ca 1906

2 1/2" x 3", mounted on 4" x 5" matte. Informal outdoor snapshot of a young girl in a white dress striking a contemplative pose with her right foot resting on an overturned bucket. "Just supposin! Cute as a spotted pup. Jane E." written on verso.

series IV Box 12 Folder 1 Item 2

[Ina Davis], ca 1906

1 i/4" x 1 1/8", unmounted. Small portrait of Ina (daughter of Jeff Davis) wearing a hat.

series IV Box 12 Folder 1 Item 3

Lewis W. Davis and friend, Russellville, ca 1906

2 1/4" x 3 1/8" mounted on 4" x 5" matteboard. Informal outdoor snapshot of Lewis Davis and E.C. Drew standing on a dirt roadway. Large frame structure visible in background. Two horses visible to the right. Hitching post in foreground. "Mr. Davis- Compliments of Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Drew, Monroe, Louisiana," written on lower margin. "L.W. Davis, Russellville, Ark." written on verso.

series IV Box 12 Folder 1 Item 4

Lewis W. Davis, ca 1906

5 1/2" x 3 7/8", mounted on 6 1/2" x 4 1/2" matte. Formal studio portrait. Jno. H. Ganner, Dardanelle and Russellville, photographer.

series IV Box 12 Folder 1 Item 5

Wallace Davis, ca 1930s

5" x 6 3/4", unmounted. Informal indoor portrait of Wallace seated at a desk in his shirtsleeves

series IV Box 12 Folder 1 Item 6

Jeff Davis, 1914

10" x 7", unmounted. Formal studio portrait of Jeff Davis's son and namesake.

series IV Box 12 Folder 2

Photographs

series IV Box 12 Folder 2 Item 1

Mount Nebo Hotel, ca 1910

4 3/4" x 7", mounted on 8" x 10" matte. Informal outdoor group portrait of 43 unidentified men, women, and children standing and sitting on the porch of the Mount Nebo Hotel. John Ganner, photographer. Location and photographer information written on verso.

series IV Box 12 Folder 2 Item 2

Unidentified group, ca 1900

4 5/5" x 6 5/8", mounted on 7 7/8" x 9 7/8" matte. Informal outdoor group portrait of 18 unidentified men standing or sitting in front of a brick building. John H. Ganner, photographer.

series IV Box 12 Folder 2 Item 3

Jeff Davis, ca 1960s

7 7/8" x 9 3/4", unmounted. Informal indoor portrait of Davis seated at a desk while holding a pen in his right hand. Elwood M. Payne, New York, photographer.

series IV Box 12 Folder 2 Item 4

Jeff Davis, ca 1909

9" x 6 3/4", unmounted. Formal close-up studio portrait of Senator Davis in left profile wearing a white hat.

series IV Box 12 Folder 2 Item 5

Jeff Davis, ca 1909

9 1/2" x 6 1/2", unmounted. Formal 3/4 length studio portrait of Senator Davis. "Harris Foto, Little Rock, Ark." embossed in lower right corner.

series IV Box 12 Folder 2 Item 6

Jeff Davis, ca 1908

9" length oval, mounted on irregular shaped matte. Formal close-up studio portrait.

series IV Box 12 Folder 2 Item 7

Jeff Davis and schoolmates, 1914

5 1/2" x 13 1/2", unmounted. Formal indoor studio portrait of Jeff Davis and 13 other boys.

series IV Box 12 Folder 3

Photographs

series IV Box 12 Folder 3 Item 1

Wallace Davis, 1912

14" x 6 3/4", unmounted. Formal close-up studio portrait. Schrader photographers, Little Rock.

series IV Box 12 Folder 3 Item 2

Janie Davis, 1908

6 1/2" length oval mounted on 14" x 10" cardstock. Formal close-up studio portrait. Identification written on verso. Rayburn photographers, Little Rock.

series IV Box 12 Folder 3 Item 3

Janie Davis, 1908

6 1/2" length oval mounted on 14" x 10" cardstock. Formal 3/4 length studio portrait of Janie seated in a chair. Identification written on verso. Rayburn photographers, Little Rock.

series IV Box 12 Folder 3 Item 4

Janie Davis, 1908

6 1/2" length oval mounted on 14" x 10" cardstock. Formal 3/4 length studio portrait of Janie standing. Identification written on verso. Rayburn photographers, Little Rock.

series IV Box 14 Folder 4

Oversize photographs

series IV Box 14 Folder 4 Item 1

Jeff Davis, ca 1906

13 1/2" x 10 1/4", unmounted. Formal close up studio portrait. Order form for the S.J. Clarke Publishing Company pasted on verso.

series IV Box 14 Folder 4 Item 2

Jeff Davis, 1918

13" x 10", unmounted. Formal close-up studio portrait of Davis wearing a U.S. Army uniform as a lieutenant of artillery. Shrader photographers, Little Rock.

series IV Box 14 Folder 4 Item 3

Davis Family, ca 1909

9 1/2" x 13". Formal group portrait of the Davis family standing and sitting. Standing, left to right: Lynah, Wallace, Bessie, Jeff Davis. Seated, left to right: Janie, Lewis, Senator Davis, Lucille, Ina, and "Polly" (Ina) Davis. Harris Studios, Little Rock.

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