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Richard Harding Davis Correspondence and Other Documents

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Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916) was a student at Lehigh University from 1882-1884. During his stay at Lehigh University, Davis wrote for the Lehigh Burr (student magazine), played in the first varsity football team, and helped founding the Mustard and Cheese, student drama club that has been active since then. Davis wrote many novels and short stories, and was a prominent war correspondent during the Spanish-American War (1898).

The documents here include letters, telegrams and notes, mostly written by Davis. It is predominantly letters to his publisher, J. Henry Harper, at Harper and Brothers, but also includes other letters to Raymond H. Walters, Lehigh University, a few letters from Rebecca Harding Davis to Richard Watson Gilder, and letters and telegrams from various persons in Athens, Ga. to J. Henry Harper regarding an incident involving Davis there in 1895.

Arranged topically then chronologically. Oversized posters are in folders and shelved in flat cases.

Donated to Lehigh University Library by Hope Harding Davis (Mrs. Frank Kehrig), daughter of Richard Harding Davis and Bessie McCoy, in October 1942. (See the Brown and White article titled "University Library Houses R. H. Davis Letter Collection" October 6, 1942)

Oversized posters shelved in map case.

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Lehigh University Special Collections
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Collection housed remotely. Users need to contact 24 hours in advance.

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Collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

1887. Letter (w/transcript) to William Young.
Box Box 1 Folder Folder 1
1893. 14 letters, 1 telegram, mostly to J. Henry Harper, Harper.
Folder 2
1895. Ca. 30 letters, telegrams and cards, mostly to J. Henry Harper,.
Folder 3
1897-1898. Ca. 17 letters, mostly to J. Henry Harper;.
Folder 4
1899. 4 letters, 2 telegrams to J. Henry Harper.
Folder 5
1900. 2 letters, 1 to Rebecca Harding Davis, 1 to J. Henry Harper.
Folder 6
1907. 1 letter, to Wm. Whitman Bailey,.
Folder 7
1912. Davis's wedding announcement; 4 letters, 1 portrait photograph to Raymond W. Walters,.
Folder 8
1913-1914. 1 Christmas card; 1 letter to Raymond W. Walters,.
Folder 9
1915-1916. 1 letter to "Pile" from Charles Belmont Davis;.
Folder 10
(see Series II : Rebecca Harding Davis letters).
Folder 11
undated. 6 miscellaneous notes and letters.
Folder 12
undated. 3 letters sent from Marion, Mass.
Folder 13
undated. 8 notes and letters, mostly to J. Henry Harper,.
Folder 14

10 letters from Rebecca Harding Davis to Richard Watson Gilder.
Box Box 1 Folder 11

"Dr. Jamison's Raiders".
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.01
"Cuba in War Time (3 copies)".
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.02
"Our English Cousins".
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.03
"The Princess Aline".
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.04
"The Bar Sinister" (2 copies).
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.05
"In the Fog" (3 copies).
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.06
"The Lion and the Unicorn".
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.07
"Once Upon a Time" (2 copies).
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.08
"The Scarlet Car".
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.09
"The Exiles and Other Stories".
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.10
"The King's Jackal" (2 different versions).
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.11
Scribner's poster for March, including "The Bar Sinister".
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.12
Scribner's poster for April, including "Captain Macklin" and photo of Davis.
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.13
Scribner's poster for April, including RH Davis.
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.14
Scribner's poster for August, including "A Derelict".
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.15
Scribner's poster for August, including RH Davis.
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.16
Scribner's poster for October, including RH Davis.
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.17
Scribner's poster for October, including RH Davis "The Battle of San Juan Hill".
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.18
Scribner's poster for November, including RH Davis "The Campaign in Porto Rico".
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.19
"Dr. Jamison's Raiders".
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.01
"Dr. Jamison's Raiders".
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.01
"Dr. Jamison's Raiders".
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.01
"Dr. Jamison's Raiders".
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.01
"Dr. Jamison's Raiders".
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.01
"Dr. Jamison's Raiders".
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.01
"Dr. Jamison's Raiders".
Box Map Case 7 Folder 07.02.01

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