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Horton Davies Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Davies, Horton

Horton Davies was a Princeton University professor of religion; his wife, Marie-Helene Davies, is author of LAUGHTER IN A GENEVAN GOWN: THE WORKS OF FREDERICK BUECHNER, 1970-1980 (1983).

The collection consists of selected correspondence of Davies, along with several corrected chapter drafts for his book Like Angels from a Cloud: The English Metaphysical Preachers: 1588-1645 and clippings regarding his book Varieties of English Preaching, 1900-1960. Included is one postcard (1951) by Alan Paton, the South African author and liberal political activist, and two autograph letters (1951) from Paton's wife, Dorrie, with accompanying holograph questionnaire responses and typed biography of Paton. There are six autograph letters (Oct.-Nov. 1964) by Davies to his first wife, Brenda, from Oxford and Cambridge, describing his fellowship life there (including at "high table"); some of these contain hand-drawn sketches. There is a another group of letters (1955) by George F. Thomas, chairman of the Department of Religion at Princeton University, to Davies, inviting him to come to Princeton to teach and discussing the launch of the yearly course at the Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition, there is an autograph letter from Rev. A. R. Winnett, in Surrey, England, regarding Davies' book Varieties of English Preaching, 1900-1960.

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

Gift of Helen Davies on December 7, 2005 (AM 2006-69).

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This collection was processed by Dina Britain on May 22, 2009. Finding aid written by Lauren Kustner in May 26, 2009. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

6 Letters from Horton Davies to Mrs. Horton Davies, 1964 October-November. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Card, 2 Letters, Typed Manuscripts from Paton, Alan, and Dorrie to Horton Davies, 1951-1955. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

2 Autograph Letters, 13 Typed Letters from George F. Thomas to Horton Davies, 1955 March-December. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Rev. Canon A.R. Winnett to Horton Davies, 1964 November 11. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Like Angels from a Cloud: The English Metaphysical Preachers: 1588-1645, Corrected Chapter Drafts, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folderTypescripts

Varieties of English Preaching, 1900-1960, Clippings, 1963. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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