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Florence H. Davis Papers, 1894-1945

Collection Overview

Title: Florence H. Davis Papers, 1894-1945

ID: OGLMC/1197

Creator: Davis, Florence H. (1868-1958)

Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 09/04/1989

Languages: English [eng]


1868-1958; Librarian at the Bismarck Public Library and the State Historical Society of North Dakota

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Florence H. Davis Papers consist of correspondence dating from 1894 to 1945.  The correspondence is scattered; there is no long run of letters from any one correspondent.  The majority are letters from family members to Davis.  The collection contains only two letters written by Davis, one to her sister, Amelia Brennan O'Connor, of St. Thomas, North Dakota in 1894 and the other to her niece, Mary Brennan Harstad, and her husband, Kenneth, in 1936.  Family member correspondents include Davis' mother, Joanna Branick Brennan, Bathgate, North Dakota; her sister, Amelia; her daughter, Elaine Baldwin Derby, Shidler, Oklahoma; her son, Brennan Briggs Davis, Savage, Montana and Moscow, Idaho; a brother, Stephen Brennan, who had been sent to California to recuperate from tuberculosis and died there; a brother, James P. Brennan, and his wife, Margaret, Savage, Montana; cousins Mary Jane Brennan, Merrickville, Ontario, Canada and Martha Scott, Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada; and various friends.

The letters relate to a variety of family activities and concerns and date primarily from the late 1890's to the late 1920's and early 1930's.  They describe life in small town North Dakota, births and deaths, marriages, illnesses, particularly tuberculosis, schooling, social life, and general news of family and neighbors. Her daughter, Elaine, often wrote about life in the Oklahoma oil fields in the late 1920's.  Her brother-in-law, Archie O'Connor, and brother, James P. Brennan, corresponded about Democratic politics in North Dakota and Montana respectively.

The correspondence in the Davis collection is arranged by the relationship of the correspondent to Florence Davis and also chronologically.  The two letters written by Davis precede those written by close family members to Davis.  These are followed by incoming letters from distant relatives and friends arranged chronologically.  Correspondence between family members other than Davis concludes the letters.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.

Acquisition Source: Mrs. Patricia Brennan Taylor, Wichita, Kansas

Acquisition Method: Donation;  Acc.89-1673

Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Florence H. Davis Papers.  OGLMC 1197, Box #, Folder #.  Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota.

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid migrated to Archon in February 2014.

Other URL: http://library.und.edu/holdings.php?id=ODIN_ALEPH000816978

Box and Folder Listing

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Florence H. Davis - Biographical Materials.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence - Florence Davis to Amelia Brennan O'Connor, Sister,  November 27, 1894.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence - Florence Davis to Mary and Kenneth Harstad, Niece, February 19, 1936.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence - From Joanna Brennan, Mother, 1895-1925.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence - From Elaine Baldwin Derby, Daughter, 1916 (?) - late 1920's.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence - From Brennan Briggs Davis, Son, 1923-1932.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence - From Amelia Brennan O'Connor, Sister, 1918-1932.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence - From James P. and Margaret  Brennan, Brother and Sister-in-law, 1925-1934.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence - From Canadian Cousins regarding the death of Joanna Brennan,1929.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence - From Archie B. O'Connor, Nephew, 1916, 1932.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence - From Kathleen Sabraw, Cousin, 1929.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence - From U.S. Rep. P.D. Norton, 1918.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence - From Minnie J. Nielson, Superintendent of ND State Department of Education,1919, 1945.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence - From Mrs. Joseph Schaffer,  Madison, WI and Hazel Nielson, 1925.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence - From Dr. Melvin A. Brannon, 1928.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence - Regarding the death of Joanna Brennan, 1929.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence - Miscellaneous, 1895-97, 1915.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence - Miscellaneous, 1924-1929.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence - Miscellaneous, 1932, 1942.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: UND Glee Club Dance Program, 1914; Arts and Letters Club Invitation, 1927; UND Memorial Campaign Pledge, 1927, 1930.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence - From Mehitable (Male) to Al Baldwin, Davis' Husband, 1895.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence - From Henry G. Vick to George Brennan, Brother, 1895Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence - From Steve Brennan, Brother to "Home", 1895-1898.Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Correspondence - To Amelia from Cousin Mary Jane Brennan, 1932; From  Amelia to Ken and Mary Harstad and Jim and Margaret Brennan, 1936.Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence - From Mrs. C.M. Brennan to Cousins, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Correspondence - Christmas Cards, 1910, 1924.Add to your cart.
Photographs :Add to your cart.
Placed in the Photograph File Cabinets
Photograph 1: Florence H. Davis and Associates, North Dakota Education Association Convention, 1945.Add to your cart.
Photograph 2: Florence H. Davis and Associates, North Dakota Education Association Convention, 1945.Add to your cart.
Photograph 3: Florence H. Davis, 1916.Add to your cart.