Raymond Cazallis Davis papers: 1850-1917
Summary Information
Title: Raymond Cazallis Davis papers
Creator: Davis, R. C. (Raymond Cazallis), 1836-
Dates: 1850-1917
Extent: 6 linear feet, 2 folders
Abstract:
Librarian of University of Michigan. Correspondence, including material on library administration, collection development, opening a new library in 1883, and the exhibition of University of Michigan professor's books at the 1893 World's Fair; also family correspondence, including letters discussing travels and Civil War service of family members; and photographs.
Call number: 851255 Aa 2; UAm; UAx
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Mrs. John T. Norton (donor no. 2284) and came to the library in multiple accessions, 1955-1957.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Raymond Cazallis Davis papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Raymond Cazallis Davis was born at Cushing, Maine, June 23, 1836, son of George and Catherine (Young) Davis. After his mother's death in 1849, his father, who was a sea captain, took young Davis on a cruise around the world which lasted two years. Later, in 1869 he published a volume of his experiences entitled "Reminiscences of a Voyage around the World." In 1855 Davis entered the University of Michigan. Unfortunately, towards the end of the second year his studies were interrupted by a severe illness which incapacitated him for serious work for some years. In 1868 he returned to the University as assistant librarian. At the end of four years the Regents offered him the position of chief librarian. As acceptance would have involved the displacement of the incumbent, he declined the office, instead leaving Ann Arbor for Maine.

In 1877 the office of librarian at the University having fallen vacant, Davis was again offered the position. He now felt free to accept it. During his long term of service extending over twenty-eight years the Library grew steadily in size and professionalism. Early in his career, a new library building was built and occupied. In addition, Davis developed the card catalog and was aggressive in expanding the holdings of the library. In 1905, at his own request, he retired and was made librarian emeritus and lecturer on bibliography, a course he had instituted in 1882. In 1881 the Regents of the University conferred upon him the honorary degree of Master of Arts. Davis died June 10, 1919.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes correspondence; files relating to his career as chief librarian of the University of Michigan; personal and biographical materials; and speeches, essays, and writings.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • California -- Description and travel.
  • Libraries -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Voyages and travels.
  • Travelers.
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Living rooms -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Ambrotypes.
  • Daguerreotypes.
  • Photographs.
  • Tintypes.
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon. Omicron Chapter (University of Michigan)
  • Literary Adelphi (University of Michigan)
  • University of Michigan. Library.
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Correspondence.
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Social life and customs -- 1851-1860.
  • World's Columbian Exposition (1893: Chicago, Ill.)
  • Davis, Ellen Regal.
  • Davis, R. C. (Raymond Cazallis), 1836-
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • Alger, R. A. (Russell Alexander), 1836-1907.
  • Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916.
  • Boise, James Robinson, 1815-1895.
  • Davis, Ferdinand, 1840-
  • Davis, Frederick.
  • Davis, George.
  • Demmon, Isaac Newton, 1842-1920.
  • Dewey, John, 1859-1952.
  • Dewey, Melvil, 1851-1931.
  • Finney, Byron Alfred, 1849-1938.
  • Flanders, George A.
  • Frieze, Henry S. (Henry Simmons), 1817-1889.
  • Hay, John, 1838-1905.
  • McMillan, James, 1838-1902.
  • Rogers, Henry Wade, 1853-1926.
  • Ten Brook, Andrew, 1814-1899.
  • Williams, George Palmer, 1802-1881.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Correspondence [series]
Box   1  
1850-1859

(include family letter, April 18, 1850, describing travels and visit to San Francisco; letter from George Davis, November 29, 1857, regarding Delta Kappa Epsilon, Literary Adelphi, professors George P. Williams and James R. Boise, and a prank involving animals in College Hall; letter from James R. Boise, 1859, and letter from Henry S. Frieze, February 3, 1859)

Box   1  
1860-1864

(include letter November 1860 describing election day in Boston)

Box   1  
1865-1869

(include letter, June 15, 1862, of George Flanders telling of his Civil War experiences with Co. F, 8th New Hampshire Infantry; letters, 1861-1862, of Ferdinand Davis while with the 7th New Hampshire Infantry; letter from A. Calloway Nesbitt to Mrs. Davis, October 18, 1865, containing an account of the death of R.C. Davis' brother, Byron Davis)

Box   1  
1872-1877

(include letter, April 20, 1874, regarding removal of Andrew Ten Brook as librarian; letters, June 28 and October 12, 1877, from James B. Angell regarding Davis' appointment)

Box   1  
January-June 1878
Box   1  
July-December 1878
Box   1  
January-February 1879
Box   1  
April-July 1879
Box   1  
August-December 1879
Box   1  
January-March 1880
Box   1  
April-August 1880
Box   1  
September-December 1880
Box   1  
January-April 1881
Box   1  
May-September 1881
Box   1  
October-December 1881
Box   1  
January-March 1882
Box   1  
April-June 1882
Box   1  
July-September 1882
Box   1  
October-December 1882
Box   1  
January-March 1883
Box   1  
April-June 1883
Box   1  
July-September 1883
Box   1  
October 1883
Box   1  
January-February 1884
Box   1  
March-May 1884
Box   1  
June-September 1884
Box   1  
October-December 1884
Box   1  
January-March 1885
Box   1  
April-June 1885
Box   1  
July-September 1885
Box   1  
October-December 1885
Box   2  
January-March 1886
Box   2  
April-June 1886
Box   2  
July-September 1886
Box   2  
October-December 1886
Box   2  
January-April 1887

(include letter from Melvil Dewey, February 7)

Box   2  
May-October 1887

(include letter from Melvil Dewey, May 5, May 30)

Box   2  
November-December 1887

(include letter from Melvil Dewey, November 17, November 28)

Box   2  
January-March 1888
Box   2  
April-June 1888

(include letter from Melvil Dewey, April 23, April 24)

Box   2  
July-October 1888
Box   2  
November-December 1888

(include letter from Melvil Dewey, December 15, and from John Dewey, November 2)

Box   2  
January-February 1889
Box   2  
March-April 1889
Box   2  
May-June 1889
Box   2  
July-October 1889
Box   2  
November-December 1889
Box   2  
January-March 1890
Box   2  
April-June 1890
Box   2  
July-October 1890
Box   2  
November-December 1890
Box   2  
January-March 1891
Box   2  
April-June 1891
Box   2  
July-September 1891
Box   2  
October-December 1891
Box   2  
January-February 1892
Box   2  
March-May 1892
Box   3  
June-September 1892
Box   3  
October-December 1892

(include letter from Senator James McMillan, December 13)

Box   3  
January-March 1893
Box   3  
April-June 1893

(include letter from Henry Wade Rogers, June 9)

Box   3  
July-September 1893
Box   3  
October-December 1893
Box   3  
January-February 1894
Box   3  
March-April 1894
Box   3  
May-June 1894
Box   3  
July-August 1894
Box   3  
September-October 1894
Box   3  
November-December 1894
Box   3  
January-February 1895
Box   3  
March-April 1895
Box   3  
May-June 1895
Box   3  
July-September 1895
Box   3  
October-December 1895
Box   3  
January-February 1896
Box   3  
March-April 1896
Box   3  
May-June 1896
Box   3  
July-September 1896

(include letter from Isaac Demmon, August 20)

Box   3  
October-December 1896
Box   4  
January-March 1897
Box   4  
April-June 1897
Box   4  
July-September 1897
Box   4  
October-December 1897
Box   4  
January-February 1898
Box   4  
March-April 1898
Box   4  
May-June 1898
Box   4  
July-September 1898
Box   4  
October-December 1898
Box   4  
January-March 1899
Box   4  
April-June 1899
Box   4  
July-September 1899
Box   4  
October-December 1899
Box   4  
January-February 1900
Box   4  
March-April 1900
Box   4  
May-June 1900
Box   4  
July-October 1900
Box   4  
November-December 1900
Box   4  
January-March 1901
Box   4  
April-May 1901
Box   4  
July-December 1901
Box   4  
January-March 1902
Box   4  
April-August 1902
Box   4  
September-December 1902
Box   4  
January-February 1903
Box   4  
March-April 1903
Box   4  
May-July 1903
Box   4  
August-October 1903
Box   4  
November-December 1903

(include letter from Russell Alger, November 14, with enclosure of letter from John Hay)

Box   5  
January-March 1904
Box   5  
April-May 1904
Box   5  
June-August 1904

(include letter, July 3, by Mrs. R.C. Davis to Mrs. Edwin Goodrich re: health and summer resort in Maine; also letter June 16 from Isaac Demmon)

Box   5  
September-December 1904
Box   5  
January-February 1905
Box   5  
March-April 1905
Box   5  
May-June 1905
Box   5  
July-December 1905
Box   5  
1906
Box   5  
1910-1922 (scattered)
Box   5  
And various Undated
 
University of Michigan Library [series]
Box   5  
Manuscript, report, other items relating to opening of the new library , as well as miscellanea concerning the operation of the library, duties of the librarian and the assistant 1883
Box   5  
Annual report of the librarian to the Board of Regents 1885
Box   5  
Annual report of the librarian to the Board of Regents 1892
Box   5  
Annual report of the librarian to the Board of Regents 1893
Box   5  
Correspondence with various book companies about an exhibit of University of Michigan professors' books at the Chicago World's Fair 1893
Box   5  
B.A. Finney's report to Davis on annual circulation 1895
Box   5  
B.A. Finney's annual report to Davis on circulation 1903
Box   5  
Building of Carnegie Libraries, correspondence regarding 1902-1904
Box   5  
Annual reports of B.A. Finney and H.O. Severance 1905
Box   5  
Bills and receipts 1870-1906 (5 folders)
Box   5  
War Department forms acknowledging return of books loaned to University of Michigan Library
Box   5  
Library miscellaneous
 
Biographical / Personal [series]
Box   5  
Autobiography and related (2 folders)
Box   5  
Commonplace book with notes on sermons, etc.
Box   5  
Miscellanea-will, cemetery deed, land grants
Box   5  
Senate memorial for R.C. Davis
Box   5  
Miscellaneous manuscripts-poem, bibliography, bibliographical data
Box   5  
Photographs, mainly portraits of Davis and his wife and at his residence

(see also oversize folder UAm and special care folder UAx)

 
Speeches, essays, writings [series]
Box   6  
On Thompson's Rocks-The Idemic Sin
Box   6  
The Librarian's Relation to Material Things (read before the Columbia Library School)
Box   6  
The Books of 1886
Box   6  
Address read before the Student Christian Association undated
Box   6  
Maine Artillery on a Lark-a story
Box   6  
Interview with the Animals
Box   6  
The Diamond and the Pearl
Box   6  
The History of Philosophy
Box   6  
Pink and Pedro-(story)
Box   6  
Tales of a Wayside
Box   6  
The Twin Voyages of Captains Teel and Rawley
 
Cornelius-A Tale of Ancient Rome.
Box   6  
Book I Lucullus (outline)
Box   6  
Book II Demetrius
Box   6  
Book IV The Fortunate Isles
Box   6  
Book V The Battle of Actium
Box   6  
Maine Yarns
Box   6  
References and notes for Practical and Intellectual Bibliography and other subjects
Box   6  
Capture and Recapture (story)
Box   6  
Richard Hooker-an analysis of Hooker as writer
Box   6  
Unselfish nature of bibliographical labor in the last century (2 copies)
Box   6  
The Williams Emeritus Professorship Fund
Box   6  
Prefatory matter of books
Box   6  
An Irish Idyll (story)
Box   6  
Introductory to Nature and the Supernatural
Box   6  
Sea Serpent (2 copies)
Box   6  
Novel reading (essay)
Box   6  
Original manuscript of the History of Books, including omitted material
Box   6  
Notebooks on the history of books and printing (9 tablets)