The Resource Papers of Eugene Davis, (manuscript)

Papers of Eugene Davis, (manuscript)

Papers of Eugene Davis, 1744-1925
Papers of Eugene Davis
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Eugene Davis papers
  • The papers include correspondence, 1810-1898, of Eugene Davis, John A.G. Davis, and other members of the Davis family, concerning family matters, Charlottesville, Va., news, genealogy, business, politics, estate settlements, the family's plantation "Little Run," costs of travelling to Europe, Williamsburg, Va. (1818), with correspondence, 1867, of Eugene Davis as secretary of an alumni group
  • The papers also contain letters, 1861-1865, of Eugene Davis and Robert N. Saunders, concerning camp life, family news, John Staige Davis organizing a typhoid hospital in Charlottesville, the Albemarle Everett Artillery, care and housing of wounded on the Lawn and at the Rotunda, General Longstreet, the capture of Eugene Davis at Yellow Tavern battle, and his imprisonment at Camp Lookout
  • Letters, 1864-1865, of James M.M. Davis, Rockbridge Battery, concerning camp life and religious conversion; and letters, 1864-1865, to Eugene Davis while imprisoned, concerning offers of help and assistance
  • Military records and papers, 1859-1862, kept by Eugene Davis as Captain of the Albemarle Light Horse, include orders, passes, medical discharges, requisitions, transfers, and substitutes; militia commission, 1861, for Eugene Davis; copy of resignation, 1861, of commission of Eugene Davis; orders, 1865, re: paroled prisoners; and a letter, 1870, concerning information on military service
  • There are also letters, 1889-1891, to Eugene Davis, concerning fundraising for Cottage Hospital, Charlottesville, Va., and for charity patients; draft, ca. 1888, for circular for Cottage Hospital; printed circulars, ca. 1888, concerning building a ward for charity patients and a hospital for Afro-Americans; and letters, 1891, from William C. Dabney concerning charity patients and Afro-American patients' distrust of hospitals
  • Of interest is a draft, 1850, of letter to Thomas Hewitt Key from Eugene Davis concerning the legal options of a slave named Sally [Cottrell Cole], currently the wife of a Reuben Cole. Sally was originally purchased from Joseph Coolidge and was thought to be manumitted by Key, but considered herself a slave so that she might stay in Virginia
  • There are also drafts of speeches, 1842-1844, of Eugene Davis concerning temperance; drafts of speeches, n.d., of Eugene Davis concerning politics, railroads, a hiring contract, and Decoration Day; draft, n.d., of report of Charlottesville Savings Bank; and his papers, n.d., relating to religious topics
  • There are also land grants, deeds, and plats, 1744-1885, pertaining to Davis family property in Albemarle County, Va.; receipt, 1837, of John A.G. Davis for payment to T.J. Randolph; copy of note, 1839, found with will of John A.G. Davis; and personal account book, 1846, of Mrs. Eugene Davis
  • There are also hotel bills, 1858, from European trip of Eugene Davis; articles of agreement, 1863, re: division of slaves in estate settlement; receipts, 1861-1886, of Eugene Davis, including one for slave hire; and papers, 1894, concerning the estate of Eugene Davis
  • Also include a fragment, 1769, to Martha Jefferson Carr re: family affairs; letter, 1810, to Peter Carr re: business; and letter, 1828, from William Cabell Rives to John A.G. Davis re: publication of Jefferson's writings and Davis' desire to be secretary to Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia
  • Also of interest is a letter, 1833, from Henry Clay concerning auction of property and national politics
  • Also include journal fragments, 1842-1844, 1849, by presumably Eugene Davis concerning a balloon ascension in Charlottesville, politics, family matters, University of Virginia, law practice in Palmyra, Va., and personal theology
  • Also include copy of marriage bond, 1791; law book, 1825, of John A.G. Davis; notebook, ca. 1856, with notes for a Sunday school class; copy of petition, 1855, for liquor licensing; draft, 1860, of article on slavery; right of way contract, 1877, Albemarle County, Va.; and copy of petition, 1891, requesting teacher for Afro-American children, Campbell County, Va
  • Also include obituaries; printed material; nominating petition, n.d., for S.F. Leake from the Democrats of Albemarle County; manuscript map, n.d., of North Central Virginia; part of draft, n.d., for "First Impressions"; clippings; genealogical notes for Va. families; and a stencil of Eugene Davis' name
Biographical or historical data
Represented in the collection are Eugene Davis, lawyer of Charlottesville, Va.; and his father, John A.G. Davis, Charlottesville, Va., lawyer and professor at the University of Virginia.
Cataloging source
Papers of Eugene Davis, (manuscript)
  • Special Collections
Cumulative index finding aids
Annotated list available in control folder.
350 (ca.)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) ALN9222
  • (OCoLC)647851902
Type of unit


Library Locations

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