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James Davis Papers

Collection Summary

Repository
University of Vermont Libraries Special Collections Burlington, Vermont 05405-3596
Creator - Creator
Davis, James, 1783-1868
Title
James Davis Papers
ID
mss.099
Dates [inclusive]
1783-1868
Quantity
2 boxes
Shelf location
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library..
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists of photocopies of James Davis' personal journals for July 6, 1861 - April 1, 1863, and May 2, 1864 - July 9 1865. Written while Davis was confined to his house by injuries, these journals offer detailed, educated comments of local events, the Civil War, literature, national politics, and a variety of other subjects.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] James Davis Papers, Special Collections, University of Vermont Library.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections © 1998 

Access:

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to Mrs. Thaddeus L.L. Zelasko, 2 Tuxedo Place, Morristown, New Jersey 07960.

Acquisition Information

The James Davis Journals were loaned to the University of Vermont for photocopying in August of 1978 by Mrs. Thaddeus L.L. Zelasko (2 Tuxedo Place, Morristown, New Jersey 07960), who has retained possession of the originals.

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Biography

Born in North Kingston, Rhode Island, on August 8, 1783, James Davis graduated from Union College in 1809 and moved to St. Albans, Vermont, the following year. Admitted to the Vermont bar in 1812 Davis opened an office in North Hero and practiced law in a number of northwestern Vermont towns until 1819, when he moved back to St. Albans. He became a prominent figure in Franklin County, serving on the Governor's Council in 1829-30 and filling several terms in the 1840's and '50's as Judge of Franklin County Court and Judge of Probate. Davis suffered severe injuries in two falls in 1859 and 1860, and became an invalid the last eight years of his life. He died in St. Albans in 1868, after a "short and painful" illness.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of photocopies of James Davis' personal journals for July 6, 1861 - April 1, 1863, and May 2, 1864 - July 9 1865. Written while Davis was confined to his house by injuries, these journals offer detailed, educated comments of local events, the Civil War, literature, national politics, and a variety of other subjects. Consequently they serve as an excellent source for the personal thoughts of a prominent Vermonter in reaction to the events and issues in the state and around the country in the period 1861 to 1865.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Diaries
  • Photocopies

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • St. Albans (Vt.)

Subject(s)

  • Vermont --History --Civil War, 1861-1865

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