Donald Davie Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0101

Scope and Contents

The papers of author, educator, poet, and critic Donald Davie consist of his writings, published and unpublished, printed and in draft form, both manuscripts and typescripts, literary correspondence, personal and biographical data, materials pertaining to his academic career and other professional activities, works of his associates and colleagues, and writings by other twentieth century poets and authors, some of them Davie’s students. The earliest materials are letters Davie wrote as a young man in the Royal Navy in 1942 and the latest are his obituaries written in 1995.

The papers consist of these series:

  1. Writings
  2. Correspondence (Literary)
  3. Personal and Biographical Data
  4. Academic Career
  5. Professional Activities
  6. Associates and Colleagues
  7. Writings by Others

The series Writing includes some printed material, but the majority of this series is in manuscript or typescript. An oversized box contains a handcrafted book of poems by Davie and photographs by his wife, Doreen Davie. These materials date from 1947 until 1988. The subseries are:

  1. Poems and Translations
  2. Essays and Articles
  3. Reviews Lectures (Not class lectures)
  4. Book Manuscripts
  5. Bibliographies
  6. Tables of Contents and Book Plans
  7. Notebook

The series Correspondence (Literary) consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence. It is arranged alphabetically by the correspondent’s last name. These letters range in date from 1958 until 1989.

The series Personal and Biographical Data consists of a handwritten account of his wartime experiences in Russia, personal correspondence of that era, and his obituaries. These materials range in date from 1942 until 1995. The subseries are:

  1. Autobiography
  2. Personal Correspondence
  3. Obituaries

The series Academic Career consists of press clippings, materials relating to his university career in Britain, and his lecture notes, arranged by subject, in typescript and manuscript. Most of the lecture notes appear to date from his seven years at Trinity College Dublin. The items in this series range in date from 1951 until 1988. The subseries are:

  1. Clippings
  2. Correspondence and Memoranda
  3. Lecture Notes

The series Professional Activities consists of audiocassettes and reel-to-reel tapes recorded by Davie and materials from the journal PNR during the time Davie was editor. The materials date from 1972 until? The subseries are:

  1. Recorded Readings
  2. PNR Materials---Editing

The series Associates and Colleagues consists of manuscripts and printed materials by Howard Warshaw and Peter Whigham, both colleagues of Davie at Stanford, whose works he supported and promoted. The materials in this series date from 1969 until 1983. The subseries are:

  1. Warshaw, Howard
  2. Whigham, Peter

The series Writings by Others consists of critiques of Davie’s work and influence, proof copies Davie received to review, poetry of Davie’s students, and off-prints and books written by twentieth century poets and academics on the subject of poets and poetry. These materials range in date from 1922 until 1987. The materials dated in the 1920s are Xeroxed copies of material by Ivor Gurney (d. 1937), but they were copied for Davie in 1988. The subseries are:

  1. About Donald Davie
  2. Proof Copies Received for Review
  3. Student Poetry
  4. Twentieth Century Poets and Authors

Dates

  • 1942 - 1995

Conditions Governing Use

The Donald Davie Papers were purchased from his estate, and literary rights remain the property of his heirs. Please consult the Head of Special Collections for permission to quote or publish any part of this collection.

Extent

3.36 Linear Feet (8 Hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The papers of author, educator, poet, and critic Donald Davie consist of his writings, published and unpublished, printed and in draft form, both manuscripts and typescripts, literary correspondence, personal and biographical data, materials pertaining to his academic career and other professional activities, works of his associates and colleagues, and writings by other twentieth century poets and authors, some of them Davie’s students.

Physical Location

Special Collections & Archives

Title
Finding Aid for the Donald Davie Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Beverly Lee
Date
1999
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Jean and Alexander Heard Library
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203 United States


 

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