Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

 

Kenneth E. Davison

 

SP-20


Introduction

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Inventory

Introduction

Heidelberg College Professor Emeritus Kenneth E. Davison donated his papers to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in 1998.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Kenneth E. Davison received his B.A. from Heidelberg College in 1946 and his PhD. from Western Reserve University in 1953. Specializing in American Studies and the U.S. Presidency, Dr. Davison is the author of Cleveland and the Civil War (1962), The Presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes (1972), The American Presidency: A Guide to Bibliographical Sources (1983), and Ohio's Heritage (1984). He served as editor of The Hayes Historical Journal from 1976 to 1982 and guest editor of Ohio History in 1968. He has taught at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio since 1952, serving as the Chair of the American Studies Department (1967-1989) and Chair of the American Studies and History Department (1983-1989), and Emeritus Professor of History and American Studies in 1989. Dr. Davison was the recipient of the Ohioana Library Book Award (1973) and the Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Academy of History (1989). He has received several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as the Gerald R. Ford Library (1983).

Scope and Content

The Kenneth E. Davison Collection is composed primarily of the research and notes files created by Dr. Davison in preparation for writing The Presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes (1972) and The American Presidency: A Guide to Bibliographical Sources. To a lesser extent, the collection contains preliminary research on Gerald R. Ford and the Ford Presidency. Twenty-eight boxes of original notes files make up the first series. The first twenty-three are devoted to the Hayes Presidency and are organized by subject matter. Dr. Davison recorded details gleaned from his research on Hayes's personal life and public career, his family, administration, and political contemporaries. Boxes twenty-four through twenty-eight focus on Dr. Davison's bibliographic research on the U.S. Presidency. Files are arranged chronologically and extend from Washington to Nixon. The second series is Dr. Davison's research files of which boxes 29 through 32 contain materials gathered for his research regarding Hayes and his presidency. Over one half of the files in Box 32 contain 8 X 10 black and white prints related to the Hayes Presidency and intended for use as illustrations in The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidency. While many were reproduced from the Rutherford B. Hayes Collection, other were acquired from various federal government departments. The files that make up the second series are arranged by type of record: biographical files, articles, dissertations, and images. The final files (Box 33) contain Gerald R. Ford research material as well as a small amount of data on presidential libraries. The bulk of Dr. Davison's files were created between the years 1965 and 1985.

Inventory

Ac. 5473

16.5 linear ft.

 

Rutherford B. Hayes Research - Index Card Files (by subject)

Box 1

Log and Diary Notes: 1877-1878

Box 2

Log and Diary Notes: 1879-1881

Box 3

Bibliography

Box 4

Hayes Family & Contemporaries

Box 5

Campaign & Election of 1876

Box 6

Boyhood: Education; Law; Civil War; Congress; Governor

Box 7

Personal Affairs

Box 8

Social History

Box 9

Patronage Appointments: A-D

Box 10

Patronage Appointments: E-L

Box 11

Patronage Appointments: M-R

Box 12

Patronage Appointments: S-Z

Box 13

Official Visitations to the White House, 1877-1881

Box 14

Official Visitations to the White House, 1877-1881

Box 15

Social Visitors to the White House: A-D

Box 16

Social Visitors to the White House: E-K

Box 17

Social Visitors to the White House: L-R

Box 18

Social Visitors to the White House: S-Z

Box 19

U.S. Senators & Representatives - Biographies

Box 20

Newspaper & Periodical References

Box 21

Republican Convention of 1876

Box 22

Domestic Politics

Box 23

First Lady & Hayes Family

 

U.S. Presidents Bibliography

Box 24

Washington - Lincoln

Box 25

Grant - Hoover

Box 26

Roosevelt - Nixon

Box 27

U.S. Presidents: Subject Bibliography

Box 28

U.S. Presidents: Subject Bibliography

Box 29 - Rutherford B. Hayes Research Files

1. Papers by Kenneth E. Davison
2. Biographical notes - RBH
3. 1836-1846
4. Young Hayes: Kenyon & Texas
5. Lower Sandusky
6. Lawyer
7. Civil War
8. Governor
9 Anecdotes
10. Obits and Memoirs
11. Literary
12. Sports
13. Quotations
14. Pets
15. Personal character
16. Newspapers
17. Music and Piano
18. Republican Convention - 1876
19. Inauguration
20. President
21. Administration
22. Hayes Administration - U.S. Capitol
23. Cabinet
24. Public Papers and Indexes
25. Proclamations
26. Treaties and Conventions
27. Executive Orders - Indian Relations
28. 45th Congress - 1st Session
29. 45th Congress - 2nd Session
30. 45th Congress - 3rd Session
31. 46th Congress - 1st Session
32. 46th Congress - 2nd Session
33. 46th Congress - 3rd Session
34. Supreme Court History
35. Monetary Question
36. Railroad Strike - 1877
37. Whittaker Case
38. Industrial Education
39. Patent Office Fire
40. Mormons
41. California Labor - Chinese
42. March 1877
43. Land Office
44. Tours
45. Executive Staff
46. Charles Devens
47. Nathan Goff, Jr.
48. David M. Key
49. William Gates LeDuc

Box 30 - Rutherford B. Hayes Research Files

1. G. W. McCrary
2. Horace Maynard
3. Alexander Ramsey
4. William K. Rogers
5. John Sherman
6. R. W. Thompson
7. U.S. Senators, 1877-1879
8. Republican Party in CA - 1880-1882
9. Hayes Administration - White House
10.White House Accounts
11.White House - Social
12. Sardis Birchard
13. Chloe Smith Hayes Diary
14. LWH - Autographs
15. Spiegel Grove
16. Carriage
17. Biographical Files - B
18. Biographical Files - D
19. Biographical Files - H
20. Biographical Files - I - L
21. Biographical Files - M - P
22. Biographical Files - R - T
23. Biographical Files - W
24. Biographical Files - Misc.
25. Biographical Files - Misc.
26. Articles - Disputed Election
27. Articles - One-Term Issue
28. Articles - Federal Legislation
29. Articles - Foreign Policy
30. Articles - Negro Education
31. Articles - Southern Policy
32. Articles - Statesman of Reunion
33. Articles - Tours
34. Articles - Indians and Schurz
35. Articles - R. H. Pratt and Indian Policy
36. Articles - Civil Service, 1789-1876

Box 31 - Rutherford B. Hayes Research Files

Dissertations
1. Rutherford B. Hayes
2. Hayes Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine
3. Republican Party in California, 1877-1881
4. Disorganized Democracy: Study of the Democratic Party, 1872-1880
5. The Ohio Republicans: 1866-1880
6. Indian Policy, Interior Dept. And War Dept., 1865-1887
7. R. H. Pratt and the American Indian Policy
8. Great Western Tour, 1880
9. Foreign Policy of William M. Evarts
10. Foreign Policy of William M. Evarts (cont.)
11. Foreign Policy of William M. Evarts (cont.)
12. William M. Evarts - Foreign Affairs
13. Our Constitution is Color Blind: Mr. Justice Harlan and Modern Problems of Civil Rights
14. Our Constitution is Color Blind: Mr. Justice Harlan and Modern Problems... (cont.)
15. D. M. Key
16. D. M. Key (cont.)

Box 32 - Rutherford B. Hayes Research Files

Dissertations (cont.)
1. American Art
2. Society & Culture in Washington, D.C. in the Gilded Age
3. The American Nation in 1876
4. The Formation of the Washington Intellectual Community, 1878-1898
5. Centennial of 1876: The Exposition & Culture for America
6. Centennial of 1876: The Exposition & Culture for American
7. A Bounty for Research: The Philanthropical Support of Scientific Investigation in America
8. Cultural Climate of the Centennial City: Philadelphia, 1875-1876
9. Cultural Climate of the Centennial City: Philadelphia, 1875-1876 (cont.)
10. Cultural Climate of the Centennial City: Philadelphia, 1875-1876 (cont.)
11. Cultural Climate of the Centennial City: Philadelphia, 1875-1876 (cont.)
12. Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876: Study of Social & Cultural Implications...
13. Dissertation abstracts
14 African American Bibliographic Resources
15. Hayes Center newsletters & annual reports
16. Bibliography
17. Book Chapter Titles

Photographs

18. Political Cartoons
19. Political Cartoons (cont.)
20 Political Cartoons (cont.)
21. RBH
22. Lucy Webb Hayes
23. Hayes Family
24. Hayes Artifacts
25. Washington Interiors
26. Washington, D.C. - Scenes
27. Administration and Staff
28. Western Trip
29. Gilded Age Political Figures
30. Gilded Age Literary Figures
31. Spiegel Grove
32. Miscellaneous
33. Political Scenes (Engravings)
34. Centennial (Engravings)
35. National Events (Engravings)
36. Gilded Age - Misc. (Engravings)
37. Gilded Age - Unidentified (Photographs)
38. Miscellaneous Information on RBH Photographs and Portraits

Box 33

Gerald R. Ford Research Files

1. Evaluations
2. Articles about Ford
3. Don Bonafede on Ford
4. Oral History Interviews
5. Biographical
6. Facts on File
7. CIA
8. Warren Commission
9. Congress
10. Public Statements
11. Vice Presidency
12. Presidency
13. White House Staff
14. Economic Policy
15. Energy Policy
16. Clemency
17. Rockefeller - Domestic Council
18. Judicial Matters
19. Foreign Affairs
20. Regulatory Matters
21. Executive Office of the Presidency
22. State of the Union - 1975
23. White House - Food Administration
24. Pardon of Richard Nixon
25. Ford Vetoes
26. 1976 Campaign
27. Gallup Poll
28. Articles - OMB
29. Gentlemanly Attitudes
30. Articles
31. Ford Bibliography

Presidential Libraries

32. Ford Library - Printed Materials
33. Presidential Libraries - General Information
34. National Archives
35. Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
36. Richard M. Nixon - Archives
37. Betty Ford Story (videocassette)
38. Gerald R. Ford Museum Dedication (videocassette)

Film: 16 mm. (Stored in the Film Vault)

1. Harry S. Truman: For All the People
2. Erie Islands
(1930's)

Dissertations

Microfilm (Transferred to the Library to be cataloged)

1. The Post Office and Politics, 1876-1884: The Star Route Frauds. Earl J. Leland, 1964.
2. The Electoral Commission of 1877. Norbert A. Kuntz, 1969.
3. The Presidency and Political Science: A Critique of the Work of Political Scientists in Three Areas
    of Presidential Politics.
David A. Heslop. 1968.
4. The Ohio Republicans, 1866-1880. Donald C. Swift, 1967.
5. The Formation of the Washington Intellectual Community, 1870-1898. James Flack, Jr. 1969.
6. The American Nation in 1876. Joseph T. Stukes, 1962.
7. The Gilded Age in American Historiography. Martin C. Campion, 1970.
8. James A. Garfield and Rutherford B. Hayes: A Study in State and National Politics. John T.
     Houdek1970.
9. Changing Conceptions of the American Character: Alternatives to the Frontier Thesis. Thomas L.
    Hartshorne, 1965.
10. Ohio and Amendment Thirteen: A State Biography of the First National Reform Amendment, 
      1861-1865.
Willies S. Jackson, 1970.

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