Guide to the Davida Catherine French Papers

Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
Copyright © 2011 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

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Overview

Call Number: SC0201
Creator: French, Davida Catherine.
Title: Davida Catherine French papers
Dates: 1906-1974
Bulk Dates: 1906-1907
Physical Description: 0.5 linear foot
Summary: Class notes, exams, essays, and creative writing assignments from English classes at Stanford University, 1906-07; several of the creative writing assignments pertain to Japan, where she taught before attending Stanford University; and notes and exam from a philosophy course with William James, 1906. Collection also includes a copy of NOT INCLUDED IN A SHEEPSKIN: STANFORD STORIES (1907), which she co-authored with Esther Stevens and Laura Wells.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

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Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

Davida Catherine French Papers (SC0201). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Davida ("Vida") Catherine French was born in 1880 in San Francisco, the daughter of Dr. Hayes Clifton French, one of San Francisco's first opthalmologists. After graduation from Lowell High School in San Francisco, she attended Mills College in Oakland. She transferred from Mills to Stanford, graduating in 1908 from Stanford with an A.B. in history.
Prior to her graduation form Stanford, Ms. French spent some time in Japan, where she taught Latin and Greek in the Japanese school system. While in the Orient, Ms. French met Charles William Ure, a Scotsman engaged in business in Shanghai; they were married in London in 1913. After Mr. Ure's death in Shanghai in 1923, Mrs. Ure returned to England. For many years, she alternated residences between Malaga, Spain, Tunbridge Wells, England, and Palo Alto.
While at Stanford, Mrs. Ure had been a member of the Cap and Gown scholastic honor society and a member of Alpha Phi sorority. She was also a member of the Palo Alto Women's Club and the American Association of University Women.
Mrs. Ure died in Palo Alto in 1974 at the age of 94. In her will, Mrs. Ure established a medical scholarship at Stanford in her father's name.

Description of the Collection

Class notes, exams, essays, and creative writing assignments from English classes at Stanford University, 1906-07; several of the creative writing assignments pertain to Japan, where she taught before attending Stanford University; and notes and exam from a philosophy course with William James, 1906. Collection also includes a copy of NOT INCLUDED IN A SHEEPSKIN: STANFORD STORIES (1907), which she co-authored with Esther Stevens and Laura Wells.

Access Terms

French, Davida Catherine.
James, William, 1842-1910.
Stanford University--Students.
Stanford University. Dept. of English.
Stevens, Esther.
Wells, Laura.
English literature.
Japan in literature.


Collection Contents

 

Papers

Box 1, Folder 1

English 22: Class assignments 1906-1907

Box 1, Folder 1

"The Tragic Five Acts of Byron's Life"

Box 1, Folder 1

"Keat's Ode to a Nightingale and Ode to a Grecian Man"

Box 1, Folder 1

"The Romanticism of Coleridge"

Box 1, Folder 1

"Women in 'Childe Harold's Pilgrimage"

Box 1, Folder 1

"A Comparison of Shelley's 'Prometheus Unbound' and the "Prometheus Bound' of Aeschylus"

Box 1, Folder 1

"Aspects of the Doctrine of Immortality in Wordsworth"

Box 1, Folder 2

English 22: creative writing assignments, 1907

Box 1, Folder 2

"The Feel of Solitude"

Box 1, Folder 2

"The Manuscript of Monsieur"

Box 1, Folder 2

"O Yuko San"

Box 1, Folder 2

"The Treasure of the Humble"

Box 1, Folder 2

"A Ball Room Incident"

Box 1, Folder 2

"Thanksgiving"

Box 1, Folder 2

"A Strength in the By-Ways"

Box 1, Folder 2

"The Uncouth Van Uston"

Box 1, Folder 2

"The Approach to Japan"

Box 1, Folder 2

"Chummy's Inheritance"

Box 1, Folder 3

English 19: class notes and exams 1907

Box 1, Folder 3

First lecture, January 9th

Box 1, Folder 3

"A Comparison of Arudd's Tristan and Iseult and Tennyson's Last Tournament"

Box 1, Folder 3

"Childhood in Swinbourne's Poems"

Box 1, Folder 3

"The Philosophy of Empedocles on Etna"

Box 1, Folder 3

"Mycerinus: Its Purpose"

Box 1, Folder 3

"The Blessed Damozel"

Box 1, Folder 3

Exam April 15, 1907

Box 1, Folder 3

Exam May 1, 1907

Box 1, Folder 3

Exam questions handout May 13, 1907

Box 1, Folder 4

Not Included in a Sheepskin: Stanford Stories by Davida French, Esther Stevens, Laura Well. Stanford: Stanford Book Store 1907

Box 1, Folder 5

Notes and an exam from philosophy course taught by William James Spring 1906

Box 1, Folder 6

Obituary 1974