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Jennie Cook Davis Papers: Finding Aid
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This collection contains the papers of California writer Jennie C. Davis (1851-1946), chiefly dating from 1917 to 1942 and including manuscripts of her work, a draft of her autobiography, and correspondence, chiefly from Davis to her eldest daughter, as well as letters from literary figures, journalists, and artists. Subjects in collection include: Acorn Lodge in Wrightwood, Calif.; Cajon Pass, Calif.; Devore, Calif.; Jack and Charmian London; Lute Pease; George Sterling; American newspapers in Wisconsin; Railroad Employees in the United States; Reporters and reporting in the United States; Temperance Poetry; and World War I.
Emma Jane Cook Davis (aka Jennie C. Davis, aka J.C. Davis, aka Mrs. Herbert Benton Davis) was born on October 17, 1851, in White Pigeon, Michigan. Davis lived in various locations growing up. At the age of four, her family moved to Iowa. When she was fourteen, they moved to Indiana. After her father died in 1870, Davis inherited a small amount of money. She obtained permission from her mother to use this money to travel to New York City and attend Cooper’s Union Art Institute in 1873 on the condition that she marry. She and Herbert Benton Davis married in September of that year and Davis moved with him to New York. However, after a short attendance at the institute, family obligations called the couple home.
356 items in 3 boxes + 3 oversize folders
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