This collection contains the papers of California writer Jennie C. Davis (1851-1946), chiefly dating from 1917 to 1942 and
manuscripts of her work, a draft of her autobiography, and correspondence, chiefly from Davis to her eldest daughter, as well
letters from literary figures, journalists, and artists. Subjects in collection include: Acorn Lodge in Wrightwood, Calif.;
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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