Finding Aid to the William Heath Davis Collection MS.623

Finding aid prepared by Anna Liza Posas
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030

Title: William Heath Davis Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MS.623
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.2 Linear feet 25 folders
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1846-1853
Date (inclusive): 1840-1910


Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit or contact library staff at An item-level inventory is available from library staff.


Copyright has not been assigned to the Braun Research Library at the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Braun Research Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred citation

William Heath Davis Collection, 1840-1910, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.623; [folder number] [folder title][date].

Custodial history

The final assemblance of this group of papers is unknown. Many of the items were original correspondence sent to William H. Davis. There are a few items also addressed to Eva Scott Fenyes. All the items in this collection were found in Eva Scott Fenyes’s copy of Sixty Years in California. Material from the Eva Scott Fenyes art collection and library were acquired by the Southwest Museum in 1934.

Processing history

Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Finding aid completed by Anna Liza Posas, 2013. Final processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


The material are physically filed in chronological order. The original placement of the items are noted in the inventory held in the Braun Research Library files. In general, the letters, receipts, bills, orders, and miscellaneous items are pertinent to the people mentioned on the pages where it was filed.

Scope and contents

This collection consists of correspondence, financial documents, and other archival material related to the people mentioned in William Heath Davis’s book, Sixty Years in California, published in 1889. Many of the correspondence are addressed to Edward H. Davis or Guillermo Davis.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Davis, Edward H., 1862-
Davis, Guillermo
Davis, William Heath, 1822-1909
Fenyes, Eva Scott, d. 1930
California -- Biography
California -- History
Financial records
Sixty Years in California