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Davis (Winfield) Papers
mssHM 53656-53674  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Winfield Davis papers
    Creator: Davis, Winfield J., 1851-
    Identifier/Call Number: mssHM 53656-53674
    Physical Description: 8 Linear Feet (44 volumes)
    Date (inclusive): 1849-1909
    Abstract: The collection consists of scrapbooks of indexes to articles in periodicals, articles, and manuscripts (in 44 volumes) related to the life and career of Winfield J. Davis, California politician and writer.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Winfield Davis papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Jones Book Store, August 1952; Walter E. Stoddard, March 1953; John Howell-Books, September 1953.

    Biographical / Historical

    Winfield J. Davis (1851-1909) was born in Oneida County, New York, and came with his family to California in 1862. The family moved from their farm in Placer County to the city of Sacramento in 1869. There, Davis studied to become a shorthand reporter and wrote for newspapers including the Sacramento Bee, Daily Union, and the Daily Record; he also learned the printing and publishing trade. In 1879 he was admitted to the California bar. Davis was also active in California political affairs, elected to the state legislature (on the Republican ticket) where he served from 1884 to 1890. In 1891 he was elected a member (and later became president) of the Board of Education of Sacramento. He wrote extensively on historical and political subjects related to California, and he is perhaps best known as the author of "History of political conventions in California, 1849-1892." Davis held many offices, was historian of the Sacramento Society of California Pioneers, and was well known in the public life of Sacramento.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of 44 scrapbooks of clippings, articles, indexes of published articles, and a few manuscripts of Winfield J. Davis from 1849 to 1909. It includes a manuscript account of the counties of California and statistics regarding members of the state legislature, the governors and executive officers.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library Staff, September 1990. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.


    Arranged by subject and format.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Legislators -- California -- History
    California -- Counties -- History
    California -- History -- 1850-1950
    California -- Politics and Government -- 1850-1950
    Articles -- California
    Clippings (information artifacts) -- California
    Manuscripts -- California
    Scrapbooks -- California
    California. Legislature