Winfield Davis Papers mssHM 53656-53674

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
April 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

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

Volume 1-5

Manuscript regarding history of California HM 53656

Volume 6

Manuscript account of counties of California HM 53657 1849-1903

Scope and Contents

Volume includes statistics regarding members of the legislature (1849-1895), the governors and executive officers (1849-1903).
Volume 7

Manuscript account of elections and statistics of officers of California HM 53658 1851-1880

Volume 8

List of books in the Library of Winfield J. Davis (in numbered sequence) HM 53659

Volume 9

Biographical References - California History HM 53660

Volume 10

Manuscript index to California History HM 53661

Volume 11

Dictionary - California History HM 53662

Scope and Contents

Index volume to articles in periodicals.
Volume 12

Record Book "A" HM 53663

Scope and Contents

Manuscript copies of articles regarding California from periodicals.
Volume 13

Record Book "B" HM 53664

Scope and Contents

Manuscript copies of articles regarding California from periodicals.
Volume 14

Scrapbook "C" HM 53665

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook of clippings, chiefly regarding California.
Volume 15

Record Book "D" HM 53666

Scope and Contents

Manuscript copies of articles regarding California.
Volume 16

Record Book "E" HM 53667

Scope and Contents

Historical scrapbook of clippings - California and Sacramento.
Volume 17-21

Index volumes to articles regarding California in periodicals HM 53668

Scope and Contents

Summary report includes detailed instructions for using the index volumes.
Volume 22

Record Book HM 53669

Scope and Contents

Index to articles regarding California in periodicals, not in the scrapbooks.
Volume 23-40

Scrapbooks of clippings HM 53670

Scope and Contents

Clippings chiefly regarding California.
Volume 41

Scrapbook of clippings HM 53671

Scope and Contents

Clippings of poetry and topics of general interest only.
Volume 42

Scrapbook of clippings HM 53672

Scope and Contents

Clippings of poetry and topics of general interest, etc.
Volume 43

Scrapbook of clippings HM 53673

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous clippings, poetry, etc.
Volume 44

Scrapbook of clippings HM 53674

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous clippings, poetry, etc.