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  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0028
    Creator: Davis, Horace, 1831-1916
    Title: Horace Davis Papers
    Dates: 1865-1916
    Physical Description: 3 Linear feet
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Green Library
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information


    Custodial History

    Gift of Mrs. George Proctor.

    Information about Access


    Ownership & Copyright

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.

    Cite As

    [Identification of item], Horace Davis Papers (SC0028). Stanford University Archives, Stanford, Calif.


    Horace Davis was a United States representative from California, a member of the original Board of Trustees of Stanford University (1885-1916), and President of the University of California.

    Scope and Content

    Papers include family correspondence (with a few pertaining to the Civil War United States Sanitary Commission); correspondence relating to the administration of Stanford University; and a few articles by Davis, diplomas, and pamphlets. The bulk of the papers concern Stanford University, its Board of Trustees, and the problems it faced such as salaries, tuition and fees, faculty reirements, discipline, the 1906 arthquake, and problems of organizing the Board of Trustees. Correspondents include Thomas R. Bard, George Crothers, Henry T. Gage, David Starr Jordan, Samuel F. Leib, George C. Perkins, James D. Phelan, Whitelaw Reid, Eugene E. Schmitz, Silas W. Terry, Booker T. Washington, Benjamin Ide Wheeler and John D. Works.