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Finding Aid for the Joseph Le Compte Davis Papers, 1899-1957
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Business Correspondence, 1919-1957 and n.d.

Box 1

Includes three letters from Senator Harry S. New, member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, 1919.


Personal Correspondence, 1899-1957 and n.d. Speeches and Essays

Box 2, Folders 1-11

Personal Correspondence, 1899-1957 and n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Includes two letters from Mrs. Ruby Darrow re: biography of Clarence Darrow by Irving Stone, 1950 and n.d.
Box 2, Folder 12

Crank Letters.

Box 2, Folder 13

Speeches. Eulogies and speech entitled The Independent Man.

Box 2, Folder 14

Essay on the white and Negro races.


Personal Correspondence of Edythe Gilman Davis (Mrs. Le Compte Davis), 1907-1957 and n.d. Letters addressed to Mrs. Lida Gilman (mother of Mrs. Le Compte Davis); Unidentified Correspondence

Box 3, Folder 1-9

Personal Correspondence of Edythe Gilman Davis, 1907-1957 and n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Includes many letters from Le Compte Davis.
Box 3, Folder 10

Letters addressed to Mrs. Lida Gilman.

Box 3, Folder 11

Unidentified Correspondence.


Legal Cases and Papers

Box 4, Folder 1

Arguello Estate. Ruling of Mexican Supreme Court and clippings related to estate in Tijuana, Mexico.

Box 4, Folder 2

Bayou Vista Ditch Company vs. William C. Hanawalt, Jr., Myrtle Frances Bryson, Le Compte Davis, John Doe, Richard Roe, and John Doe Company. Complaint (1 item).

Box 4, Folder 3

Gustave DeLaveaux. Holograph will. Los Angeles, January 21, 1904.

Physical Description: 1 leaf.
Box 4, Folder 4

George J. Dold et al. vs. Carl Chovan et al.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 4, Folder 5

Norman Entler Case. Letters and other papers by Norman Entler re: appraisal of his land in Los Angeles and Fontana by the Edison Company.

Box 4, Folder 6

James B. McNamara and John J. McNamara Case. Confession of John B. McNamara and statement by James J. McNamara, December 5, 1911.

Physical Description: 1 leaf.
Box 4, Folder 7

Candace M. Martin Estate. Letters, photographs, maps, deed relating to dispute over Cuyama ranch of Candace M. Martin

Physical Description: 16 items.
Box 4, Folder 8

Alice B. Strong. Will (6 leaves).

Box 4, Folder 9

Hattie M. Strong. Wills (8 items).

Box 4, Folder 10

Miscellaneous legal papers including probate forms, affidavits, draft of will, and notes of testimony taken from witnesses (10 items).

Box 4, Folder 10

A.F.M. Strong. Estate. In the Supreme Court of the State of California. Brief and Addendum with Points and Authorities, January 1915. Respondents Points and Authorities, April 1915.


Papers Relating to Personal Business

Box 5, Folder 1

Edythe Davis Estate. Agreements concerning property of Edythe Davis. Marriage License of Edythe Gilman and Le Compte Davis.

Box 5, Folder 2

Certificate of admittance of Le Compte Davis to the bar in Oregon.

Box 5, Folder 3

Certificate of membership of Le Compte Davis in Society of Sons of the Revolution.

Box 5, Folder 4

Inventory of library.

Box 5, Folder 5

Miscellaneous business papers, including financial statement of Le Compte Davis, 1930.

Box 5, Folder 6

Notebooks containing miscellaneous business records, including itemized expenditures for trips and household items.

Box 5, Folders 7-14

Papers relating to property holdings of LeCompte Davis. Deeds, insurance policies, and miscellaneous business papers relating to property owned by Davis.



Box 6

Mostly greeting cards and Christmas cards from friends.


Miscellaneous Printed Material; Personal and Family Photographs

Box 7, Folder 1

Newspaper clippings from Los Angeles and Marysville, California, newspapers.

Box 7, Folder 2

Miscellaneous pamphlets and printed matter.


Personal and Family Photographs

Box 8

4 scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings of the Los Angeles Times.

Boxes 9-11

Bombing (1910 ), trial of John B. and James J. McNamara (1911), and Clarence Darrow bribery trial (1912).

Box 12

1 package family photographs and certificate: In the Charter Members Court of Los Angeles, mock complaint Old Timers' Club vs. William H. Cline.

Box 12

2 photographs of a group on a rock on Catalina Island.

Box 12

Photograph of man in a leopard skin toga with shield, sword and helmet.

Box 12

Photograph of woman in long sequined dress with pearl headdress, seated in carved wooden chair.