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MS Am 1798

Davis, William Morris, 1850-1934. William Morris Davis additional papers: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1798
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Davis, William Morris, 1850-1934.
Title: William Morris Davis additional papers,
Date(s): 1885-1951.
Quantity: 1 collection (7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: In English and German.
Abstract: Primarily professional correspondence of American geographer and geologist William Morris Davis, as well as compositions by him.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*64M-265. Transferred from The Geographical Institute; received: ca. 1955.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

William Morris Davis Additional Papers (MS Am 1798). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Davis, an American geographer and geologist, was a world authority on physical geography, a creator of the science of geomorphology, and called the father of physiography. He taught geology at Harvard University (1876-1912), traveled throughout the world, founded the Harvard Travelers Club and the Association of American Geographers, and also contributed to the fields of astronomy and meteorology.


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Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection is professional correspondence, primarily to Davis from his colleagues. Letters by him and between third parties also focus on his work as a geographer, geologist, and professor. The chief correspondent represented is geographer Lawrence Martin. There are compositions by Davis on geology as well as poems by him. Additionally, there are contracts, business papers, clippings, and photographs. Finally, there are some compositions by others.

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