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Davis, Charles Claflin. Papers, 1917-1923: Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS8872753
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Davis, Charles Claflin
Title: Charles Claflin Davis papers
Date(s): 1917-1923
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes and an oversized folder)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection chronicles Davis's work with Russian refugees and orphans displaced by the Russian Revolution. Davis was director of the American Red Cross' South Eastern Base from 1920-1922. During this period he worked in Constantinople and Symrna Turkey, as well as Lemnos, Greece.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Transferred from Houghton Library, November 2001

Processing Information:

Processed by Maureen Mahoney, Spring 2002
Reprocessed by Margaret Peachy, March 2008

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.

Existence and Location of Copies:

The Charles Claflin Davis collection has been digitized. Photographs from Series I may be found in Harvard's VIA database using the keywords, "Claflin Davis." Material from the remaining Series may be viewed here.

Biographical/Historical Information:



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Scope and Contents

The Charles Claflin Davis Papers span the years of 1897-1923, with the bulk of the materials falling into the two-year time span of 1921-1923. The material reflects the work he did while working for the American Red Cross in Turkey.
Davis served as Director of the South Eastern Base of the American Red Cross headquartered in Constantinople from 1920-1922. This base oversaw operations for Constantinople as well as Smyrna, Turkey and Lemnos, Greece. During this period Davis and the Red Cross were involved in providing humanitarian aid to refugees fleeing the Russian Revolution and to victims on the fighting that occurred in Smyrna Turkey in September 1922. In the 1923 he was acting director of the Constantinople Chapter of the American Red Cross, which was the successor organization to the South Eastern Base.
The collection consists of letters, photos, albums of children's art, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, a ledger, an almanac, and citations.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

American Red Cross -Pictorial works.
League of Nations.
World War, 1914-1918 -War work -Red Cross.
World War, 1914-1918 -Refugees -Pictorial works.
Children -Soviet Union -Pictorial works.
Russians -Foreign countries -Pictorial works.
Refugees -Turkey -Pictorial works.
Refugees -Greece -Pictorial works.
Refugees -Middle East -Pictorial works.
Orphans -Turkey -Pictorial works.
Orphans -Greece -Pictorial works.
Soviet Union -Emigration and immigration -History -Pictorial works.
Soviet Union -History -Revolution, 1917-1921 -Refugees -Pictorial works.
Soviet Union -History -Revolution, 1917-1921 -Children -Pictorial works.
Russia -Emigration and immigration -History -Pictorial works.
Davis, Charles Claflin.