Davis, Hope Hale. Papers of Hope Hale Davis, 1831-1835, 1916-2002: A Finding AidArthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Processing of this collection was partially funded by gifts from the friends of Hope
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© 2007 President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: MC 533
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Hope Hale Davis
Title: Papers of Hope Hale Davis, 1831-1835,1916-2002
Quantity: 7.51 linear feet (18 file boxes) plus 2 photograph folders, and 1 folio + folder
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers of writer, feminist, one-time Communist, and teacher Hope Hale Davis.
Processed: August 2007
By: Paula Aloisio
Accession numbers: 2004-M127, 2005-M137
The papers of Hope Hale Davis were given to the Schlesinger Library by Lydia Davis in November 2004 and by April Edrington in October 2005.
Access. Access is unrestricted, with the following exceptions: folder #17.1 is closed
until January 1, 2042; #18.7 is closed until January 1, 2037; and #18.8-18.10 are
closed until January 1, 2049. Individual items are closed as noted to protect personal
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Hope Hale Davis is held by Lydia
Davis during her lifetime. Upon her death, copyright will be held by the President
and Fellows of Harvard College.
Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors'
heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Hope Hale Davis, 1831-1835, 1916-2002; item description, dates. MC 533, folder #.
Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute,
Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Writer, feminist, one-time Communist, and teacher, Frances Hope Hale Davis was born
on November 2, 1903, in Iowa City, Iowa, the fifth and youngest child of Hal and
Frances McFarland Hale. Davis' father died shortly before she was born, and she was
raised in Iowa primarily by her mother. Following the death of her stepfather, John
Overholt, Davis moved with her mother to Washington, D.C. She studied at the Corcoran
School of Art and George Washington University, as well as Cincinnati University and
the Portland School of Art. As assistant to the art director of the Stuart Walker
Repertory Company (1924-1926), Davis painted scenery and designed costumes. While
working for the Stuart Walker Company, she met and married her first husband, scenery
designer George Patrick Wood, known as "Pat." The marriage was short-lived.
Davis moved to New York City and worked as a secretary to an advertising executive
at the Frank Presbrey Agency, where she wrote copy and sold drawings for advertising.
She left to become a freelance writer, publishing stories in magazines such as Collier's, The New Yorker, and Bookman. Davis became promotion manager for Life magazine in 1929, and in 1931, she became editor of Love Mirror, a pulp magazine for women.
Davis married her second husband, British journalist and Communist Claud Cockburn,
in 1932. Cockburn returned to Europe, and Davis moved to Washington, D.C., after
giving birth to their daughter, Claudia, in February 1933. She went to work in
the Consumers' Counsel of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, where she edited
and wrote for the Consumer Guide, in addition to writing radio scripts for programs produced by the government.
Davis and Cockburn divorced in 1934. While in Washington, she met and married German
economist Karl Hermann Brunck in 1934. The same year, they joined the Communist Party.
Soon after, Brunck suffered a mental breakdown, and Davis admitted him to a mental
institution where he was treated by noted psychologist Frieda Fromm-Reichmann.
Davis chronicles his breakdown, and eventual suicide in 1937, in her memoir Great Day Coming (1993).
After Brunck's death Davis returned to New York City, where she worked as a free-lance
writer, crafting short stories with underlying Communist themes. She met fellow Communist,
professor, and literary critic Robert Gorham Davis at a congress of The League
of American Writers; they were married in 1939. Soon after the Soviet Union signed
a non-aggression pact with Germany, the couple quit the Communist Party, but they
continued to press for progressive reforms throughout their lives. Robert Gorham
Davis held teaching positions at Harvard University and Smith College and eventually
became a professor of English at Columbia University. Davis helped edit her husband's
work, and continued writing stories for magazines such as Redbook and Town & Country, as well as literary criticism for the New Leader and other publications. She published a volume of short stories, The Dark Way to the Plaza, in 1968. In 1983-1984 she was a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College,
remaining there the following year as a visiting scholar. During these years she
continued working on the memoir that would become Great Day Coming. She taught writing at the Radcliffe Seminars from 1985 until a month before her
death on October 2, 2004, at age 100.
Hope and Robert Davis had two children, Stephen Davis (born in 1943) and writer Lydia
Davis (born in 1948). Claudia Cockburn married the British performer Michael Flanders;
they had two daughters, journalists Stephanie Flanders and Laura Flanders.
The collection is arranged in six series:
- Series I. Biographical and Personal, 1916-1999, n.d. (#1.1-1.16)
- Series II. Correspondence, 1831-1835, 1926-2002, n.d. (#2.1-7.14, F+D.1)
- Series III. Writings, 1929-2001, n.d. (#8.1-13.8)
- Series IV. Great Day Coming, 1937-2002, n.d. (#13.9-16.8)
- Series V. Professional and Teaching Material, 1934-1967, 1983-2002, n.d. (#16.9-18.13)
- Series VI. Photographs, 1984 (#PD.1-PD.2)
The bulk of the collection is made up of Hope Hale Davis' correspondence with other
writers, friends, family members, and students. Davis' writing career is also well-documented;
the collection includes drafts of her short stories and her memoir, as well as notes,
research material, and correspondence related to the publishing of her work. A small
quantity of material represents her teaching career.
Folder headings created by Davis have been retained; the archivist's notes are in
square brackets. The names of prominent correspondents have been added to the folder
titles. Letters divulging personal information are closed as specified. Also
closed as noted are student papers, reports, and class rosters from Davis' work at
the Radcliffe Seminars.
The collection is arranged in six series with some overlap between them. Drafts
of Davis' writing appear throughout the collection; titles have been added to folder
headings as necessary. Correspondence is scattered throughout the collection.
Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1916-1999, n.d. (#1.1-1.16), contains Davis'
resumes, clippings by and about Davis and members of her family, and notes and printed
material regarding real estate and travel. Also included are writings by relatives
and friends, particularly essays by Robert Gorham Davis, and a memoir written by
Davis' mother. There is some overlap with Series III. The series is arranged alphabetically.
Series II, CORRESPONDENCE, 1831-1835,
1926-2002, n.d. (#2.1-7.14, F+D.1), includes correspondence with Davis' family, friends,
and colleagues, including many notable literary figures. The series reflects Davis'
arrangement, with chronological folders followed by alphabetical folders. The chronological
folders were most likely compiled by Davis for use as research material for Great Day Coming and other pieces, and some contain Davis' writings, as well as correspondence with
family members. Also included throughout the series are clippings, poetry, printed
material, and notes. The correspondence covers topics such as social plans, family
news and relationships, comments on Davis' writings, life as a working mother, and
Davis' participation in the Communist Party.
Series III, WRITINGS, 1929-2001, n.d. (#8.1-13.8), contains drafts and published
copies of Davis' writings, including magazine articles, book reviews, short stories,
and two unpublished books. Also included is a draft of an unpublished compilation
of short stories entitled While Venice Sinks, which is also the name of one of the short stories in the compilation. This compilation
contains some short stories that were previously published; some have been updated
and edited, and are included in separate folders in this series. Also documented
is the publishing of Dark Way to the Plaza, a compilation of short stories; included are reviews, correspondence with her publisher,
press releases, telegrams, royalty statements, book contract, and a screenplay by
Davis. This series also contains her notes regarding ideas for stories, and recipes
she wrote and sold. Davis' writings are scattered throughout the collection; see
also Series II, IV, and V. The series is arranged alphabetically.
Series IV, GREAT DAY COMING, 1937-2002, n.d. (#13.9-16.8), relates to the research, writing, and publishing
of Davis' memoir, Great Day Coming, which chronicles her membership in the Communist Party as well as the breakdown
and suicide of her husband, Hermann Brunck. It contains drafts, notes, and research
material (e.g., period correspondence and notes), as well as correspondence with publishers,
agents, and colleagues. Also included are reviews, publicity material, royalty statements,
book contracts, printed material, and clippings. Davis wrote an early version of
the book as a novel, and drafts of portions of this novel are located throughout the
series and have been highlighted in folder titles. The series also includes autobiographical
writings by Davis; some may actually be drafts for early versions of Great Day Coming. In addition, this series contains a paper, "Conflict of Commitments: Crisis Years of a Communist Couple in New Deal Washington," written while a fellow at the Radcliffe College's Bunting Institute. See also Series
III for material regarding Great Day Coming. The series is arranged alphabetically.
Series V, PROFESSIONAL AND TEACHING MATERIAL, 1934-1967,
1983-2002, n.d. (#16.9-18.13), includes material related to Davis' teaching career
with the Radcliffe Seminars (later Lesley University) and other professional work.
The bulk consists of teaching material for classes, including notes, handouts, reading
lists, and Davis' own journal writings, as well as course proposals, course evaluations,
and class rosters; most clippings used in classes have been discarded. Also included
is correspondence with students and Radcliffe administrators; examples of student
writings; talks given by Davis; and material related to Davis' professional work
as an editor at the Agricultural Adjustment Administration during the 1930s. The
series is arranged alphabetically.
Series VI, PHOTOGRAPHS, 1984 (#PD.1-PD.2), contains portraits of Davis from 1984.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard
University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged"
photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are
simply treated as part of the documents they accompany; they are marked on the back
with an asterisk in square brackets [*].
- Series I. BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL
- 1.1. Autobiographical: Hope Hale Davis [notes, resumes, etc.], ca.1934, 1994, n.d.
- 1.2. Books that should be read [notes], n.d.
Clarence [Britten], 1916; includes letter, notes, etc., re: Britten (Davis' close
friend and brother of brother-in-law).
- 1.4. Roy Britten's religion piece [report "Science and Religion Join" by Davis' nephew],
- 1.5. Claud [Cockburn] & writings, 1934-1985; includes published article by Cockburn and
a draft of Davis' review of his book, A Discord of Trumpets (published in the New Leader, August 20, 1956).
- 1.6.-1.8 [Robert Gorham Davis course: notebooks containing Hope Hale Davis' notes], 1966-1967
- 1.9. Robert Gorham Davis' published writings [four essays, book review], 1996-1997, n.d.
- 1.10. "Doodleburg Ranch" [autobiographical essay by Davis' cousin David T. Williams],
- 1.13. [House-buying notes, letters, printed material, etc., 1972-1974]
- 1.14-1.15. House-buying stuff and English travel notes, 1972-1974; includes writings by Davis,
letters from family members, and uncataloged photographs.
- 1.16. [Memoir written by Frances McFarland Hale, n.d.; includes introduction by daughter
Hope Hale Davis (1991), family letters, and genealogical information.]
- Series II. CORRESPONDENCE
- 2.1. 1927 [1926-1930, n.d]; includes William W. Scott. Also, some re: Davis' separation
from first husband.
- F+D.1. [Letters removed from #2.1]
- 2.2. 1928-1929 [1930-1956, 1987, n.d.]; includes Claud Cockburn and William W. Scott,
early writings by Davis: "A Blurb Writer Reviews His Own First Novel," n.d.; "Happy Harlan" (New Masses, July 19, 1938); "Harlan's Union Parson" (The Fight, September 1938); "From Pollitt to Punch" (New Leader, August 20, 1956).
- 2.3. 1930 [1930-1931, n.d]; includes Claud Cockburn.
- 2.4. 1932 [1931-1933, n.d.]; includes Claud Cockburn, notes and writings (probably for
Great Day Coming).
- 2.5. 1933 [1932-1933, n.d.]; includes Hermann Brunck, Claud Cockburn, notes.
- 2.6-2.7. 1934 [1933-1935, n.d].; includes Hermann Brunck, Claud Cockburn, notes and writings
by Davis, draft of "Miss Sally Bowles, and Jean."
See also #8.3-8.4 and #8.10 for drafts of "Miss Sally Bowles, and Jean," also titled "Miss Sally Bowles, Claud Cockburn, and Others."
- 2.8. 1935 [and n.d.]; includes Claud Cockburn, notes.
- 2.9. 1936 [1935-1936, n.d.]
- 2.10. 1937 [1936-1938, n.d.]; includes Marion Bachrach,
C. Alpheus Stanfield,
William W. Scott, eulogy for Hermann Brunck written by Ernst Volkmann, notebook,
and essay ("Autobiographical," by Hermann Brunck).
- 2.11. 1938 [1937-1938, n.d.]; includes Joseph Harker,
William W. Scott.
- 2.12. Christmas cards, 1991, 1997-1998; includes Alfred Kazin, poem by Robert Gorham Davis.
Cockburn, Alexander, ca.1932, 1984-1995, n.d.; includes letter from Suzanne La Follette
to Claud Cockburn.
[Cockburn, Patricia], 1960-1989; includes Claud Cockburn, others.
- 2.15. Cowley, Malcolm, 1971-1984
Crowther, Prudence, 1981-1994, n.d.; includes writing by Crowther, letter from Caskie
Stinnett to Crowther, letter from Albert Goldman to Crowther, and eulogy for Sid Perelman
written by Heywood Hale Broun.
- 3.1-3.2. De Heras, Anita, 1962-1989, n.d.; includes Estela Canto and others, notes.
- 3.3. From distinguished people, 1931-1998, n.d.; includes Hallie Burnett,
James T. Farrell, Herbert Gold, June Havoc, Gardner Jackson, Alfred Kazin, Joseph
S.J. Perelman, Norman Mailer, William Maxwell, William Meredith (including poem),
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., DeWitt Snodgrass, Diana Trilling (including her comments
re: Dark Way to the Plaza), Alec Waugh.
Galbraith, [John Kenneth], 1972-2000, n.d.; includes letter from Davis to Stephen
- 3.5-3.8. Family, 1939-2001; includes Lydia Davis, Robert Gorham Davis, Stephen Davis, Claudia
Flanders, Michael Flanders, Laura Flanders, Stephanie Flanders, Roy Britten, and
others; also letters re: student unrest at Columbia University (1968), poem ("Death of an Island," by Hope Hale Davis), remembrances of Davis by Lydia Davis, poem ("Insomnia," by Lydia Davis).
Harker, Joseph, 1929-1933, n.d.
- 3.11. Hope's birthday, 1983; includes Roy Britten and other family members, and Timothy
- 4.1. [Letters re: Syracuse, New York and Pawtucket, Rhode Island, kept by Davis for postmarks?],
- 4.2-4.4. Letters to the editor, etc. [by Hope Hale Davis and Robert Gorham Davis], 1982-1998;
includes letters from Timothy Pember and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
- 4.8-4.10 Memorable letters, 1957-1995, n.d.; includes Truman Capote,
Val Henry Gielgud, Herbert Gold, June Havoc, Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Alfred Kazin,
Norman Mailer, William Maxwell, William Meredith, David Riesman, Philip Roth, Benjamin
Spock, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Mark Schorer,
Susan Sontag, Diana Trilling, John Updike, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Alec Waugh.
- 4.11. [Notes re: alphabetically arranged correspondence, n.d.]
Oderman, Stuart, 1982-1993
- 5.1-5.2. Pember, Timothy, 1975-1987, n.d.; includes drafts of "Casualty," article by Davis about Pember.
- 5.3-5.6. Personal correspondence, A-B, 1948-2001; includes Wendy Allanbrook,
- 5.7. [Personal correspondence, C], 1966-2001, n.d.; includes Jill Ker Conway.
- 5.8. Personal correspondence, D, 1977-2001, n.d.; includes William Davenport,
Paul de Laszlo,
- 5.9. Personal correspondence, E, 1975-2002, n.d.; includes Monroe Engel.
- 5.10. [Personal correspondence, F], 1969, 1993-2001
- 5.11-5.12. [Personal correspondence, G], 1962-2000; includes Dorothy Gilman, Herbert Gold, Albert
- 5.13-6.2. Personal correspondence, H-J, 1963-2001, n.d.; includes Rachel Hadas, June Havoc,
Anne Pringle Harris,
Erica Jong, PHOTOGRAPH (#5.13). (3 folders)
- 6.3-6.5. Personal correspondence, K-L, 1962-1998, n.d.; includes Alfred Kazin, Natalie Kempner,
Elinor Langer, uncataloged photograph.
- 6.6-6.8. Personal correspondence, M, 1939, 1965-2001, n.d.; includes Norman Mailer, Jane Mayhall,
William Maxwell, William Meredith, Lewis Mumford, uncataloged photograph.
- 6.9. [Personal correspondence, N-P], 1954, 1974-2001, n.d.; includes Tillie Olsen,
- 6.10. Personal correspondence, R, 1955-2001, n.d.; includes Neale Reinitz,
- 6.11-7.1. [Personal correspondence], S, 1944-1946, 1965-2001, n.d.; includes May Sarton, Arthur
Schlesinger, Jr., Georgette Scott,
William W. Scott,
C. Alpheus Stanfield,
Harvey Swados. (2 folders)
- 7.2. Personal correspondence, T, 1971-1994, n.d.; includes Frank Day Tuttle,
Lauralee Tuttle, Diana Trilling.
- 7.3. [Personal correspondence, V], 1965-1996, n.d.; includes Peter Viereck (also poetry).
- 7.4. [Personal correspondence, W], 1972-1997, n.d.; includes Alan Wald,
- 7.5. [Personal correspondence, Y-Z], 1993-1996, n.d.
- 7.6-7.7. [Personal correspondence, unidentified], 1941-2001, n.d.
- 7.8. Political letters and clippings, 1983-1998, n.d.; includes letter to editor by Davis.
- 7.9-7.10. Special communications, 1929, 1963-2000; includes notes and writings by Davis, correspondence
with Alec Waugh, and uncataloged photograph.
Thaddeus, Janice Farrar, 1984-2002
[Wallace, Betty], 1944-1946; includes correspondence re: life as a working mother.
- 7.13. [Weyl, Nathaniel], 1978-1995, n.d.; includes recollections of Weyl's and Davis' activities
in the Communist Party during 1930s.
Wilde, Hagar, 1933-1995; includes copies of Wilde's letters, letters from Cooper Graham
(Library of Congress).
- Series III. WRITINGS
- 8.1. "Balconies Fore and Aft, and Built-In Enemies" [draft of short story, probably unpublished], n.d.
Bunting Institute fellowship, 1983-1992; includes drafts of project proposal.
- 8.5. Bread [recipes written and sold by Davis through classified advertisements], 1978,
n.d.; includes correspondence.
- 8.6. "The Childless Great" [drafts and notes], n.d.
- 8.7. [Cockburn], Claud: aspects of his life [writings re: Cockburn, including some material
probably used in Great Day Coming], n.d.; also excerpts from Davis' 1931-1932 journal.
- 8.8. Cookbook for Steve [Davis], n.d.; includes recipes written by Davis and letter to
- 8.9-8.11. Correspondence regarding placing and publishing, 1945-1995; includes William Maxwell;
correspondence re: Great Day Coming; comments from colleagues re: Davis' work; partial draft of "Corridors of Light," short story about lesbianism (1947-1948); draft of "While Venice Sinks" (ca.1989); draft of "The Good Guys and the Bad" (ca.1988); draft of "Miss Sally Bowles, Claud Cockburn, and Others."
See also #13.4-13.5 for drafts of "While Venice Sinks," #9.7 for drafts of "The Good Guys and the Bad," and #2.6 and #8.3-8.4 for drafts of "Miss Sally Bowles, Claud Cockburn, and Others."
- 8.12-9.1. Dark Way to the Plaza: comments, 1967-1969; includes reviews and Richard Brickner, Anita De Heras, Paul
de Laszlo, Lydia Davis, Viña Delmar, Herbert Gold, Granville Hicks, Dallas McKown, Evey Riesman,
Ned Rorem, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Alec Waugh,
Hagar Wilde. (2 folders)
- 9.2. Dark Way to the Plaza: Doubleday and others [correspondence, reviews, publicity material, etc.], 1968,
- 9.3. Dark Way to the Plaza: film [screenplay by Davis and correspondence], 1976-1983, n.d.
- 9.4. Dark Way to the Plaza: reviews, 1968, n.d.; includes notes.
- 9.5. Detective stories, analyses, ideas for stories, 1976-1979, n.d.; includes writings.
- 9.6. "Disappearance of Kilaen": short story drafts, kernel, n.d.
- 9.8. Good stories: unmarketed, n.d.; includes draft of short story "The Change."
- 9.9. The Hiss Case [debate between Allen Weinstein and Victor Navasky re: Weinstein's book,
Perjury], 1978, 1997, n.d.; includes Davis' letter to The Nation and correspondence with Alexander Cockburn,
Allen Weinstein, and Nathaniel Weyl.
- 9.10-9.11. "Just a Note at Christmas" [drafts of short story, notes], n.d.
- 9.12. "Looking Back at my Years in the Party" (New Leader, February 11, 1980), and "Revisiting the Red Decade" (New Leader, February 6, 1984), 1980-1984
Mansfield, Katherine [writings and notes, possibly for a play about Mansfield], n.d.
- 9.14-10.1. New Leader book reviews, 1956-2001; includes drafts and letter from Janice Farrar Thaddeus.
- 10.2. New Leader [correspondence re: Hope Hale Davis' writings], 1976-1981, n.d.; includes Richard
- 10.3. New Rochelle story about the Woodworths [draft of a portion of a novel], n.d.
- 10.4. [Notecards listing short stories, request for publication, date of request, and outcome
of request], ca.1987-1992
- 10.5. Notes and clippings for writing material, 1968-1976, n.d.; includes writings.
- 10.6. Notes and observations [re: family life, story ideas], 1945, 1985, n.d.; includes
- 10.7. Notes on reading, 1982-1987, n.d.; includes writings by Davis
- 10.8-10.10. Odd notes [notebooks, writings, quotes, etc.], n.d.; includes some material related
to Great Day Coming and other projects.
- 10.11. Men in my life [autobiographical essay], n.d.
- 10.12. Mother: memos and family [notes re: Davis' mother, family, and other topics], n.d.
- 10.13-10.14. [Other essays, stories, and autobiographical writings, 1938, 1960-2001; includes "Was Tolstoy a Plagiarist?" (unpublished?, n.d.), "Who Told the Truth?" (unpublished?, n.d.), "The Fascination of Horror" (unknown publication, October 15, 1960)," Irreversible" (unpublished?, n.d.); also notes and correspondence.]
- 11.3. Pages from [Davis'] journals, 1965-1975, n.d.
- 11.4. Pieces of Hope's life [autobiographical writings and drafts of Great Day Coming], n.d.
- 11.5-11.6. Political work [short stories by Davis with Communist themes], 1939-1940, n.d.; includes
"Love Against Terror" (True Story, April-August, 1939), "The Eleventh Commandment" (True Story, February-July 1940), "Communist Handbook for Writers," letter to Don Henderson re: Davis' visit to southern sharecroppers.
- 11.7. Published pieces, n.d.; includes "The Wind Was Due to Change "(Family Circle, n.d.), "Everything to Find. "
- 11.8. Published work: The New Yorker, etc., 1929-1959, n.d.; includes "Wonderful Visit" (The New Yorker, 1942); "A Blurb-Writer Reviews His Own First Novel" (The Bookman, ca.1929); "Musings of a Connoisseur After Reading Charles G. Shaw" (The New Yorker); "Real Romance" (The New Yorker, 1939); "Don't Forget He's a Married Man," n.d.; "So You're Going to Climb a Mountain!" (The Cunarder: A Modern Travel Magazine, 1932); "Five Days Before Christmas," (Redbook, 1959).
- 11.9. Radcliffe Quarterly [book] reviews, 1988-1994, n.d.
- 11.10. "Rendezvous" [short story], n.d.
- 11.11. "Rise above the Clouds" [short story], n.d.
- 11.12. [Saturday Review book reviews, 1959-1964, n.d.]
- 11.13-11.14. "Sightseers at a Cathedral" [drafts of short story, probably unpublished; also notes and correspondence with
publishers], 1987-1990, n.d.
- 11.15. Story about Chautauqua ["Go Meet a Dream" (Family Circle, August 16, no year)], n.d.
- 11.16. Strange literary coincidences [notes], n.d.
- 11.17. Tanka travelogue [of trip to Italy and England], n.d.; includes drafts of poems.
- 11.18-12.4. A Time to Embrace [unpublished novel], 1962-1963, n.d.; includes correspondence with publishers. (5
- 12.5. Translations from Spanish (during Robert's [Davis] Argentina Fulbright), 1965, n.d.
Updike, John [notes, Davis' review of Updike's novel S. (New Leader, April 18, 1988), etc.], 1989-1990, n.d.
- 13.2. "Violations, Continued" [drafts and letter from publisher], n.d.
- 13.3. Westport News [book] reviews, 1975-1983, n.d.; includes draft.
- 13.6-13.8. While Venice Sinks [unpublished compilation of short stories], n.d.
- Series IV. GREAT DAY COMING
- 13.9. 1937: Hermann [Brunck] and other [material] related to Great Day Coming, 1937, n.d.; includes notes, drafts from novel version, letter from Ernst Volkmann.
- 13.10. [Brunck], Hermann: notes about his illness, 1938, n.d.
- 13.11-13.13. Chapters for Great Day Coming maybe not included in final version, n.d.
- 14.1. "Conflict of Commitments: Crisis Years of A Communist Couple in New Deal Washington" [Bunting Institute Working Paper], 1984; includes excerpt in the Radcliffe Quarterly.
- 14.2. Correspondence with John Hawkins (at Paul Reynolds Agency) re: earlier version
of Great Day Coming, 1969-1974; includes book contract and notes.
- 14.3. [Correspondence with Houghton Mifflin Company re: Great Day Coming], 1990
- 14.4. [Drafts and notes from novel version of Great Day Coming, n.d.]
- 14.5-14.6. [Drafts of chapters of Holding Fast (earlier version of Great Day Coming) and correspondence with Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, Inc.], 1984-1986
- 14.7. [Drafts of Great Day Coming with comments by Lydia Davis, 1990]
- 14.8-14.15. [Drafts, outlines, correspondence, and notes for Great Day Coming, 1973-1983, n.d.; includes Lydia Davis, Rollo Britten, drafts from novel version.]
- 15.1. Feedback on project [letters re: Bunting Institute Working Paper "Conflict of Commitments"], 1983-1984, n.d.; includes Herbert Gold.
- 15.2. Fragments: Pat [Wood] and before, possibly better phrasing than final copy [drafts
of Great Day Coming], n.d.
- 15.3. Great Day Coming: period correspondence, 1937, n.d.; contains autobiographical writings by Davis,
invoice for Stoney Lodge (hospital).
- 15.4. Latest Chapter IV (Fall 1985), 1985
- 15.5-15.6. Memos and scraps relating to political 1930s part of book, 1938, 1969-1985, n.d.;
includes letters from Roy Britten, Nathaniel Weyl and others; also "Commonwealth Labor Songs" (published by Commonwealth College, 1938).
- 15.7. Memos for Great Day Coming, n.d.; includes autobiographical writings, some re: Hagar Wilde.
- 15.8. Notes on my life in the 1920s [drafts of Great Day Coming], n.d.
Palmer Dodge Agency, 1991-1995, n.d.
- 15.11. Plots and parts of pulp serial meant originally to be parallel to real action in Great Day Coming, n.d.
- 15.12. Political history Robert and Hope, 1953-1978, n.d.; includes Hope Hale Davis' letter
to the editor of the New Republic and Robert Davis' letter to Partisan Review re: their Communist activities.
- 15.13-15.15. Possible additions to Great Day Coming: notes and documents, 1933-1994, n.d.; includes writings by Davis, correspondence
with Hermann Brunck's family and Stoney Lodge, and reports and material related to
Davis' work at the Agricultural Adjustment Administration.
- 16.1. Research material and notes for Great Day Coming, n.d.; includes writing from novel version.
- 16.2-16.3. Responses to Great Day Coming, 1980, 1994-1998; includes Richard Brickner, Roy Britten, William Maxwell, David
Riesman, Nathaniel Weyl, uncataloged photograph.
- 16.4. [Reviews, interview notes, publicity material], 1994-1995, n.d.
- 16.5-16.6. Steerforth Press, 1994-2002, n.d.; includes letters from John Kenneth Galbraith, Arthur
Schlesinger, Jr., David Riesman; excerpt of Great Day Coming for possible magazine publication; essay ("Dawn") by Davis.
- 16.7. Supplanted version [of Great Day Coming called Holding Fast] with good elements, 1984
- 16.8. Trial openings, prologues, outlines, etc., n.d.
- Series V. PROFESSIONAL AND TEACHING MATERIAL
- 16.9. Autobiography [teaching material], 1985, n.d.; includes journal writing by Davis.
- 16.10. Class material used in 1999-2001 [1993, n.d.]
- 16.11. [Correspondence with the Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College], 1991-1993
- 16.12. Documents: New Deal and 1930s [government reports, clippings, copies of letters to
Franklin D. Roosevelt re: poverty, etc.], 1934-1935, 1967, n.d.
- 17.2. General advice to writers [notes], n.d.
- 17.3. Grammar [notes], 1989-1992, n.d.; includes letter.
Lesley University [teaching contract, interview with Davis, etc.], 2002
- 17.5-17.11. Material for class, 1937-1939, 1987-2001, n.d.; includes letters from Davis to her
mother, journal writings by Davis.
- 17.12. Notes on phrasing (dialogue, etc.), 1986, n.d.
- 17.13. [Printed material re: talks given by Davis on journal writing], 1990-1994
Radcliffe Seminars [correspondence, course proposals, reading lists, etc.], 1984-2000,
[Radcliffe Seminars course evaluations for classes taught by Davis], 1987-1997
- 18.5. Seminar class Fall 1997 [teaching material], n.d.
- 18.6. Student correspondence, 1988-2000
- 18.11. Talks [drafts of talks given by Davis re: her involvement in the Communist Party],
- 18.12. Television program [correspondence and proposal for documentary film "Children of the Left"], 1983-1985
- 18.13. Weaving your life together [journal writings by Davis, probably for her classes],
- Series VI. PHOTOGRAPHS
- PD.1. Portraits of Hope Hale Davis, 1984 (3 photographs)
- PD.2. From #1.11, 4.5 (3 photographs)
The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented
in this collection.
An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS)
and other automated bibliographic
databases. THIS IS NOT AN INDEX.
Authors, American--20th century
Autobiography--Study and teaching
Britten, Roy J.
Brunck, Karl Hermann
Cockburn, Claud, 1904-1981
Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-1989
Davis, Hope Hale. Great Day Coming
Davis, Lydia, 1947-
Davis, Robert Gorham
De Heras, Anita
Detective and mystery stories
Flanders, Claudia Cockburn
Gold, Herbert, 1924-
Heilbrun, Carolyn G., 1926-2003
Kazin, Alfred, 1915-1998
Manuscripts for publication
Maxwell, William, 1908-2000
Meredith, William, 1919-2007
Mothers and daughters
Pember, Timothy, 1910-1987
Riesman, David, 1909-2002
Schlesinger, Arthur M. (Arthur Meier), 1917-2007
Warner, Sylvia Townsend, 1893-1978
Weyl, Nathaniel, 1910-2005
Donor: Lydia Davis
Accession number: 2004-M127
Processed by: Paula Aloisio
The following items have been removed from the collection:
- The Fight for Peace and Democracy, Vol. 5, No. 11 (September 1938). Transferred to Widener Library, Harvard University.
- Life Magazine, Vol. 93, No. 2421 (March 29, 1929). Returned to donor.
- Radcliffe Seminars Faculty Handbook, 1993-1994. Transferred to the Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library.