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Collection Number: 01646

Collection Title: Chalmers Gaston Davidson Papers, 1931-1979.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 325 items)
Abstract Chalmers Gaston Davidson (1907-1994) was an author and professor of history at Davidson College in Mecklenburg County, N.C. The collection includes personal and professional correspondence, chiefly with other North Carolina writers. Many letters concern the annual North Carolina Writers' Conference.
Creator Davidson, Chalmers Gaston, 1907-1994
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Chalmers Gaston Davidson Papers, #1646, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Chalmers G. Davidson, Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., 1949-1979.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Chalmers Gaston Davidson (1907-1994) was an author and professor of history at Davidson College in Mecklenburg County, N.C. Among his published works are Cloud Over Catawba (1949) and Piedmont Partisan (1952). He regularly attended the annual North Carolina Writers' Conference beginning in 1950.

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The collection includes personal and professional correspondence of Chalmers Gaston Davidson chiefly with other North Carolina writers. Topics include his historical works and research, the North Carolina Writers' Conference, the 1952 presidential campaign of Adlai Stevenson, the Mecklenburg Declaration, family matters and genealogy, and North Carolina literary events and social ties. Prominent correspondents include Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, Thad Stem Jr., Adlai Stevenson, Archibald Henderson, Archibald Rutledge, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Melvin Purvis, Samuel Eliot Morison, Thomas Grey Wicker, Inglis Fletcher, Mebane Holoman Burgwyn, LeGette Blythe, Ovid W. Pierce, Harnett Thomas Kane, Charles L. Van Noppen, Adelaide Fries, and V. V. McNitt. In addition to the correspondence, there is also a small group of clippings and a typescript related to Augusta Evans Wilson and the historic "St. Elmo" home in Columbus, Ga.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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