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Collection Number: 04569

Collection Title: Burke Davis Papers, 1920-1987

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Size 70.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1900 items)
Abstract Burke Davis was a journalist, novelist, historian, and biographer from Durham, N.C. The collection contains correspondence, drafts of books and articles, notes, scrapbooks, and other items. There are materials relating to all of Davis's major works, as well as scrapbooks of newspaper columns Davis wrote when he was sports editor for the Charlotte News.
Creator Davis, Burke, 1913-2006.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 Burke Davis Papers #4569, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Burke Davis of Meadows of Dan, Va., in August 1990 and transferred from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in October 1990 (Acc. 91018).
Additional Descriptive Resources
A finding aid compiled by the Manuscripts Department at the College of William and Mary for materials in folders 1-740 is available 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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Burke Davis (1913-2006) was a journalist, novelist, historian, and biographer from Durham, N.C.

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Papers of Durham, N.C., journalist, novelist, historian, and biographer Burke Davis include correspondence, drafts of books and articles, notes, scrapbooks, and other items. There are materials relating to all of Davis's major works, as well as scrapbooks of newspaper columns Davis wrote when he was sports editor for the Charlotte News

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Contents list

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About 1900 items.
Folder 1a

Finding aid for materials in folders 1-740 compiled by the Manuscripts Department at the College of William and Mary. #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 1a

Folder 1

General correspondence #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 1

Correspondence regarding Civil War and Civil War Roundtable, Gettysburg, The Ragged Ones, and 1812.

Folder 2

Articles by Davis, articles on Davis, source material for an unknown work. #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 2

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Articles and correspondence of and with Harry Golden and the Carolina Israelite. #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 3

Folder 3a-3k

Biographical material #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 3a-3k

Includes correspondence, 1952-1971; certificates; correspondence and other materials related to the Mayflower Cup Award; and other items.

Folder 3l-3n

Ragged Ones #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 3l-3n

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Whisper My Name #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 3n-3q

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Yorktown #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 4-26

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They Called Him Stonewall #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 27-39

Oversize Paper Folder OP-4569/1

They Called Him Stonewall: Maps #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." OP-4569/1

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Robert E. Lee and the Civil War #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 40-52

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Roberta E. Lee #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 53-57

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JEB Stuart: The last Cavalier #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 57a-71

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To Appomattox #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 72-102

Oversize Paper Folder OP-4569/2

To Appomattox: Maps, book layout art work #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." OP-4569/2

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I Rode with JEB Stuart by H. B. McClellan, edited by Burke Davis #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 103-105

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Our Incredible Civil War #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 106-118a

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America's First Army #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 119

Folder 119a-119c

Mexican War #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 119a-119c

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Marine #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 120-150

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The Summer Land #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 151-197

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Rebel Raider: A Biography of Admiral Semmes #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 197a-197c

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The Billy Mitchell Affair #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 198-283

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A Williamsburg Galaxy #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 284-307

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The World of Currier and Ives #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 308-326

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The Billy Mitchell Story #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 327-340

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Get Yamamoto #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 341-392

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Yorktown: The Winning of American Independence #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 393-408

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The Campaign That Won America #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 409-450

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Getting to Know Jamestown #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 451-452

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Getting to Know Thomas Jefferson's Virginia #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 453-454

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Heroes of the American Revolution #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 455-470

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Amelia Earhart #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 471-476

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Biography of a Leak #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 477

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Biography of a King Snake #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 478-478a

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Three for Revolution #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 479-488

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George Washington and the American Revolution #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 489-526

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Black Heroes of the American Revolution #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 527-529b

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Runaway Balloon: The Last Flight of Confederate Air Force One #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 530

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Newer and Better Organic Gardening #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 531-532

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U.S. News and World Report #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 533

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Appomattox #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 534

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Biography of a Fish Hawk #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 535

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Ford Times articles #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 536-539

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The Ironworker article #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 539a

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King Christopher Crow #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 540

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Burke Davis Publicity #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 541

Newspaper clippings by and about Burke Davis.

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Old Hickory: A Life of Andrew Jackson #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 542-604

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The Summer Land #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 605-607

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Sherman's March #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 608-711

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50 Year Book #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 712-720

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Old Hickory: A Life of Andrew Jackson #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 721-739

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Sherman's March #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Folder 740

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Correspondence and other materials #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Box 44

Items relating to other writers, including William Styron, Harry Golden, Mac Hyman; awards received by Davis; items about his service on the Pulitzer Prize jury and the Pullern libel suit, which resulted in the publication of Marine; correspondence with readers, agents (Hal Matson, Joan Fulton), and publishers.

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War Bird: The Life and Times of Elliott White Springs #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Box 45-46

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The Long Surrender #04569, Series: "Papers, 1920-1987." Box 47

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Processing Information

Processed by: Manuscripts Department Staff, March 1990

Encoded by: Danielle Weber and Jackie Dean, March 2007

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