Guide to the Marguerite Davis Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Davis, Marguerite Norris
Title: Marguerite Davis papers
Dates: 1921-1977 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.0 linear feet (4 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 229
Summary: Marguerite Norris Davis (1890-1978) was a writer of children's stories. The collection contains correspondence, literary manuscripts, tear sheets, and newspaper clippings.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Marguerite Norris Davis was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 3, 1890. She wrote children's stories and verse as well as non-fiction pieces for such national publications as Collier's and St. Nicholas. She was a consultant and writer for the Women's Home Companion for thirteen ears, and was also a regular contributor to the Portland Oregonian newspaper. She married Allen Davis on April 5, 1915, and became a Portland, Oregon resident in 1920.

For several years Davis wrote for the Multnomah Press, reporting news as well as contributing weekly columns titled "Ma Muses" and "Meet Your Neighbors." She also coauthored (with Cecil R. Tulley) the book The Building of a Community, a history of the Multnomah-Hillsdale-West Portland area. It was published by the Oregon Historical Society in 1976.

Davis was a Camp Fire Girl in the early years of the organization, and remained active in the group. She organized and led one of the earliest groups in the Chicago area, and also arranged the first Camp Fire Girls group in Columbus, Ohio. Beginning in 1936, Davis was associated with Camp Fire Girls in Portland as a leader, board member and professional staff member. She also assisted with training, music, and the organizing of groups, as well as serving as a Board Historian.

In addition to the above, Davis was a member and program chairman of the Multnomah Woman's Club, an active member and program chairman of the West Hills Horticultural Society, and served as president of the University of Oregon Mothers' Club in 1947-1948. As a member of the Daughters of Civil War Veterans, she engaged in writing the history of members' ancestors' war service. Davis was appointed a member of the Oregon State Civil War Centennial Commission by then-governor Mark Hatfield, and was also appointed to the Advisory Council of the National Civil War Centennial Commission by Major General U.S. Grant III. She served as secretary to both groups.

Davis died January 11, 1978, in Portland, Oregon at the age of eighty-seven.

Content Description

The Marguerite Norris Davis Papers consist mainly of correspondence, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, and several folders of travel brochures and souvenirs. The collection spans the years 1921-1977; the bulk of the materials range from the 1940s to the 1960s.

The correspondence series contains personal letters, as well as one copy of a letter to the Writer's Digest. The manuscript series contains drafts of several different journal submissions, arranged in alphabetical order by title. Also included in the series are typed drafts of several different journal submissions, arranged in alphabetical order by title. Also included in the series are typed drafts of some original pieces sent to Reader's Digest by Davis, a typed draft of a Marguerite Davis biography, and four folders of newspaper clippings containing articles written by her. Four loose-leaf binders list sales records for manuscripts submitted by Davis to various publications, and a spiral binder contains miscellaneous personal notes.

The magazine tearsheets (215) consist of articles on the city of Chicago. The travel brochures/souvenirs section contains travel memorabilia from British Columbia, California, Oregon, and Washington. The most extensive section covers Northern California (principally Oakland and San Francisco), and Southern California (mainly Los Angeles and Disneyland). Much of the Northern California materials pertain to the Men's Garden Club, in which Davis and her husband were involved. The miscellaneous series contains clippings, a small pamphlet, a Christmas card folder by Current, and a 1923 publication of a conference dedicated to Dr. Esther Lovejoy, who was the subject of several articles by Davis.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish or from collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

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 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 Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Marguerite Davis Papers, Coll 229, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Correspondence
  • Literary Manuscripts (Typed drafts)
  • Reader's Digest Submissions
  • Short Biography
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Sales Records for Manuscripts
  • Miscellaneous Notes
  • Magazine tear sheets
  • Travel Brochures and Souvenirs
  • Miscellaneous

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 1 Correspondence 1948 1949 1964 1967

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Literary Manuscripts (Typed drafts)
1 2 The Case of the Careless Typesetter
1 2 A Chance for You
1 2 Christmas is the Day
1 2 Correspondence--Unlimited!
1 2 Cousin Lizzie--A Real Trouper
1 2 Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy--"A Certain Samaritan"
1 2 Doing What Comes Naturally
1 2 Excerpt from a Suburbanite's diary
1 2 For Your Christmas
1 2 A Garden for People
1 2 Hospital Alphabet
1 2 Hunt for the Answers
1 2 Johnny and the Lady Bug
1 2 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Syncopated Version)
1 2 The Long Way Home
1 2 The Merry Month
1 3 The Montana Summer
1 3 My Friend--The Doctor
1 3 Oasis in Suburbia
1 3 Oregon's Good Neighbor--Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy
1 3 Quiz for a Warm Day
1 3 Restless Patient's Alphabet--Hospital Edition
1 3 Sentimental Journey
1 3 Stringing Along at Ninety-One
1 3 Tom Gawsley--Veteran T.M.C.A. Man
1 3 Tree Toppers--A Quiz
1 3 Turning Point
1 3 Witching for October
1 3 You'll Remember the Oregon Coast

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Reader's Digest Submissions

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Short Biography

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Newspaper Clippings
1 6 Newspaper Clippings
2 1 Newspaper Clippings

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Sales Records for Manuscripts (Includes miscellaneous receipts)
2 2 Sales Records for Manuscripts A-L, M-Z (2 vols.) 1922-1972
2 3 Sales Records for Manuscripts (2 vols.) 1922-1970 1921-1977

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Miscellaneous Notes

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Magazine Tearsheets

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Travel Brochures and Souvenirs
3 1 British Columbia
3 2 Disneyland
3 3 Northern California
3 4 Northern California
4 1 Southern California
4 2 Southern California
4 3 Oregon
4 4 Washington

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4 5 "The American Work for the Oriental Tragedy" (1923 conference publication) 1923
4 5 Christmas card folder (by Current)
4 5 Clippings
4 5 Colton, Lynn "Tips for Rug and Carpet Care" (pamphlet)

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  • Geographical Names :
  • Chicago (Ill.)--In literature
  • Subject Terms :
  • Children's literature, American--Authorship
  • Women authors, American--20th century

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