The Correspondence series is comprised of paper communication both composed and received by Davis. The series consists of personal and business correspondence and memos, postcards, invitations, announcements, and greeting cards. A bulk of correspondence are those maintained with the hosts and collaborators of his excursions to West Africa during the early 1990s. Additionally, there are letters and postcards written to Davis's parents, Tony and Ethel.
The Administrative Records series consists of written materials related to Davis's professional career, including institutional records of the dance companies he founded, the Chuck Davis Dance Company (1968 - 1986) and the African American Dance Ensemble (1984 - present).
The Subject Files series contains reading material related to dance, poetry, music, and Africa. Additionally, there are several scripts and scores from dramatic productions and stagings that Davis choreographed, as well as curriculum guides, handouts, educational resources, and other teaching materials Davis collected for use in his classes and workshops on dance, Africa, and related topics.
The Newspaper Clippings series contains newsprint and photocopied articles documenting the performances, festivals, lecture demonstrations, and community activities sponsored by Davis, Chuck Davis Dance Company, African American Dance Ensemble, and DanceAfrica. Also included are clippings related to friends and colleagues of Davis as well as news, performances, and events of personal interest to Davis.
The bulk of the entries in the notebooks and legal pads consist of Davis's handwritten personal notes ranging in subject from ideas for choreography, company production details, and costume notes to lesson plans, lottery numbers, sketches, and shopping and to-do lists. Additionally, there are first drafts of schedules for the Cultural Arts Safari trips as well as rehearsal schedules and community engagements. Also included are handwritten drafts of correspondence and business memos.
The Memorabilia series contains an assortment of keepsakes and momentos from Davis's career and personal life. A substantial portion of this series is comprised of blank postcards collected during Davis's many travels. Davis's travels are also documented in this series through assorted foreign currencies, travel brochures, and a passport. Additionally there are two scrapbooks, a spelling book, several yearbooks, and a US Navy book from Davis's time in the Navy. There are business cards collected throughout Davis's career, pins from the Chuck Davis Dance Company, Christmas cards, costume designs and patterns, and nametags from conferences.
The Magazines series contains copies of Dance Pages magazine, beginning with Spring 1987 (vol. 5, no. 1) and ending with September/October 1997 (vol. 15, no. 2). Two issues from 1987 (vol. 5, no. 2-3) and issues published before 1987 are not included in the collection.