Curtis Carroll Davis scrapbook, 1939-1942

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Davis, Curtis Carroll
Curtis Carroll Davis was a graduate student in English at Duke University from 1939-1947. The scrapbook includes correspondence, photographs, programs, invitations, telegrams, holiday cards and newspaper clippings accumulated during his early years as a doctoral student. It ranges in date from 1939-1942.
1.5 Linear Feet
1 Item
Material in English
Collection ID:
University Archives Record Group:
30 -- Student and Alumni Papers and Materials
30 -- Student and Alumni Papers and Materials > 01 -- Individuals


Scope and content:

Contains correspondence, clippings of current local and world news (including World War II), Duke athletics programs, clippings related to inspirational celebrities, holiday cards, telegrams, invitations to dances at Duke, programs from events in Durham, Philadelphia, Baltimore and New Haven, CT.

Biographical / historical:

Originally from Baltimore, MD, Curtis Carroll Davis received his A.B. from Yale University in 1938 and his M.A. from Columbia University in 1939. He enrolled in Duke's graduate English program in 1939 and wrote a dissertation on the Virginia novelist, William Alexander Caruthers. He received his Ph.D. in 1947. Davis led an active social life while at Duke, attending numerous concerts and dances, and also served as president of the English Graduate Club. Additionally, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942-1946.

Following his graduation from Duke, Carroll worked as desk chief for the CIA, was a member of the directorate of the Star Spangled Banner Flag Home Association, and was also a prolific writer. His most famous works include the biographies, King's Chevalier: A Biography of Lewis Littlepage and That Ambitious Mr. Legare: The Life of James M. Legare of South Carolina.

Acquisition information:
The Curtis Carroll Davis scrapbook was received by the University Archives as a gift in 1986.
Processing information:

Processed by Jessica Wood, August 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, December 2006

Accession A86-32 is described in this finding aid.


Davis originally included these items in a 28-page scrapbook, which was unbound for preservation. Pages are extremely brittle, and many items taped into the book had come loose, due to the decayed state of the tape. As a result, the scrapbook pages were placed in folders and loose items in envelopes, for preservation. Additionally, since the pages had been slightly bent to fit into its original box, the book was moved into a larger box. Most of the photographs were taped to the pages. While the tape is disbanding from the pages, it remains on the photographs.

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Duke University -- History -- 20th century
Duke University -- Graduate students
Duke University. Department of English
Duke University. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Davis, Curtis Carroll


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[Identification of item], Curtis Carroll Davis scrapbook, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.