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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrnagement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Correspondence, 1924-1966

Series II: Slides and transparencies, 1948-1960, n.d.

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Joseph I. Davies papers, 1924-1966



Descriptive Summary

Creator Davies, Joseph Ilott, -1966
Title Joseph I. Davies papers
Dates: 1924-1966
Abstract: The Davies papers include papers, lecture notes, glass slides, and transparencies produced by Joseph I. Davies, who came to Rice Institute (later Rice University) in 1914 with Julian Huxley as his lab assistant, later received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Rice, and from 1929 to 1966 served as a member of the Rice faculty. The glass slides and transparencies taken by Davies include scenes of the early development of the Rice campus as well as later campus scenes and individuals.
ID MS286
Extent 1 cubic foot (2 boxes)
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Biographical Sketch

Joseph Ilott Davies came to the Rice Institute (later Rice University) with Julian Huxley in 1914 to serve as Huxley's lab assistant. In 1920, while working full time, he enrolled as a student at Rice, receiving his B.A. degree in 1928, his Master's degree in 1929 (when he also became a member of the Rice faculty), and his Ph.D. in 1937. He meanwhile returned to England, where he married Amy Agnes Hammerton; they came back to settle in Houston and later had two children. In the early 1940s Davies took over both the classroom and lab responsibilities for the introductory course of Biology 100, where he became renowned for his captivating teaching style; he was also noted for his knowledge of local flora and fauna and his lively speaking and writing style. He also photographed many of the university's first buildings while they were under construction, as well as various other campus scenes and individuals over the years. He died suddenly in May 1966, shortly before he was to have retired. Excerpted from: Sara Meredith, "Unforgettable Joseph Davies," Rice University Review, vol. 1, no. 2; and "Dr. Joseph I. Davies," The Flyleaf, vol. XVI, no. 4, July 1966.

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Scope and Contents

The Davies papers include papers, lecture notes, glass slides, and transparencies produced by Joseph I. Davies, who came to Rice Institute (later Rice University) in 1914 with Julian Huxley as his lab assistant, later received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Rice, and from 1929 to 1966 served as a member of the Rice faculty. The glass slides and transparencies taken by Davies include scenes of the early development of the Rice campus as well as later campus scenes and individuals.

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Arrnagement

The Joseph I. Davies papers are organized into two series:
  • Series I: Correspondence
  • Series II: Glass Slides and Transparencies

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Davies papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Rice Institute -- campus
Rice University -- campus
Correspondence
Photographs
Slides
Transparencies

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joseph I. Davies Papers, 1924 -1966, MS 286, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

The Joseph I. Davies papers were transferred by the Biology Department of Rice University in 1974 and 1976, and from Mrs. D. M. Anderson (Davies’ daughter) in 1982.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Correspondence, 1924-1966

box folder
1 1 Lecture notes by Davies on the history of Rice University (used for a slide presentation)
2 "Last Lecture" of Davies (incomplete transcript) "Biology 100 Lecture on Evolution," Flyleaf, XVI, no. 4 (July 1966)
3 Magnetic tape of Dr. Davies' lecture to Biology 100 on April 22, 1963 (called the "Hamlet" lecture)
4 Curriculum vitae, correspondence, news clippings -1924-1966

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Series II: Slides and transparencies, 1948-1960, n.d.

box folder
1 5 2 x 2" transparencies: buildings, campus scenes; views of Rice University; some slides are labeled and some are described in Davies' lecture notes in folder 1, above
6 2 x 2" transparencies - (Addenda, 1982); approximately 160 transparencies including views of the campus, two "snow scene" sets (1948, 1960), and 1950s-era buildings, including the RMC (Rice Memorial Center).
box folder
2 - Glass slides; n.d.; fifteen slides, 3 ½ x 4": buildings and campus scenes of Rice Institute/University; some are labeled, and some are described in Davies' lecture notes (Box 1, folder 1 above).

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