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Collection Summary

Biographical Note

Arrangement of the Papers/Records

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: Biographical Materials

Series 2: Diaries, 2002-2004

Series 3: Correspondance

Series 4: Writings

Series 5: Awards

Series 6: Photographs

Series 7: News Clippings,1959 - 2001

Texas Woman's University, the Woman's Collection

Ethelyn Davis Papers

An Inventory to the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Davis, Ethelyn,1915 - 2008
Title: Ethelyn Davis Papers
Date: 1931 - 2008
Abstract: Sociologist and educator. Served in the Texas Woman's univeristy (TWU) Department of Sociology and Social Work, 1942-1978. She served as Chair of the department and as Acting Dean of the college of Arts and Sciences. Photographs, papers, articles, certificates, and professional papers. Records include her work as an educator and as a volunteer in her community with the Denton Charter Commission, 1957-1958; Interfaith; the Humane Society; and TWU. Gift of Robert and Roseanne Davis.
Location: Mss. 686
Size: 1 cubic foot.
Repository Texas Woman's University, the Woman's Collection

Biographical Note

Dr. Ethelyn Davis was a sociologist, an educator, civic leader, researcher, volunteer, and world traveler. She was born in St. Joseph, Missouri in the year October 9,1915 and died in Denton, Texas in December 15, 2008. Her parents were Dr. Milton and Ethel Knapp Davis. Her father was the president of the Union Theological Seminary in Mexico City. As a daughter of missionaries, she spent her childhood in Cuba and then moved to Mexico where she graduated from an American High School. She enrolled at Southern Methodist University in Dallas,Texas obtaining her B.A. and M.A. She then received her PhD in sociology from University of Missouri.

Dr. Davis served in theTexas Woman’s University Department of Sociology and Social Work from 1942 till 1979. She also served as Chair of the department and as acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She wrote many publications that had to do with adolescence dealing with occupational expectations and aspirations. Dr. Davis received the Cornaro award for outstanding professor in 1979. She was the first to receive this honor. She also was a recipient of the TWU Alumnae Outstanding Service Award for her volunteer work. Dr. Davis volunteered at, Interfaith Church, RSVP, TWU, and the Humane Society. Dr. Davis held Denton close to her heart. This resulted in her membership on the Charter Commission.

In retirement, she remained active in the church, gardening, caring for her animals, pottery, weaving,reading books, and continued to give and learn.

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Arrangement of the Papers/Records

Series 1: Biographical Materials
Series 2: Diaries
Series 3: Correspondance
Series 4: Writings
Series 5: Awards
Series 6: Photographs
Series 7: News clippings

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Restrictions

Access to the Collection:

Open for research.

Publication and Copyright Statements:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Coordinator for Special Collections. Where copyright is unclear, all responsibility must be assumed by the user.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Papers and artifacts were donated by her cousin, Robert J. Davis in 2008 with subsequent gifts in 2009.

Encoded by:

Penny Bell, 2009

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1: Biographical Materials

Folder
1 American High School Graduating Class,1931, (Mexico City).
Commencement Program and Invitations.
Folder
2 Biography of Dr. Davis, written by Kim Alexander and Annisa Breaux.
Folder
3 Name Tags and Cards
United Methodist Name Tags ( 3 items)
Automobile Service Cards (2 items)
Short Course for Planning Commissioners, 1972 name tag (1 item)
Folder
4 Obituary, 2008

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Series 2: Diaries, 2002-2004

Daily log of the details of her life including things like the time she woke up, what she had for breakfast, people that she saw that day, exercise, and volunteer work. These diaries date from the Dr. Davis's age of 86 thru 89 years old.
Folder
5 Diary no. 2
June 26, 2001- April 10, 2002
Folder
6 Diary no.3
June 26, 2002 - June 27, 2003
Folder
7 Diary no.4
June 28, 2003 - August 16, 2003
Folder
8 Diary no.4a
March 7, 2004 - November 2, 2004

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Series 3: Correspondance

Folder
9 Ethelyn Davis, Personal Correspondance, 1958, 2000.
Folder
10 Ethelyn Davis, Correspondance, Election to Charter Commissioner, 1958,1973.
Dr. Davis was elected to Charter Commissioner which is part of the city of Denton's Department of Community Developement. Denton, Texas.
Folder
11 Ethelyn Davis, Letters of Recomendation,1981
Folder
12 Ethelyn Davis, Letters of Appreciation, 1995,1980,2002,2008.
Letters, 1995 - 2008, from students and peers writing about the impact that Dr. Davis had on their life at Texas Woman's Univeristy.
Folder
13 Ethelyn Davis, Correspondance, Reba Bucklew Scholarship Endowment Fund, 1995
Letters regarding Davis's participation in the Reba Bucklew Scholarship Endowment Fund. Reba Bucklew taught at TWU's Department of Sociology and was a close friend of Ethelyn Davis.
Folder
14 Ethelyn Davis, Correspondance in regards to the Ethelyn Davis Graduate Fellowship Endowment, 1993 - 2007.
Purpose of Graduate Fellowship is to provide a stream of income to support graduate fellowships in the Sociology Department. Copy of the original agreement , letters with the Foundation and thank you letters from recipients of Fellowship.
Folder
15 Ethelyn Davis, Correspondance from Sigma Xi, 2008.
Membership letter reviewing Dr. Davis's emeritus status, 2008

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Series 4: Writings

Folder
16 Speech, n.d. (Career Concerns of Adolescent Girls)
"Career Concerns of Adolescent Girls". Paper written by Dr. Davis regarding the employment of adolescent girls and the personal and social constructs that faced them in the work place.
Folder
17 Ethelyn Davis, author of " Career Concerns of the Blue - Collar World".
Studies of the American Worker article.

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Series 5: Awards

Folder
18 Ethelyn Davis, Award, Alpha Theta Phi Society, Southern Methodist University, n.d.
Apha Theta Phi was the main honor society at SMU from 1916 - 1949. It was replaced when a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa was founded on that campus. Announcement of membership, n.d.
Folder
19 Ethelyn Davis, Award, Alpha Delta Mu National Social Work Honor Society
Certificate, n.d. Davis was initiated as a charter member.
Folder
20 Ethelyn Davis, Award, Women's Society of Christian Service, 1958.
Life Member of Methodist Church in Denton, Texas, 1958
Folder
21 Ethelyn Davis, Award, Graduate Council,1979.
Resolution written by Dr. Phyllis Bridges,(TWU),1979, regarding her service to the Sociology Deparment and the Univeristy upon her retirement.
Folder
22 Certificates, 1968 - 2006
Whos Who in Texas Today, 1968
City of Denton, Texas (Municiple Service Appreciation), 1969 - 1973
Denton County Community Council for outstanding serivce, 1977
City of Denton, Texas (Municiple Service Appreciation), 1978 - 1984
The State of Texas appreciation for volunteer service, 1983
Fairhaven acknowledgement for being a trustee for this nonprofit facility for the Aging,1989
Retired Senior Volunteer Program honors Dr. Davis for five years of volunteer service.1981- 2006
Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Genetic Screening and Counseling Service appreciation ( 1,187.25 hours of service), 1987 and 1990.
Board of Regents special thanks, 1991
Folder
23 Cornaro Award, 1979
Fall 1979 Academic Convocation program and printed speech given at the ceremony when the Cornaro award was presented to Dr. Davis. She was the first faculty member to recieve the award at Texas Woman's University.
Folder
24 Plaques
Texas Woman's University Cornaro Outstanding Professor Award, 1978
Denton County Community Council Recognition for Outstanding Service, 1980-1982
National Alumnae Association Texas Woman's University Outstanding Service Award, 1999

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Series 6: Photographs

Folder
25 Photos of Dr. Ethelyn Davis, 98 items
Folder
26 Glass Slides, n.d. (25 items)
Unidentified glass slides that may include Texas Woman's University students.

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Series 7: News Clippings,1959 - 2001

Folder
27 Denton Chronicle
"21 Dentonites Among 19,671 In `Who's Who In American Women` ", 1959.
"Local branch of women's group marks anniversary", no date.
Folder
28 Daily Lass-O
"Dr. Ethelyn Davis recieves TWU's first Cornaro Award", 1978
Folder
29 Newspapers Unknown
"TWU's Davis makes retirement plans", 1979
"Two Thumbs Up!", n.d.
Folder
30 Social Conscience Newsletter
"Spring Honors Program to be held Wednesday, April 22, 2:30 p.m.", 1998
Folder
31 TWU TIMES
Photo's of Dr. Davis on page #6, 2001.

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