Catalogue of letters and papers of, and relating to, H. W. C. Davis, (1874-1928), 1897-1933

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Papers and letters of, and relating to, H. W. C. Davis, 1897-1933

Letters to Henry William Carless Davis, and to his widow.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6038-6039
Extent: 2 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Henry William Carless Davis, (1874-1928), was Director of the Dictionary of National Biography from 1902 and Regius Professor of Modern History, Oxford, from 1925. Details are given in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.


Papers arranged and given by his son, G. R. C. Davis, 1995.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 6038, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Davis | Henry William Carless | 1874-1928 | historian

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

Dictionary of National Biography -- University of Oxford

Subjects (LCSH)

Great Britain -- Historians

Descriptive List

Letters, 1897-1925
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6038
Extent: 250 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-35) miscellaneous letters, 1897-1914
  • (fols. 36-43) congratulatory letters on his CBE, 1918
  • (fols. 44-250) congratulatory letters on his appointment to the Regius Chair of Modern History, Oxford, 1925

Letters, 1925-1933
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6039
Extent: 230 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-26) letters to Davis as editor of Essays in History presented to R. L. Poole (Oxford, 1927), 1925-1926
  • (fols. 27-212) letters of condolence to his widow on his death, with photocopies of obituaries, 1928
  • (fols. 213-225) letters to his widow relating to posthumous publication of The Age of Grey and Peel (Oxford, 1929), 1928-1929
  • (fols. 226-30) letters to his widow relating to posthumous publication of Henry William Carless Davis, 1874-1928. A memoir by J. R. H. Weaver, and a selection of his historical papers, edited by J. R. H. Weaver and Austin Lane Poole (London, 1933), 1928-1933

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