Series 7, Subseries 1: Correspondence, 1961-1990
Scope and Contents
Davis maintained extensive correspondence from his parents, especially from his father, E. Mott Davis, with whom he also shared professional interests in archaeology. The elder Davis was head of the radiocarbon testing laboratory in the Anthropology Department of the University of Texas, Austin; Jonathan regularly used that lab for testing with the result that EMD's letters appear in both the professional correspondence series (Series 6, Subseries 2) and in Davis' personal correspondence (Series 7, Subseries 1). EMD's weekly letters are valuable for his reports on events at the University of Texas, Austin, and in the Mott family; and for his opinions on events in the larger world, including the war in Vietnam and the U.S. government. The last letters of December 1990, were written to Sandy Powers, widow of Jonathan, enclosing a copy of the letter that the EMDs sent to friends about Jonathan's death.
Other letters to Davis consist mostly of those from friends and colleagues, bringing Jonathan up to date with news of their lives. There are also a few letters from Davis, both originals and copies. All seem to relate to his relationship with former wife Gail, and his employers at Nevada Archaeological Services.
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From the Collection: 13 Linear Feet (13 boxes)
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English
Davis' personal correspondence is arranged by correspondent: letters from his parents, J. Mott Davis and Beth Ogden Davis; letters from non-family friends and acquaintances; and letters written by Davis.