Guide to the William Watts Hart Davis Collection, 1841-1912
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Creator Davis, W. W. H. (William Watts Hart), 1820-1910 Title William Watts Hart Davis Collection Dates 1841-1912 Extent 3 Files
About the Collection
The collection includes a photocopy and typed transcription of the journal of William W. H. Davis while at Norwich University, 1 June-4 July 1841. He writes of the daily routine of a cadet, including fare offered and studies undertaken. The journal also contains many notes, perhaps from lectures attended, which Davis found interesting. There is also an account of his expenses while at the Virginia Military, Scientific and Literary Academy in Portsmouth, September 1842-February 1843. The original journal belongs to and was copied in 1978 courtesy of the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT. Also included in the collection is Davis’s (and his descendants’) correspondence with William Arba Ellis, 1897-1912, who was compiling biographical information on Norwich alumni for his multi-volume history of the university. The collection also includes The Alpha and Omega of the Revolution, an address delivered to the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution by General W. W. H. Davis in 1902. This copy was presented to Mrs. Alden Partridge with the compliments of the author.
About William Watts Hart Davis
William W. H. Davis of Pennsylvania entered Norwich University in 1840 and graduated in 1842. Upon leaving Norwich, Davis served as professor and superintendent of the Virginia Military, Scientific and Literary Academy in Portsmouth, 1842-1844. He later served in both the Mexican War and the Civil War. William Davis practiced law in his native state and was an active publisher and writer. He married Anna Carpenter in 1856 and the couple had eight children. The control file included with the collection contains additional information on William W. H. Davis.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
Davis, W. W. H. (William Watts Hart), 1820-1910
Norwich University -- History -- 19th century.
Military education -- Vermont.
Military education -- Virginia -- Portsmouth.
The collection is open.
Please note that Norwich University does not own the original of William W. H. Davis’s journal. Permission to publish from the journal should be solicted from the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT 05482 (phone) 802-985-3346 (fax) 802-985-2331.
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below: Identification of specific item; Date (if known); William Watts Hart Davis Collection, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection:
Letter from William W. H. Davis to William Arba Ellis, 17 May 1907. William Watts Hart Davis Collection; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Extent: 3 Files Collection Location: Archives 501 — Small Collections I, Alumni Language(s) of Material: English Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, email@example.com
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