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Jefferson Davis Association records

Identifier: UA 0018
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

The records consist of drafts, galley proofs, revisions, page proofs, typescripts, and reviews of the published volumes of The Papers of Jefferson Davis. Also included are administrative records of the Jefferson Davis Association--both the coporation and university department--grant proposals and reports, files detailing the acquistion of Davis documents and research material, documentary editing methodology, and memorabilia. Some periodicals, such as "The Rebel Yell", 1979-1996, newsletters of the Chicago Civil War Round Table (1963-2000) and Civil War Round Table Associates (1968-1879), and "The United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) Magazine" (1988- ) are cataloged separately.


  • Creation: 1963 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research. Please contact the Woodson Research Center at for assistance in accessing these materials.

Historical Note

The Jefferson Davis Association was a non-profit corporation chartered in 1963, to collect, compile, edit, and publish a complete comprehensive edition of the papers and correspondence of Jefferson Davis. Rice University sponsored the association since the corporation's founding. The university supplied housing, research materials, and graduate student interns from the history department. The association's primary resources, however, were grants from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The association also received support from many other organizations and persons, including the Davis family.

The association was initially chartered by Frank E. Vandiver, Palmer Bradley, and Cooper K. Ragan. As a professor with Rice University at the time, Dr. Vandiver secured sponsorship and saw the first volume published in 1971 along with colleagues Lynda Crist and Mary Dix. Lynda Lasswell Crist was editor since the fourth volume. Mary Seaton Dix volunteered as coeditor emerita since retiring after twenty-six years with the project. The Papers of Jefferson Davis were published by the Louisiana State University Press in fourtenn chronological volumes and three revised volumes, 1971-2015.


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The records consist of drafts, galley proofs, revisions, page proofs, and typescripts. Also included are grant records, accounting receipts, correspondence, and other administrative files of the Jefferson Davis Association. Raw digital materials for the documentary "Jefferson Davis - an American President" (2008) are found in the Audio-Visual series.

Acquisition Information

Received from the Jefferson Davis Association between 1993 and 2015.

Guide to the Jefferson Davis Association records, 1963-2015
Lee Pecht
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA