Series 3 - Correspondence

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97 cm of textual records. - 3 photographs : b&w and col. ; 15 x 9 cm or smaller

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Bertram Rolland Davis was born in Bristol in 1897. Financial and familial situations prevented him from attending University, and after high school he began to work for the cable company established by his father, where he would stay for forty years. When not working he spent his free time as an amateur scholar with an interest in the Romantics and their links to Bristol. In particular, his interests tended towards former Poet Laureate Robert Southey and boy poet Thomas Chatterton. He corresponded with many of the leading Romantic scholars and critics of the twentieth century including Raymond D. Havens, E.H.W. Meyerstein, Maurice H. Fitzgerald, and Earl Leslie Griggs, and others. Davis also played an active role in preserving the history of Bristol and its famous residents.
To support his research, Davis purchased as many documents relating to the Romantics as he could afford. He amassed a collection of forty-five manuscript groups comprised of original documents by Southey, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and their contemporaries as well as an extensive library relating to his academic interests. His library is known as the Bertram R. Davis “Robert Southey” collection.
After Davis’ death, his personal library, manuscript groups, correspondence, and research files were acquired by the University of Waterloo.
(Bertram R. Davis / Kenneth Curry.)
(Catalogue of the Bertram R. Davis "Robert Southey" Collection / compiled by Jane Britton. -- Waterloo: University of Waterloo Library, 1990.)

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Series consists of approximately 5,900 items of correspondence between 165 correspondents. Includes correspondence to and from Bertram R. Davis, correspondence to and from unknown correspondents, and correspondence between others. Also includes two files of correspondence on a specific topic. One file is on portraits of Southey and the other is on the Portugues author Jose Maria de Eca de Queiroz.
Correspondents include:

  • All American Cables
  • Baldwyn, L.
  • Bathietwell, William
  • Beddoe, Dorothy
  • Bell, Whitefield Jr.
  • Bennett, Rhoda
  • Bentley, G.E. Jr.
  • Bernard Quariten Ltd.
  • Blunden, Edmund
  • Boots Cash Chemists
  • Boult, Nellie A.
  • Boyce, R.R.
  • Brace, Keith
  • Bremer, Heather
  • Bremner, Robert
  • British Council, The
  • British Museum, The
  • Bronson, Bertrand
  • Browning, Daphne DuMaurier
  • Buchan, Alexander M.
  • Cabral, Adolfo De Oliveira
  • Cabral, Maria de Gloria Ramos de Oliveira
  • Calme, John
  • Carnall, Geoffrey
  • Cartwright, Revd. Canon R.F.
  • Cascas, Artur Simoes
  • Charles Lamb Society Bulletin
  • Cheyne, A.D. Gordon
  • Christ’s Hosptial
  • Coburn, Kathleen
  • Collis, Ivan
  • Crook, Arthur
  • Crowsley, Ernest G.
  • Curry, Kenneth
  • Darbshire, Helen
  • Davis, Annabel
  • Davis, Doris
  • Davis, Watson
  • de Eca de Queiroz, Antonio
  • de Eca de Quieroz de Castro, Maria
  • De Sousa-Lead, J.
  • do Ceu Costa, Maria
  • Early, Benjamin W.
  • Early, Margaret Sue
  • Edward, P. Welson
  • Espstein, Jason
  • Faliscue-Brickdale, Matthew
  • Filler, Louis
  • Fisher, Dorothy
  • Fitzgerald, Maurice
  • Flack, Ellis
  • Flack, G. Ellis
  • Fox, Levi
  • Gandy, Norman
  • Gardner, WH.
  • Garlick, Kenneth
  • Gayford, J.C.
  • Gibbs, Donald T.
  • Goodland, Alice
  • Green-Armytage, R.N.
  • Griggs, Earl Leslie
  • Haller, William
  • Harris, Roy
  • Haugh, W.S.
  • Havens, Raymond D.
  • Heaton, P.
  • Highman, Norman
  • His Excellency the Portuguese Ambassador
  • Hoover, Ben
  • Hope, Warren T.
  • Hough, Henry B.
  • Howe, H.W.
  • Hynes, Mary
  • Kaderley, Nat Lewis
  • Kaderly, Nat Lewis
  • Kaufman, Paul
  • Keens, R. Lyall
  • Kew, S.F.
  • Kopaitic, Boris (Commander)
  • Kuhn, A.J.
  • Kurahashi, J.
  • Lamoine, Georges
  • Laverick, D.M.
  • Lee, Chi-Pui
  • Lindsay, Philip C.
  • Looker, Samuel J.
  • Lowes, John Livingston
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive
  • Manogue, Ralph Anthony
  • Mansfield, John
  • Mason, A.S.
  • Massey-Stewart, John
  • McElderry, Bruce Robert
  • Merritt, Theodore E.
  • Metford, J.C.J.
  • Meyerstein, E.H.W.
  • Middendorf, John H.
  • Middleton, Arthur Pierce
  • Miller, C.A.
  • Mooman, Mary
  • Moore, R.W.
  • Morgan, P.F.
  • Morley, E.J.
  • Morris, Christopher
  • Munday, Katherine
  • Mure, G.R.G.
  • New House Museum
  • Nowell, Charles
  • Nunes de Silva, Henrique
  • Ober, Warrun U.
  • Ormond, R.L.
  • Osborne, Edgar
  • Peck, Walter Edwin
  • Penney, Clara L.
  • Pinney, Hester
  • Pinto, Abranches
  • Pleasance, Antony C.
  • Polhemus, George W.
  • Prabhakar, T.
  • Pugsley, N.S.E.
  • Purchase, J.L.
  • Raepe, Elizabeth
  • Ramos, Charles
  • Rawnsley, E.F.
  • Rawnsley, H.D.
  • Reeves, Florence S.
  • Rich, Norman
  • Rodgers, Betsy
  • Ross, Archibald
  • Ross, James
  • Russell, P.E.
  • Shaffer, Elinor
  • Shaver, Chester L.
  • Simmons, Jack
  • Smith, Elsie
  • Smith, H.G.
  • Sproule, Hugh
  • Sypher, Gale
  • Sypher, Lucy
  • Sypher, Wylie
  • Taylor, Donald
  • Taylor, L. Acland
  • Taylor, Rachel
  • Thompson, J.E.
  • Thone, Frank
  • Times Literary Supplement, The
  • Times, The
  • Times, The
  • Turnbull, J.M.
  • University of Toronto Quarterly
  • Usher, H.W.F.
  • Wakefield, [?]
  • Waller, Robert
  • Wallis, F.S.
  • Wasserman, Earl R.
  • Watson, Rowland
  • Wells, Charles
  • West, S. George
  • Whalley, George
  • Whiting, F.
  • Wilkinson, Norman B.
  • Williams, M.G.
  • Williams, Rev. H. Fulford
  • Wilson, R.A.
  • Woof, Robert

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Some letters from Kenneth Curry (files 75a and 75b) have fire damage. These have been placed in plastic enclosures.

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  • English
  • French

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