Series 3 - Correspondence

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  • 1917-1971 (Creation)
    Davis, Bertram R.

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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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English, with some French.

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