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William R. Davis Papers

Identifier: A-0047

Scope and Contents

The main document in this collection is an unpublished manuscript by William R. Davis entitled "The Foundation of Texas Culture." It traces the development of elementary, high school, black, and college education in Texas from the Republic to the 1950s. The manuscript has chapters on Texas culture (art, music, literature, and folklore) and a bibliography of Texana. The rest of the collection (which were transferred from the SFA Biography Files) consists of several articles, newspaper clippings and biographical information.


  • Creation: 1929-1955


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

William Riley Davis (1886-1955) joined the faculty of Stephen F. Austin State College in 1924 as associate professor of history and education. Educated primarily at Southwest Missouri State Teachers College and Columbia University, he was a teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools before coming to SFASC. His main professional fields of interest were in teacher training, extension programs, curriculum review, and interracial education.


0.30 Cubic Feet


This collection is described in four folders and housed in one clamshell box. It is organized at the folder-level.

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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository