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Thomas Whitfield Davidson Papers, 1931-1971 | University of North Texas Special Collections

By Dayna Greene

Collection Overview

Title: Thomas Whitfield Davidson Papers, 1931-1971Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1965-1970
ID: 01/HM.41
Primary Creator: Davidson, Thomas Whitfield (1876 - 1974)
Extent: 12.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The files are arranged topically and then chronologically. The original order of the folders and their contents has not been altered.
Date Acquired: 00/00/1984. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English

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Abstract

Collection of Judge Thomas Whitfield Davidson's papers relating to his judicial and business career. Also includes documents about his family life. Material consists of awards, bills, cards, certificates, checks, clippings, correspondence, deeds, leases, licenses, maps, minutes, newsletters, pamphlets, photos, publications, ration stamps, records, stocks, and stamps.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The documents include Davidson's judicial and business career documents, including documents and correspondence from his land ownership, oil business, judicial cases, bar association correspondence, publications, and the establishment of the Freedoms Foundation and the Josephine Davidson Memorial Chapel. There are also a number of letters, cards, and correspondence between Davidson and his family and friends, as well as a number of documents pertaining to his personal life and the death of his wife.

Biographical Note

Judge T. Whitfield "Whit" Davidson was born in 1876 in Harrison County, Texas, to his parents John Ramson and Sara Josephine Daniels Whitfield. He was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1903, and began practice. In 1912, he supported Woodrow Wilson's presidential bid as one of the "Immortal Forty." In 1920, he was elected to the state senate, and from 1923 to 1925, served as the state lieutenant governor. From his appointment in 1936 to his retirement in 1965, Davidson served as a district judge for North Texas. Judge Davidson ruled in 1960's Borders v. Rippy case to begin the desegregation process in Dallas. He was married thrice, his last of which was to Beulah Rose Davidson. She has the most extensive records in this collection. He died in 1974 and was buried in the Josephine Davidson Memorial Chapel in Diana, TX.

Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 84-011
Access Restrictions: Box 4 is restricted due to the presence of personally identifiable information. An archivist will need to review Box 4's contents before it can be used. Please contact the UNT Special Collections department for further information. The rest of the collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Peggy Brannon

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1: Copper intaglio printing plateAdd to your cart.
Image is a bust of Judge Thomas Whitfield Davidson. Size: 9.5" (w) x 12" (h). Formerly Box 100613.
Barcode: 628217
Box 2Add to your cart.
Formerly Box 1689
Barcode: 704401
Folder 1: Davidson, T.W. Printed Material, 1967Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: General Correspondence November 1967, 1967Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and forms.
Folder 3: General Correspondence December 1967Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and correspondence.
Folder 4: General Correspondence January 1968, November 1968, 1968Add to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Printed Material Clippings, 1932-1969Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Printed Material, undatedAdd to your cart.
Documents, papers, pamphlets, and correspondence.
Folder 7: Publications "Men of Decision" Part 1, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 8: Publications "Men of Decision" Part 2, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 9: Publications "Men of Decision" Part 3, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 10: Publications, 1967Add to your cart.
Papers, booklets, documents.
Folder 11: Audio Recording Tape and Transcript (1971), 1971Add to your cart.
 
Folder 12: Photographs, 1948-1967, various undatedAdd to your cart.
Photographs, letter. Handle with caution.
Folder 13: Davidson, T.W. Box 1689 Duplicate, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Booklets, document.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Formerly Box 1690.
Barcode: 704402
Folder 1: Sample Davidson Letter to Sister, 1967Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Frances Collier Correspondence 1966, 1966Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Frances Collier Correspondence 1967, 1967Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Frances Collier Correspondence January-April 1968, 1968Add to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Frances Collier Correspondence April -December 1968, 1968Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Bula Davidson Correspondence October 1967-January 1968 (To T.W. Davidson), 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and forms.
Folder 7: Bula Davidson Correspondence October 1967-January 1968 (From T.W. Davidson), 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and forms.
Folder 8: Bula Davidson Telegrams, 1967Add to your cart.
 
Box 4Add to your cart.
Formerly Box 1691.
Barcode: 704403
Folder 1: Bula Davidson Sympathy Cards (A-D), 1967Add to your cart.
Cards and letters.
Folder 2: Bula Davidson Sympathy Cards (E-K), 1967Add to your cart.
Cards and letters.
Folder 3: Bula Davidson Sympathy Cards (L-W), 1967Add to your cart.
Cards and letters.
Folder 4: Bula Davidson Flower Cards (A-K), 1967Add to your cart.
Cards and letters.
Folder 5: Bula Davidson Flower Cards (L-W), 1967Add to your cart.
Cards, forms, letters.
Folder 6: Bula Davidson Printed Records, 1889-1967Add to your cart.
Records and certificates.
Folder 7: Bula Davidson Clippings, 1967Add to your cart.
 
Box 5Add to your cart.
Formerly Box 1692.
Barcode: 704404
Folder 1: Family History Correspondence (September 1958), 1958Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and forms.
Folder 2: Family History Correspondence (October 1958), 1958Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and forms.
Folder 3: Family History Correspondence (November-December 1958), 1958Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and 1 card.
Folder 4: Family History Correspondence (1959), 1959Add to your cart.
Letters and documents.
Folder 5: Davidson, T.W. Family History- Correspondence (1967), 1967Add to your cart.
Letters and documents.
Folder 6: Family History Correspondence (1960-1962), 1960-1962Add to your cart.
Letters and documents.
Folder 7: Family History Historical Marker Correspondence, 1962-1968Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and forms.
Folder 8: Family History Family Tracings, undatedAdd to your cart.
Documents, papers, and a notepad (handle with caution).
Folder 9: Family History Travel, 1958Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, brochures, pamphlets, and forms.
Folder 10: Foundations Correspondence (1950-1951), 1950-1951Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, receipts, and forms.
Folder 11: Foundations Davidson Foundation Correspondence (1968), 1968Add to your cart.
 
Folder 12: Foundations Davidson Foundation Correspondence (Jan-March 1969), 1969Add to your cart.
Letters and documents.
Folder 13: Foundations Davidson Foundation Correspondence (Apr-May 1969), 1969Add to your cart.
Letters and documents.
Folder 14: Foundations Davidson Foundation Correspondence (June-July 1969), 1969Add to your cart.
Letters and documents.
Folder 15: Foundations Davidson Foundation Correspondence (Aug-Oct 1969), 1969Add to your cart.
Letters and documents.
Folder 16: Foundations Davidson Foundation Financial Documents, 1968-1969Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and forms.
Folder 17: Foundations Davidson Foundation Legal Documents, 1946-1969Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and forms.
Folder 18: Foundations Davidson Foundation Clippings, 1968Add to your cart.
 
Box 6Add to your cart.
Formerly Box 1693.
Barcode: 704405
Folder 1: Davidson, T. Whitfield- Freedoms Foundation Restricted, 1970Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Foundations Freedom's Foundation Correspondence, 1970Add to your cart.
Letters, papers, flyers, and documents.
Folder 3: Foundation Freedom's Foundation Publications (1 of 2), 1969Add to your cart.
Documents, booklets, and papers.
Folder 4: Foundations Freedom's Foundation Publications (2 of 2), 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Documents, booklets, papers, and forms.
Folder 5: Foundations Josephine Davidson Memorial Chapel Correspondence (1962-June 1965), 1962-1965Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and papers.
Folder 6: Foundations Josephine Davidson Memorial Chapel Correspondence (June 1965-December 1965), 1965Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and papers.
Folder 7: Foundations Josephine Davidson Memorial Chapel Correspondene (February-September 1969), 1969Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, papers, and forms.
Folder 8: Foundations Josephine Davidson Memorial Chapel Minutes, 1955-1960Add to your cart.
Documents and papers.
Folder 9: Foundations Josephine Davidson Memorial Chapel Clippings, 1961-1969Add to your cart.
 
Box 7Add to your cart.
Formerly Box 1694.
Barcode: 704406
Folder 1: Davidson, T. Whitfield 2/17/48 to, 1948Add to your cart.
Notes and papers.
Folder 2: Davidson, T. Whitfield Shorthand Notes 6/16/48, 1948Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Davidson, T. Whitfield Shorthand Notes 7/6/48, 1948Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Davidson, T. Whitfield Shorthand Notes 9/20/48, 1948Add to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Davidson, T. Whitfield Shorthand Notes 1948, 1948Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Davidson, T. Whitfield Shorthand Notes 1949, 1949Add to your cart.
 
Box 8Add to your cart.
Formerly Box 1696.
Barcode: 704408
Folder 1: Davidson, T. W. - Oil Correspondence, 1960-1968Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Oil Correspondence (1956-1959), 1956-1959Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Oil Correspondence (1960-1961), 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and forms.
Folder 4: Oil Correspondence (1962-1964), 1962-1964Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and forms.
Folder 5: Oil Correspondence (1965-1970), 1965-1970Add to your cart.
Letters and documents.
Folder 6: Oil Financial Documents (1956-1959), 1956-1959Add to your cart.
Receipts.
Folder 7: Oil Financial Documents (1960-1961), 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Documents and receipts.
Folder 8: Oil Financial Documents (1962-1964), 1962-1964Add to your cart.
Documents and receipts.
Folder 9: Oil Financial Documents (1965-1970), 1965-1970Add to your cart.
Receipts.
Folder 10: Oil Legal Documents Mineral Deeds, 1938-1954Add to your cart.
Documents and forms.
Folder 11: Oil Legal Documents and Oil Leases, 1950-1971Add to your cart.
Documents, forms, and correspondence.
Folder 12: Oil Clippings, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 13: United Smelting Company Financial Documents, 1936-1937Add to your cart.
Forms and receipts.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Formerly Box 1697.
Barcode: 704409
Folder 1: Judicial Career Correspondence (1934-1939), 1934-1939Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Judicial Career Correspondence (1940-1947), 1940-1947Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and clippings.
Folder 3: Judicial Career Correspondence (1948), 1948Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Judicial Career Retirement- Correspondence (1965), 1965Add to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Judicial Career Fort Worth Bar Association Dinner (11-29-65), 11/29/1965Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Judicial Career Dallas Bar Association Luncheon (2-16-66), 02/16/1966Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and papers.
Folder 7: Judicial Career Telegrams, 1936Add to your cart.
 
Folder 8: Judicial Career Cases Pending (1 of 4), 1937Add to your cart.
Documents and forms.
Folder 9: Judicial Career Cases Pending (2 of 4), 1937Add to your cart.
Documents and forms.
Folder 10: Judicial Career Cases Pending (3 of 4), 1937Add to your cart.
Documents and forms.
Folder 11: Judicial Career Cases Pending (4 of 4), 1937Add to your cart.
Documents and forms.
Folder 12: Judicial Career Cases Pending- Case Correspondence, 1937Add to your cart.
Letters, papers, and correspondence.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Formerly Box 1698.
Barcode: 704411
Folder 1: Judicial Career Cases Pending, 1962Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and forms.
Folder 2: Judicial Career Cases Pending- Case Correspondence, 1943-1967Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, papers, and forms.
Folder 3: Judicial Career Cases Pending- Desegregation, 1964Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and papers.
Folder 4: Judicial Career Cases Pending- Desegregation Decisions, 1964-1966Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and papers.
Folder 5: Judicial Career Highland Park- Zoning Ordinance, 1940Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, forms, and papers.
Folder 6: Judicial Career Printed Materials (1 of 3), 1936-1956Add to your cart.
Letters, documents, and papers.
Folder 7: Judicial Career Printed Materials (2 of 3), 1935, 1968Add to your cart.
Papers and documents.
Folder 8: Judicial Career Printed Materials (3 of 3), 1944Add to your cart.
Papers and documents.
Folder 9: Judicial Career Clippings (1 of 2), 1936-1960Add to your cart.
 
Folder 10: Judicial Career Clippings (2 of 2), 1961-1967Add to your cart.
 
Folder 11: Judicial Career Publications Pt. 1, 1927-1953Add to your cart.
Papers and documents.
Folder 12: Judicial Career Publications Pt. 3, 1965Add to your cart.
Booklets.
Folder 13: Judicial Career Publications Pt. 4, 1957-1959Add to your cart.
Booklets and papers.
Folder 14: Judicial Career Photographs, 1935Add to your cart.
 
Box 11: Reel to Reel Tapes, undatedAdd to your cart.
A series of 12 undated reel-to-reel tapes. They are fragile and require a tape player.
Barcode: 642511
Box 1696a: Garrison Family Collection Photographs, 1906-1966Add to your cart.
This box contains the Garrison Family Papers, the Thomas Whitfield Davidson Collection, the Lillian Gunter Family Papers and the David Jones Eddleman Collection. This box is housed in the Special Collections Department in the Willis Library and shelved in flat storage under the Garrison Family Papers with a Collection Number of HM 2.2. The majority of the photos pertaining to Judge Davidson are larger and at the bottom of the box.
Barcode: 642568

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