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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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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 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.
Folder 13: Judicial Career Publications Pt. 4, 1957-1959Add to your cart.
Booklets and papers.
Folder 14: Judicial Career Photographs, 1935Add to your cart.

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