01/HM.41 Guide to the Thomas Whitfield Davidson Papers Davidson, Thomas W. Finding Aid Authors: Dayna Greene.

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2017-09-27
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Guide to the Thomas Whitfield Davidson Papers 1932/1971 University of North Texas Special Collections Overview of the Collection Thomas Whitfield Davidson Papers 1931-1971 01/HM.41 Davidson, Thomas Whitfield, 1876 - 1974 12.00 English University of North Texas Special Collections
University of North Texas, Willis Library 1155 Union Circle # 305190 Denton, TX, URL: https://library.unt.edu/special-collections/
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.
Biographical Information:

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 Accruals:

84-011

Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Access:

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.

Preferred Citation:

Thomas Whitfield Davidson Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

Arrangement of Materials:

The files are arranged topically and then chronologically. The original order of the folders and their contents has not been altered.

Scope and Contents

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.

Detailed List of Contents id87797 1 Copper intaglio printing plate 628217 Scope and Contents

Image is a bust of Judge Thomas Whitfield Davidson. Size: 9.5" (w) x 12" (h). Formerly Box 100613.

id180835 2 704401 Scope and Contents

Formerly Box 1689

id185091 2 1 Davidson, T.W. Printed Material 1967 id185092 2 2 General Correspondence November 1967 1967 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and forms.

id185093 2 3 General Correspondence December 1967 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and correspondence.

id185094 2 4 General Correspondence January 1968, November 1968 1968 id185095 2 5 Printed Material Clippings 1932-1969 id185096 2 6 Printed Material undated Scope and Contents

Documents, papers, pamphlets, and correspondence.

id185097 2 7 Publications "Men of Decision" Part 1 undated id185098 2 8 Publications "Men of Decision" Part 2 undated id185099 2 9 Publications "Men of Decision" Part 3 undated id185100 2 10 Publications 1967 Scope and Contents

Papers, booklets, documents.

id185101 2 11 Audio Recording Tape and Transcript (1971) 1971 id185102 2 12 Photographs 1948-1967, various undated Scope and Contents

Photographs, letter. Handle with caution.

id185103 2 13 Davidson, T.W. Box 1689 Duplicate 1967-1968 Scope and Contents

Booklets, document.

id180836 3 704402 Scope and Contents

Formerly Box 1690.

id185083 3 1 Sample Davidson Letter to Sister 1967 id185084 3 2 Frances Collier Correspondence 1966 1966 id185085 3 3 Frances Collier Correspondence 1967 1967 id185086 3 4 Frances Collier Correspondence January-April 1968 1968 id185087 3 5 Frances Collier Correspondence April -December 1968 1968 id185088 3 6 Bula Davidson Correspondence October 1967-January 1968 (To T.W. Davidson) 1967-1968 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and forms.

id185089 3 7 Bula Davidson Correspondence October 1967-January 1968 (From T.W. Davidson) 1967-1968 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and forms.

id185090 3 8 Bula Davidson Telegrams 1967
id180837 4 704403 Scope and Contents

Formerly Box 1691.

id185076 4 1 Bula Davidson Sympathy Cards (A-D) 1967 Scope and Contents

Cards and letters.

id185077 4 2 Bula Davidson Sympathy Cards (E-K) 1967 Scope and Contents

Cards and letters.

id185078 4 3 Bula Davidson Sympathy Cards (L-W) 1967 Scope and Contents

Cards and letters.

id185079 4 4 Bula Davidson Flower Cards (A-K) 1967 Scope and Contents

Cards and letters.

id185080 4 5 Bula Davidson Flower Cards (L-W) 1967 Scope and Contents

Cards, forms, letters.

id185081 4 6 Bula Davidson Printed Records 1889-1967 Scope and Contents

Records and certificates.

id185082 4 7 Bula Davidson Clippings 1967
id180838 5 Scope and Contents

Formerly Box 1692.

id182113 5 1 Family History Correspondence (September 1958) 1958 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and forms.

id182114 5 2 Family History Correspondence (October 1958) 1958 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and forms.

id182115 5 3 Family History Correspondence (November-December 1958) 1958 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and 1 card.

id182116 5 4 Family History Correspondence (1959) 1959 Scope and Contents

Letters and documents.

id182117 5 5 Davidson, T.W. Family History- Correspondence (1967) 1967 Scope and Contents

Letters and documents.

id182118 5 6 Family History Correspondence (1960-1962) 1960-1962 Scope and Contents

Letters and documents.

id182119 5 7 Family History Historical Marker Correspondence 1962-1968 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and forms.

id182120 5 8 Family History Family Tracings undated Scope and Contents

Documents, papers, and a notepad (handle with caution).

id185066 5 9 Family History Travel 1958 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, brochures, pamphlets, and forms.

id185067 5 10 Foundations Correspondence (1950-1951) 1950-1951 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, receipts, and forms.

id185068 5 11 Foundations Davidson Foundation Correspondence (1968) 1968 id185069 5 12 Foundations Davidson Foundation Correspondence (Jan-March 1969) 1969 Scope and Contents

Letters and documents.

id185070 5 13 Foundations Davidson Foundation Correspondence (Apr-May 1969) 1969 Scope and Contents

Letters and documents.

id185071 5 14 Foundations Davidson Foundation Correspondence (June-July 1969) 1969 Scope and Contents

Letters and documents.

id185072 5 15 Foundations Davidson Foundation Correspondence (Aug-Oct 1969) 1969 Scope and Contents

Letters and documents.

id185073 5 16 Foundations Davidson Foundation Financial Documents 1968-1969 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and forms.

id185074 5 17 Foundations Davidson Foundation Legal Documents 1946-1969 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and forms.

id185075 5 18 Foundations Davidson Foundation Clippings 1968
id180839 6 704405 Scope and Contents

Formerly Box 1693.

id182104 6 1 Davidson, T. Whitfield- Freedoms Foundation Restricted 1970 id182105 6 2 Foundations Freedom's Foundation Correspondence 1970 Scope and Contents

Letters, papers, flyers, and documents.

id182106 6 3 Foundation Freedom's Foundation Publications (1 of 2) 1969 Scope and Contents

Documents, booklets, and papers.

id182107 6 4 Foundations Freedom's Foundation Publications (2 of 2) 1969-1970 Scope and Contents

Documents, booklets, papers, and forms.

id182108 6 5 Foundations Josephine Davidson Memorial Chapel Correspondence (1962-June 1965) 1962-1965 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and papers.

id182109 6 6 Foundations Josephine Davidson Memorial Chapel Correspondence (June 1965-December 1965) 1965 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and papers.

id182110 6 7 Foundations Josephine Davidson Memorial Chapel Correspondene (February-September 1969) 1969 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, papers, and forms.

id182111 6 8 Foundations Josephine Davidson Memorial Chapel Minutes 1955-1960 Scope and Contents

Documents and papers.

id182112 6 9 Foundations Josephine Davidson Memorial Chapel Clippings 1961-1969
id180840 7 704406 Scope and Contents

Formerly Box 1694.

id180844 7 1 Davidson, T. Whitfield 2/17/48 to 1948 Scope and Contents

Notes and papers.

id180845 7 2 Davidson, T. Whitfield Shorthand Notes 6/16/48 1948 id180846 7 3 Davidson, T. Whitfield Shorthand Notes 7/6/48 1948 id180847 7 4 Davidson, T. Whitfield Shorthand Notes 9/20/48 1948 id180848 7 5 Davidson, T. Whitfield Shorthand Notes 1948 1948 id180849 7 6 Davidson, T. Whitfield Shorthand Notes 1949 1949
id180841 8 704408 Scope and Contents

Formerly Box 1696.

id180850 8 1 Davidson, T. W. - Oil Correspondence 1960-1968 id180851 8 2 Oil Correspondence (1956-1959) 1956-1959 id180852 8 3 Oil Correspondence (1960-1961) 1960-1961 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and forms.

id180853 8 4 Oil Correspondence (1962-1964) 1962-1964 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and forms.

id180854 8 5 Oil Correspondence (1965-1970) 1965-1970 Scope and Contents

Letters and documents.

id180855 8 6 Oil Financial Documents (1956-1959) 1956-1959 Scope and Contents

Receipts.

id180856 8 7 Oil Financial Documents (1960-1961) 1960-1961 Scope and Contents

Documents and receipts.

id180857 8 8 Oil Financial Documents (1962-1964) 1962-1964 Scope and Contents

Documents and receipts.

id180858 8 9 Oil Financial Documents (1965-1970) 1965-1970 Scope and Contents

Receipts.

id180859 8 10 Oil Legal Documents Mineral Deeds 1938-1954 Scope and Contents

Documents and forms.

id180860 8 11 Oil Legal Documents and Oil Leases 1950-1971 Scope and Contents

Documents, forms, and correspondence.

id180861 8 12 Oil Clippings undated id180862 8 13 United Smelting Company Financial Documents 1936-1937 Scope and Contents

Forms and receipts.

id180842 9 704409 Scope and Contents

Formerly Box 1697.

id180863 9 1 Judicial Career Correspondence (1934-1939) 1934-1939 id180864 9 2 Judicial Career Correspondence (1940-1947) 1940-1947 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and clippings.

id180865 9 3 Judicial Career Correspondence (1948) 1948 id180866 9 4 Judicial Career Retirement- Correspondence (1965) 1965 id180867 9 5 Judicial Career Fort Worth Bar Association Dinner (11-29-65) 11/29/1965 id180882 9 6 Judicial Career Dallas Bar Association Luncheon (2-16-66) 02/16/1966 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and papers.

id180884 9 7 Judicial Career Telegrams 1936 id180897 9 8 Judicial Career Cases Pending (1 of 4) 1937 Scope and Contents

Documents and forms.

id180903 9 9 Judicial Career Cases Pending (2 of 4) 1937 Scope and Contents

Documents and forms.

id180917 9 10 Judicial Career Cases Pending (3 of 4) 1937 Scope and Contents

Documents and forms.

id182087 9 11 Judicial Career Cases Pending (4 of 4) 1937 Scope and Contents

Documents and forms.

id182088 9 12 Judicial Career Cases Pending- Case Correspondence 1937 Scope and Contents

Letters, papers, and correspondence.

id180843 10 704411 Scope and Contents

Formerly Box 1698.

id182089 10 1 Judicial Career Cases Pending 1962 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and forms.

id182090 10 2 Judicial Career Cases Pending- Case Correspondence 1943-1967 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, papers, and forms.

id182091 10 3 Judicial Career Cases Pending- Desegregation 1964 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and papers.

id182092 10 4 Judicial Career Cases Pending- Desegregation Decisions 1964-1966 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and papers.

id182093 10 5 Judicial Career Highland Park- Zoning Ordinance 1940 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, forms, and papers.

id182094 10 6 Judicial Career Printed Materials (1 of 3) 1936-1956 Scope and Contents

Letters, documents, and papers.

id182095 10 7 Judicial Career Printed Materials (2 of 3) 1935, 1968 Scope and Contents

Papers and documents.

id182096 10 8 Judicial Career Printed Materials (3 of 3) 1944 Scope and Contents

Papers and documents.

id182097 10 9 Judicial Career Clippings (1 of 2) 1936-1960 id182098 10 10 Judicial Career Clippings (2 of 2) 1961-1967 id182099 10 11 Judicial Career Publications Pt. 1 1927-1953 Scope and Contents

Papers and documents.

id182100 10 12 Judicial Career Publications Pt. 3 1965 Scope and Contents

Booklets.

id182101 10 13 Judicial Career Publications Pt. 4 1957-1959 Scope and Contents

Booklets and papers.

id182102 10 14 Judicial Career Photographs 1935
id182103 11 Reel to Reel Tapes undated 642511 Scope and Contents

A series of 12 undated reel-to-reel tapes. They are fragile and require a tape player.

id185531 1696a Garrison Family Collection Photographs 1906-1966 642568 Scope and Contents

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.