DAVIS, William Morris, 1815-1891


Guide to Research Collections

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1853-1879, 181 items.
This small collection consists primarily of letters from William Morris Davis to his good friend Henry Kirke Brown, a New York sculptor. Present, too, are letters to and from Davis’s wife, Elizabeth, and their friends Catherine Brooks Yale and her husband, Linus Yale, developer of the Yale lock. The correspondents discuss Brown’s sculptures, fly fishing, forging and casting, religion, machine tools, the Panic of 1857, and Republican politics. Davis also reports Passmore Williamson’s imprisonment for contempt of court during a fugitive slave case, 1857, sending his daughter to Theodore Weld’s school, his support for Fremont’s presidential candidacy, and his criticism of both Buchanan and Lincoln. An 1861 letter gives an account of a confrontation between Jessie Benton Fremont and Francis Preston Blair in St. Louis.


Nantucket Historical Association
Nantucket, MA
Papers: 1834-1836, 1 volume.
A log/journal of a whaling voyage to the North and South Pacific Ocean kept by William Morris Davis from November 5, 1834 - September 10, 1836. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: 1835-1836, 1 volume.
A log/journal kept by William Morris Davis, relating to a whaling voyage to the North and South Pacific from October 7, 1835 - September 10, 1836. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Microfilm: 1835-1837, 1 reel.
A log/journal relating to a whaling voyage to the Pacific Ocean kept by William Morris Davis from October 7, 1835 - May 28, 1837. A finding aid is available in the repository.