Guide to the Papers of William P. Davis, 1955 - 1967Manuscript MS-1123

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of William P. Davis, 1955 - 1967

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1123

Collection Dates:

1955 - 1967

Size of Collection:

2 boxes (3 linear ft.)

Abstract:

William P. Davis, Jr. (1924-2004). The Papers of William P. Davis, Jr. chronicle his tenure as professor in the physics department at Dartmouth College.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

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Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Publication & Use

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The Papers of William P. Davis, Jr. chronicle his tenure as professor in the physics department of Dartmouth College. They include correspondence, publication information/publishing history, Dartmouth College science department faculty information, conference programs, scholarly articles, article rough drafts, handwritten problem sets/solutions, diagrams, Dartmouth College Science Department reports and official forms, speech scripts, reprints, edited papers, instructional manuals, book reviews, photographs, research proposals,and lectures.

Biography

William P. Davis, Jr. was born on August 27, 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a graduate of Oberlin College and went on to receive Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Physics at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. During World War II, he graduated first in his class at Midshipman's School at Cornell University and served as a Lieutenant j.g. in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor and was one of the last crew members to serve on the USS Manta, overseeing her decommissioning in 1946. Professor Davis joined Dartmouth's physics faculty in 1955 from the University of Michigan. In 1967, he was named to the then newly-established position of Assistant Provost. He remained in that liaison role between faculty and administration for three years, including a year in which he also served as Acting Dean of the Thayer School of Engineering. In late 1970, President Kemeny appointed him to another newly created position, Budget Officer; and in 1974 promoted him to Treasurer of the College. In the latter two positions he devoted his efforts to academic budgeting work - ranging from forecasting and planning to recording and control - until his retirement in 1985. Professor Davis died on November 27, 2004 in Exeter, NH.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1955-1967

Contains correspondence both to and from Davis, publication information/publishing history of Davis, Dartmouth College science department faculty information, conference programs, scholarly articles, article rough drafts, handwritten problem sets/solutions, drawn diagrams, Dartmouth College Science Department reports and official forms, speech scripts, research, and research proposals.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 2, Dates: 1957-1967

Contains correspondence, reprints of scholarly articles, edited papers, instructional manuals, handwritten solution sets, book reviews, photographs, research proposals, and lectures.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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