Guide to the Oral history interview with William P. Davis, 1997 February 19Manuscript DOH-24

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Guide to the Oral history interview with William P. Davis, 1997 February 19

Call Number:

Manuscript DOH-24

Collection Dates:

1997 February 19

Size of Collection:

2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 min. each)


William P. Davis, Jr., Former Treasurer of the College and Professor of Physics, Emeritus. Oral history interview documenting his teaching and administrative roles at Dartmouth College serving under Presidents Dickey, Kemeny and McLaughlin.

Access to Collection:

Restricted until 2012.

Use & Access

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Access to Collection

Restricted until 2012.

Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The oral history interview of William P. Davis, Jr. is comprised of audiocassette recordings and an indexed transcript of the recordings. The interview was conducted by Jane L. Carroll on February 19, 1997. The entire interview runs for approximately two hours and covers his thirty year teaching and administrative career at Dartmouth College, including the planning for and implementation of coeducation.


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: Feb 1997

Transcripts and Audio Cassette Tapes

Access Restrictions

Close until 2012.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

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