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Guide to the Cathy Davidson Papers, 1969-2010s

Abstract

English Professor at Duke University, and Vice-Provost for Interdisciplinary Affairs. Author of fiction and memoirs, and editor of The Book of Love and Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States. The Cathy Davidson Papers encompass Davidson's various writings, organizational work, correspondence, and materials related to Fred Hampton. The Writings Series includes her research and assemblage of famous authors' love letters (Book of Love), as well as drafts of various books, short stories, writing workshops, and publication matters. The Organizations and Professional Activities Series includes files relating to her work with the American Studies Association, the American Literature Section of the MLA, and the American Literature Association, as well as various other professional activities. Duke Materials include MacArthur Foundation grant and research files for the Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age, as well as a small amount of materials related to the Franklin Humanities Institute and interdisciplinarity. The Fred Hampton Materials pertain to the assassination of Fred Hampton in 1969 and Davidson's related photography projects. This series is closed until 2017. Additionaly, permission from Cathy Davidson is required to view any materials in accession 2012-0248 (boxes 21-23) during her lifetime.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Cathy Davidson papers
Creator
Davidson, Cathy
Extent
13.5 linear feet, 8250 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Cathy Davidson Papers encompass Davidson's various writings, organizational work, correspondence, and materials related to Fred Hampton. The Writings Series includes her research and assemblage of famous authors' love letters (Book of Love), as well as drafts of various books, short stories, writing workshops, and publication matters. The Organizations and Professional Activities Series includes files relating to her work with the American Studies Association, the American Literature Section of the MLA, and the American Literature Association, as well as various other professional activities. Part of Davidson's Duke career is documented in the papers as well, particularly her work with the MacArthur Foundation grant for learning institutions in a digital age, as well as some HASTAC materials. The Fred Hampton Materials pertain to the assassination of Fred Hampton in 1969 and Davidson's related photography projects. This series is closed until 2017. Additionaly, permission from Cathy Davidson is required to view any materials in accession 2012-0248 (boxes 21-23) during her lifetime.

Administrative Information

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Collection is restricted. Fred Hampton Materials are closed until 2017.

Additionaly, permission from Cathy Davidson is required to view any materials in accession 2012-0488 (boxes 21-23) during her lifetime.

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Contents of the Collection

Writings, 1990s-2010s

(12 boxes)

Within the Writings Series are notes, drafts and correspondence relating to Davidson's published and unpublished written works. These include Davidson's research and assemblage of famous authors' love letters that make up the Book of Love: Writers and Their Love Letters Subseries. In Boxes 1-2, files are arranged alphabetically by writer and include permissions and other copyright information. Also included are subseries on Davidson's published books: Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention will Transform the Way we Live, Work, and Learn; Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan; and Revolution and the Word: the Rise of the Novel in America. The Assorted Writings Subseries includes notes, research, and drafts of various books, short stories, writing workshops, and publication materials.

Permission from Cathy Davidson is required to view any materials in accession 2012-0248 (boxes 21-23) during her lifetime.

Book of Love: Writers and Their Love Letters
Abelard/Heloise-Hemingway
Box 1
Miller-Wollstonecraft
Box 2
Questionnaires, permissions, correspondence
Box 3-4
Love Letters / OUP
Box 21
Love letters for grandma / WRB
Box 21
Royalties
Box 21
Contract
Box 21
Reviews
Box 21
PR
Box 21
Correspondence
Box 21
Falk, Katherine
Box 21
Rosenman, Jane
( (2 folders))
Box 21
Love letters
Box 21
Permissions
Box 21
Agent files, proposal, drafts, and permissions

Includes files from literary agent H. Merrill.

Box 26
Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention will Transform the Way we Live, Work, and Learn
Notes

Includes 1 audiocassette tape.

Box 21
Lectures

Includes 2 audiocassette tapes.

Box 21
Release forms
Box 21
Our national learning disorder
Box 21
I saw the figure 5 in gold
Box 21
Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan
Correspondence
Box 21
General correspondence
( (2folders) )
Box 21
Thoma, Geri
((3 folders))
Box 21
Klayman, Rachel
Box 21
Soundings
Box 21
Letters
Box 21
Life
Box 21
Flap copy
Box 21
Paperback
Box 21
Questionnaire
Box 21
Japanese translator DHC
Box 21
2005 Release
Box 21
Copy editing and serials
Box 21
Glossary
Box 21
Catalogue copy
Box 21
Serials
Box 21
Ontario review
Box 21
Cover and pages
Box 21
PR
Box 21
Japan book / OUP
Box 21
Revolution and the Word: the Rise of the Novel in America
Oxford: EAL book
Box 21
Oxford contract
Box 21
Oxford revision and style sheet
Box 21
Panel Discussion
Box 21
Reviews
Box 21
Copy editing
Box 21
Notes
Box 21
Assorted Writings
Assorted Writings
Box 3-10
Rough Cut
Notes
Box 21
Paris 7/5/03 - 7/20/03
Box 21
Chapter summary
Box 21
Character questionnaire
Box 21
Plot outline Chapters 1-6
Box 21
Humanities manifesto
Box 22
Intellectual diversity
Box 22
Michael Moon intro
Box 22
Umea talk
Box 22
Vitae
Box 22
Gender
Gender articles
Box 22
Pleasure bibliography sexuality essay
Box 22
Resources/databases
Box 22
Kerber - Common Place 2002
Box 22
Lewis - Common Place 2002
Box 22
Chronicle of Higher Education forum
Box 22
ACLS
Box 22
Duke Magazine
Box 22
NEH
Box 22
Academe
Box 22
ADE 2009
Box 22
Misc. writing
Box 22
Oxford Handbook for Interdisciplinarity
Box 22
Technology
Box 22
Captivity: review essay
Box 22
Constitution
Box 22
Death penalty
Box 22
Declaration of Independence
Box 22
Intellectual property / copyright
Box 22
Market revolution
Box 22
New Historicism
Box 22
Engaging Humanities
Box 22
Ideology and genre
Box 22
Nepantla essay
Box 22
Common Place
((3 folders))
Box 22
Bogliasco
Box 22
Digital Youth - Tokyo
Box 22
Tammy Rae Carland
Box 22
Future of Institutions
Box 22
Equiano
Emancipation Timeline
Box 22
Correspondence
Box 22
AI, Animals, Alife
Box 22
Interdisciplinarity
Box 22
Indexicality
Box 22
Iowa Course Materials
Box 22
Newsday taxes and offshore
Box 22
Penguin Zelimir Contract
Box 22
Cindy Sherman
Box 22
Duke University Press article
Box 22
PMLA essay
Box 22
Digitizing humanities
Box 22
Photographs of the Dead
Rowson, Charlotte Temple photographs of graves
Box 22
Solomon - Godeau, Abigail
Box 22
SAQ
Box 22
NIU Iowa 3/97
Box 22
MSU
Box 22
Drafts of published and unpublished books, stories, etc.

Works include The Last Weekend, Stet, Flashback, Odd One Out, Rough Cut, and Air Kisses, along with other drafts and excerpts. Boxes also include agent correspondence, research files, and supplemental materials.

Box 27-28
Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

Files include author entries, indices, drafts, proposals, and other materials from Davidson's work as editor of the Oxford Companion.

Box 31-32

Organizations and Professional Activities, 1987-2010s

(9 boxes)

The Organizations Series documents Davidson's work with the American Studies Association, including items related to ASA history, articles, conferences, and Davidson's committee participation, as well as her work with the American Literature Section of the MLA, particularly her editorial work with American Literature. Her work with the American Literature Association and various other professional activities are also represented in this series.

Permission from Cathy Davidson is required to view any materials in accession 2012-0248 (boxes 21-23) during her lifetime.

American Studies Association

Materials related to Davidson's work with the American Studies Association.

American Studies Association
Box 10-15
American Studies Association: American Quarterly Board workings
Box 19
ASA 1997 Conference
Box 19
ASA 1999 Conference
Box 19
ASA 2000 Conference
Box 19
ASA 2002 panel
Box 22
ASA - NEH Sheldon Hackney response
Box 22

American Literature Section of the MLA

Materials related to Davidson's work with the American Literature Section of the MLA and American Literature.

Correspondence
Box 19
American Literature Expanded Board
Box 19
American Literature business: budget and expenses
Box 19
American Literature business: computers
Box 19
American Literature business: logging procedures
Box 19
American Literature business: production schedule
Box 19
American Literature business: quarterly report
Box 19
American Literature business: Erich Staib
Box 19
American Literature business: subscription
Box 19
American Literature business: student subscription list
Box 19
American Literature business: Carol Rigsby salary
Box 19
American Literature business: Carol Rigsby promotion materials
Box 19
American Literature business: acting editor
Box 19
American Literature editorial: American Quarterly Board workings
Box 19
American Literature editorial: brief mentions
Box 19
American Literature editorial: Anne Durden
Box 19
American Literature editorial: editorial assistant
Box 19
American Literature editorial: editorial schedule
Box 19
American Literature editorial: extras
Box 19
American Literature editorial: general correspondence
Box 19
American Literature editorial: intern
Box 19
American Literature editorial: American Literary History and other competitors
Box 19
American Literature editorial: Guide Lines to the Editing and Publishing of American Literature
Box 19
American Literature archives
Box 19
No More Separate Spheres
Box 19
American Literature Board
Box 19
Strandberg/Houston Baker
Box 19
Visiting Editor requests
Box 19
Adams essay/Ferraro
Box 20
MLA/ALS
Box 20
American Literature correspondence and reports
Box 20
Editorship of American Literature, late 1960s-early 1970s
Box 20
Editorship of American Literature, 1980s

Also includes information on the rewriting of the Articles of Agreement between Duke University and the American Literature Section.

Box 20
Current affairs of the American Literature Section
Box 20
American Literature Section
Box 20
MLA 1989
Box 22
MLA 1991
Box 22
MLA 1994
Box 22
MLA Paper on games 2006

Includes 1 audiocassette tape.

Box 22
American Literature Association
Box 15
Grant proposal: Australia Fulbright
Box 20
Vietnam
Box 20
National Public Radio
Box 20
Miscellaneous
Box 20
Old business
Box 20
Aesthetics and Difference conference
Box 20

Duke materials

(4 boxes)

Subject and research files relating to Davidson's role in a MacArthur foundation grant for Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age at Duke University. Also includes some miscellaneous materials from the Franklin Humanities Institute, HASTAC, and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Permission from Cathy Davidson is required to view any materials in accession 2012-0248 (boxes 21-23) during her lifetime.

HASTAC programs and brochures
Box 17
HASTAC conference
Box 22
Research files on information in the digital age, A-Z
Box 17
Miscellaneous files on MOOCs, college education, and other topics
Box 24
MacArthur Foundation materials
MacArthur Foundation grant materials, Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age, 2006-2007
Box 18
Digital media and learning
((2 folders))
Box 23
Civic engagement
Box 23
Civic engagement online
Box 23
Digital institutions
Box 23
Learning in the information age
Box 23
Future of learning institutions - Irvine notes
Box 23
Notes for Expanding cyber-communities PowerPoint
Box 23
Digital Learning (Durham)
Box 23
Article on Gordon Bell
Box 23
Social software
Box 23
Grand Theft Auto
Box 23
Shock of the old technology and global history
Box 23
MacArthur competition
Box 23
Future of learning institutions in a digital age
Box 23
Technology is not enough lecture
Box 23
Commencement program from Davidson's honorary doctorate from Northwestern University, 2005
Box 18
"Social Disaster" advertisement, African and African American Studies, 2006
Box 18
"Promoting Interdisciplinarity" article by Davidson, 2005
Box 18
Franklin Humanities Institute publicity
Box 18
Miscellaneous materials from Duke
Box 18
Junana, by Bruce Caron
Box 18
Course notes
381
((4 folders))
Box 22
169
((2 folders))
Box 22
Grade book
Box 22
F96 Graduate course
Box 22
Faculty Annual Report
Box 22
Trinity Board of Visitors
Box 22
Faculty Newsletter
Box 22
Miscellaneous English course files
Box 24
Literary subject files, A-Z

Davidson's research files on authors, subjects, and literary works used in her teaching of literature courses.

Box 25-26

Correspondence

(1 box)

Includes both personal and professional correspondence.

Permission from Cathy Davidson is required to view any materials in accession 2012-0248 (boxes 21-23) during her lifetime.

Correspondence - Personal
Box 23
Curtis Taylor
Box 23
Friends' letters 1995
Box 23
Diego Cortez
Box 23
Nancy Ainsworth
Box 23
Amsterdam
Box 23
Guggenheim Fellowship
Box 23
Awards
Box 23
Bellagio Study and Conference Center
Box 23
Hopkins
Box 23
Susan Koppelman
Box 23
Broner
Box 23
Clips - Ms, Vogue
Box 23
Duke U Press
Box 23
Linda Gottlieb
Box 23
Misc.
Box 23
Ms.
Box 23
Michigan State / NYU lecture
Box 23
Michigan State University
Box 23
NEA
Box 23
NYE
Box 23
Book reviews
Box 23
Lora Romero
Box 23
Sabbatical
Box 23
Alix Shullman
Box 23
Dale Spender
Box 23
Anna Deavere Smith
Box 23
Sugimoto
Box 23
Ted Davidson
Box 23
Joyce Oates
Box 23
Sedgwick
Box 23
USIA
Box 23
USIS
Box 23
Virginia
Box 23
Vogue
Box 23
American Literature
((2 folders))
Box 23
Oxford University Press - New projects
Box 23
Oxford publicity department
Box 23
Australia - ANZASA
Box 23
Computers
Box 23
WSQ
Box 23
Subject files
Box 29-30

Fred Hampton Materials, 1969-1995

(1 box)

The Fred Hampton Series pertains to Fred Hampton, an African-American activist and chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, who was killed in 1969. Materials include Chicago Tribune clippings and various photographs and correspondence.

This Series is closed until 2017.

Fred Hampton Materials
Box 16

Historical Note

Cathy Davidson (1949- ) is a scholar, university professor, and author/editor of eighteen books. She received her B.A. from Elmhurst College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Binghamton University. Davidson has served as the Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English at Duke University since 1996 and has held a second distinguished chair as the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies since 2006. Her leadership positions span various organizations, including the American Studies Association and the American Literature Association. Davidson's works explore her interest in the relationship between social and political activities and the creative arts, particularly fiction.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Cathy Davidson Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Cathy Davidson Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1996-2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Nicole Rudden, February 2012

Encoded by Nicole Rudden and Meghan Lyon, February 2012

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 1998-0398, 2012-0010, 2012-0248

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.