Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections

Katharine Sergeant White Papers

Part II: Box and Folder List - Linda H. Davis Correspondence

Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library
Collection Number: M 56

Copyright © 2006 by Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library

August 2006
Last Update: August 2006

Description of the Linda H. Davis Correspondence:

After finishing her studies at Simmons College, Linda H. Davis began research for a biography of Katharine Sergeant White, who had just died (in July of 1977). David wrote to E. B. White proposing and outlining her project; his reply (in October) said: "Ordinarily I don't attempt to help students... in your case I shall make an exception, as your subject is dear to me." For the remainder of his life, E. B. White regularly answered Davis' many queries about his wife, suggested people for her to interview, and otherwise acted as her mentor. Very shortly, "Dear Miss Davis" became "Dear Linda," and E.B.'s letters became friendly and informal. The letters to Davis contain a large amount of information about K.S. White and her years at The New Yorker, as well as E. B.'s own life and his work on compiling and publishing the Onward and Upward in the Garden articles in book form.

The Linda H. Davis Correspondence is organized into two groups: Linda H. Davis Correspondence with E. B. White and Linda H. Davis Correspondence with New Yorker Writers and Staff.

Linda H. Davis Correspondence with E. B. White, contains letters written by E. B. White to Davis in response to her inquiries. The correspondence between E. B. and Davis spans a period of seven years, between 1977 and 1984. The collection of 63 letters is organized chronologically.

Linda H. Davis Correspondence with New Yorker Writers and Staff, contains letters written to Davis by many prominent New Yorker writers and staff members who had a close relationship with K.S. White, including John Cheever, Elizabeth Lawrence, May Sarton, and John Updike, among others. This collection of letters is organized alphabetically by correspondent.

Linda H. Davis Correspondence with E. B. White

Box Folder Contents Date
33 1-3 E. B. White to Linda H. Davis, 63 letters (1 xerox) 29 Aug 1977 - Sept 1984

Linda H. Davis Correspondence with New Yorker Writers & Staff (arranged alphabetically by correspondent)

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

Box Folder Contents Date
33 4

Cheever, John
Cheever to LHD, 1 letter

13 Sept 1978
33 5 Connelly, Marc
Connelly to LHD, 1 letter
10 July 1978
33 6 Cowley, Malcolm
Cowley to LHD, 1 letter
5 Jan 1983
33 14 Daly, Edith Iglauer
Daly to LHD, 1 letter
15 Dec 1977
33 15 De Vries, Peter
De Vries to LHD, 1 letter
15 June 1978
33 15 Gallant, Mavis
Gallant to LHD, 1 letter
15 Feb 1983
3 15 Gill, Brendan
Gill to LHD, 2 letters
30 June 1978 - 16 Nov 1978
33 14 Gilliatt, Penelope
Gilliatt to LHD, 1 letter
10 July 1984
33 7 Gordimer, Nadine
Gordimer to LHD, 2 letters
22 Feb 1983 - 5 Dec 1983
33 8 Hale, Nancy (Mrs. Fredson Bowers)
Hale to LHD, 3 letters
14 Nov 1977 - 18 Dec 1977
33 15 Harris, Mark
Harris to LHD, 1 letter
23 June 1983
33 15 Hazzard, Shirley
Hazzard to LHD, 1 letter
9 Feb 1983
33 15 Lawrence, Elizabeth
Lawrence to LHD, 1 letter
n.d.
33 9 Maxwell, William
Maxwell to LHD, 9 letters
9 July 1978 - 11 Oct 1985
33 10 McCarthy, Mary
McCarthy to LHD, 7 letters
29 Sept 1978 - 4 June 1986
33 14 McNulty, Faith
McNulty to LHD, 2 letters
18 Nov 1977 - 28 Dec 1977
33 15 Mitchell, Joe
Mitchell to LHD, 1 letter
9 Feb 1978
33 11 Nabokov, Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov)
Nabokov to LHD, 3 letters
29 July 1978 - 7 Oct 1978
33 14 Panter-Downes, Mollie (Mrs. Clare Robinson)
Panter-Downes to LHD, 1 letter
17 July 1978
33 15 Ross, Lillian
Ross to LHD, 2 letters
14 Feb 1983 - 22 Feb 1983
33 14 Sarton, May
Sarton to LHD, 1 letter
18 Jan 1983
33 15 Shawn, William
Shawn to LHD, 1 letter
8 Mar 1982
33 12 Steegmuller, Francis
Steegmuller to LHD, 3 letters
6 Aug 1983 - 24 Nov 1985
33 15 Tucci, Niccolo
Tucci to LHD, 2 letters
n.d.
33 13 Updike, John
Updike to LHD, 3 postcards
Dec9 - Feb 25 [n.y.]
33 15 Wilson, Elena
Wilson to LHD, 3 letters
23 Feb 1978 - 15 June 1978

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