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Charles Stewart Daveis papers, 1790-1868, bulk 1815-1964

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0325
Bib ID 4078680 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Daveis, Charles Stewart, 1788-1865
Title Charles Stewart Daveis papers, 1790-1868, bulk 1815-1964
Physical Description 5.46 linear feet (13 boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Materials related to the Maine-Canada boundary controvery: over 400 letters, documents, reports, map, manuscript corrected proof of the Secretary of State's printed report to Congress, manuscript history of the controversy (published), lengthy analysis of the King of the Netherland's Decision as arbiter, as well as supporting material showing the life of a diplomat of the period in Europe.

Eighteen published and unpublished manuscripts including speeches, patriotic addresses, legal and/or literary studies, Phi Beta Kappa orations, etc.

Personal and miscellaneous correspondence: over 1,200 letters written and received by Daveis. His personal letters to his wife, Elizabeth Taylor Gilman Daveis, are very descriptive as he travelled widely. There are letters concerning legal matters, i.e. revision of legal system of Maine after it became a state. Correspondence with George Ticknor, Alexander H. Everett who was a lawyer and governor of Massachusetts, and letters relating to Bowdoin College and the Maine Boundary controversy.

Thirty letters from Charles Sumner to Daveis chiefly on legal and literary matters.

Thirty-two letters from and about Charles William, 3rd Earl Fitz-William, with a long manuscript biography of the Earl by Daveis, who was a friend and warm admirer.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Charles Stewart Daveis papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Robinson, C. Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--1953. Accession number--M-53.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89.

Revision Description

2020-02-16 EAD document created by CCR. Biographical note created by CCR.

Subject Headings

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Galley proofs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maps (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Bowdoin College Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Canada -- Boundaries -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diplomats -- Europe Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Europe -- Description and travel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Europe -- Social life and customs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Everett, Alexander Hill, 1790-1847 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fitzwilliam, Charles William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, Earl, 1786-1857 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Greek letter societies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maine -- Boundaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maine -- Law and legislation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Phi Beta Kappa Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ticknor, George, 1791-1871 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Boundaries -- Canada Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Politics and government -- 1815-1861 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Department of State Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
William, King of the Netherlands, I, 1772-1843 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Charles Stewart Daveis (1788-1865) was born in Portland, Maine, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1807. Daveis studied law under Nicholas Emery (Bowdoin Overseer 1813-1817); and practiced in Portland, specializing in admiralty law. Later, he became United States Agent to Holland (1829). He was sent to the Hague in 1830 to assist in preparing the American case regarding the Northeast Boundary, as the case had been referred to the King of the Netherlands for arbitration. He was later a member of the Maine Senate (1841). Daveis also served as Bowdoin Overseer (1816-1837), Vice-President of the Board (1829-1837), and Trustee (1837-1864).