Hargrave Davidson Family Papers

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Hargrave-Davidson family papers
Creator: Hargrave family
Call Number: D.214
Dates: 1901-1962
Physical Description: 6 Linear Feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Correspondence, 1901-1962
Subseries I: Catherine Davidson Hargrave to Thomas Jean Hargrave, 1901-1923
Subseries II: Thomas Jean Hargrave to family, 1918-1950
Subseries III: To Catherine Davidson Hargrave from family and friends
Subseries IV: Alexandra N. Davidson to family
Series II: Printed materials and memorabilia
Collection Overview
Title: Hargrave-Davidson family papers
Creator: Hargrave family
Call Number: D.214
Dates: 1901-1962
Physical Description: 6 Linear Feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Alexander Davidson was born in November of 1849 in Scotland. Alexander and his wife, Catherine F. Davidson immigrated to New York and on December 28th 1877 they gained US citizenship. Alexander and Catherine settled in Canandaigua New York where Alexander ran a coal and lumber company. The couple had four daughters; Isabella born in January 1887, Ethel born in April 1889, Catherine born in May 1893, and Alexandra born in December 1894. During the 1900 census, Alexandra's name and gender were recorded incorrectly; the census lists her relationship to the 'head of household' as 'son' and gives the name Alexander which was later scratched over to spell Alexandria. Alexander died in 1917, and with no direct male descendants, Alexandra took control of her father's lumber company with her sister Ethel's support. She traveled extensively; during the late 1920s and early 1930s Alexandra spent a large amount of time in Southampton, England, as well as Cannes, France. Alexandra used many nicknames including Al, Alex, Red and Redney. Thomas Jean Hargrave was born in Nebraska in 1892 and studied to be a lawyer until the beginning of his military career in September of 1915. He joined the military as part of the Pancho Villa Expedition from 1916 till early 1917. After his service in the Mexican Expedition, he relocated to Rochester and married Catherine Davidson on December 1st 1917. The couple had five children, Jean (1919), Alexander (1920), Thomas (1924), Catherine (1927), and Richard (1929). After the wedding, Thomas was promoted to Lieutenant and drafted during World War I where he spent the majority of his service in France. After the war, he returned to Rochester to work as a lawyer and, like his sister-in-law, traveled extensively visiting Bermuda, Nassau, and England.

Scope and Content
The majority of the Hargrave-Davidson collection consists of correspondence, although there is some memorabilia. Catherine, or Kate, wrote extensively to her husband while he was in the service and in addition to the correspondence, the collection contains a photo album from Thomas's time as a private in the Mexican Expedition. The collection also contains correspondence to and from Alexandria, especially during her time abroad, and there are a small number of letters written in French. The bulk of the letters were written 1916-1931, however, the collection spans from 1901 to 1962.

Subject(s):
World War (1914-1918)
U.S. Army's Punitive Expedition into Mexico (1916)
Travel
Correspondence
Hargrave, Catherine Davidson, 1893-
Hargrave, Thomas Jean, 1891-1962
Davidson, Alexandra N., 1894-
Hargrave family
Davidson family
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The provenance of the Hargrave-Davidson Papers is unknown.Access
The Hargrave-Davidson family papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Hargrave-Davidson family papers, D.214, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
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Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Series I: Correspondence, 1901-1962
Subseries I: Catherine Davidson Hargrave to Thomas Jean Hargrave, 1901-1923
Box 1, Folder 1Family correspondence, 1901-1935
Box 1, Folder 2-13;
Box 2, Folder 1-11
Correspondence written by Catherine Davidson Hargrave to her husband Lieutenant Thomas Jean Hargrave during and after World War I, June 1916-April 1919, June-December 1923
Box 1, Folder 14Telegrams, 1917
Subseries II: Thomas Jean Hargrave to family, 1918-1950
Box 3, Folder 1-2Correspondence from Thomas Jean Hargrave to his mother, 1918, 1923
Box 3, Folder 3-8Correspondence from by Lieutenant Thomas Jean Hargrave to his wife Catherine Davidson Hargrave, 1916-1950
Subseries III: To Catherine Davidson Hargrave from family and friends
Box 3, Folder 9-12Correspondence to Catherine Davidson Hargrave from her parents, 1911-1936
Box 4, Folder 1-5Correspondence by E. Davidson to Catherine Davidson Hargrave, 1908-1927
Box 4, Folder 6-8Correspondence written by Isabel D. Hayes to Catherine Davidson Hargrave, 1909-1916
Box 4, Folder 9-12Correspondence to Catherine Davidson Hargrave, 1912-1913
Box 5, Folder 8-9Correspondence to Catherine Hargrave Davidson from friends, 1911-1919, 1923-1962
Box 5, Folder 10Correspondence from E. Davidson to Catherine Davidson Hargrave, April 1910
Subseries IV: Alexandra N. Davidson to family
Census records indicate that Alexandra Davidson is Catherine's younger sister. However, the letters are signed using various nicknames including Al, Alex, Red, and Redney. Alexandra is also occasionally spelled 'Alexandria' on census records

Box 5, Folder 1-2Correspondence written by Alexandra Davidson to Catherine Davidson Hargrave, 1913-1915, undated
Box 5, Folder 3-7Correspondence written by Alexandra Davidson to various family members, 1918-1933
Series II: Printed materials and memorabilia
Box 6, Folder 1Printed materials and memorabilia, Catherine Davidson Hargrave, 1911
Box 6, Folder 2Photo album, 1916-1919


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