Angela E. Davis:

An Inventory of Her Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Karyn Riedel Taylor
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(2000)

Finding aid encoded by Julianna Trivers (January 2003)
Finding aid written in English.

Revision History

  • July 26, 2005 - MSS 138, PC 144 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).


Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Winnipeg MB R3T 2M8

Creator:
Angela E. Davis

Title:
Angela E. Davis fonds

Dates:
1945-1994, predominant 1989-1994

Quantity:
0.39m textual records. -- 74 slides.

Mss 138, PC 144 (A.98-20)

Language
English.

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Biography of Angela E. Davis

Angela Elizabeth (Pizzey) Davis was born in Hansworth, Middlesex, England on September 22, 1926 to George Frederick and Winifred (Remnant) Pizzey. She was educated at The Lady Eleanor Holles School, and graduated from it in 1945. Davis entered King's College Hospital where she graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1948. Following her graduation, she worked at King's College Hospital as Staff Nurse in charge of the Ear, Nose and Throat Ward and then as Staff Nurse in charge of the Private Patients' Ward. She returned to her former position as Staff Nurse in charge of the Ear, Nose and Throat Ward for the duration of her employment there.

Davis married Dr. Royden A. Davis, F.R.C.P. on April 27, 1950. The Davis' left England for Canada in 1951. Dr. Davis was stationed in Vancouver with the Royal Canadian Air Force. During the 1950s and 1960s, Davis devoted herself to her family and community. The Davis' had five children: Sara, Christopher, Jonathon, Rowan, and Michael. While the family was living in Regina in the mid-1960s, Davis was a founding member of one of the first cooperative childcare centres. After having been a Registered Nurse and a full-time mother, Davis began her next career in the mid-1970s when she returned to school.

Davis graduated from the University of Winnipeg with her B.A. (Hons.) in History in 1977. She completed her M.A. in 1979 and had the distinction of being the first graduate of the Joint Masters Program in History between the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. Davis continued with her studies and received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Manitoba in 1987.Davis specialized in: British social and cultural history, 1815-1914; Canadian social and cultural history, 1870-1921; Canadian art history, 1840-1950; and European art history 1750-1930. Other areas of research were: Canadian illustrators and engravers, 1840-1940; Canadian women artists, pre-1950; and Western Canadian prairie women 1900-1930.

Academic awards that Davis received include: the C.L. Prober Memorial Scholarship (1975-76); A.R.M. Lower Scholarship in History (1976-1977); University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (1977-79, 1980-82); SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Hamilton Memorial Research Scholarship (1983085); Margaret McWilliams Medal, Manitoba Historical Society, for Ph.D. Dissertation (1988); Research Grant, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (1988-89); SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship (189-91); and the SSHRC Research Grant (1992-1995).

Davis published articles in the following journals: Manitoba History ; Journal of Canadian Studies ; Canadian Papers in Rural History ; and The Beaver . She also published two monographs, The Grand Western Canadian Screen Shop: Printing, People and History (Regina: McKenzie Art Gallery, 1992), and No Man's Land: The Battlefield Paintings of Mary Riter Hamilton 1919-1922 (Winnipeg: The University of Winnipeg, 1989,1992). As well, Davis contributed to Marilyn Baker's The Winnipeg School of Art: The Early Years (Winnipeg: The University of Manitoba Press, 1984).

Along with these publications, Davis also published two university texts: An Introduction to Historical Methods: A Course Guide (University of Manitoba, Department of Continuing Education, 1992, 1993); and An Introduction to the History of Western Civilization: A Course Guide (University of Manitoba, Department of Continuing Education, 1985, 1991). Davis also wrote several reviews and had many publications forthcoming at the time of her death.

Davis spent the years 1975 to 1994 employed by the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba in various positions. From 1975 to 1979 Davis was a Marker for the University of Winnipeg. From 1979 to 1981 she was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Winnipeg. 1980 to 1981 Davis was a Research Assistant at the University of Winnipeg. During the years 1981 to 1987, Davis was a Lecturer and an Instructor at both the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. Davis became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Manitoba in 1988 and remained in that position until 1994, at which point she retired due to health problems.

Davis was also involved in many history related activities including consulting work, conference organizing and committee work. She was also a member of several associations including: the Canadian Committee on Women's History; Canadian Historical Association; Canadian Women's Studies Association; European Studies Group, University of Winnipeg; Manitoba Historical Society; Universities Art Association of Canada; the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada; and the Women and History Association of Manitoba, of which she was the co-founder.

Davis was also the co-founder of the Osborne Gallery in Winnipeg in 1976. She was an Art Consultant for the Gallery from 1977 to 1986. Davis was also the Guest Curator at the University of Winnipeg Gallery in 1989. Davis attended many conferences and presented at several of them. She was an active member of the arts and history community in Canada.

In 1993, Davis suffered what was first thought to be a stroke. After continuing problems with her memory she was examined further. In early 1994 Davis was diagnosed with brain cancer. She maintained a positive attitude throughout her illness, helped immensely by her family and friends. Davis died in Winnipeg on October 16, 1994.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The fonds consists of three series covering Davis' professional life. The first series is Correspondence. This includes correspondence with colleagues and publishers regarding research and publication. The correspondence spans the years 1983 to 1994, with the predominant years being 1992 to 1994.

The second series covers Davis' Literary Career. The series is broken down into the subseries of research and publications. There is research on several of Davis' projects, including Sir Frank Brangwyn; photoengraving and Frederick Brigden; Simcoe County; Manitoba Artists; and Mary Riter Hamilton. The publications subseries is divided onto to sections, articles and typescripts. IN the articles section there are some reviews Davis wrote as well as articles on the following subjects: prairie women as seen through The Grain Growers Guide 1908-1928; women and technology on the prairies 1910-1940; Mary Barrett Speechly; landscape in Canadian popular illustration before 1920; and the Grand Western Canadian Screen Shop. Under typescripts there is a copy of "And So The Lights Came On": Women and History in Manitoba, which was edited by Davis, as well as copies of photographs used in the publication. There is a bound copy and an unbound copy of "Country Homemakers": a selection of letters and editorials from the woman's page of The Grain Growers Guide 1908-1928 Part I: The Home and the Farm , as well as an unbound copy of Part II: Outside the Home . These were published in 1989.

The final series encompasses Davis' academic career. There is a report card from King's College Hospital in 1945, as well as a 1948 graduation certificate and a testimonial from 1951. There is also literature dealing with both The Lady Eleanor Holles School and King's College Hospital from the 1960s and the 1990s. There are graduation programs and invitations from the University of Winnipeg from 1975 to 1977. As well, there are two University of Winnipeg journals from 1977 and 1979. This series also includes Davis' graduate school essays from both the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba from 1975 to 1981. Finally there is an official transcript from the University of Manitoba from 1988.

There is also a photograph collection (PC 144) which contains 74 slides dealing with Davis' research and teaching of art history. The slides contain examples of art from the 18th to the 20th centuries, with an emphasis on the years 1850 to 1890.

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Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 5 series

  • Biographical Information
  • Correspondence, 1983-1994
  • Literary Career, 1989-1994
  • Academic Career, 1945-1988
  • Photograph Collection, (PC 144)

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Restrictions on Access

Material designated confidential is restricted. Otherwise, this material is open to all researchers.

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Restrictions on Use

Users must abide by relevant copyright legislation.

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Custodial History

The fonds were given to the Department of Archives & Special Collections by Debra Lindsay of St. John's College in 1997.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Biographical Information
BoxFolder
11 Biographical Information

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Correspondence 1983-1994
Correspondence, Professional
BoxFolder
12 with David Latham re: Pre-Raphaelitism in Canada, 1992-1994
3 with Sarah McKinnon re: Memorial Fund and Research 1994
4 with Christopher Dafoe re: article 1993
5 re: research on Art and Business; Women's Organizations 1983-1987
6 re: publication of W.H.A.M. papers 1992-1993
7 re: retirement and SSHRC grant 1993-1994
8 with Canadian Plains Research Centre re: publication 1994
9 with St. John's College and McGill University Press re: publication 1994
10 with R.B. Fleming re: projects 1993-1994
11 between R.B. Fleming and J.S.H. Brown's lawyers re: Harcourt Brown 1992-1993

(confidential)

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Literary Career 1989-1994
Research
BoxFolder
112 Proposal and Correspondence for possible publication 1989-1994
13 re: Sir Frank Brangwyn
14 re: Photoengraving/Frederick Brigden
15 re: Frederick Brigden
16 A History of Simcoe County by Andrew Hunter
17 re: Manitoba Artists
18 re: Manitoba Artists
BoxFolder
21 re: SSHRC grant- Mary Riter Hamilton project expenses and receipts 1992-1993
Publications
BoxFolder
22 review of Mary Hallett and Marilyn Davis, Firing the Heather: The Life and Times of Nellie McClung 1993
3 review of "The Golden Age of the Organ in Manitoba: 1875-1919" for Manitoba History with notes and correspondence 1994
4 "'Country Homemakers': The Daily Life of Prairie Women as Seen Through the Woman's Page of The Grain Growers Guide 1908-1928" in Canadian Papers in Rural History Vol. VIII
5 "'Valiant Servants': women and technology on the Canadian prairies 1910-1940" in Manitoba History 1993 with correspondence
6 "Mary Barrett Speechly 1873-1968: A Practical Feminist" accepted by Manitoba History
7 "Nation and Symbol: The Significance of Landscape in Canadian Popular Illustration Before 1920" Accepted by St. John's College, with correspondence
8 "The Grand Western Canadian Screen Shop: Printing, People and History"
9 photocopies of photographs for "And So The Lights came On": Women and History in Manitoba edited by Angela Davis
10 "And So The Lights Came On": Women and History in Manitoba edited by Angela Davis
11 drafts of notes/acknowledgments for publications
12 "Country Homemakers": a selection of letters and editorials from the woman's page of The Grain Growers Guide 1908-1928 Part I: The Home and The Farm 1989 with correspondence (1994)
BoxFolder
31 "Country Homemakers": a selection of letters and editorials from the woman's page of The Grain Growers Guide 1908-1928 Part I: The Home and The Farm 1989

unbound copy

2 Country Homemakers": a selection of letters and editorials from the woman's page of The Grain Growers Guide 1908-1928 Part II: Outside the Home 1989

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Academic Career 1945-1988
BoxFolder
33 The Lady Eleanor Holles School and King's College Hospital- report card 1945, graduation certificate 1948, testimonial, journals
4 University of Winnipeg- convocation programs 1975-1977, baccalaureate service 1977, invitation 1977, Inside Info Journal 1977, 1979
5 University of Winnipeg/University of Manitoba- graduate papers 1975-1981
6 University of Manitoba transcript 1988

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Photograph Collection (PC 144)
BoxFolder
1 74 slides dealing with Davis' research and teaching of art history. The slides contain examples of art from the 18th to the 20th centuries, with an emphasis on the years 1850 to 1890.

(1 binder)

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