Donald C. Davidson Papers

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Preliminary Guide to the Donald C. Davidson Papers, ca. 1920s-1980s

Collection number: Mss 19

Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara

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  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/special-collections/
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    Date Completed:
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Donald C. Davidson Papers
Dates: ca. 1920s-1980s
Collection Number: Mss 19
Creator: Davidson, Donald Curtis, 1911-
Extent: 7.3 linear feet (4 cartons, 2 card file boxes, 1 half-sized document box and 1 flat oversize box).
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Abstract: The collection contains research files (notes, articles, clippings), bibliography cards, and picture postcards, mainly relating to concepts of time throughout history and among various cultures. Donald C. Davidson was University Librarian at UCSB for many years (1947-1977) and the collection reflects his longstanding interest in the study of time.
Physical Location: Del Sur (boxes 1-8), Del Sur Oversize (box 9).
Language: English, French.

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

Donald C. Davidson Papers. Mss 19. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Gift of June A. Davidson, widow of Donald C. Davidson, 1995-2004.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains research files (notes, articles, clippings), bibliography cards, and picture postcards, mainly relating to concepts of time throughout history and among various cultures. Donald C. Davidson was University Librarian at UCSB for many years (1947-1977) and the collection reflects his longstanding interest in the study of time.
The collection also contains a number of printed works relating to the study of time, as well as other topics. These have been cataloged separately and can be searched on Pegasus, the UCSB Libraries online catalog.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Davidson, Donald Curtis, 1911-
Time.
Calendars.
Sundials.
Chronology.
Clocks and watches.

Related Materials

Davidson (Donald C.) Oral History, 1984, 1993. Interviews with University Librarian Davidson, tracing the development of the UCSB Library, explaining the origins of each collection, and describing the trials he faced in keeping pace with the academic needs of a growing institution. Also 1993 interviews with other librarians in conjunction with naming of the Library in honor of Davidson, including Martha Peterson, Windal Simons, Christian Brun, Don Fitch, Grace Callahan, and Henry Tai. (OH 15).
Three formative decades of the UCSB Library : Donald C. Davidson, Librarian 1947-1977 [draft copy]. Donald C. Davidson with David Russell. Special Collections Z733.C1566 D399 1988.
UCSB Library Records. Includes materials from Davidson's time as University Librarian. (UArch 22).
UCSB Office of Public Information Biographical Files. One file containing clippings and other documents about Davidson. (UArch 11).

 

Research/Subject Files

 

Almanacs

Box 1: 1

Clog

Box 1: 2

Evans Index

Box 1: 3

General

Box 1: 4

Royal Society of Canada, "The Need of a Rational Almanac," 1908

Box 1: 5

Ancient monuments

Box 1: 6

Archaeo-astronomy, 1983-1984

Box 1: 7

Astrology, c. 1959-1973

Box 1: 8

Astronomical symbols, 1966

Box 1: 9

Automates, c. 1968

Box 1: 10

Bede, the Venerable

Box 1: 11

Book dealers

 

Book, history of (also history of printing)

Box 1: 12

Clapham, Michael, "Printing," ch. 15 of Singer, A History of Technology, vol. III

Box 1: 13

General

Box 1: 14

New Catholic Encyclopedia, McGraw Hill, c. 1967

 

Books of Hours

Box 1: 15

General

Box 1: 16

LeClerq & Cabrol, Dictionnaire d'Archéologie Chrétienne et de Liturgie

Box 9: 1

Oversize

Box 1: 17

Prymers - Edmund Bishop, Liturgica Historica

Box 1: 18

Psalters & Books of Hours / Prayer Books, New Catholic Encyclopedia and Catholic Encyclopedia, 1967

Box 1: 19

Richter, Louise, Chantilly in History and Art, "Tres Riches Heures de Richard Duc de Berry"

Box 1: 20

British Horological Institute, c. 1967

 

Calendar

Box 1: 21

Brantingham calendar, SB News-Press, 11 Jan. 1983

Box 1: 22

Cabrol, ed., Dictionnaire d'Archéologie Chrétienne et de Liturgie

Box 1: 23

"The Calendar - As It Is - And as It Might Have Been," c. 1981

Box 1: 24

Freeman-Grenville, The Muslim and Christian Calendars

Box 1: 25-26

General

Box 1: 27

Hooke, S. H., "New Years Day: The Story of the Calendar"

Box 1: 28

Hooke, S. H., Sociology of calendar

Box 1: 29

Jones, Sir Harold Spencer, "The Calendar," ch. 21 of Singer, A History of Technology, vol. III

Box 1: 30

New Catholic Encyclopedia, McGraw Hill, c. 1967

Box 1: 31

Philip, Alexander, The Calendar: Its History, Structure and Improvement

Box 1: 32

Wallace, Lewis A. R., The Luni-Solar Calendar, 1938

 

Calendar, Anglo-Saxon

Box 1: 33

Harrison, Kenneth, The Framework of Anglo-Saxon History

 

Calendar, Athenian

Box 1: 34

Mikalson, Jon D., The Sacred and Civil Calendar of the Athenian Year

 

Calendar, Aztec, Maya & Inca

Box 1: 35

General

Box 1: 36

Guerra, Francisco, "Aztec Science and Technology," 1969

 

Calendar, Chinese

Box 1: 37

Nakayama, Shigeru, "Characteristics of Chinese Calendrical Science," Japanese Studies in the History of Science, no. 4, 1965

 

Calendar, Japanese

Box 1: 38

de Garis, Frederic, for H.S.K. Yamaguchi, We Japanese

 

Calendar reform

Box 1: 39

1922

Box 1: 40

1924 - Enlistment of George Eastman

Box 1: 41

1928

Box 1: 42

1929

Box 1: 43

Achelis, Elisabeth, "Be Not Silent"

Box 1: 44

Achelis, Elisabeth - Miscellaneous (see also World Calendar Association)

Box 1: 45

Ashbaugh, Lewis E., "Simplifying the Calendar," New York Times, Sept. 8, 1929

Box 1: 46

"Calendar Reform - What Has Happened to It?" 1960-1963

Box 1: 47

"Catholic attitude... Mastrofini" - from Denis-Boulet

Box 1: 48

Eastman, George

Box 1: 49

Edwards Plan ( Collier's, Dec. 1946 - Kyle Crichton)

Box 1: 50

Fleming, Sandford, 1961-1979

Box 1: 51

Frick, Bertha, Calendar revision bibliography

Box 1: 52

General

Box 1: 53

Hertz, J. H., "The Battle for the Sabbath at Geneva," 1932

Box 2: 1

Journal of Calendar Reform (UCSC), 1932

Box 2: 2

Leaflet (A) - "The 13 Months Calendar...," c. 1931-1939

Box 2: 3

Leaflet "D.C." - "Adjustment of Half-Yearly, Quarterly and Monthly Statistics to 4-Week Periods"

Box 2: 4

Leaflet (Ge). - "To Honourable Members of the Monetary and Economic Conference," June 1933

Box 2: 5

Leaflet "G2" - "Charts Proving Different Percentage-Value for Each Day," c. 1933

Box 2: 6

Leaflet "H." - "Calendar Reform - Health Statistics Part" (suppl. to Pamphlet "D")

Box 2: 7

Leaflet "L." - "Fixed Calendar Benefits for Labour," c. 1933-1934

Box 2: 8

Leaflet (L.O.) - "Calendar Revision," June 1936

Box 2: 9

Leaflet "M." - "Leap-Year Calendar Errors," designed by C. F. Marvin

Box 2: 10

Leaflet "R." - "Calendar Reform - Its Religious Part"

Box 2: 11

Leaflet "Ry" - "Calendar Reform Will Help Railways," 1932

Box 2: 12

Leaflet "SUB" - "Charts Comparing Calendar-Caused Distortions"

Box 2: 13

Leaflet "U" - "League of Nations on Calendar Reform," 1931

Box 2: 14

Leaflet No. 1. - "The Calendar's Defects and Inconveniences"

Box 2: 15

Leaflet 1a - "The Calendar's Defects and Inconveniences"

Box 2: 16

Leaflet 2r - "Calendar Simplification... Religious Part of the Calendar"

Box 2: 17

Leaflet 3. - "Governments and Organizations Deceived about Calendar Reform," c. 1936

Box 2: 18

Leaflet (3a) - League of Nations Report, Litvinoff USSR, Jan. 25, 1937

Box 2: 19

Leaflet "4u" - "Extending Use of 4-Week Periods"

Box 2: 20

Leaflet 13 - "13 Periods of Four Weeks in Business," Oct. 1932

Box 2: 21

League of Nations, 1926

Box 2: 22

League of Nations, 1927

Box 2: 23

League of Nations, 1931

Box 2: 24

League of Nations, 1934

Box 2: 25

League of Nations, 1937

Box 2: 26

Leap Day, 1968

Box 2: 27

Pamphlet "A" - "Calendar Defects and How to Remedy Them"

Box 2: 28

Pamphlet "B" - "Calendar Reform"

Box 2: 29

Pamphlet (B.A.) - "Natural Solution of the Early Bible Ages of Man"

Box 2: 30

Pamphlet "C" - "Moses the Greatest of Calendar Reformers"

Box 2: 31

Pamphlet "D." - "Calendar Reform Report of the League of Nations Special Committee on Enquiry..."

Box 2: 32

Pamphlet "E." - "Winning Calendar Reform"

Box 2: 33

Pamphlet "F." - "Women's Cause in Calendar Reform"

Box 2: 34

Pamphlet "Fo" - "Women's Cause in Calendar Reform"

Box 2: 35

Pamphlet "G." - "Calendar Simplification Urged to Safeguard Economic Prosperity," with insert of leaflet "D-C."

Box 2: 36

Pamphlet (H.O) - "Humanity's Great Opportunity," 1933

Box 2: 37

Pamphlet (Hu.) - "Humanity: An Appeal for Unity by Use of the Same Weekly Day of Rest," 1933

Box 2: 38

Pamphlet "-P" - "60 Governments Internationally Preparing for Calendar Reform"

Box 2: 39

Pamphlet (R O) - "Religion's Great Opportunity"

Box 2: 40

Pamphlet "S" of calendar reform pamphlets

Box 2: 41

Pamphlet "W" - "The 7-Day Week and Weekly Day of Rest," 2nd edition, 1931

Box 2: 42

Pamphlet "X" - Pan. Am. Union 1924 & supplement 1922

Box 2: 43

Pamphlet "Y" - Royal Society of Canada, "The Need of a Rational Almanac," 1908-1909

Box 2: 44

Pamphlet "Z" - "Time to Fix the Year"

Box 2: 45

Pamphlet 1. - "World Crisis Speeds Calendar Reform," c. 1931-1933

Box 2: 46

Pamphlet 2. - "Calendar-Caused Difficulties Are Imposed on All Nations by 30 and 31-Day Months," c. 1933

Box 2: 47

Pamphlet 3 - "Calendar Simplification," June 1, 1930

Box 2: 48

Pamphlet 4 - "Calendar Complications in Asia"

Box 2: 49

Pamphlet 13/12. - "13 Months or 12?" 1933

Box 2: 50

Pamphlet 28. - "Nature's 28-Day Month is the Easiest and Best for All Humanity"

Box 2: 51

"Progress" for IFCL illustration, Pan. Am. Bulletin, 1928

Box 2: 52

Roster of companies using 13 month calendar, 1933

Box 2: 53

Rothé, Walter - Universal Calendar, Look Magazine, Dec. 1964

Box 2: 54

United Nations, 1947

Box 2: 55

Vajda, Geza

 

Canada

Box 9: 2

Farley, Atlas of B.C. xeroxes, UCSB Map Room

Box 2: 56

General

Box 2: 57

Sage, W. N., Seminar Outline in British Columbian History

Box 2: 58

Stow, Mary Catherine, The Opening of the Northwest for Settlement, 1776-1787

Box 2: 59

Yukon

Box 2: 60

Cathedrals - Europe, France

Box 2: 61

Century, Decade

Box 2: 62

Chronology

Box 2: 63

Classification Systems

 

Clocks

Box 2: 64

Civil - England by place

Box 2: 65

Civil - Europe by place

Box 2: 66

Ecclestiastical - England by place

Box 2: 67

General

Box 2: 68

Medieval - White, Lynn, Medieval Technology and Social Change

Box 2: 69

Michel, Scientific Instruments...

 

Clocks and watches

Box 2: 70

Clock and watch makers

Box 2: 71

History of

Box 2: 72

Modern

Box 2: 73

Museums

Box 3: 1

Museums (cont.)

Box 3: 2

Cosmology

 

Cotsworth, Moses Bruines

Box 3: 3

1884, 1895 - Genesis of the proposal; DCD text

Box 3: 4

1907-1920 B.C. (British Columbia)

Box 3: 5

1970s rediscovery of Cotsworth

Box 3: 6

Beating the sun, cheating the sun, 1969

Box 3: 7

Biographical notes, who was who, Canadian Observer, Canadiana, etc., Ackerman

Box 3: 8

"British Columbia: Its Supreme Advantages"

Box 3: 9

Calendar Follies, 1924

Box 3: 10

Calendar illustrations - Muslim, Hindu

Box 3: 11

Calendar reform pamphlets, 1927

Box 3: 12

Calendar Secrets - press releases (copies from Library of Congress), December 1934

Box 3: 13

"Canada's Improving Climate," British Columbia Magazine, vol. 8, no. 9, Sept. 1912

Box 3: 14

Changing Climate (CC) pamphlet, 1934

Box 3: 15

Climate

Box 3: 16

"Continuous Glacial Period," Aug. 1906 - Leeds

Box 3: 17

Cotsworth, Moses Bruines

Box 3: 18

Crisis in B.C. (from BC Archives), 1917

Box 3: 19

The Crisis in B.C. - Ministerial Union

Box 3: 20

Davidson, Andrew - Silbury Hill

Box 3: 21

DCD's drafts = Westerners

Box 3: 22

Early years, formative years

Box 3: 23

Glaciers, wandering poles, memoir and ties to ancient monuments

Box 3: 24

Ice ages - materials about

Box 3: 25

Jottings - introduction draft

Box 3: 26

MBC Christmas greetings and biography, 1934 or 1935, from Library of Congress

Box 3: 27

Origin of Leap Day, 1932

Box 3: 28

Outline by periods, intro.

Box 3: 29

Photographs, 1980-1981

Box 3: 30

Pyramids, obelisks, henges, and other ancient monuments

Box 3: 31

Pyramids, obelisks, ... - materials - gen. about

Box 3: 32

"Some Defects of the Municipal Government," from B.C. Magazine, 1912

Box 3: 33

Standard Time (BC Archives), n.d.

Box 3: 34

"Two Pamphlets on Monetary Reform," 1933

Box 3: 35

"The Way to Peace" (BC Archives), 1940

Box 3: 36

Yorkshire - "The Most Interesting District in England"

Box 3: 37

Yorkshire ref. maps: Acomb, Willtoft; notes on Bruines family

Box 3: 38

Miscellaneous

 

Daylight Savings Time

Box 3: 39

General

Box 3: 40

U.S. Uniform Time Act - Act, hearings and reports, 1966

Box 3: 41

Days

 

Exhibits

Box 3: 42

Inventing Standard Time, Smithsonian exhibition catalog

Box 3: 43

"Marking Time" (Special Collections)

Box 3: 44

Huntington, Ellsworth, Civilization and Climate, 3rd edition, 1924

Box 3: 45

Misericords (choir stalls)

Box 3: 46

Monday Holiday Law

 

Months

Box 3: 47

Della Robbia Roundels, Victoria and Albert Museum

Box 3: 48

General

Box 3: 49

Occupations of the Months

Box 3: 50

Occupations of the months, Kraus, c. 1964-1986

Box 3: 51

Plate tectonics

Box 3: 52

Seasons

Box 3: 53

Standard Time

Box 3: 54

Stonehenge

 

Sundials

Box 3: 55

Anglo-Saxon

Box 3: 56

Ecclesiastical

Box 3: 57

General

Box 3: 58

U.S.A.

 

Time

Box 4: 1

Biological

Box 4: 2

Čapek, Milič, "Time," and G. J. Whitrow, "Time and Measurement," from Philip Wiener, ed., Dictionary of History of Ideas, vol. 4

Box 4: 3

Comte, August, System of Positive Polity

Box 4: 4

Definitions

Box 4: 5-8

General

Box 4: 9

History of

Box 4: 10

Holder, William, A Discourse Concerning Time

Box 4: 11

International Society for the Study of Time

Box 4: 12

Marking Time - "Clocks, Calendars, and Governments"

Box 4: 13

Measurement of

Box 9: 3

Oversize

Box 4: 14

"Philosophy of Time," Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Box 4: 15

Stewart, Charles, "The Joints of Time," Atlantic Monthly, 1926

Box 4: 16

"Time," International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences

Box 4: 17

Time Museum, Rockford, Ill.

 

Time in Literature

Box 4: 18

Glasser, Richard, Time in French Life and Thought

Box 4: 19

"With the Literature of Time..."

Box 4: 20

Watches

Box 4: 21

Week

Box 4: 22

White, Lynn, Jr., Medieval Religion and Technology, c. 1978

Box 4: 23

World Calendar Association, Inc.

Box 4: 24

Wright, George Frederick, 1838-1921

Box 4: 25

Year

Box 4: 26

Zodiac

Box 4: 27

Miscellaneous

 

UCSB

Box 4: 28

Old newspaper clippings about UCSB library, 1975-1978

Box 4: 29

Charles F. A. Voysey: Architect - Exhibition catalog, University Art Galleries, 1970

Box 7: 1

"Old UCSB pictures - 1st unit library"

 

Time Bibliography

Additional Note

Card files (3 boxes).
Box 6: 1

Bibliography, A-K (box 1)

Box 6: 1

Bibliography, L-Z (box 2)

Box 7: 2

Subjects (box 3)

Box 7: 3

Misc. cards

Box 7: 4

Picture Postcards

Additional Note

Mainly time-related cards with images such as books of hours, clocks, and sundials, as well as others such as cathedrals, illuminated manuscripts, and libraries - most in color and most European.
 

Slides

Additional Note

Color, most European, time- and travel-related, 4 carousels and 2 small slide boxes.
Box 7: 5

Notecards separated from Carousel III

Box 8: 1

Carousel I, "Time," Dec. 1970 - England, France: sundials, clocks, cathedrals, castles, Roman structures, etc., c. 1967-1970

Box 8: 2

Carousel II, "Time, England Trip," Dec. 1970 - England: sundials, clocks, churches and other buildings, gardens, etc., c. 1967-1970

Box 8: 3

Carousel [III], "Time & English Pictures" - England, France: clocks, churches, etc., c. 1966-1970

Box 8: 4

Carousel IV, "Time" - France, England, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium: clocks, sundials, churches, etc.

Box 8: 5

"Time, Cotsworth stuff at UBC"

Box 8: 6

Library slides

 

Microfilm

 

Frick, Bertha - Calendar reform bibliography, Columbia, DCD, 1947