Special Collections and Archives

James A. G. Davey/ Introduction

Special Collections and Archives

James A. G. Davey/ Introduction

James A. G. Davey papers

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Biographical Note

James A. G. Davey, brother of Martin L. Davey, served in various capacities with the Davey Tree Expert Company but must be noted, in particular, for his wide ranging interests in plant life. Through the early part of the twentieth century, primarily the 1920's and 1930's, he and members of his immediate family travelled all over Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and South America creating and compiling an impressive photographic essay of the world's flora.


Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of the photographs and negatives from James Davey's global excursions; arrangement is alphabetical by plant name (scientific and/or common). There is no way to accurately date these items, but most were taken during the 1920's and 1930's. Some dates can be inferred by considering the dates of a visit to a particular part of the world, e.g., photographs of African plant life were taken some time during the summer of 1928. Unfortunately, the dates for most visits are not available.

Two boxes in the collection contain magazine and journal articles arranged alphabetically by subject. There is a small amount of personal correspondence and documentation in Box 10.


Box 9 -- Articles, A through M

Box 10 -- Articles, N through Y, Personal Files

Box 11 -- Photographs/ Negatives, A through C

Box 12 -- Photographs/ Negatives, D through P

Box 13 -- Photographs/ Negatives, P through S

Box 14 -- Photographs/ Negatives, T through X

Box 15 -- Miscellaneous Photographs/ Negatives