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Davies, Horton
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Horton Davies Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


This is a collection of correspondence and selected writings of Horton Marlais Davies, a Princeton University professor of religion and author of many books on church history.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of selected correspondence of Davies, along with several corrected chapter drafts for his book Like Angels from a Cloud: The English Metaphysical Preachers: 1588-1645 and clippings regarding his book Varieties of English Preaching, 1900-1960. Included is one postcard (1951) by Alan Paton, the South African author and liberal political activist, and two autograph letters (1951) from Paton's wife, Dorrie, with accompanying holograph questionnaire responses and typed biography of Paton. There are six autograph letters (Oct.-Nov. 1964) by Davies to his first wife, Brenda, from Oxford and Cambridge, describing his fellowship life there (including at "high table"); some of these contain hand-drawn sketches. There is a another group of letters (1955) by George F. Thomas, chairman of the Department of Religion at Princeton University, to Davies, inviting him to come to Princeton to teach and discussing the launch of the yearly course at the Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition, there is an autograph letter from Rev. A. R. Winnett, in Surrey, England, regarding Davies' book Varieties of English Preaching, 1900-1960.

Collection Creator Biography:

Davies, Horton

Horton Davies was a Princeton University professor of religion; his wife, Marie-Helene Davies, is author of LAUGHTER IN A GENEVAN GOWN: THE WORKS OF FREDERICK BUECHNER, 1970-1980 (1983).

Collection History


Gift of Helen Davies on December 7, 2005 (AM 2006-69).

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on May 22, 2009. Finding aid written by Lauren Kustner in May 26, 2009. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Horton Davies Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1