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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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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): 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

Scope and Contents

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 copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

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

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1