Guide to the Rebecca Harding Davis Papers, 1873-1905

Summary Information

Title: Rebecca Harding Davis Papers, 1873-1905
Collection: AC.749
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Rebecca Harding Davis Papers is a collection of some of her fiction stories and articles, published in The Youth's Companion, Earthen Pitchers, and other journals.

Creator: Harding, Rebecca Davis

Biographical/Historical Note

Rebecca Blaine Harding Davis (1831-1910) was an American author and journalist, deemed a pioneed of literary realism in American literature. She lived in Wheeling, West Virginia most of her life, and her hometown environment affected the vision and theme of her fiction. Throughout her life, she sought changes for women, blacks, Native Americans and the working class.

Scope and Contents

This collection is one of articles written by Rebecca Harding Davis. The majority of the articles were written for The Youth's Companion, published by Perry Mason & Company. There is also an article titled Earthern Pictures published in Scribners in 1873, and an article, Significant Books: American Biography by M. D. DeWolfe Howe which mentions Davis and her book Bits of Gossip.


There is no formal arrangement of this collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish in 2006. Accession number AC.2011.016

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, January 2014. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.749: Rebecca Harding Davis Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Papers, 1873-1905 ACSC_Box 25, Folder 8