The Robert Dodge Davis World War II Collection is a collection of correspondence about, from, and to Robert D. Davis (June 2, 1922 – March 3, 2012).
Davis served as a rifleman and interpreter during World War II and, upon detachment, worked as an investigator with the Office of Military Government in Bavaria. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence written 1944-1946, providing an excellent research collection of primary source materials. These materials provide a soldier’s personal insights and reflections regarding the war. Digitization of this collection allows for greater access to this collection, both to the college and wider research community.
Scope and Domain: This collection of correspondence provides access to the personal reflections of a soldier at the tail-end of World War II. Davis went on to make a full-time career of military service. His boyhood diary and the letters trace the trajectory of his career path from a naïve young man through his time in the service and his work as a diplomat. At the end of his career, he moved to Wooster where, as a member of the campus and local community, he was involved with the Great Decision Lecture Series.
This collection supports research projects in history and international relations and complements other World War II memoirs, diaries and letters held by the Special Collections department, as well as The College of Wooster Archives Collection materials on World War II as it unfolded here on campus with the arrival of the Naval Preparatory Flight School.
Community Assessment: This collection will support research in World War II American and European history and International Relations. The most likely users of this collection will be students, faculty, and outside researchers hoping to gain insight into the personal reflections of soldiers during World War II. It provides useful primary source material to support individual and class course work.
Rights: All materials that have been digitized were the property of the estate of Robert D. Davis. His daughter, Ruth Brown (donor), gave permission for the materials to be digitized and used for research purposes, available as open access.
Citation: Courtesy The Robert D. Davis World War II Collection, Special Collections, The College of Wooster Libraries. (Individual file tags serve as identification for each item.) Any reproduction of the materials requires formal application for use via the Permission of Reproduction Form.