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Special Collections: Guide to the Meyer Davis Collection

Summary Information:

Collection Title: Meyer Davis Collection
Date of Collection: 1880's - 1977
Box Numbers: Boxes 2403 - 2465, 2509 - 2530
Quantity:

Administrative Information:

Provenance: Gift of the family of Meyer Davis in 1997 with additions from Ginia Davis Wexler in 2013.
Access Restrictions: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage building. One week's notice required for retrieval
Preferred Citation: Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine
Copyright: Contact department for copyright information

For Additional Information:

Special Collections Department
University of Maine
5729 Fogler Library
Orono, Maine 04469-5729
(207) 581 1686

Historical/Biographical Information:

Meyer Davis was born in Elliot City, MD in 1893. He started his first band while in high school after being rejected by the school orchestra. His band played for Woodrow Wilson and for every President since then until Gerald Ford. His orchestra played at the inaugural balls of Coolidge, Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy. The Davis Orchestra also played for weddings, debutante balls, including that for Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, and on luxury liners. At the height of his career, Davis owned 80 orchestras or bands with over 1,000 musicians. The band also played for King George V of England, George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and at the 1939 World's Fair. Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey played in the Davis Orchestra for a while. All of the photos and materials are contained in the collection.

Meyer Davis died in 1976. Obituaries are in Box 2472.

His son, Gary, became a World Citizen. Emery Davis took over the orchestra. Meyer, Jr. was killed in action in World War II, and Ginia, his daughter, now lives in Maine. His wife, Hilda, was a musician and composer in her own right and her material is in the collection.

Contents:

The Meyer Davis collection reflects the career of a society orchestra leader. Included are day books (of news clippings and publicity), photo albums, artifacts, letters, and other materials about the Davis family and the orchestra.

Arrangement:

Scrapbooks and press books (day books) arranged chronologically, respectively.

Box 2403 SCRAPBOOKS - 1920's
Box 2404 SCRAPBOOKS - 1920's
Box 2405 SCRAPBOOKS - 1920's
Box 2406 SCRAPBOOKS - 1920's
Box 2407 SCRAPBOOKS - 1930's
Box 2408 SCRAPBOOKS - 1930's
Box 2409 SCRAPBOOKS - 1940's
Box 2410 SCRAPBOOKS - 1940's
Box 2411 SCRAPBOOKS - 1940's
Box 2412 SCRAPBOOKS - 1940's
Box 2413 SCRAPBOOKS - 1950's
Box 2414 SCRAPBOOKS - 1950's
Box 2415 SCRAPBOOKS - 1950's
Box 2416 SCRAPBOOKS - 1950's
Box 2417 SCRAPBOOKS - 1950's
Box 2418 SCRAPBOOKS - late 1950's, early 1960's
Box 2419 SCRAPBOOKS - late 1950's, early 1960's
Box 2420 SCRAPBOOKS - late 1950's, early 1960's
Box 2421 SCRAPBOOKS - 1960's
Box 2422 SCRAPBOOKS - 1960's
Box 2423 SCRAPBOOKS - 1960's
Box 2424 SCRAPBOOKS - 1960's
Box 2425 SCRAPBOOKS - 1960's
Box 2426 SCRAPBOOKS - 1960's
Box 2427 SCRAPBOOKS - 1970's
Box 2428 SCRAPBOOKS - Various Years
Box 2429 SCRAPBOOKS - Various Years
Box 2430 SCRAPBOOKS - Various Years
Box 2431 SCRAPBOOKS - Various Years
Box 2432 SCRAPBOOKS - Various Years, Miscellaneous Clippings
Box 2433 Music
Box 2434 Music
Box 2435 Music  
Box 2436 Music
Box 2437 Framed Photos
Box 2438 Framed Photos
Box 2439 Framed Photos
Box 2440 Diaries
Box 2441 Hilda Davis: Typescript of "In time with the music" (3 folders); Notebook: French exercises, etc. (1 folder)
Box 2442 Hilda Davis: Writing exercises for Writers Institute, 1979, 1981, undated (2 folders)
Box 2443 Books, Brochures & Checks
Box 2444 Audio Tapes
Box 2445
PRESS BOOKS - “Everybody Dance! with Meyer Davis” (RCA Victor Record)
PRESS BOOKS - Meyer Davis Music
PRESS BOOKS - Projects - Bowling Team (Nov. 1934 - Nov. 1942), Magna Picture Company (1933), Westchester Center Gardens (June 1934 - July 1934), Wildwood (Apr. 1935 - Dec. 1935), Other Projects (1924 - 1931)
PRESS BOOKS - Projects - Ross Fenton Farm - Opening (1940)
Box 2446
PRESS BOOKS - Projects - Ross Fenton Farm - Apr. 1940 - Nov. 1940
PRESS BOOKS - Radio & Recordings (NBC Radio - Jan. 1938 - Mar. 1947, Records - Feb. 1924 - Dec. 1941)
Box 2447
PRESS BOOKS - Radio Broadcast on NBC (1922 - 1940)
PRESS BOOKS - Advance Bookings - Rockefeller Wedding (Nov. 1932) & Strassburger Engagements (1922 -1940)
PRESS BOOKS - Bulletins Advertising Publicity (1921 -1924)
Box 2448
PRESS BOOKS - Meyer Davis Bands - Patricia Prochnik (featured singer)
PRESS BOOKS - Meyer Davis Bands - Arthur Ravel & Maximillian Bergere & Cy Delman & The Dunes Boys
PRESS BOOKS - Meyer Davis Bands - Jay Mills & Skeeter Palmer & Mischa Borr
Box 2449
PRESS BOOKS - Meyer Davis Bands - Sammy Wilson & Walter Miller & Hal Hope & Bobby Sanford
PRESS BOOKS - Meyer Davis Bands - Bernie Dolen & Harold Richards & Michael Zarin
Box 2450
PRESS BOOKS - Florida (1922 - 1935)
PRESS BOOKS - Florida (1929 - 1939)
Box 2451
PRESS BOOKS - Foreign Engagements (1922 - 1940)
PRESS BOOKS - Hotel Engagements - New York & Bermuda (Feb. 1928 - Oct.1941)
PRESS BOOKS - Hotel Engagements - Santa Barbara & Washington D.C. & Virginia (Feb. 1937 - Jan. 1943)
Box 2452
PRESS BOOKS - New Jersey & Pennsylvania (1919 - 1941) - Bellevue Stratford Hotel & Deal Inn & Princeton Relief
PRESS BOOKS - New York (1922 - 1927)
PRESS BOOKS - New York (Oct. 1927 - Jan. 1937)
Box 2453
PRESS BOOKS - New York (Jan. 1936 - Jun. 1938)
PRESS BOOKS - New York (Jun. 1938 - Dec. 1938)
Box 2454
PRESS BOOKS - New York (Jan. 1939 - Dec. 1939)
PRESS BOOKS - Newport (1923 - 1936)
Box 2455
PRESS BOOKS - Newport (1937 - 1938)
PRESS BOOKS - Newport (1938)
Box 2456
PRESS BOOKS - Newport (1939 - 1947)
PRESS BOOKS - Philadelphia (1915 - Dec. 1934)
PRESS BOOKS - Philadelphia (Jan. 1935 - Jan. 1942)
Box 2457
PRESS BOOKS - Philadelphia (Dec. 1940 - Apr. 1951)
PRESS BOOKS - Washington D.C. (1919 - 1924)
Box 2458
PRESS BOOKS - Washington D.C. (1929 - 1951)
PRESS BOOKS - Letters (Jul. 1919 - Dec. 1925)
PRESS BOOKS - Letters (Jan. 1926 - Dec. 1928)
Box 2459
PRESS BOOKS - Letters (Jan. 1937 - Dec. 1939)
PRESS BOOKS - Letters (Feb. 1954 - Jun. 1956)
PRESS BOOKS - American Export Lines
PRESS BOOKS - Azalea Festival - Charleston, South Carolina and other Southern Engagements (1920 - 1941)
Box 2460
PRESS BOOKS - Balls & Other Engagements - Butler's Ball (1935 - 1942)
PRESS BOOKS - Balls & Other Engagements - Debutante Balls, McLean Ball, Widener Ball, White House Parties, DuPont - Roosevelt Wedding
Box 2461
PRESS BOOKS - Balls & Other Engagements - Stotesbury Ball, Bachelor's Ball, Visit of Prince Bertil of Sweden, Prince of Wales, & Duke and Duchess of Windsor
PRESS BOOKS - Broadway Productions (Jan. 1942 - May 1951)
Box 2462
PRESS BOOKS - Broadway Productions (Nov. 1943 - Dec. 1944)
PRESS BOOKS - Broadway Productions (Nov. 1944 - July 1945)
PRESS BOOKS - Debut of Charlotte Ford (Dec. 21, 1959) - (Nov. 1960 - Feb. 1961)
Box 2463
PRESS BOOKS - Debut of Bonnie Buchanan (Jun. 14, 1960)
PRESS BOOKS - Debut of Diane Dow Buchanan (Dede) (Dec. 21, 1961)
PRESS BOOKS - DuPont - Roosevelt Wedding (Jun. 19, 1937) c.1
PRESS BOOKS - DuPont - Roosevelt Wedding (Jun. 19, 1937) c.2
Box 2464
PRESS BOOKS - Green Brier - White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (1919 - Jun.1942)
PRESS BOOKS - Green Brier - White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (Apr. 1948 - Jun. 1951)
PRESS BOOKS - Green Brier Spring Festival (Dec. 1951 - Nov. 1952)
Box 2465
PRESS BOOKS - Hot Springs, Arkansas & Cincinnati, Ohio Zoo
PRESS BOOKS - Maiden Voyage of the S.S. United States (1952) c. 1
PRESS BOOKS - Maiden Voyage of the S.S. United States (1952) c. 2
Box 2509
PRESS BOOKS - New York World's Fair (1939)
PRESS BOOKS - New York World's Fair (1939) - Visit of the King and Queen of England
PRESS BOOKS - New York World's Fair (1963 - 1964)
Box 2510
PRESS BOOKS - Presidents Roosevelt's Birthday Ball (1935 - 1939), Washington Correspondent's Dinner (May 1937)
PRESS BOOKS - President Eisenhower's Inaugural Ball (1953)
PRESS BOOKS - President Eisenhower's Inauguration (1957)
PRESS BOOKS - Lyndon B. Johnson's Inaugural Ball (Jan. 20, 1965)
Box 2511
PRESS BOOKS - Richard M. Nixon's Inaugural Ball (Jan. 20, 1969)
PRESS BOOKS - White House (1915 - 1945)
Box 2512
PRESS BOOKS - 1917 - Dec. 1938 (Baltimore, Bermuda, Boston & Providence)
PRESS BOOKS - 1922 - Feb. 1934
PRESS BOOKS - Jan. 1929 - Nov. 1931
Box 2513
PRESS BOOKS - Jan. 1931 - Dec. 1932
PRESS BOOKS - Jan. 1933 - Sept. 1933
PRESS BOOKS - Jan. 1933 - Dec. 1938
Box 2514
PRESS BOOKS - Oct. 1933 - Oct. 1934
PRESS BOOKS - Jan. 1939 - Dec. 1940
Box 2515
PRESS BOOKS - Jan. 1941 - Jan. 1942
PRESS BOOKS - Jan. 1942 - May 1951
Box 2516
PRESS BOOKS - Feb. 1942 - Apr. 1947
PRESS BOOKS - Jan. 1948 - Apr. 1951
PRESS BOOKS - Oct. 1949 - Feb. 1951
PRESS BOOKS - Nov. 1946 - Apr. 1947
PRESS BOOKS - Jun. 1950 - Dec. 1951
Box 2517
PRESS BOOKS - Sept. 1952 - Dec. 1953
PRESS BOOKS - Jan. 1954 - Dec. 1954
Box 2518
PRESS BOOKS - Jan. 1955 - Dec. 1955
PRESS BOOKS - Nov. 1959 - Dec. 1959
Box 2519
PRESS BOOKS - Jan. 1960 - Mar. 1960
PRESS BOOKS - Apr. 1960 - Jun. 1960
Box 2520
PRESS BOOKS - Apr. 1960 - Oct. 1960
PRESS BOOKS - Nov. 1960 - Feb. 1961
PRESS BOOKS - Feb. 1961 - May 1961
Box 2521
PRESS BOOKS - Jun. 1961 - Dec. 1961
PRESS BOOKS - Jan. 1962 - Mar. 1962
PRESS BOOKS - Apr. 1962 - Jun. 1962
Box 2522
PRESS BOOKS - Jun. 1962 - Jul. 1963
PRESS BOOKS - Jul. 1962 - Sept. 1962
PRESS BOOKS - Oct. 1962 - Dec. 1962
Box 2523
PRESS BOOKS - Dec. 1962 - Apr. 1963
PRESS BOOKS - Apr. 1963 - Oct. 1963
PRESS BOOKS - Aug. 1963 - Oct. 1963
Box 2524
PRESS BOOKS - Oct. 1963 - Jan. 1964
PRESS BOOKS - Jan. 1964 - 1970
PRESS BOOKS - Jan. 1964 - Apr. 1964
Box 2525
PRESS BOOKS - Apr. 1964 - Oct. 1964
PRESS BOOKS - Oct. 1964 - Dec. 1964
PRESS BOOKS - Jan. 1965 - Apr. 1965
Box 2526
PRESS BOOKS - Apr. 1965 - Oct. 1965
PRESS BOOKS - Oct. 1965 - Dec. 1965
Box 2527
PRESS BOOKS - Jan. 1967 - Aug. 1967
PRESS BOOKS - Mar. 1967 - Nov. 1967
PRESS BOOKS - Nov. 1967 - May 1968
Box 2528
PRESS BOOKS - Mar. 1968 - Nov. 1968
PRESS BOOKS - Jul. 1968 - Jul. 1969
PRESS BOOKS - Aug. 1968 - Mar. 1969
PRESS BOOKS - Jul. 1969 - Apr. 1970
Box 2529
PRESS BOOKS - Apr. 1970 - Dec. 1970
PRESS BOOKS - Jan. 1971 - Dec. 1971
PRESS BOOKS - Oct. 1971 - Apr. 1972
PRESS BOOKS - Mar. 1971 - Jun. 1971 (JFK Center for the Performing Arts)
Box 2530
PRESS BOOKS - Apr. 1972 - Sept. 1972
PRESS BOOKS - Sept. 1972 - Feb. 1973
PRESS BOOKS - Mar. 1973 - Jun. 1973
PRESS BOOKS - Oct. 1974
PRESS BOOKS - Emery Davis
PRESS BOOKS - Emery Davis (Sept. 1976 - Oct. 1976)

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at spc@umit.maine.edu or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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