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Ed Davis Collection on the Trinity River, 1928-2015

By Trent Shotwell

Collection Overview

Title: Ed Davis Collection on the Trinity River, 1928-2015

Extent: 5.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

The Ed Davis Collection on the Trinity River (1928-2015; 5 boxes) contains documents, correspondence, magazines, newspapers, and other materials relating to efforts to channelize the Trinity River.  A significant part of the collection is personal notes and drafts of the thesis The Movement for Trinity River Development written by Ed Davis in 1964.  The materials are arranged by format and creator.

Series 1: Ed Davis and John Carpenter Materials

Subseries 1: Thesis Materials

Subseries 2: Publications and Magazines

Subseries 3: John Carpenter Correspondence and Newspaper Clippings Scrapbooks

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Ed Davis Collection on the Trinity River contains many handwritten notes and documents collected by Ed Davis as he wrote his master’s thesis The Movement for Trinity River Development at the University of North Texas in 1964.  The thesis materials include interview notes, rough drafts, and articles concerning the Trinity River and the Trinity Improvement Association.  The collection also includes several Trinity River and Dallas area publications that relate to the history and condition of the Trinity River.  The collection contains many newspaper clippings and correspondence relating to the Trinity River in the late 1930s that were collected and compiled into scrapbooks by John Carpenter and then donated to Edwin Davis by Carpenter’s son, Ben.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions:

The materials represented in this finding aid have been made available for research, teaching and private use. For these purposes, you may reproduce (print, make photocopies, or download) these items without prior permission on the condition that you provide proper attribution of the source in all copies.

Please contact the Newton Gresham Library's Special Collections and University Archives department to request permissions to reproduce materials for any other purpose, or to obtain information regarding the copyright status of a particular digital image, text, audio or video recording.

Preferred Citation: Ed Davis Collection on the Trinity River. SHSU Special Collections, Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Ed Davis and John Carpenter MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Thesis MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Final Rough Copy of Thesis, undatedAdd to your cart.
Includes a rough draft copy of The Movement for Trinity River Development by Edwin S. Davis and handwritten notes
Folder 2: Copy of Typed Thesis with Notes, 1964 JulyAdd to your cart.
A typed copy of Edwin Davis thesis on the Trinity River.  Includes notes.  Missing appendix A and B
Folder 3: Abstract for Thesis, undatedAdd to your cart.
A typed abstract for the thesis The Movement for Trinity River Development by Edwin S. Davis
Folder 4: Bibliography for Thesis, undatedAdd to your cart.
Typed and handwritten bibliography used for The Movement for Trinity River Development by Edwin S. Davis
Folder 5: Original Handwritten Notes on Trinity River, undatedAdd to your cart.
Includes notes on annual reports of the Chief of Engineers for the US Army, Ft. Worth Star Telegram, US Study Commission, and more.
Folder 6: Col. H.S. Miller Interview Notes, 1963 - 1964Add to your cart.
Handwritten notes from interview with H.S. Miller on the Trinity River.
Folder 7: Corps of Engineers and Releases, 1961 - 1962Add to your cart.
Includes a survey report on the Trinity River and Tributaries, US Army Engineers documents, Society of American Military Engineers, and National Rivers and Harbors Congress information.
Folder 8: Trinity Improvement Association Materials, 1935 - 1964Add to your cart.
Includes Trinity river basin and Trinity river barge information, Trinity Improvement Association by-laws, correspondence, organizational charts, and war department documents.
Folder 9: Miscellaneous notes on the Trinity River, undatedAdd to your cart.
Handwritten notes on the Trinity River concerning the 1930s
Folder 10: State of Texas Citation concerning the Trinity River Canal and Conservancy District, 1935 September 14Add to your cart.
Copy of citation
Sub-Series 2: Publications and MagazinesAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 11: The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, 1956 August 1Add to your cart.
Pamphlet describing the features of the intracoastal waterway along the Gulf Coast
Folder 12: Statement of B.V. Reynolds, 1963 January 24Add to your cart.
Traffic research committee, Texas Railroad Association
Folder 13: Progress Report Trinity River Authority of Texas, 1962 - 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Economic Survey of the Trinity River, Texas, 1957Add to your cart.
Prepared by The Trinity Improvement Association
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Trinity River Texas: Comprehensive Survey Supplementary Data, 1963Add to your cart.
Mid-Trinity Valley Association
Folder 2: Investigation of Navigation Possibilities of Trinity River From Dallas to Galveston, 1928 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Trinity Valley Progress Magazine, 1961 March - 1962 DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Trinity Valley Progress Magazine, 1963 March - 1964 JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: The Trinity River: New Vistas of Opportunity for Texas and the Great Southwest, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: The Fort Worth Market, circa 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Dallas Magazine, 1961 August,  1962 OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Trinity River News Vol. 2 No. 1, 1939 SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: What the Railway Program Means, 1931Add to your cart.
Reprint. National Rivers and Harbors Congress
Folder 10: Trinity Canal Tax materials, 1935Add to your cart.
Information on proposed Trinity Canal Tax
Folder 11: Remarks of Hon. Joseph J. Mansfield of Texas, 1936 March 20Add to your cart.
Railroads are the Principal Users and Greatest Beneficiaries of Navigable Waterway Improvements
Folder 12: Wall Street Casts its Shadow over the Southwest, 1931Add to your cart.
By John M. Fouts, General Manager Trinity River Canal Association
Folder 13: Dallas has a Greater Jobbing Trade Then New Orleans and Galveston Combined, 1935 August 23Add to your cart.
Newsletter
Folder 14: Excerpts from minutes of meetings Board of Directors Dallas Chamber of Commerce, 1931Add to your cart.
Meetings concerning the Trinity River
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Trinity River Maps [OV], 1964, undatedAdd to your cart.
Three maps of the Trinity River
Folder 2: Newspaper Articles concerning the Trinity River [OV], 1963 - 1971Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: John Carpenter Correspondence and Newspaper Clippings ScrapbooksAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 3: John W. Carpenter Biographical information, 1959; 2015Add to your cart.
Obituary and biography of John W. Carpenter.
Folder 4: John Carpenter administrative files on Trinity River Canal Association [1 of 2], 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 5: John Carpenter administrative files on Trinity River Canal Association [2 of 2], 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 6: John Carpenter administrative files on Trinity River Canal Association, 1936Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence and newspaper clippings concerning the Trinity River Canal Association
Folder 7: John Carpenter administrative files on Trinity River Canal Association [1 of 2], 1937Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence and newspaper clippings concerning the Trinity River Canal Association
Folder 8: John Carpenter administrative files on Trinity River Canal Association [2 of 2], 1937Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence and newspaper clippings concerning the Trinity River Canal Association
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: John Carpenter administrative files on Trinity River Canal [1 of 3], 1938Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence and newspaper clippings concerning the Trinity River Canal
Folder 2: John Carpenter administrative files on Trinity River Canal [2 of 3], 1938Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence and newspaper clippings concerning the Trinity River Canal
Folder 3: John Carpenter administrative files on Trinity River Canal [3 of 3], 1938Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence and newspaper clippings concerning the Trinity River Canal
Folder 4: John Carpenter administrative files on Trinity River [1 of 3], 1939Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence and newspaper clippings concerning the Trinity River
Folder 5: John Carpenter administrative files on Trinity River [2 of 3], 1939Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence and newspaper clippings concerning the Trinity River
Folder 6: John Carpenter administrative files on Trinity River [3 of 3], 1939Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence and newspaper clippings concerning the Trinity River