A Guide to the Ralph Hickman Davis papers, 1943-2014 Davis, Ralph Hickman 50284

A Guide to the Ralph Hickman Davis papers, 1943-2014

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 50284


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Repository
The Library of Virginia
Accession Number
50284
Title
Ralph Hickman Davis papers, 1943-2014
Extent
.675 cu. ft., 2 boxes
Creator
Ralph Hickman Davis
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Ralph Hickman Davis papers, 1943-2014. Accession 50284. Personal papers collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Clinton M. Davis of Staunton, Virginia.


Biographical Information

Ralph Hickman Davis was born 5 February 1915 in Providence, Rhode Island, to William and Rhoda Davis. He graduated from East Providence High School in 1934. Davis played baseball with some independent African American teams and with area teams, helping to desegregate the Piedmont Twilight League and the Pawtucket Inter City League. Davis also learned to fly, receiving his pilot's license in 1939, and he would eventually be inducted into the Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame. Davis enlisted in the Army Air Corps in November 1941 and was a pilot, instructor, and mechanic for the 99th Pursuit Squadron, the Tuskegee Airmen. Honorably discharged in 1945, Davis settled down with his wife Mary Tate Davis in her hometown of Staunton, Virginia, and they had one son. Davis continued his interest in flying and restored a Piper Cub J-3 airplane. Davis died in 2002.

Scope and Content

Papers, 1943-2014, of Ralph Hickman Davis (1915-2002) of Rhode Island and Staunton, Virginia, consisting of articles, booklets, brochures, military records, photographs, scrapbooks, yearbooks, and other materials detailing Davis's service with the 99th Pursuit Squadron--the Tuskegee Airmen--during World War II (Tuskegee yearbook is on CD); his post-war activities in aviation; and his pre-World War II baseball activities. Collection contains articles, judicial records, photographs, receipts and other papers concerning Mary Tate Davis (1920-1983), the Davis family of Rhode Island, and the Tate family of Staunton. Collection also includes CDs containing photographs of the Davis and Tate families--many of the photographs are in the collection as hard copies. Papers also include information on the Brown Colbert (1785-1833) family and the Edmondson family of West Virginia.


Contents List

Box 1
Folder 1
Ralph H. Davis military records, 1942-1945
Box 1
Folder 2
Piper Cub J-3
Box 1
Folder 3
Ralph H. Davis general papers
Box 1
Folder 4
Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame, 21 November 2009
Box 1
Folder 5
Ralph Davis commemoration by the Pawtucket Red Sox, 16 July 2012
Box 1
Folder 6
Ralph H. Davis baseball glove (photograph)
Box 1
Folder 7
Ralph H. Davis and Mary Tate Davis photograph
Box 1
Folder 8
Mary Tate Davis
Box 1
Folder 9
Davis family papers
Box 1
Folder 10
Scrapbook
Box 1
Folder 11
Davis family photographs
Box 1
Folder 12
Davis family photographs (CD disc)
Box 1
Folder 13
Ralph Davis and Clinton Davis--camping and Good Sam RV club
Box 1
Folder 14
Davis-Hickman family genealogy
Box 1
Folder 15
Hickman family census records and marriage certificate, 1850-1900
Box 1
Folder 16
Davis-Tate family photographs
Box 1
Folder 17
Tate family papers, 1885-1963
Box 1
Folder 18
Luther Tate and Lavinia Branson Tate photographs
Box 1
Folder 19
Tate-Branson family papers
Box 1
Folder 20
Tate-Branson family photographs
Box 1
Folder 21
Branson family papers
Box 1
Folder 22
Tate and related families funeral bulletins
Box 1
Folder 23
Brown Colbert family, also Thomas Jefferson and slavery exhibitions
Box 1
Folder 24
Brown and Edmondson families--Bill Webb correspondence
Box 1
Folder 25
Edmondson family papers
Box 1
Folder 26
Edmondson family papers: "The Hemings Family's Civil War"
Box 1
Folder 27
Tuskegee Airfield yearbook, ca. 1943
Box 1
Folder 28
99th Pursuit Squadron, 2006
Box 1
Folder 29
Physical training department, Tuskegee Air Field, ca. 1942-1943
Box 1
Folder 30
The Tuskegee Airmen
Box 2
Folder 1
Tuskegee Airmen--articles and clippings
Box 2
Folder 2
Tuskegee Airmen program--Staunton, Virginia, 15 July 2012
Box 2
Folder 3
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Box 2
Folder 4
Reunion of Tuskegee groundcrews--Rantoul, Illinois, Chanute Field
Box 2
Folder 5
"My Dad Was a Tuskegee Airman" stickers
Box 2
Folder 6
Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida--Tuskegee Airmen exhibit
Box 2
Folder 7
Scrapbook--Tuskegee Air Field; St. Petersburg, Florida; Chanute Field, Rantoul, Illinois; Germany, ca. 1980s-1990s
Box 2
Folder 8
Military planes photographs
Box 2
Folder 9
Photographs--Jamestown; Colonial Williamsburg; Marine Museum, Quantico, Virginia; World War II memorial, Washington DC; Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama; Alaska; aerial view of Staunton, Virginia
Box 2
Folder 10
Winchester rifle
Box 2
Folder 11
African American businesses in Staunton and Fairview Cemetery
Box 2
Folder 12
Articles, clippings, flyers on Augusta County and Staunton, 1970, 2018, and undated