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Douglas Family Collection

Identifier: DC0269s

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of letters written to Professor John Douglass by Rev.W.J. McKay, D.D., from Sumter, S.C., photographs, receipts, and pamphlets. The letters generally reference meetings of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee and provide brief outlines of issues discussed. The collection also includes receipts for Douglas' days as a student as well as commencement and reunion programs for the class of 1893. In addition, the collection contains a literary society speech dating from the 1890s, a handwritten list of honorary members of the Philanthropic Society, an undated document "Specifications for the building of a Society Hall at Davidson College," and a scrapbook (1937-1965) created by Grace James (niece of John and James Douglas) containing articles on local events and personalities. Three photographs are housed in this collection. Included are portraits of Lizzie Shearer and J.B. Shearer, President of Davidson College, 1888-1901. Also, a group photograph of Davidson professors, including Professor Douglas, taken in front of the Steward's Hall is included.


  • Creation: 1890 - 1965

Biographical / Historical

John Leighton and James McDowell Douglas were members of the Davidson College class 1893 and both brothers were members of the Eumenean Society. The both went on to attend graduate school at The Johns Hopkins University. John L. returned to Davidson to teach mathematics from 1897 to 1936. James McD taught physics at Davidson from 1901 to 1944. Educators ran in the family, their niece Grace Douglas James taught at the Davidson graded school for many years.


5 folders (5 files)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

2000-200|Gift of R. L. Douglas

Processing Information

Processed on 05/08/2008


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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections Repository