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Biographical Sketch

Donald G. Davis, Jr. Personal Homepage: http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/~dgdavis

Donald G. Davis, Jr. (b. 1939) grew up in Southern California, the eldest of five children, before leaving for his undergraduate studies in history at the University of California, Los Angeles. After receiving his B.A. in 1961, Davis continued his education by earning an M.A. in history (1963) and an M.L.S. (1964), both from the University of California, Berkeley. He had supplemented his studies with part-time work in several California libraries, and upon receiving his Masters degrees Davis began his professional life in libraries at the Fresno State College Library. Soon he was pursuing his doctorate degree in Library Sciences, and just prior to receiving that degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1972, Dr. Davis began his career as a professor of Library Science at the University of Texas at Austin.

Soon after arriving in Austin, Dr. Davis established himself as a leading authority on the history of American libraries by becoming the editor of the quarterly journal, Libraries & Culture (formerly the Journal of Library History) in 1977. Besides presiding over that publication for well over 25 years, Dr. Davis has also published a book on the history of library education and the two indispensible companion volumes Bibliography of Texas Library History, 1685-2000 and Chronology of Texas Library History, 1685-2000 (2002), while also co-authoring or editing several volumes of library history. In addition, Dr. Davis has written over 130 book chapters, articles, and reports, as well as more than 250 book reviews.

Dr. Davis has been actively involved in various consulting, professional, and personal activities throughout his distinguished career. He has been conferred honors by Beta Phi Mu, Phi Kappa Phi, and the ALA Library History Round Table. Besides ALA, Dr. Davis has pursued his interests in comparative librarianship by pariticipating in IFLA conferences and programs. A lifelong student of the spiritual and religious life, Dr. Davis received a M.A.T.S. in 1996 from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Collections in this community

  • Donald Davis Collection Documentation [18]

    Documentation of the Davis Papers project

  • Donald Davis Email Corpus [1]

    Electronic correspondence (1996-2005) which touches on all aspects of Dr. Davis' life, professional or otherwise.

  • Donald Davis Learning Objects [63]

    Learning Objects created by Dr. Davis while teaching at the School of Information (formerly the Graduate School of Library and Infomation Science) at the University of Texas at Austin from 1971 to 2005. Digital objects were created from 1990 to 2005.

  • Donald Davis Professional Activities [114]

    Materials documenting Dr. Davis' biographical information, professional affiliations, and collaborative research.

  • Donald Davis Publications [2]

    Published and unpublished documents written for historical scholarship, journals, conference talks, and other such seminars.

  • Libraries and Culture [0]

    Correspondence, manuscripts, and other text files relating to the submission process, administration, and promotion of the scholarly journal Libraries & Culture.

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