Davis (Eliza) Papers

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Manuscript notes on historical subjects, with some letters and press cuttings.

Administrative / Biographical History

Eliza Davis was educated at private school and obtained her BA at London in 1897, and her MA in 1913. She went into teaching in 1898, being appointed Assistant Mistress at Bedford High School. She then moved on to Stepney Pupil Teachers' School in 1904 until 1908. From 1908 to 1912 she was Lecturer and Vice-Principal at Moorfields London County Council Training College. Then in 1914 she was appointed as a Research Assistant in the Department of History at University College London; in 1919 becoming Lecturer in the Sources of English History. In 1921 Davis moved to the University of London to become Reader in the History and Records of London; a post she held till 1940. She was Honorary Secretary to the Editorial Board of 'History' from 1916 to 1922, and Editor from 1922 to 1934. She was also Honorary Librarian at the Institute of Historical Research from 1921 to 1923 and Acting Secretary from 1939 to 1940. She published some historical articles. She died in October 1943.

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Related Material

University College London Special Collections also holds notebooks of Davis (Ref: MS ADD 79).

University of London (Library - Senate House) holds miscellaneous correspondence and papers, 1912-1925 (Ref: MS 860). Guildhall Library holds correspondence with Sir Allen Mawer relating to Middlesex place names and a summary of public lectures on London, c1928-1942 (Ref: MSS 22356-57).