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Hickman-Archer-Davis Papers

Identifier: MS 00195

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains papers dating from 1908-1969 of the Hickman, Archer/Ward, and Davis families.

Folder 1 contains the Hickman papers, most of which are letters addressed to Paul Guy Hickman, a preacher of Northern Missouri. Birth and death dates for Paul Guy Hickman are given as 5/3/1892 – 8/7/1937 and he probably married Josie Taylor in 1913. Their children appear to be Paul Jr. (sometimes referred to as Buddy), Fannie Lee, and Georgia A. Georgia A. eventually marries George Davis and their children are Jerry Lee and Linda R. Davis.

Folder 2 contains the Archer/Ward papers, most of which are letters addressed to William Edward Archer or Celia C. Archer from their families. William Edward Archer was a Sergeant during World War I and eventually marries Celia C. Ward with whom he has daughters Mary and Rue. It is unclear what connection the Archer/Ward families have to the Hickman/Davis families.

Folders 3 through 6 contain the Davis papers. Folder 3 contains letters mostly to and from Georgia (Josie and Paul Guy Hickman’s daughter) and a few others from family and friends. Folders 4 through 6 contains mainly letters addressed to Linda R. Davis (Georgia and George Davis’ daughter) from her family and friends. Linda R. Davis, (also referred to as Lin, Davey, and GLPRD) was a part of the Women’s Marine Corps predominantly in the 1950s.


  • Creation: 1908-1969


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Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

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Processing Information:

Accessioned and minimally processed by Benjamin Bromley in November 2010.

Guide to the Hickman-Archer-Davis Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Benjamin Bromley, Public Services Archives Specialist.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository