Russell Howard Davis Papers

Russell Howard Davis (1897-1976) was an educator, community activist, historian, and author of the first comprehensive history of African Americans in Cleveland , Ohio. Davis drew from his brother Harry’s unfinished manuscript on Blacks in Cleveland and published it in two volumes, Memorable Negroes in Cleveland’s Past (1969) and Black Americans in Cleveland (1974). The collection consists of family records and histories, correspondence, organizational records and notes, manuscripts by Davis and other authors, and miscellaneous printed materials and newspaper clippings.